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Joe Rocket Speedmaster 5.0 Perforated Pants Review Ask me what the Joe Rocket brand represents and I’d probably say “a line of decent, serviceable motorcycle apparel, sold at reasonable prices”. While their products might not be the most stylish or the most innovative (although I’m sure they’d argue with that), one thing’s for sure: you …

BMG “Rapido” Motorcycle Gloves High quality gloves with all the right features at an amazingly low price. Secret vent holes make a difference in warm weather (details below). And the triple wrist attachment keeps everything secure. British Motorcycle Gear has been around long enough now to call it an institution. Hard-core Britbike owners know BMG as the American go-to …

Roadgear H20-Tec Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves Roomy summer/fall touring glove for riders who are uncomfortable with large swatches of carbon fiber and padding. Roadgear makes a ton of motorcycle gear, including a large selection of gloves. The Roadgear H2O Maxx leather mesh gloves (review), the Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec gloves (review) and their “Boss” winter waterproof gloves …

An Ice-Packed Moisture Wicking Cooling Shirt Moisture-wicking shirt with four pockets for “HydroCOOL” ice packs. The inserts are soaked in water and frozen, then inserted into the shirt and provide relief from the heat…while they last. Every year about this time, motorcycle riders living south of about 42 degrees of latitude start their annual search …

REV’IT! “Air” Mesh Jacket Review The Rev’it Air jacket is new for 2008. It’s designed for hot weather riding and it offers sophisticated styling with high levels of air flow with Rev’it quality and a competitive price. The Rev’it Air jacket is new for 2008 and it’s the lightest weight hot weather jacket in the Rev’it …

REV’IT! Mistral Mesh Pants Review Stylish mesh pants with Rev’it quality.  These fit better than the Rev’it Airvent mesh pants we reviewed several years ago.  With the zip-in Hydratex wind- and water-proof liner, these could be three-season pants, depending on your local climate.  Get ’em while you can though; our sources tell us that the Rev’it Mistral …

MTech Racer and Shift Carbine vs. Teknic Violator Motorcycle Gloves – Part II Pre-curved fingers and thick leather protectors with stretch material to keep everything together, the Shift Carbine gloves are another worthy alternative to the old Teknic Violator gloves. This is the second of a two-part series comparing modern alternatives to an old favorite, the …

MTECH Racer Motorcycle Gloves Review Quality protection at a relatively inexpensive price from an Italian manufacturer of high-tech leather motorcycle clothing. It’s been a long time and my hands have passed through many gloves, but truth be told, I hadn’t found a replacement for my old and trusty pair of original Teknic Violator gloves (review). Alas, …

Roadgear Carbon Maxx Summer Vented Motorcycle Gloves A summer vented glove that actually offers some protection. Unique hybrid gauntlet is long on one side and short on the other to help maximize air flow, but the tradeoff is it can interfere with some jacket cuffs. Roadgear has done it again — they sure seem to …

Olympia 710 and 711 Gel Reflector Gloves The best bargain you can find for summer motorcycle gloves? Can a $25 pair of gloves actually be worthwhile? It’s a good day when you can find a pair of gloves that not only look good, but have a comfy fit. For the past few weeks I’ve been …

Rev’it Cayenne Pro Pants Review The new Rev’it Cayenne Pro pants are designed to be the perfect match for the Cayenne Pro jacket, but they’re also make a very nice all-around pair of trousers for touring, sport-touring or general motorcycling. They include sharp “Enduro/Adventure” styling, high-quality tailoring and materials and dual liners that zip connect …

Akuma Street Fighter Gloves Review Super soft and comfortable leather along with carbon fiber protection means the new Akuma Street Fighter gloves are a perfect cross between a touring and race glove. We usually run a summer glove feature around this time of year, but not much has changed since our 2007 Summer Glove “Extravaganza”, with very …

Joe Rocket Makes a Dual-Purpose Vest The Joe Rocket Sahara vest uses evaporative cooling effect when soaked in cool water. When it’s dry, the vest can also be used to ward off the chill in cool weather. It zips into Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 and Reactor jackets, but it can be worn under any mesh-type …

Ganka GKS 60-1003 Cold Weather Gloves A good cold and wet weather glove that won’t break the bank. Just don’t try to wear it when the mercury is over 20 Celsius! It’s late Spring in the northern hemisphere, and thoughts of winter gloves may be fading from memory, but it’s going winter in the lower half …

Icon Strongarm 13 Jacket Review The Icon Strongarm 13 is a very cool “custom” jacket. It has over-the-top staying but it’s actually very comfortable, includes vents and even armor! Don’t get scared guys — the Strongarm 13 really is a men’s jacket, but #13 was lucky for me. The jacket wasn’t supposed to be mine, but …

Rynus Exodus Motorcycle Gloves Review Rynus has apparently chosen some interesting biblical names for their clothing items, including the Genesis and Ruah jacket and these Exodus gloves. The Exodus gloves are a good stylistic match for the Rynus leather jackets, with their red, white and black colors carrying the theme especially from the Rynus Charisma jacket. Rynus …

The Ultra Mesh 3/4-Length Jacket The new REV’IT! Sirocco may just be the “perfect” hot weather riding jacket. It offers excellent air flow, light weight, soft and comfortable (but protective) fabric and great styling. But even the Sirocco was designed for the heat, it’s also one of the most versatile motorcycle jackets available. It should …

One of the Best Gets an Update The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro has a few subtle but significant changes to the original REV’IT! Cayenne jacket (review). The changes were prompted by the input from Cayenne jacket owners. This has made the Cayenne Pro one of the most versatile, highest quality motorcycle jackets available. Here it is, almost the end …

Rynus Charisma Motorcycle Jacket Review I covered the Rynus Ruah jacket in part one of this three-part series on Rynus motorcycle clothing. I’m not sure why I decided to write about the Ruah first, when the Charisma is the “top-of-the-line” Rynus jacket, but no matter. Rynus also makes the “Genesis” jacket, and it holds the number three …

Rynus Ruah Motorcycle Jacket Review I’ll have to confess that I don’t know much at all about Rynus clothing, other than “Rynus” must have something to do with the word “Rhino” — the clue is the stylized Rhinoceros logo that appears on their clothing. A Rhinoceros, when you think about it, is probably a good …

SHIFT Streetfighter Jacket   Summary Comfortable jacket for street or touring is adaptable to a wide variety of weather conditions. Good looks and relatively low price make it a bargain. Background Buddha stopped answering the 14 questions, and I long ago stopped answering this one: “What’s the best four-season motorcycle jacket?”. That quest is something …

SHIFT Streetfighter SS Waterproof Motorcycle Jacket Comfortable jacket for street or touring is adaptable to a wide variety of weather conditions. Good looks and relatively low price make it a bargain. Buddha stopped answering the 14 questions, and I long ago stopped answering this one: “What’s the best four-season motorcycle jacket?”. That quest is something akin to …

Teknic Freestyle Jacket Great-looking short jacket with external armor that is also a design feature.  Relatively light weight nylon shell makes this a jacket for warmer weather.  It has a number of zippered vents on the outside, but permanently attached internal liner prevents most of the air from getting through. Teknic is known for its …

First All-Mesh 3/4-Length Jacket Announced February 19, 2008: REV’IT! will also be introducing the Sirocco (alt: Scirocco) jacket in 2008. The Sirocco is designed for warm weather, and since we get more visitor email about good warm weather clothing than we do about cold weather clothing, I’m betting that this jacket will be a big hit. The …

Rev’it Cayenne Pro February 19, 2008 – The annual Powersports Dealer Expo show officially opens on Saturday morning each President’s Day weekend.  I usually wait until Sunday morning for my annual visit to the Rev’it booth, when things slow down a bit and while everyone else is still recovering from the previous night’s entertainment. This year …

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 …

Warmthru G3 Fingerheater Battery Heated Gloves and G1 Battery Heated Glove Liners Battery heated gloves have a great deal of potential for motorcycle riding and they will hopefully equal the heat generated by wired gloves someday soon. This is more of an update or report than a review, and it serves as the final installment of …

Lectra Sox Battery Heated Socks Review We tried everything we could think of but just can’t seem to get any heat from these socks. Battery heated clothing has been evolving and improving each year. I have no doubt that one day we’ll have thin, flexible, light weight and warm clothing that maintains exact temperatures with …

Neck Tube Warmers or “Gaiters” for Motorcycle Riding Each of these products will block the wind and add comfort and warmth in cold weather, and they’re recommended for motorcycle riding in winter. The Biker’s Comfort in Action “Bike Pit” neck gaiter has a comfortable fleece lining. The Knox “Cold Killers Maxi Tube” and “Hot Hood” …

Motoport Police Kevlar Pants Review High quality pants offer good protection and are useful in many different environments. My goal was to find a pair of pants with a high level of protection throughout the garment. The pants also had to be practical to wear even in the warm, humid weather that is typical here …

Olympia 4298 Gore-Tex “2in1” Commander Gloves Somewhat innovative in design but execution is less than perfect. Sizing is restrictive; all that bulk overwhelms the functionality and feeling that a glove, no matter what its intended use, should provide. Obviously weather-proof and warm, the glove is better suited for ATV or snowmobile use, rather than daily use as …

Orina 118 Motorcycle Gloves Review Completely waterproof in the webBikeWorld “Bucket Dunk” water trials. The liner and thick insulation makes the gloves feel stiff, numbing control feel and making for a longer reach to the levers. No knuckle or wrist protectors. The Orina 118 gloves are decent enough but not outstanding cold weather gloves. The …

Jett Battery Heated Vest: Take 2 We reviewed the original Jett battery heated vest in October 2006. Jett made a few changes to the 2007 version so we decided to post this report. The original Jett heated vest was a breakthrough. It allowed motorcyclists to stay warm without wires! We’ve been predicting the eventual dominance of battery …

Knox Windproof Underwear vs. Under Armour ColdGear Review Knox “Cold Killer” windproof underwear is specifically designed for motorcycle riding and is our preferred choice. Both brands run small, in our opinion, so choose carefully. It seems like just yesterday we posted our review of Under Armour HeatGear. That was in the blistering heat of summer …

Psychological or Real Back Support? We Test Back-A-Line Back Support Belt The Back-A-Line is a true back support, not an elastic “kidney belt”. It’s patented and the manufacturer says it’s medically proven to promote good posture. It can help reduce back pain and it’s fairly comfortable. The slightly thick design may mean a tight fit …

Airbag Technology for Motorcycle Racers The technology piloted for the Dainese D-Air air bag system was used for the first time ever during the Grand Prix race in Valencia when it was inadvertently tested by by Marco Simoncelli in 250 cc class. The D-Air air bag system was designed by Dainese (the racing version is …

Tourmaster Synergy Gloves Review These Tourmaster Synergy gloves barely put out any heat, unlike the Tourmaster Synergy heated vest, which pumps out almost too much. In my opinion, the gloves are clumsy, they make my hands sweat, the gauntlets are strange and the wiring connectors get in the way. I really like the Tourmaster Synergy vest but, …

Tourmaster Synergy Vest for Heat The prodigious amount of heat is transferred smoothly and evenly through carbon fiber fabric, so no worries about hot spots or wires. Segment-busting price includes the controller that should come with every other heated vest but doesn’t. Also, a wiring harness for the bike that should come with every other …

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 …

Aqua Leopard Skin! WOW! What can I say, other than the Cortech LNX is not your typical women’s motorcycle jacket. Let me start with a couple of confessions: I just started riding motorcycles (as a passenger ONLY). What is my other confession? I am addicted to fashion. I love clothes, especially clothes that look like …