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Motorcycle Apparel: Reviews
Rider‘s motorcycle apparel reviews include pants, jackets, riding suits, gloves, socks and anything else you put on your body (other than helmets, which have their own specific section). Our rule of the road is, “dress safe and dress for the ride.” That means selecting protective gear that will make your ride more enjoyable.

BMW Rallye Motorcycle Suit Review

BMW Rallye Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
November 4, 2015

BMW strives to maintain its premium image as a motorcycle brand, which carries over to its apparel. We’ve tested all sorts of BMW-branded jackets, pants, boots and gloves over the years, and the general consensus among our crew of use-it-and-abuse-it testers is that the gear may be expensive, but you... Read more »

Rainsuits 101: Staying Dry At Speed

Tour Master Sentinel rain jacket in hi-viz

Jerry Smith
November 2, 2015

Weather forecasting isn’t an exact science, and you get caught in the rain even during the summer. If you keep riding through the fall and winter, you’ll learn what real rain is. You might have ridden through short showers, but when you get caught in a sudden storm, or ride all day in a cold, steady... Read more »

Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit Review

Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit

Arden Kysely
October 7, 2015

As the adventure-riding segment grows, so does the variety of clothing to wear while you explore the back-of-beyond, each new product promising to protect adventurers from a wide range of weather and mishaps. Helmet House has joined the fray with its Cortech branded and economically priced Sequoia XC... Read more »

Power Trip Gauge Mesh and Pivot Motorcycle Jackets Review

Gauge Mesh Jacket

Mark Tuttle
September 14, 2015

Two hundred and sixty bucks is a pretty typical price for a decent textile riding jacket, wouldn’t you say? What if that could buy you two? Joe Rocket’s Power Trip line says it has redefined cheap with its Gauge Mesh and Pivot jackets, and we’re inclined to agree. Starting at $129.99 each, you... Read more »

Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
September 3, 2015

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing on the pegs, counterbalancing, pushing, pulling and, on those unlucky days, picking up your heavy bike again and again. The “modular flap system”... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest

Greg Drevenstedt
September 1, 2015

Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary “what’s that?” pause may make them think twice before pulling out in front of you. But what makes hi-viz gear appealing from a safety standpoint... Read more »

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket Review

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket

Jerry Smith
August 7, 2015

I like my riding gear like I like my motorcycles––simple, classic and functional––and when I got a Triumph Bonneville I developed a yearning for a jacket like the old waxed-cotton Belstaff I had in my lost youth. It was a foul green and smelled so bad my roommates wouldn’t let me come in the... Read more »

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves

Jerry Smith
August 6, 2015

Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection. You get a leather palm here and there, maybe, but that’s not going to help a lot if you punch the pavement. For serious hand protection you need more... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants

Jerry Smith
June 4, 2015

Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at it, you need a good rainproof outer layer to keep the rain out. Some riders choose riding gear made of waterproof material, but many others, especially those who don’t ride in rain... Read more »

Sidi Tour Rain Boots Review

Sidi Tour Rain Boots

Clement Salvadori
June 4, 2015

The Sidi Company has been making motorcycle boots since 1970, and has a men’s and women’s range covering everything from motocross to touring, even pit boots. Liking simplicity and ease of use, I ordered up a pair of Sidi Tour Rain boots in size 11.5. Putting them on the scale, the pair weighed three... Read more »

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