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Introduction wBW has been doing product reviews, collections, and new product line overviews and long-term evaluations of adventure touring equipment for years with REV’IT products prominently featured… for all the right reasons – they have a diverse product line featuring innovative and versatile riding gear. Past Gear Limitations & Current Option Diversity For most of …

Introduction wBW has been doing REV’IT! product reviews, collection, and new product line roundups and long-term evaluations of their products for years, and for all the right reasons – they have a diverse product line featuring innovative and versatile riding gear. Past Gear Limitations & Current Option Diversity For most of my decades-long riding career, …

Introduction Welcome to another installment of the Motonation Apparel Textile Gear Series featuring the Cappra Vented (Textile) Pants. And yes, I know Kathy Koewler reviewed a pair of them in May 2018, so this is a refresh – and these are the Sand tone variant, changing everything, no? A well-known source for premier riding gear, …

First Impressions & Basic Information The first thing everyone is going to say about the Biltwell Lane Splitter is that it looks cool. This helmet is a fashion statement. Of course, there will be some naysayers in the looks department because everyone has their own opinions when it comes to style. I think it looks …

A Tale of Two Helmets: GT Air vs. GT Air II I’m regularly informed by many people how my 14 yr old son “looks just like you.” I can see similarities for sure, but to me, he’s taller, updated, improved, and a less hairy version of me that society will happily embrace whereas it mainly …

Background It’s been a long, tough winter here in the heartland. Record snowfall and record flooding have kept us indoors and dampened our spirits. I can’t remember a time when I’ve longed for Spring more than this year. So I was very excited when the GMAX OF77 helmet arrived at my doorstep, heralding the beginning …

When it comes to the Women’s Automag 2 jacket,  ICON Motosports claims, “We understand the core needs of the street-focused rider.” They aren’t lying. The jacket does many things and does them all well, which is a rare find for a price under $250. The Automag 2 doesn’t just perform well, it also looks the …

Introduction Arai helmets. Anyone who has taken the time to study the process that goes into making an Arai helmet will no doubt agree that they make helmet production into an artform. From the handmade shells to the solid operation of moving parts like vents and visors, Arai helmets are definitely a class leader when it …

Losing My Virginity My Ducati virginity, that is! It couldn’t have been more perfect or romantic my first time with this Italian seductress. We met in Nice, France – and both originally from other countries. Myself from Alberta, Canada and her from Bologna, Italia. Our paths crossed somewhere along a picturesque lane named Rivoli. This …

Introduction REV’IT! gear has generally received good marks from us (reviews here) and other motorcycle gear publications. The company’s wide range of products and styles means that it serves a large portion of the market. Part of that market that’s been growing considerably lately is the segment of gear that blends street-clothes style with the …

The Gavia Aren’t Newcomers I’ve been wearing a pair of SIDI Adventure 2 Gore Tex Boots for the last year and appreciate them for all the reasons outlined in the review we did two years ago. They did exactly what I wanted for the long ride on gravel I took last June to Tuktoyaktuk and …

Introduction I want to start off by saying that I haven’t been a fan of short cuff gloves for the past several years. Concerns over the lack of wrist protection combined with some “less than strong” wrist securing methods had me looking towards full gauntleted options. So how did I end up looking at (and …

Some First Impressions I was really looking forward to testing out the Airflite Inky from ICON, and had it out of the box and ready for a test ride as soon as it arrived. I took a short ride on city streets to get the feel of the helmet, learn to locate the controls for …

Some First Impressions In all honesty, I was wondering if I had requested something that was going to be far beyond my level of appreciation for riding footwear. I had researched the SIDI line for a best-of article and was super impressed by the Tecno-3 Push Closure System and the ability to replace many parts …

Introduction Years ago, GoPro essentially created the action camera market by offering small and lightweight devices that could take a beating and deliver good quality video. Since that time, many other players have stepped into the “action camera” arena including Sony, Garmin, and others. A large majority of action cameras followed GoPro’s lead and designed …

My Glove Experience Everyone that knows me understands that I have a mild glove fetish. At one time I had over 20 pairs of motorcycle gloves, including a pair of fingerless gloves I don’t recall ever wearing. Over time several pairs wore out and others were given away (with some encouragement from my spouse) until …

My first helmet back in 1987 was a bright yellow Nolan dirt bike offering. Maybe some of you reading this had the same one too? It left an impression on me, yet for some reason, I’ve never worn another Nolan product until today. I’ve been missing out! This Italian brand has been building high quality, …

Introduction I am always anxious to get riding in the spring and push fall riding as late as possible. One of the concerns is that with dropping temperatures comes cold hands and the lack of ability to properly control the motorcycle. As I have snowmobiled for decades, my default is always to pack my latest …

Technology has become a part of almost every aspect of our daily lives. Not only do we rely on it for many forms of entertainment but we also depend on it for necessities such as communication, gathering information and even navigation when we are traveling. How long has it been since you referred to a …

Amazing Comfort To be honest, I never even considered a legging style pant for riding which is odd because I often wear leggings or compression leggings to the gym or as comfort wear at home. The Oxford Super Leggings opened my eyes to this great new idea of comfort and protection when riding. These form-fitting …

Introduction Recently, Trilobite sent me a “Care Package” in the form of a box containing their new Go-Up jeans, the Ace jacket, and a pair of gloves which is the subject of this review. Trilobite is fast becoming a familiar name to webBikeWorld readers with us having published several reviews of the Czech Republic based …

Vintage Aesthetic Gone Modern Throwback! The early 60s meets mid-80s or something like that. Belstaff meets Barbour meets M65 Field jacket. The MH1000 jacket from ICON 1000 is the definition of Vintage-inspired style paired with modern touches. Cordura denim lends itself to the rugged look, with black leather accents on the shoulders and arms reeling …

Where Did This Come From? The United Kingdom, but there’s a lot more to this story… I don’t recall how I first heard about the Exotogg, but it was nearly 2 years ago I first got in contact via email with its designer Tony Hawkins. It was in the final stages of development at that …

Introduction How time flies; it seems like it was only yesterday since we published our first look at the INNOVV Power Hub 1 product – I’ll blame it on cabin fever generated largely due to our lousy and continuing winter… But like the original Power Hub 1 reviewed in December 2016 to be exact, the …

Editors note: this review was updated on March 23, 2019 to add in a response from Matrix Helmets. You can read their response here. Some Less Than Pleasant Surprises I was really looking forward to testing this helmet due to the lightness. I am religious about wearing a full face helmet and the lighter the …

4SR: The New Kid In Town While attending AimExpo in October I happened upon a display booth for 4SR products. 4 Street Racing is a Czech manufacturer well known in Europe on the race track and in the everyday riding gear market but is a new arrival to North American shores. After speaking at length …

Not every rider is looking for the maximum protection available from head to toe, but if you are that street rider who likes to push the limits on occasion and sail into a curve or corner just a bit faster than ever before, then a leather race suit could be one of the best pieces …

Introduction Sometimes wearing motorbike boots feels a little rebellious. I remember, as a student, working at a university graduation ceremony and noticing that a lecturer I knew fairly well had a pair of boots on beneath his academic gown, jeans tucked in at the shin. It didn’t bother him in the slightest (the fact his …

First Impression My first impression of the Olympia X Moto 2 pants is very good. As with the Olympia X Moto 2 jacket, the first thing that I noticed when I opened the box was the quality. Excellent material, awesome zippers, refined stitching. These pants look fantastic. I took the pants out of the box. …

REAX is a new line of gear from COMOTO, the parent company of RevZilla and Cycle Gear. Kevin went into who they are in a bit in his review of the Ridge jacket and you can check out their corporate site here to learn more about them. The high-level overview is that REAX is RevZilla’s …

In this article, I will be reviewing the first of three ZOX helmets, the Mikro Old School Solid. The Mikro Old School Solid is an open-face helmet. It falls in the category of a half helmet, sometimes referred to as a beanie helmet or a bucket. I tested this helmet using my 2008 Harley Davidson …

About AGV I’m a little embarrassed to admit how unfamiliar I am with AGV so I did a little research on them. Hopefully, I’m not the only one who will benefit from a brief intro to this Italian manufacturer. AGV or Amisano Gino Valenza has been around since 1946 making cutting-edge products for the world …

Tuk Tested What does Tuk Tested mean? This helmet has been tested more thoroughly than any other piece of gear in WBW history to date (that I’m aware of). I just returned from a 5600-mile adventure ride while using the RKT-25 helmet. Beginning from my home in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada it ranged all the way …

Tuk Tested What exactly does “Tuk Tested” entail, you might ask? This jacket has been tested more thoroughly than any other piece of gear in WBW history to date (that I’m aware of). I just returned from a 5600-mile adventure ride while using the Ballistic 14 jacket. Beginning from my home in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada …

Jeans With A Twist What the…?? When I first saw the photos of the Trilobite Probut X-Factor motorcycling jeans in the MotoNation catalog I was beyond intrigued. I’ve noticed the rising popularity of motorcycle jeans and wondered whether they’re all some people make them out to be. I jumped at the chance to test these …

Introduction Over the past several years I’ve reviewed a lot of jeans designed for the motorcycle rider. Most of these follow a similar formula which includes a cotton denim outer shell with an interior lining that uses a type of abrasion resistant material. Most often the abrasion resistant material is Kevlar but I’ve also seen …

Love At First Sight I appreciate the finer things in life, but I love a good bargain more. I especially love one that really gives back what I demand in the way of features and performance at a low price point. The Vemar Kona is right in my wheelhouse for that reason. That penchant might …

Built For Northern Motorcyclists As a born and raised Canadian whose day job consists of pulling wrenches at a diamond mine up in the sub-Arctic half the year, it’s safe to say that I’m an expert on the subject of cold weather and how to deal with it. This Fieldsheer Hydro Heat Textile jacket is …

First Impressions “So unbelievably lightweight and soft to the touch. How can these be riding pants, suitable for on and off-road protection?” Stylish and clean looking design with obviously waterproof pockets that zip shut and/or have a velcro flap over them for added security of the contents. They FIT ME!! I’ve worn and reviewed several …

Something Better, Something Different Rukka has rolled out this jacket (and matching pants) for the adventure rider that rides in multi-season, hotter weather doing serious off-road work. That much is immediately clear when you look at how thin, really lightweight and breathable it is designed to be. First Impressions “Is this a windbreaker or really …