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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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! 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 Mid-Range Adventure-Touring Jacket The REV’IT! Sand II jacket is an update to the originalREV’IT! Sand jacket (review). And the original Sand jacket was their best-selling jacket ever, according to REV’IT! The REV’IT! Sand II jacket and pants are the current highest level of REV’IT! clothing that does not include Gore-Tex. Several features of the Sand II jacket …

Pilot “Trans.Urban” Jacket The Pilot Trans-Urban jacket is comfortable and it feels rugged and reliable. The jacket shell is a combination of 600 denier “Pilotex” textile with 1680 denier overlays on the shoulders and elbows. It is also water-resistant; water did not leak through in our testing. The shell also feature an attached Reissa breathable waterproof liner …

Impulse LED Brake Light/Turn Signal Jacket October 17, 2013 – Here’s a quick video only of the Impulse LED jacket. This is a new company that coincidentally is located not far from the AIMExpo show in Orlando. So they decided to come over and show their new jackets, which are in the final prototype stages. …

Tucano Urbano “Trip” Jacket The Tucano Urbano Trip jacket is a very stylish take on motorcycle and scooter attire. No problem wearing this to a store, a movie or to dinner. In fact, it’s probably better looking than most jackets in your street wardrobe. Not only that, but it comes with a nice looking synthetic …

REV’IT! Neptune GTX Jacket Preview Continuing with the new Rev’it Mediterranean mythology naming conventions, the Neptune GTX is another all-new jacket for 2014. The Neptune GTX replaces the Rev’it Legacy GTX but once again, it gets kicked by a notch or two to make it even better. The Legacy GTX was a favorite do-it-all four-season jacket that …

REV’IT! Poseidon GTX Jacket Preview The Rev’it Poseidon GTX jacket takes over the top spot in the  Rev’it clothing lineup for 2014, replacing the Everest GTX jacket (review). The Poseidon GTX is a hybrid of the Everest GTX and the popular Rev’it Defender GTX (review), which will remain in the lineup. The Poseidon hits the mark with …

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 …

The REV’IT! Levante Men’s and Women’s Mesh Jacket The Rev’It Levante textile mesh jacket is a good, solid piece of gear that means business. It’s suitable for wear in all but the most extreme weather conditions. This was a rare opportunity to review both the men’s and women’s versions of the Rev’it Levante jacket, first introduced …

A High-Visibility Basic Jacket The REV’IT! Horizon HV (High Visibility) jacket is a very nice upgrade from the REV’IT! Energy HV jacket we reviewed in 2011. The Horizon jacket, also available in light gray or black, would be an excellent choice for general four-season use. The major difference between the Horizon and the Energy is the addition …

Sliders “All Season 2” Jacket With Kevlar The Sliders All Season 2 jacket is a very good combination of protection and versatility for comfortable multi-season riding conditions. Compromise. That’s the first thought that comes to mind when I hear the phrase “All Season”. When applied to motorcycle tires, it means they are designed to cope with various …

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 …

AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket Review The AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket is a modern take on the classic motorcycle jacket. It features modern touches like double-row stitching, removable CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor and an array of vents and pockets. The fit is nicely tailored and accurately sized. The lining is also very …

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 …

Castle “Slate” Jacket Review The Castle Slate jacket is inexpensive but it has all the basics, including a Hitena nylon shell, a mid-weight removable liner and shoulder and elbow padding. The generic styling is fine at this price point and the jacket comes in several colors, including this vibrant yellow. The overall construction and quality …

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. …

Clover Crossover Airbag Jacket Preview The new 2013 Clover Crossover jacket was announced at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany this week. The Crossover is the first three-layer jacket in the world that is equipped with a CE Level 2 (EN 1621-4) airbag back protector. The airbag meets CE Level 2 standards and it …