Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear

The Best of The Best Motorcycle Gear According to wBW Editors & Community Members

Updated for the 2019 – 2020 riding season.

For over twenty years the wBW team has reviewed thousands of products for motorcycle riders. From helmets to electrical equipment, there isn’t a category we haven’t covered. And each and every year we try out best to get our hands on the latest and greatest stuff in the riding world to help you decide what’s worth it and what is not.

Over those twenty years, we’ve tried not to recommend specific products because we know every rider, situation, style and budget is different. More recently however our readers have begged us to make life a little easier. While gearheads like us love to spend eight weeks testing products and then writing 2000+ word summaries of our experience, most of our readers want us to recommend a handful of high-quality products for each main category. New for 2018 was our wBW recommends section, and it’s been refreshed to reflect what’s available for 2019/2020.

These lists aren’t perfect and we’re sure people will have something to say. We tried to balance our suggestions in order to find something for everybody. While we haven’t reviewed every item on these lists we plan on getting hands-on with every single one. That means that these lists are alive in that throughout the year we may find something blows us away and deserves to be added to our favorite products suggestions or something underwhelms us and gets replaced.

The Best Motorcycle Helmets Available for 2019

Helmets were chosen based on a compelling mix of features, safety, design, and rider experiences. Whenever possible, we link to one of our in-depth reviews that highlight our thoughts and showcase our point of view.

Modular Helmets

Modular helmets offer the perfect blend of style and function.

The evolution of the modular helmet has been, like all motorcycle safety gear, continuous and explosive.

They are an excellent hybrid between the full face and open face helmet.

2019 Modular Helmets Guide

Best Overall

Shoei Neotec II in Matte Black

Shoei Neotec 2

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon | 2Wheel
Price: $699

Best Value

Scorpion EXO-AT950

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon | 2Wheel
Price: $270 – $300+ (for graphics)

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SCHUBERTH C4 Pro

SCHUBERTH C4 Pro

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $699


Full Face Helmets

If you’re in the market for a helmet that will provide you with the best protection available, a full face helmet is the route to go.

These helmets are designed to not only protect just your head, but your jaw and face as well. They are also the quietest helmets out there.

2019 Full Face Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Shoei RF-1200 - Solid

Shoei RF-1200 – Solid

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $485.99 – $498.99

Best Value

Scorpion EXO-R710

Scorpion EXO R710

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon | 2Wheel
Price: $199

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Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $549.95


Dual-Sport Helmets

Dirt bike gear and street motorcycle gear are quite different from each other. A dual sport helmet, on the other hand, combines the best features of both into a single helmet that can be used effectively both off-road and on-road.

Whether or not you should be buying a dual-sport helmet really depends on one simple question

2019 Dual Sport Helmet Guide

Best Overall

AGV AX-8 DS EVO

AGV AX-8 DS EVO

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $399.95

Best Value

Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS

Bell MX-9 Adventure

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $209.95

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Arai XD-4

Arai XD-4

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $539.96- $557.95


Open Face Helmets

An open face helmet is pretty self-explanatory: a helmet that does not cover the face, only the head. They resemble almost a nutshell, or a beefed-up scrum cap, resting on your head.

Although they have such a simple design, there are many different styles and features within the open face category

2019 Open Face Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Bell Custom 500 Image

Bell Custom 500

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $95.96

Best Value

Bell Riot

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95

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Scorpion EXO-CT220

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95


Half Helmets

alf helmets were mainly popular in the 1960s in the British Isles. These helmets were sometimes referred to as Pudding Basins or as a Shorty. They rock a design similar to that of an open face helmet, sharing the same bowl shape but lacking the lowered rear.

Half helmets provide the minimum coverage allowed by the law in the USA

2019 Half Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Bell Rogue

Bell Rogue

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: From $142.80

Best Value

HJC IS-Cruiser

HJC IS-Cruiser

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $89.99-145.68

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Scorpion Covert

Scorpion Covert

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $209.95


Our Top Motorcycle Jacket Picks

Adventure Jackets

The adventure jacket is kind of the Swiss Army knife of motorcycle jackets. This jacket is going to be asked to provide outstanding protection and safety features while still being able to adapt to a wide array of climates and environments.

In addition to fluctuating temperature and weather conditions, the terrain will also put this jacket to the test

2019 Adventure Jacket Guide

Best Overall

REVIT Sand 3 Adventure jacket Front View

REV’IT Sand 3

Where: Revzilla
Price: $499

Best Value

Alpinestars Andes Adventure jacket front view

Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar

Where: Revzilla | 2WHEEL
Price: $269.95

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Helite Adventure Airbag Jacket front view

Helite Adventure Airbag

Where: Revzilla
Price: $939


Sportbike Jackets

Wikipedia defines a sports bike as, “a motorcycle optimized for speed, acceleration, braking and cornering on paved roads, typically at the expense of comfort and fuel economy by comparison with other motorcycles.”

That is a pretty accurate description of a sportbike and also speaks to why protective gear is so very important

2019 Sportbike Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Core Leather Sportbike Jacket

Alpinestars Core

Where: Revzilla | 2WHEEL
Price: $589.95

Best Value

Joe Rocket Atomic Ion Sportbike Jacket

Joe Rocket Atomic Ion

Where: Revzilla | 2WHEEL
Price: ~$200

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Helite Airbag Leather Sportbike Jacket

Helite Leather Airbag/Helite Xena Airbag

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $1,049


V-Twin/Cruiser Jackets

The V-Twin/Cruiser Jacket is a classic look that never goes out of style and is never going to disappear as long as there are motorcycle riders out there who want comfort and great looks.

This style is all about comfort with a relaxed cut and simple design. Riders who are looking for that single leather jacket to provide safety from abrasion and road rash

2019 Cruiser Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Joe Rocket Powershifter Jacket Front View

Joe Rocket Powershifter

Where: Revzilla
Price: $290

Best Value

Sedici Gabriel Jacket Front View

Sedici Gabriel

Where: Amazon | Revzilla
Price: $299.95

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Icon Retrograde Jacket Front View

Icon Retrograde

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $769.99


Cafe Jackets

The Cafe Racer is a bike that pays homage to the early 1960’s Grand Prix road racers. These were bikes designed to be lightweight in weight and power. Riders were drawn to them for their optimal speed and handling.

Visually they provided a minimalistic appearance as the complete focus was on performance and not beauty or comfort. The handlebars were often low mounted

2019 Cafe Racer Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Crazy Eight Jacket Front View

Alpinestars Crazy Eight

Where: Revzilla
Price: $399

Best Value

Icon 1000 Nightbreed Jacket Front View

Icon 1000 Nightbreed

Where: Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $265.49 – $283.39

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Rukka Yorkton Jacket Front VIew

Rukka Yorkton Leather

Where: Revzilla
Price: $659

Our Top Motorcycle Glove Picks

Short Motorcycle Gloves

Most experienced riders agree that gloves are must even in the hot summer months. There is really no excuse to risk your hands when there are a number of really great short glove options…

2019 Short Gloves Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Celer V2 Short Gloves

Alpinestars Celer V2

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $99

Best Value

Icon Hypersport Short Gloves

Icon Hypersport Short

Where: Revzilla | 2WHEEL
Price: $135

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Knox Handroid Pod MK3 Short Gloves

Knox Handroid Pod MK3

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $225


Gauntlet Gloves

Gauntlet gloves are designed to provide maximum protection for both the hand and wrist while still allowing a rider to have full range of motion

2019 Gauntlet Glove Guide

Best Overall

 Spidi Carbo Track EVO Gauntlet Gloves

Spidi Carbo Track EVO

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $359

Best Value

REV'IT RSR 3 Gauntlet Gloves

REV’IT RSR 3

Buy: Revzilla
Price: $139

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Dainese Full Metal 6 Gauntlet Gloves

Dainese Full Metal 6

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $419.95


Adventure/Touring Gloves

Adventure/touring gloves need to provide riders with protection and comfort in a variety of different conditions and environments.

The greatest challenge facing riders is achieving this balance in a durable glove…

2019 Touring Glove Guide

Best Overall

Klim Induction Short Adventure/Touring Glove

Klim Induction

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $139

Best Value

Alpinestars Megawatt Adventure/Touring Glove

Alpinestars Megawatt

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $60

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REV'IT Dominator GTX Adventure/Touring Glove

REV’IT Dominator GTX

Where: Revzilla
Price: $269


Race Gloves

Selecting the best motorcycle race glove can be challenging as it needs to be a delicate balance between safety and comfort.

Protecting your hands is always a concern when racing, but it is equally important to be sure that you have a good ability to grip and a good sense of touch…

2019 Race Glove Guide

Best Overall

Spidi Carbo 5 Race Glove

Spidi Carbo 5

Where: Revzilla
Price: $259.90

Best Value

 

REV'IT Chicane Race Glove

REV’IT Chicane

Where: Revzilla
Price: $149

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Held Titan EVO Race Glove

Held Titan EVO

Where: Revzilla
Price: $400


Off-Road/Dirt Bike Gloves

Good off road/dirt bike gloves are pretty unique in that they need to tolerate an environment which is much different than anything that you will encounter on the street

2019 Dirt Bike Glove Guide

Best Overall

Klim Dakar Pro Off-Road/Dirt Bike Glove

Klim Dakar Pro

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $90

Best Value

O’Neal Butch Carbon

O’Neal Butch Carbon

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149

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Knox Orsa Textile MK2 Off-Road/Dirt Bike Glove

Knox Orsa Textile

Where: Revzilla
Price: $100

Our Top Motorcycle Boots Picks

Cruiser Boots

Cruiser boots are expected to provide the same level of protection for the feet, ankles and lower legs as all other styles of motorcycle boot but with a more casual or even covert look…

2019 Cruiser Boots Guide

Best Overall

TCX Fuel Cruiser Boots

TCX Fuel WP

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $289

Best Value

Speed and Strength Bikes Are In My Blood Cruiser Boots

Speed and Strength Bikes Are In My Blood

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $150

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Belstaff Endurance Cruiser Boots

Belstaff Endurance

Where: Revzilla
Price: $500


Touring & Adventure Boots

Touring and adventure riding creates a unique and rather comprehensive set of parameters for riding boot requirements.

The touring aspect implies, rightfully so...

2019 Touring Boots Guide

Best Overall

Forma Adventure Boots

Forma Adventure

Where: Amazon | Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $279

Best Value

Oxford Explorer

Oxford Explorer

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95

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REV'IT Expedition H2O Boots

REV’IT Expedition H2O

Where: Revzilla
Price: $770


Short Boots

A solid boot with ankle support and protection can help to avoid more serious injuries. Riders could end up with bruises or a sore ankle but most of the time serious injuries are avoided…

2019 Short Boots Guide

Best Overall

Sedici Dino Short Boots

Sedici Dino

Where: Revzilla
Price: $139.99

Best Value

Joe Rocket Atomic Short Boots

Joe Rocket Atomic

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $117

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SIDI Streetburner Short Book

SIDI Streetburner

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $250


Sport Boots

Sports bikes normally encourage a rider to sit in a more aggressive position, meaning that the rider is leaning forward and in a crouched position rather than the upright style…

2019 Sport Boots Guide

Best Overall

Forma Ice Pro Flow Sport Boots

Forma Ice Pro Flow

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $380

Best Value

SIDI Apex Sport Boots

SIDI Apex

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $225

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SIDI Rex Sport Boots

SIDI Rex/Sidi Rex Air

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $545


Dirt & Offroad Boots

Dirt boots, offroad boots or motocross boots, three different names but really all the same boot. And the reason that these are all pretty much the same is that these are the boots…

2019 Offroad Boots Guide

Best Value

Forma Predator 2.0 Dirt Boots

Forma Predator 2.0

Where: Revzilla
Price: $339

Best Value

TCX X-Blast

TCX X-Blast

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $199

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TCX Comp EVO 2 Michelin Dirt Boots

TCX Comp EVO 2 Michelin

Where: Revzilla | 2WHEEL
Price: $550

Our Top Motorcycle Pants Picks

Top Riding Jeans

For most riders, comfort is a big factor when selecting any gear. Most of us ride a bike to get someplace and not just out to experience the ride, so you want to be dressed in what appears to be everyday street clothes

2019 Riding Pants Guide

Best Overall

Klim K Fifty 1 Riding Jeans Front View

Klim K Fifty 1

Where: Amazon | Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $310

Best Value

REV'IT Moto Riding Jeans Front View

REV’IT Moto

Where: Revzilla
Price: $260

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Rokker Revolution Riding Jeans Front and Back View

Rokker Revolution Waterproof

Where: Revzilla
Price: $500


Top Textile Pants

For decades, the strongest and most durable material available to make safety gear was leather. But technology has made some huge strides in the textile products which are now available.

One of the most well known of these products is Kevlar. The product’s claim to fame is predominantly from its application…

2019 Textile Pants Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Bryce Gore-Tex Pants Front View

Alpinestars Bryce Gore-Tex

Where: Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $600

Best Value

Alpinestars Yokohama Drystar Textile Pants Front View

Alpinestars Yokohama Drystar

Where: Amazon | Revzilla | 2Wheel
Price: $330

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REV'IT Dominator 2 GPX Textile Pants Front View

REV’IT Dominator 2 GPX

Where: Revzilla
Price: $800


Top Mesh Pants

In some areas of the country, riders are fortunate enough to never be facing temperatures in excess of 100 degrees when riding. But for the most part, those riders are also putting their bikes in storage for three or more months out of the year. So the trade-off still seems to favor those who are riding in the heat for a few months each year.

2019 Top Mesh Pants Guide

Best Overall

 

REV'IT Airwave 2 Mesh Pants Front View

REV’IT Airwave 2

Where: Revzilla
Price: $210

Best Value

Oxford Toledo 1.0 Mesh Pants Front View

Oxford Toledo 1.0

Where: Revzilla
Price: $115

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Klim Adventure Rally Air

Klim Adventure Rally Air

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $920


Top Leather Riding Pants

Leather has been the material of choice for motorcycle riders since the early 1920’s when Irving Schott began creating a purpose built leather biker jackets in his lower East Side Manhattan factory. The material had survived nearly two decades of use in the jacket of choice of the early aviators and the durability appeared to transfer well to meet the needs of motorcycle riders as well.

2019 Leather Pants Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Missile v2 Leather Pants Front View

Alpinestars Missile v2 & v2 Airflow

Where: Revzilla | Amazon | 2WHEEL
Price: $470

Best Value

Scorpion Clutch Phantom Leather Pants Front View

Scorpion Clutch Phantom

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $365

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Rukka Aramos Leather Pants Front VIew

Rukka Aramos

Where: Revzilla
Price: $1,149

 


Top Motocross Pants

Motocross riders are a unique breed who seek the thrill of competition with other riders but also the invigoration of the purely philosophical battle of man versus nature. And this internal and external battle is played out from atop a lightweight, rugged bike with knobby tires, hard shocks, and an awesome little motor.

2018 Motocross Pants Guide

Best Overall

Klim XC

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $110.49 – $154.99

Best Value

Fox Racing 180

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $109.95

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Fly Racing Lite

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $169.95 – $213.11

2019 wBW Gear Guides

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