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A New Year Brings New Gear and REV’IT! Updates I’ve been closely following REV’IT! since the Netherlands-based company first started selling motorcycle clothing in the U.S. over a decade ago. This has provided me with a unique perspective in learning how the various products evolve over time. For example, the original REV’IT! Cayenne jacket (review) from 2005 …

Denim Jackets With CE-Rated Protection The Bull-it Carbon and Roadster jackets are an excellent blend of casual looks and tough protection. Neither jacket gives away its function as protective gear, as the styling of both jackets is subdued. In fact, if the protectors were removed, I see no reason that these jackets couldn’t be used …

Inexpensive Instant Heat The Joe Rocket “Rocket Burner” gloves are new for the winter of 2014. These are textile gloves with a “stainless core heating system” pumping out 3 levels of near-instant heat where it counts — on top of the fingers and thumb. The gloves are also claimed waterproof, with a Hipora liner. But one didn’t …

Teknic Cyclone Jacket & Pants Review Every once and a while, someone comes up with a completely new way of doing things with an idea, a strategy or a product that immediately sets them apart from the crowd. In business terms, it’s called “jumping the curve”, a phrase that, as far as I know, was …

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 …

Gore-Tex and Outlast Reporting for Winter Duty The Rukka Imatra gloves pretty much have it all. Gore-Tex? Check. That means they’re 100% guaranteed waterproof. Leather? Check. Nice ‘n’ soft. Doubled on the middle knucks. Knuckle protection? Check. Nice big carbon fiber unit over the mains and TPU cover the first three fingers. Scaphoid palm slider? Check. Secure …

IXS Swiss Motorcycle Fashion Coming to the U.S.A. October 21, 2014 – In what could be one of the most interesting reveals at the 2014 AIMExpo show, IXS Motorcycle Fashion announced its U.S. introduction. The IXS brand is owned by Hostettler AG, a large Swiss-based, 100-year-old family-owned company. Hostettler AG is the Yamaha importer for Switzerland …

Ingenious REV’IT! Safeway Connector Belt The REV’IT! Safeway belt was first introduced on webBikeWorld in the REV’IT! 2014 Fall/Winter preview. The Safeway belt connector is a simple device that slides over the leather belt and adds a connector that fits any REV’IT! jacket. Not only is it simple and easy to use, the design is ingenious …

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 …

Wake ‘Em Up With the “Neon” Version of the Boulder 2 Jacket Can you see me now? If you miss seeing me on the road when I’m wearing this hi-viz neon garment then there is truly something wrong. Even at night, the minimalistic but strategically placed retro-reflective strips cannot be missed when illuminated. Even the BMW Motorrad …

REV’IT! Memphis H20: World’s First Waterproof Jeans? The REV’IT! Memphis H20 jeans have a Hydratex 3L (3 Layer) waterproof liner bonded to the inside of the denim. A full-length internal mesh liner adds comfort on the inside. But the Memphis H20 jeans do not have a full-length abrasion-resistant Kevlar or other type of lining. The …

Versatile Pants Are A Match for Any Jacket The new Fieldsheer Adventure Tour jacket (review) has a pair of matching pants. No surprise there! The pants are made from the same Fieldsheer-developed 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell — “heavy duty” stuff. With a different approach and to simplify the on/off process, the Exkin Air insulating liner is …

Moto-Skiveez Motorcycle Underwear Moto-Skiveez are underwear for motorcycle riding designed by a competitive motorcyclist. Moto-Skiveez have a nice design and construction that should work well for many riders, off-road, touring, sport or street riding. Most motorcycle riders at one time or another have had to deal with the issue of on-bike comfort. Most motorcycles are …

REV’IT! Flatbush Jacket: Urban Street Style With Protection The REV’IT! Flatbush jacket is a modern take on a motorcycle classic. It is made from a soft and supple full grain cowhide with an “understated simple” design theme. But underneath that unadorned exterior lies SAS-Tech shoulder and elbow “armor” for serious protection. The Flatbush jacket can also fit …

Tucano Urbano “Calamaro” Gloves Review It is seldom the season for mesh gloves in London; mine get so little wear I’ve been using the same ones since 2005. But occasionally it is time for something a little lighter, so I gave the Tucano Urbano Calamaro a try. With their leather palm and light textile upper, they looked …

Racer “Queens” Women’s Leather Motorcycle Gloves The Racer Queens gloves are made from black goat leather with a light pink liner. The design is feminine with functionality at its heart. Right from the package, the gloves fit well and have remained comfortable. While not without some shortfalls, the Queens gloves represent good value, like most …

Dainese “Veleta” Gore-Tex X-TRAFIT Waterproof Gloves The Dainese Veleta gloves are an interesting new design for 2014. The design is a successful mashup of features cribbed from motocross, adventure-touring and street touring gloves. The Veleta gloves passed the webBikeWorld “Bucket Test” with flying colors; that is, they’re completely waterproof, due to the Gore-Tex 3-layer X-TRAFIT …

Forcefield Pro and Sport Lite Back Protector Inserts Forcefield has added the Sport Lite line of Level 1 back protector inserts to their product lineup. Also, the Forcefield Pro back protector insert is now available in eight different sizes (up from 6) to fit a variety of motorcycle jackets. The Forcefield Pro back protector inserts …

Dainese “Manis” Back Protector The new Dainese Manis back protector is very comfortable, relatively thin, has good ventilation and also meets the CE Level 2 standard. The comfort comes from the overlapping plates that make up the outer layer on the back of the protector. They are connected with rows of thin elastic strapping that …

Rukka “Armaxion” Jacket Review The Rukka Armaxion jacket is sort of a variant of the ultra-spec Rukka Armas jacket (review). The Armaxion jacket differs in that it doesn’t have the Superfabric or the Gore Lockout closure system (report) of the Armas. It also has a slightly different cut or styling than the Armas; the former is more of …

X-Vent Pants for Winter The REV’IT! X-vent pants have a warm removable quilted thermal lining. It attaches with zippers and the pants lining is waterproof. Vents are located on the thighs, although they don’t flow much air. The pants include Knox CE-approved protectors in the knees and soft foam padding for the hips. The pants …

Mesh Over Pants for Hot Weather Riding The Pilot Omni over-pants are available in the Omni Air mesh version described in this review or as a solid textile version. Both are designed as over-pants, so they can be worn alone or over jeans or other street pants. The Omni Air mesh over-pants have a thick-feeling …

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 …

Pilot Direct Air Hybrid Mesh Jacket The Pilot Direct Air jacket is good-looking, nicely made and comes in a variety of color combinations. It’s a hybrid mesh/textile jacket, with large sections of “Pilotex” mesh for ventilation with textile on the abrasion points. Included is a removable waterproof liner and CE-rated protectors in the shoulders and elbows. The …

Speed & Strength “Rage With the Machine” Gloves This is a webBikeWorld Owner Report by J.L.B. on the Speed and Strength “Rage With the Machine” motorcycle gloves.Speed & Strength seems to be everywhere these days with a wide range of reasonably priced motorcycle clothing and helmets. The Rage with the Machine gloves are third from the …

Rukka “AirMan” Jacket Review The Rukka AirMan jacket is an update of the Rukka Airway jacket, reviewed exactly one year ago on webBikeWorld. The Airway was a short length jacket but the AirMan is now a longer adventure-touring design. There’s really no comparison between the two however, because the AirMan has many new features and a completely …

M-Tech T-Sport Leather Jacket The M-Tech T-Sport leather jacket is a modern take on the classic leather motorcycle jacket. It has a few hidden technology updates, including the water and stain repelling “Mastrotech” leather treatment. The other modern addition is the “Refraction” technology, which reduces UV light absorption and is claimed to reduce the temperatures of …

AGV Sport “Mercury” Motorcycle Gloves Review The AGV Sport Mercury gloves are a lightweight summer choice with barely-there protection. But, but…at a nearly giveaway price and with probably the best reflectivity you’ll ever find on any pair of motorcycle gloves…and a pretty darn nice main knuckle protector, well, why not? If they had more finger …

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 …

One-Piece Suit for Surviving The Joe Rocket Survivor Suit is an inexpensive way to get into a one-piece textile suit that is versatile enough for year-round use (depending on your local weather extremes). It also has a more “sporty” look than most other textile suits. I have wanted a one-piece textile suit for several years. …

Dainese Teren D-Dry Pants Review As you might expect, the Dainese Teren pants are the perfect match for the Dainese Teren jacket (review). But the Teren pants would also make an excellent choice for all-weather wearing with other types and brands (Shhh — don’t tell Dainese!) of jackets. The pants have the same “heavy duty” Cordura …

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 …

Tucano Urbano “Urbis” 4th Generation Jacket The Tucano Urbano Urbis looks like a plain black jacket, right? But like most of the other Tucano Urbano products, behind that exterior many clever and unique features are hidden. The Urbis jacket is also stylish in a subtle way and that is a recipe for success. And the …

Tucano Urbano “Dora” Women’s Motorcycle Jacket Tucano Urbano must be almost unique in that they make just as many jackets for women as for men. Sometimes they’re even complementary versions of the same design. Example: the Tucano Urbano “Mod” and “Modette” parkas of their wonderfully named “Mork” and “Mindy” quilted jackets. When selecting items for …

REV’IT! Oceanus GTX Gloves Review The Rev’it Oceanus GTX gloves are new for the fall and winter of 2013 and 2014. The “GTX” label signifies the Gore-Tex guaranteed waterproof and breathable membrane liner, and the Oceanus GTX gloves definitively passed the webBikeWorld “Bucket Test”. The glove exterior is entirely made from goat leather, which is …

Tucano Urbano “Seppia Invernale” Gloves Review The Tucano Urbano Seppia Invernale gloves are comfortable, warm and good-looking.They’re kind of a “stealth” winter motorcycle glove because it’s not easy to tell that there’s a big, hard main knuckle protector under the corduroy-look exterior. The finger knuckles have small hard protectors also. The gloves are completely waterproof, having …

Racer “Advance” Gore-Tex Gloves Review Like other winter gloves being reviewed in this series, the Racer Advance Gore-Tex “2-in-1” gloves are very comfortable when properly sized. They’re also very warm and quite unassuming in appearance, less the numerous branding markings. Setting them apart from many gloves though is the clearly labeled and highly valued Gore-Tex …

Racer “Race Carbon” Gloves Review The Racer Race Carbon gloves sacrifice some insulation and the Gore-Tex liner to both the Racer Advance gloves (review) and Racer Elevate gloves (review). Nevertheless, the Racer Race Carbon gloves have become my favourite. They are lightweight but solid, flexible but supporting, pliable but protective and they sure do provide lots of grip, wet …

Racer “Elevate” Gore-Tex Gloves Review The Racer Elevate gloves aren’t much like the other two Racer models evaluated — the Racer Advance gloves (review) and the Racer Race Carbon gloves (review). That is somewhat of a disappointment, although in retrospect, first impressions did count. We also had our doubts about how they would fare once exposed to the wBW “Bucket …

2013 REV’IT! Spring and Summer Clothing   Summary REV’IT! has several new and interesting products for 2013. This includes a modular system for owners to add options like a reflective vest, cooling vest or a new back protector system to REV’IT! jackets. REV’IT! has also introduced a brand-new type of motorcycle glove main knuckle protector …