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Waterproof, Protective and a Unique Wrist Strap The REV’IT! Summit 2 H2O gloves are the latest revision to the popular Summit waterproof gloves These are street gloves designed for general use or touring in mild wet weather. The Summit 2 H2O gloves have several protective features, including a main knuckle protector with REV’IT! SEESOFT protection. …

Warm, Waterproof and Cheap The AGV Sport Telluride gloves are made for cool or cold weather riding. 3M Thinsulate insulation and a Hipora water- and wind-proof liner takes care of that. Leather construction adds protection and Schoeller Keprotec textiles are incorporated into the external shell. Clarino synthetic leather adds protection to the palms and outside …

Cool, Short and Protective The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro short-gauntlet gloves have a lot of protection for summer motorcycle riding. The overall build quality is outstanding, putting some of the other gloves we’ve reviewed recently to shame. They also have a very comfortable fit with a remarkable amount of dexterity and feel. Designed to be worn under a …

Max Ventilation With H2Out The new Spidi Ventamax mesh jacket is a summer version of the Spidi Multiwinter H2Out jacket. Both have what we call a 5/8 length. It’s slightly longer than your typical short mesh jacket but not quite 3/4-length. Goldilocks would like it — not too short, not too long, but just right! Spidi calls this an …

Roadgear “Cheetah” Motorcycle Gloves The Roadgear Cheetah gloves are for sport riding. These are leather gloves that offer a good combination of protection and comfort. The Cheetah gloves are well suited to the aggressive street rider as well as the touring rider who wants better protection than many touring-specific gloves provide. Roadgear gloves are no …

The Case of the Missing Gauntlet! I’ve noticed something very strange in the last three or four pairs of gloves that we’ve reviewed recently on webBikeWorld.com. Apparently, glove designers are in a conspiracy to shrink the gauntlet! Now maybe four pairs of gloves from as many different manufacturers may not be statistically significant, but I’m …

Popular Mesh Pants for Women and Men The REV’IT! Airwave 2 pants are a perfect match for the Airwave 2 jacket (review). The pants also match with many other REV’IT! jackets. This is one of the reasons why the Airwave 2 pants are so popular. We reviewed the Airwave pants in July of 2013. The Airwave 2 pants …

A Quality Mesh Jacket for Women and Men This is a review of the REV’IT! Airwave 2 jacket for men and women. The Airwave 2 jacket is a high-quality product with a superior fit. It’s cool, comfortable and reasonably safe, which checks all my boxes for a hot weather jacket! Over the years I have …

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) …

Urban Style Gloves Are Waterproof and Comfy The new Spidi Avant Garde gloves are about as comfy as you’ll get in a motorcycle glove. The leather is super-soft sheep and goat hide with dress glove feel. The interior is lined with soft and fluffy micro-fleece, just like ski gloves. But don’t let the looks fool …

City Street Stealth The Spidi Master Combat jacket is another brand-new design for 2016. It’s part of the very popular “Combat” lineup in the Spidi portfolio. The Combat family goes all the way back to 2001 and the original Motocombat H2Out jacket designed by Aldo Drudi. The Master Combat jacket has a military field jacket …

Is Comfy and Cheap Enough for Success? webBikeWorld published a review of the men’s version of the Roadgear H2O Tec gloves (review) way back in 2008. In that review, Burn described them as a “basic leather glove that’s roomy and comfortable” but not truly waterproof. We decided it was time for an update with the women’s version …

What’s An “Entry Level” Jacket? At its $144.00 list and $139.00 street price, the AGV Sport Torino jacket is about the least expensive 3/4-length touring jacket available today. It checks all the boxes with, of course, a few compromises. AGV Sport lists the Torino jacket as “entry level”, a label which means it will unfortunately be immediately …

2013 Summer Motorcycle Glove Review Series Preview For this series, we have eight different pairs of motorcycle gloves. Not all of them are strictly “summer” gloves, but hey — it’s close enough…and they all arrived around the same time. The series will take some time to complete, because it’s just not possible to pump out …

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- …

Leather, Luxury, Warmth and Protection The brand-new Spidi Firebird jacket is a looker with a protective inner secret. There’s a full complement of gen-u-wine CE certified (not just approved) elbow and shoulder protectors underneath that cool exterior. And you can even plug in a Spidi EN1621-2 Level 1 and Level 2 certified “Warrior” back protector insert for …

Protective Sport Gloves for Women and Men The Racer “High Racer” motorcycle gloves are very protective. These are a sport-type racing glove, with nearly identical features made in sizes for both women and men. They are designed for the track or street rider looking for a high level of protection. The gloves are loaded with protective features but …

Battle of the Body Protectors A long time ago, I discovered the benefits of ditching the stock protectors included with motorcycle clothing Underwear and wearing protective (“armored”) underwear instead. There are a couple of reasons for doing this. First, the armored underwear is elastic, so it locates the protectors right where they need to be …

Helite Airbag Technology in a Jacket webBikeWorld readers may remember our Helite “Airnest” Airbag Vest review. There are now three good news items to report: first, Helite products are now available in the U.S.A. Second, Helite has expanded (pun!) the lineup, with the new Helite Adventure Airbag Jacket (review). And third, Helite has partnered with Held to …

Leather and Heat for Winter Bikers This latest version of the Warmthru battery heated gloves are specifically designed for motorcycling. The new all-leather outer shell feels thick and supple. The interior fabric is soft and comfortable and the gloves feature a Hipora waterproof breathable membrane liner. The gloves proved waterproof in the webBikeWorld “Bucket Test”. The gloves …

The Held Version of the Dual Chamber Glove The Held Air N Dry gloves have an excellent overall construction. They also have the “dual chamber” design we’ve seen before. But this time, it’s a Gore-Tex waterproof chamber on top and a perforated leather chamber on the bottom. That does seem to us as reversed from …

Mix-and-Match Mesh Jacket and High-Viz Vest Like the Pilot Visto Air high-visibility jacket I reviewedrecently, the even simpler Pilot Slate Air jacket works as advertised. It is a comfortable and well-made mesh-based high-air-flow garment and costs just $99.99. Large sections of “Pilotex” micro-mesh fabric provide the ventilation. Strong and durable sections of 600 denier textile with …

Waterproof Gloves for Women and Men The Traveller gloves strike a good balance of protection and comfort in a touring style glove. The mcFIT liner system adds comfort and ensures that the gloves remain waterproof. In case you’re wondering, the word “Traveller” is the British spelling of the word, which means “someone who is traveling …

Street/Sport Gloves With Style They have protection for the aggressive street rider and they offer more protection than most commuting or touring gloves. This makes them a good all-around pair of motorcycle gloves that offer a good balance of protection and comfort. SuperFabric and CE certification, along with a proper gauntlet and wrist closure instill …

A High-Viz Mesh Jacket Value The Pilot Visto Hi-Viz Jacket is a near clone of the Pilot Direct Air jacket we reviewed in June 2014, but with one significant difference: the visibility factor. Instead of the strategically placed hi-viz insert panels used on the Direct Air, the Visto jacket is (almost) completely made up of high-visibility textile and …

The Gloves of August Excellent quality hot-weather gloves with a touch of kangaroo leather and Superfabric. Not the ultimate in protection, but perhaps enough to satisfy. As always with summer gloves, there’s a compromise between ventilation and safety. Held USA is under new management by SCHUBERTH USA. Seems a bit strange but makes a bit of sense also, …

The Perfect Compromise of Safety and Style? The REV’IT! Jersey and Philly jeans hit the formula just right, with style, comfort and performance. They’re made from Cordura Denim with Coolmax. The wear points have an extra layer of the special REV’IT! “PWR | shield” abrasion protection. This forms an extra layer in the seat and …

Protection? Comfort? Ventilation? Check. While not perfect, the Klim Induction gloves offer a winning combination of protective features, comfort and feel and hot weather ventilation. This combination does come at a price, but still provides good value for the money spent. Compromises. Most hot weather or “Summer” motorcycle riding gear will be a study in …

Let’s Reflect on This Mesh Jacket The Joe Rocket Phoenix Ion Jacket is a variant of the long-running and ever-popular Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh jacket (review). Our feeling is that there’s not all that much difference between the standard Phoenix jacket and the Phoenix Ion version. There is one thing though: the “INNOLITE” reflective coating on …

Make Your Motorcycle Clothes Waterproof Without Fluorocarbons – Using Nikwax Products to Treat a Textile Motorcycle Jacket This is an introduction to “Durable Water Repellency” (DWR) and a review of Nikwax Tech Wash and Nikwax TX Direct. webBikeWorld reader Nevin Power submitted this report, a veritable treatise on using Nikwax products to wash and re-treat …

AGV Sport “Gallant” Leather Gloves The AGV Gallant gloves are also new to the 2015 lineup. They’re another all leather type with no perforations or vents. The Gallant gloves are a close cousin to the AGV Spirit gloves described in Part 1 of this review. Where the Spirit gloves have a glossy leather exterior, the Gallant gloves …

Icon “Anthem Blender” Fabric/Leather Gloves The Icon Anthem Blender gloves are also new for 2015. This is the third and final pair in this brief “Too Light for Summer” look at ultra-lightweight motorcycle riding gloves. To be perfectly blunt, it’s difficult to recommend the Icon Anthem Blender gloves for any type of serious street riding. The gloves have …

AGV Sport “Spirit” Leather Gloves The AGV Sport Spirit gloves are new for 2015. They’re all leather with no perforations or vents and the leather is a light- to mid-weight type. AGV Sport lists these as “mid length” and that’s about right. The gauntlet is neither too short nor too long. They’re lined along the top and unlined …

No Liner Needed for Cold and Wet Weather If you’re looking for high-quality, full-featured motorcycle gloves for cold and wet weather, I have a pair for your consideration. The Knox Zero 2 gloves — revised and renamed from an earlier version — are windproof, waterproof, insulated and protective. And they still provide a good amount of dexterity …

The Dainese Modular Ventilation System Continued The Dainese D-Explorer pants are the perfect match for the Dainese D-Explorer jacket (review). As with the Dainese Teren pants (review), these would also make an excellent choice for all-season use with other types and brands of jackets. The pants have the unique Dainese “Modular Flap System” with a two-level adjustable …

Master the Elements With the REV’IT! Dominator GTX The brand-new REV’IT! Dominator GTX is the Netherlands-based company’s highest-spec jacket yet. While other top-of-the-line REV’IT! jackets are aimed at the 80/20 touring/adventure market, the Dominator GTX flips the ratio. That means the Dominator GTX is designed to compete with the likes of the Rukka Armaxis (review) and others in price …

The Perfect All-Season 3/4-Length Adventure Touring Jacket? Just when you thought that every possible iteration of the classic 3/4-length motorcycle jacket had been done, along comes the Dainese D-Explorer. This may just well be the “perfect” all-season, all-around, touring, dual-sporting and adventure-touring outfit you’ll find. Or should we append a “yet” to that sentence? If it …

Bull-it SR6 Jeans With Covec Lining The Bull-it jeans are now distributed and sold in the U.S.A. Bull-it jeans feature the special Covec Ltd. abrasion-resistant non-melting “Technical Textiles” liners The jeans are claimed to be tested to meet CE Level 1 for the SR6 jeans. This makes them one of the more protective motorcycle jeans …

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 …

Waterproof, Warm and Protective Winter Gloves If you’re looking for winter motorcycle gloves that won’t break the bank but will do everything a more expensive pair will, then it’s time to look at the Richa Arctic gloves. I have been wearing them over the past two months and have found them to be waterproof and …