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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.

2013 Buyers Guide: Riding Pants & Overpants

Pants Buyers Guide

Bill Stermer
November 7, 2013

Blue jeans may be American motorcyclists’ riding pants of choice, but have you ever seen what happens to a pair of jeans when they hit the pavement at about 45 mph? Trust me, it’s not pretty. Nor are the bumps, scrapes and bruises that the rider experiences pretty either. Most riders will wear a... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit Review

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2013

Not long after I evaluated Olympia Moto Sports’ Stealth suit (Rider, October 2008), the predecessor to the Avenger tested here, I crashed while wearing it. Mercifully, we rarely crash-test apparel, taking it on faith that the manufacturer’s claims for protection will hold up should we have trouble... Read more »

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants Review

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants

Jerry Smith
September 10, 2013

Years ago, when I got my first set of custom-made racing leathers, the first time I put them on I thought something was terribly wrong. The arms were too long, the seat hung down like a full diaper, I could barely stand up straight––they just didn’t fit. The tailor listened patiently to me freaking... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit Review

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit

Scott A. Williams
September 3, 2013

Riders need to stand out, especially when visibility is reduced—and stand out you will in a Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit. It is available in orange or yellow, although the orange somehow seems a better complement to the huge, reflective Harley logo across the back. There’s... Read more »

Racer Limes Gloves Review

Racer Limes are high-quality goat and cow leather gloves designed for sport riding in mild to hot weather.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 29, 2013

First things first. The name of these gloves, Limes, is pronounced lee-mas, not like the fruit. And second, yes, they also come in black only. Even though the white-black color scheme is a bit flashy for me, sliding the Racer Limes gloves onto my hands makes me forget all about such vanity. Racer Gloves... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Renegade Jacket and Pants Review

Olympia Moto Sports Renegade Jacket and Pants

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2013

When it’s hot, it’s hot. No point in quibbling over heat vs. humidity or the effects of global warming. All that matters is getting some relief. That’s where Olympia Moto Sports’ Mesh Tech line of apparel comes in, which includes updated versions of its popular Airglide two-piece and Avenger... Read more »

Qwi Nerve Protector Motorcycle Gloves Review

Full Finger Spandex Top Gloves

James Parchman
July 8, 2013

Most motorcyclists have, at random times and for unexplained reasons, experienced periods of hand numbness while riding. We usually shake it out and carry on. This product is designed to alleviate the tingling that can disrupt and bring an early end to an otherwise enjoyable riding day. Having spent... Read more »

Mobile Warming Softshell Motorcycle Jacket Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
July 2, 2013

One of the best ways to start the riding season earlier in spring and extend it later into autumn is heated grips, seats, jacket/pants liners and gloves, even socks! As wonderful as heated gear is, most of it doesn’t work unless you’re on the bike or tethered to it by a black electrical wire. Mobile... Read more »

Joe Rocket Alter Ego Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Complete Joe Rocket Alter Ego ensemble shown, with waterproof outer shell over FreeAir mesh jacket with fleece vest liner, and outer panel zipped onto pants to cover mesh.

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2013

Ventura County, California, home to Rider’s editorial office and some of our favorite test roads, is the perfect environment for testing Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego jacket/pants ensemble. In the springtime, mornings in Ventura are cold and sometimes blanketed with dense fog. The marine layer usually burns... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Ultimate Riding Socks Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
April 30, 2013

If shoes make the man, then socks make the man (or woman) comfortable. Now that I’m almost 40 (four months and 10 days to go, but who’s counting?), I can proudly boast that I get my cholesterol checked regularly and I have finally purged all of the blown-out, ill-fitting and itchy socks from my wardrobe.... Read more »

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