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Men’s Vented Leather Motorcycle Jacket Note:  This article was first published in 2004.  The Vortech jacket has since been discontinued, although a few can still be found at various retailers. Leather is back!  Leather motorcycle jackets have been around forever, but they’ve been collecting a bit of dust on the racks over the last few years …

Mesh Motorcycle Jacket have become very popular in the few years that they’ve been on the market, and with good reason.  They’re a very welcome solution to hot-weather riding for those of us who like to have more than Fruit of the Loom between skin and asphalt. Motorcycle clothing manufacturers have been hard at work, …

Tourmaster Cortech GX Jacket – Pants Does anyone remember the so-called “good old days”, when motorcycle riding gear meant a pair of jeans, work boots, some old leather work gloves and a plastic helmet? When the latest thing in “cool” was an old Air Force or Police surplus leather jacket?  Yep, the good old days… …

Roadgear AirTek Mesh Jacket – AirTek Mesh Pants Can there ever be too many choices for warm weather clothing?  I’m not sure if the “perfect” mesh combo exists just yet, but the evolution of the technology to produce these materials will surely give us more options. The mesh motorcycle clothing phenomenon is relatively new, but …

Revit Motorcycle Clothing 2005 One of the toughest jobs for any company is developing and releasing a product line into an established market.  There are so many obstacles to consider, like developing and executing a marketing strategy, establishing brand recognition and implementing a distribution and logistics network. Actually, designing and manufacturing the products is probably …

Alpinestars Drystar Suit There’s a strong correlation between my desire to sleep in as late as possible on a work day and a steadily declining regard for wearing proper safety gear on my morning commute. I have distant memories of having staggered out of bed with enough time to toast a bagel and eat it …

The Minimalist’s All-Season Riding Outfit If you’ve already taken a trip to Tierra del Fuego or have been on some other major dual-sport adventure, like the Trans-America Trail (report), you probably have very specific clothing requirements. On the other hand, if you’re content to ride the roads that are more heavily traveled (or at least better …

Leather Motorcycle Jacket Leather has a definite ch’i that speaks to you as soon as you get near it.  I guess it’s a combination of the look, the touch and a little bit of the smell, but get anywhere near some high-quality leather and it sort of jumps right out at you, demanding attention. And one of …

Fox Creek Leather “V 1.8” Jacket Next time Uncle Ralph claims that “they don’t make ’em like that any more”, break out your Fox Creek Leather V 1.8 jacket. We were impressed with the Fox Creek Leather Men’s Vented Racing Jacket and Lori (our Women’s Motorcycle Clothing page editor) absolutely loves her Women’s 3/4 Length Jacket, which still gets raves from strangers …

Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo Jacket This is the third in our series of reviews featuring Alpinestars mesh motorcycle clothing. First up was the Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 mesh jacket, then the matching Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo mesh pants, and this review features the ACR Air-Flo mesh jacket. We also have two pairs of Alpinestars jeans in the review pipeline, the Alpinestars …

Klim In For Summer And It’s The Most Functional Lightweight Mesh Jacket We Have Ever Reviewed. The Klim Induction jacket was introduced in 2014 and has been recently updated. The design and execution of this latest version may just make it the most functional lightweight mesh jacket that we have ever reviewed. Its high-visibility colouration …

Updated Pilot Mesh Over Pants for Hot Weather Provide Great Value for the Money It was just about three years ago when we reviewed the original version of the Pilot Omni Air Over Pants. The Omni Air Over Pants V2 have a few updates from the originals, with a small $15.00 price increase. I’ll point out the …

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 …

Soft, Waterproof Women’s Gloves: A Redux This is the third in a series of women’s motorcycle clothing reviews I’m doing, focused on Spidi motorcycle gear. Burn did a review of the men’s version of the Avant Garde gloves almost exactly one year ago in March of 2016. This review of the “Lady” version is meant …

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 …

Mid-Range All-Arounders The REV’IT! Sand 3 pants are a continuing evolution of the original REV’IT! Sand pants (review). We first started reviewing the REV’IT! Sand series way back in 2010. In all that time, the Sand jacket and pants have proven to be among the most popular items in the REV’IT! lineup. That’s because they hit …

Can The Pilot Waterproof Over Pants Deliver In The Crowded Sub-$200 Category? We Try Them & Find Out. The Pilot Dura pants are basic motorcycle riding pants that function well. But they’re probably not equivalent to the Pilot Trans Urban V2 jacket (review) from a value perspective. Pilot has upgraded the knee protectors in the Dura pants …

Street Sharp Shirt-Jac With A Wisp of Protection The REV’IT! Westport overshirt is what we used to call a “shirt-jac”, or shirt jacket. You might call this an 80/20 combo of street wear with a touch of protection. The outer shell is a fairly hefty 11 oz. Cordura denim with what feels like (but isn’t) a …

Street Chinos for Motorcycling The REV’IT! Alpha RF (“Regular Fit”) chinos are actually motorcycle pants. But you — nor anyone else — would ever know it! Hidden underneath that 10 oz. Cordura stretch denim is the REV’IT! PWR shield cut, tear and abrasion-resistant fabric, double in the knees and seat. Also included are the clever …

Inexpensive Winter Gloves From Pilot The Pilot Obsidian gloves have just about every feature you need for winter, all at a great price. Materials used include about 40% soft leather and 60% textile. There’s a big carbon fiber main knuckle protector and a secure wrist strap. Touch-sensitive overlays are included for working that smartphone. The …

The Search for a Lightweight Winter Outfit The goal: a winter motorcycle riding outfit without the bulk. We’ve done this before — sort of. Long-time webBikeWorld readers may recall our 2009review of the Firstgear Teton jacket. That review had a similar objective: a lighter-weight, short jacket with matching pants for winter. This review isn’t necessarily an update on …

Waxed Cotton and Leather? The AGV Sport Compass jacket combines a unique and “modern retro” look with protection of a modern motorcycle jacket. Accommodations are present for back protection and CE rated elbow and shoulder protection is include. The unique construction consists of a brown waxed cotton and buffalo leather to deliver a look that …

The Unknown Motorcycle Jeans The Lindstrands Blaze pants may just be one of the best motorcycle jeans you’ve never heard of. Lindstrands Blaze jeans are one of the few bike jeans that don’t use Kevlar or aramid fibres for abrasion protection and are all the more comfortable for it. The Blaze jeans are available in …

Sport/Street Gloves for Women and Men The Spidi STS-R gloves come in a variety of colors for women and men. They’re racy looking and the price seems reasonable for all the features they have. They are also very comfortable, well constructed and have technical features, but there’s something missing: a wrist retention strap. When I think of …

Retro Leather Jacket With a Modern Twist The iXS Curtis leather jacket is a different take on retro leather. It also helps to illustrate the range of products available in the very broad iXS catalog. The Curtis comes in two striking color combinations: the chocolate brown shades shown here and a red/black with cream combo. The …

Night Eye for Night Riders The Macna Ivy RL jacket is comfortable and functional. It has all the features you need to keep riding from autumn, through winter and into spring. When it’s bathed in the glow of headlights, the innovative Night Eye material makes the Ivy RL light up like a Christmas tree. With …

Leather, Airbag and a Back Protector This is a “Quick Look” at the Helite leather airbag jacket. We have reviewed several Helite airbag products so far. Those include the Helite Adventure airbag jacket (review) and the Helite Turtle Airbag Vest (review). The Turtle airbag vest is included as part of the Adventure jacket and the leather airbag jacket. In …

Crash Tested Overpants for Men and Women The Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 textile riding pants offer versatility, protection and bang for the buck. In fact, this pair survived a crash that totaled the bike; more on that below. Also, both men’s and women’s specific versions of the Ballistic 7.0 pants are available. A huge size …

Gore-Tex, Waterproof, CE Certified “Handschuhe” The iXS “Vidar” gloves may look fairly basic but the details and execution are what make the difference. First off, the Gore-Tex waterproof guarantee is the headliner here. But there’s a lot more than that… The Vidar gloves are not heavily lined, so they’re not necessarily designed for ultra-cold weather. But they are …

Motorcycle Gloves by Oregonians? HMK designs and sells outdoor gear, specializing in winter sports like snowmobiling. The company recently started developing a line of motorcycle-related products. The small lineup includes motorcycle gloves and some crossover products such as protectors, backpacks and goggles. There are even a few HMK-branded off-road helmets now available. HMK is an …

The Latest in Heated Grips The Koso Apollo heated grips are simple and innovative. The left grip has a built-in controller and on/off switch, which definitely streamlines the installation process. These are the top-of-the-line Koso heated grips with a unique built-in controller. They have five heat levels, controlled by a simple thumb button that has …

Soft and Stylish Retro Leather for Women and Men The very retro Spidi Ace leather jacket is also very popular. It’s available in both women’s and men’s specific sizes and styling in black only. There’s a “blackout” version for both women and men, with blacked-out stripes instead of the “Black/Ice” version with white stripes shown here. …

Warm and Waterproof Street Style for Women The Spidi Stormy H2Out Jacket combines street wear with waterproof motorcycle protection. It has “Urban” style that makes it versatile off the bike as well as on. The jacket is very comfortable, warm, windproof and waterproof, making it an excellent choice for three-season use. It has Spidi style and construction …

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 …

Comfort, Protection and Style Roseberry women’s jeans by Knox, the armour specialists, offer protection combined with comfort and style. And that’s everything you want from a pair of motorcycle jeans. I’ve never been a big fan of motorcycle jeans. It seems to me that they try to do two jobs and fail at both: not …

Summer Gloves With Questionable Protection I’ve been on a quest. This time, it’s in search of the perfect summer motorcycle gloves. But I’m not sure if the perfect pair really does exist. Sure, there are plenty of textile mesh or perforated leather choices. But I haven’t really found anything that offers the winning combination of protection and …

Three Season Pants for Women and Men The Enterprise 2 pants are a good choice for cool and inclement weather motorcycle riding. The pants offer REV’IT! quality and design at a competitive price There are many changes in this second version of the Enterprise pants that separate it from the original not only in design …

Do-It-All Jacket for Men and Women The REV’IT! Outback 2 jacket is versatile multi-season garment. It’s styled for adventure with more of a standard 3/4 jacket length in the front. The Outback 2 includes multiple liners which can be swapped in and out or combined. These cover most weather conditions and the ventilation works well …

BOA System and 15-Way CE Protection The Knox Orsa gloves are cool and comfortable for summer, with all the protective features you’d expect from Knox. They’re CE certified to EN13594:2012 for everything from Design and Construction to the pH value of the leather. The certification also includes abrasion resistance; impact resistance with the Knox SPS …