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Rev’it Defender GTX Jacket Preview Defender GTX Jacket The next new jacket in the Rev’it Gore-Tex lineup is the Defender GTX, which looks somewhat similar to the famed Cayenne Pro jacket. It features a 500 denier genuine Cordura shell with DuPont Teflon coating to reduce water absorption at the shell layer.  The Defender GTX also …

This Is REV’IT’s Mid-Range Adventure-Touring Jacket – Take 3 The REV’IT! Sand 3 jacket is, as the name implies, the third generation of a best-seller. We’ve been following the Sand series since the original REV’IT! Sand jacket review in 2010. That was followed up with the REV’IT! Sand 2 jacket we reviewed in November 2013. Now the Sand 3 …

Pilot Trans Urban Version 2 Brings Continues a Winning Formula of Loads of Value for a Very Reasonable Price The original version of the Pilot Trans Urban jacket we reviewed in 2013 was a wBW Product of the Year award winner. Version 2 has now arrived and like the original, it brings a lot of value for …

The Mid-Range, 3-Season Do-It-All iXS is a new name to the U.S. motorcycle apparel scene. The Swiss company traces its lineage all the way back to 1906 and U.S. operations started a couple of years ago. We previewed the introduction of the iXS brand to the U.S. in this report from the 2014 AIMExpo show. iXS is well-known …

Quattrotempi 4 U The Held Carese II jacket is designed to compete in the high-end category of all-season 3/4-length adventure-touring motorcycle jackets. The Carese II goes one better than most however, with “Quattrotempi” design. Quattrotempi, in Held parlance, means: Four seasons, four riding types (scooters, street riding, dual-sport and touring), four elements (rain, heat, wind, cold) …

A High-End Jacket With Airbag The Helite Adventure jacket includes the Helite “Turtle” airbag vest, which is similar to the Helite Airnest vest we reviewed in 2012. But the Adventure jacket isn’t just about the airbag. It’s an premium jacket in its own right and it’s packed with features. Start with a Cordura shell and a “Humax” water- …

Moto Style, Technology for Winter Street Adventures The Joe Rocket Crew Cold Weather Jacket (the official name) brings motorcycle clothing technology to the street. I’ve been wearing mine this winter and it does an excellent job at keeping Mr. Freeze under control. The styling is what might be called “sport adventure” that suits just about …

Ultimate 3-Season Protection With the Rukka Armaxis The Rukka Armaxis is the Finnish company’s latest ultra-spec, Super DeLuxe, Armageddon-inspired deluge-avoidance protection system. It’s also a three-season motorcycle jacket! The Armaxis is loaded with the current state-of-the-art fabrics and technology available for motorcycle jackets. For example, it includes the Gore-Tex Pro Shell With Armacor (Report), which is guaranteed waterproof. It …

Fieldsheer Is Back With The Adventure Tour Outfit Fieldsheer is back! Remember them? The Fieldsheer brand is owned by the U.S.-based Helmet House distributor and sales are focused on the U.S. market. The company disappeared off the radar screens for a few years but as it turns out, they’ve been secretly cooking some hot stuff in their …

Rukka “AiRider” Jacket Review The Rukka AiRider jacket is new for 2014 and it has the same Cordura AFT mesh shell of the type used in the Rukka AirMan jacket (review). The AiRider is a shorter sportbike style jacket that forgoes the Gore-Tex removable liner and the Outlast phase-change technology of the AirMan but includes the D3O …

M-Tech Adventure Jacket The M-Tech Adventure is the company’s top-of-the-line 3/4-length textile jacket. The Adventure jacket has been popular with motorcyclists around the world and it’s now available in the U.S.A. It’s claimed fully waterproof and it has proven itself in our harsh winter and spring weather. The tough-feeling 500 denier Cordura outer shell is also treated with …

Dainese Teren D-Dry Jacket Review In a world where there is very little differentiation in 3/4-length motorcycle jackets, the Dainese Teren is a standout. This adventure-touring flavored design feels as rugged as they come and it includes a host of unique and cleverly designed features. Speaking of unique, Dainese has also designed a simple but …

REV’IT! Poseidon Gore-Tex Jacket The REV’IT! Poseidon GTX jacket and pants are the company’s top-of-the-line product for the winter of 2013-2014. The Poseidon GTX combines the best features of theREV’IT! Everest GTX jacket (review) and the popularREV’IT! Defender GTX (review). The Everest GTX has been discontinued, but the Defender GTX outfit will remain in the REV’IT! lineup. The …

The One and Only Ultra-Classic The Belstaff Tourist Trophy jacket is based on the iconic Belstaff Trialmaster jacket (review). But it’s now modernized with D3O protectors and a removable quilted lining. This type of waxed cotton water-resistant design has been used for well over 100 years and has been proven by sailors and anyone requiring protection from …

REV’IT! Chronos GTX Jacket Preview The new Rev’it Chronos GTX jacket is a replacement for the much-beloved Rev’it Turbine jacket that recently left the company’s lineup. Like other Rev’it products however, the Chronos GTX takes everything learned from the Turbine and kicks it up a notch, with a solid evolution of a proven design. Chronos is …

Dainese “Super Speed Tex” Jacket Review The Super Speed Tex (the official name) jacket is one of the most popular Dainese summer-weight textile jackets in 2013. In fact, it’s so popular that it has nearly sold out in every color and size this summer, with retailers asking for more. It’s functional yet stylish, with right on …

Rukka “Airway” Jacket Review The Rukka Airway jacket and AirVision pants combo is designed for hot-weather riding. But unlike most mesh motorcycle clothing, this gear is built to take all you can dish out — and then some. The Airway/AirVision outfit is more successful in many ways than the Rukka Armas outfit (review), which is designed for cooler …

Rukka “Armas” Jacket Review The Rukka Armas jacket and pants represent the highest level of technology for motorcycle gear available today. It includes “everything but the kitchen sink”, as the idiom goes. This includes high-tech goodies like Gore-Tex Pro Shell With Armacor, Superfabric, an Outlast liner and the latest iteration of the Gore “Lockout” closure system (report). And …

Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket Review The newly revised Firstgear Jaunt T2 jacket could very well be the best 3/4-length motorcycle jacket bargain going today. Everyone who has seen it has been impressed, because there’s a lot here for not a lot of money. In fact, it pretty much beats all of our old favorite “cheap” jackets. …

Dainese “Air Frame” Jacket Review The Dainese Air Frame jacket is also new for 2012. The Air Frame is a lighter-weight motorcycle jacket designed to provide excellent air flow with protective features and style. It provides maximum air flow due to the type of open-weave mesh used in the jacket shell. The jacket also includes …

Second Take on the BMG Adventure Jacket The British Motorcycle Gear BMG Adventure II jacket is a recent update to the original BMG Adventure jacket (review). The updates include the deletion of the removable sleeves (some originals with removable sleeves are still available). Also included in the Adventure II jacket is the use of new DuPont 2120D Cordura …

Clover Tekno Jacket Review The Clover Tekno jacket is the world’s first motorcycle jacket with detachable layers that is certified to the CE EN-13595 series Level 2 standard. The series includes three of the most important tests for motorcycle clothing: EN 13595-2 impact abrasion resistance; EN 13595-3 for burst strength and EN 13595-4 for impact …

Richa Spirit C_Change Jacket Review Richa is popular brand of motorcycle clothing in Europe and Richa clothing is now available in the U.S.A., imported and distributed by the Vega Helmet Corporation. The Richa Spirit C-Change jacket and pants are the company’s flagship outfit and the first of the Richa products delivered to the U.S. The jacket and …

The Klim Badlands Pro Jacket The new Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pants outfit is the very definition of “extreme duty” adventure touring gear — no doubt about it. The jacket and the pants provide a go-anywhere, highly protective “suit of armor” feel. It is also surprisingly comfortable in the hottest of summer weather. There …

REV’IT! Everest GTX Jacket Review The new Rev’it Everest GTX jacket is the company’s top-of-the-line product for 2011. It uses the most recent Gore-Tex technology, materials and features, including the Lockout closure system. It is impeccably tailored and constructed. It is biased more towards the street/sport and touring rider than the Defender GTX, which is …

Dainese “Shotgun” Jacket Review Outstanding air flow, great looks, super-comfy stretch fabric and Dainese quality make this a current favorite for riding during the global heat-up of 2010. Ask your favorite search engine for a report on “July 2010 record temperatures” or “world temperatures July 2010” or the like and you’ll find results that will be …

Dainese D-System D-Dry Jacket Review Classic styling, excellent construction, unique D-Dry liner and probably the best venting of any non-mesh 3/4-length jacket I’ve tried makes the D-System D-Dry jacket a four-season standout. Search webBikeWorld for the keyword “Dainese” and you’ll find just three articles featuring that storied brand. And if that isn’t sad enough, two …

An Alternative Firstgear TPG Jacket. Firstgear quality has improved dramatically over the past several years. The Teton jacket and Escape pants are proof. The jacket has many useful features. And with the optional Firstgear TPG “Basegear” layers and the included zip-out liner, this is a true all-around system. The liner is exceptionally comfortable and stylish …

Bargain of the Year Jacket Could this be the Bargain of the Year for 2009? The Fieldsheer Aqua Tour is comfortable and water resistant. It also comes in an extended size range including tall lengths. And last but not least, it looks great and it’s priced to sell! It’s that time again! Cool weather in the …

Rev’it! Dragon Jacket Who’s wearing 3/4-length jackets? Anyone?? We’ve had several very nice examples, all in pristine condition, up for grabs in the webBikeWorld garage sale, but no takers. I can’t remember the last time we received an email about a 3/4-length jacket. And I no longer see many 3/4-length jackets on the street. All of which leads me to …

Firstgear Rainier Jacket Review The Firstgear Rainier 3/4-length jacket has high-quality construction. It also has sophisticated styling and good looks. The TPG “system” includes a comfortable liner that can be worn as a windbreaker. The base layer is optional and costs extra, however. Collar has very limited adjustment. Surprising absence of front placket wind barrier under …

Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Jacket The Joe Rocket Ballistic jacket is this year’s perfect 3/4-length jacket for temperatures ranging from approximately 45 to 80 F (7 to 27 C). It’s light weight, very comfortable and fits like a glove. It also looks great, claimed waterproof, decent armor, good venting, loaded with innovate features…and the price …

Reasonably Priced 3/4-Length Jacket It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the more mature Firstgear Kilimanjaro or Denali jackets. But the Firstgear Jaunt jacket is a good choice for many reasons. That includes climates where sudden weather change is the norm, or for three to four season riding. The Firstgear Jaunt jacket is …

BMG Zodiac Jacket Lightweight jacket with chameleon styling works with anything from cruisers to Adventure Tourers. Includes six zippered vents, nice array of armor and a comfy but stylish fit. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when British Motorcycle Gear suggested the Zodiac jacket as a warm weather alternative to mesh. After all, mesh jackets have become …

Version 3 of the “Direct Air Hybrid Mesh” Jacket Combines Mesh with Solid Textiles for a Very Sturdy “full shell” Jacket The Direct Air Jacket V3 combines free-flowing mesh material with solid textiles in the impact zones. This makes the jacket feel a bit more sturdy than other “full shell” mesh jackets. But it does so …

BMG Challenger Jacket I’ll admit it: I’m a Belstaff fan and have been for a number of years. Belstaff was the “It” brand back in the day…I’m talking about the way, way back, when engineer boots, jeans and a thrift store leather jacket were all we had. Yep — add a pair of leather garden gloves and …

Olympia AST Jacket Review Do you find yourself browsing through the racks of gear at bike shops to check out the latest riding apparel? Maybe you’re like me, with a collection of riding jackets filling the closets throughout the house. Each one is designed to cope with a narrow range of weather conditions, but I never seem …

Belstaff “Mercury” Jacket Much has been written on this and many other sites about “The Quest for the Holy…..” err, sorry…. the “Perfect Jacket” — the one that does everything well, all the time. While we’d hate to pre-empt anything that Monty Python may come up with on this subject, we may have an answer to …

Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 Jacket It must be summer in the Northern Hemisphere. How can we tell? The volume of email requesting reviews of mesh jackets and other hot-weather riding apparel has been on the rise. Just for the record, we’ve reviewed tons of hot weather motorcycle riding apparel over the years. So if you’re looking to stay …

The Beemer Rider’s Uniform The Aerostich Darien is a nicely made jacket. It can be hot in the summer. The armor feels loose inside; the jacket does not have cinch straps on the arms. The collar pulls at my skin and the jacket isn’t as waterproof as I thought it would be. It’s also relatively expensive. Stop by …