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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.

Racer Feeling Motorcycle Gloves Review

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Mark Tuttle
April 16, 2013

When I started riding street bikes with my friends at the tender age of 16, there wasn’t a lot of specialized apparel around. Fortunately we just didn’t know how miserable we were because of it, since work boots, jeans, jean jackets and leather work gloves seemed fine for all of the fun we were having.... Read more »

TKD Motorcycle Jeans Review

TKD Jeans

Ken Aiken
April 3, 2013

TKD stands for Tough Kevlar Denim. These Kevlar-lined pants are handmade in Australia and feature the world’s first removable protection system for denim jeans. How do they compare with other riding jeans that are on the market? Exceptionally well, it turns out. TKD jeans first caught my attention... Read more »

Alpinestars Long Range Drystar Jacket and Pants Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
March 29, 2013

Just as nothing beats the right tool for the job, nothing beats the ride gear for the ride. Based in Asolo, Italy, apparel manufacturer Alpinestars is known around the world for its suits and boots worn by on- and off-road racers, on two wheels as well as four. Lately the company has branched out into... Read more »

Joe Rocket Big Bang 2.0 Boots Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
March 29, 2013

Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, was infamous for having 3,000 pairs of shoes. I don’t have that many, but I’ll admit it: I have a problem. And not just shoes, but boots. Like a lot of guys, I can’t seem to throw anything out. Even if a pair of boots has been buried in the... Read more »

Adaptiv Technologies Glowrider Motorcycle Jacket Review

Adaptiv Technologies Glowrider Jacket

Ken Aiken
March 7, 2013

It’s wonderful to be seen on a motorcycle—especially at night. The Glowrider Jacket goes beyond passive reflective material to make riders more visible in low-light situations. Wearing gear with strips of highly reflective material is critically important, but Adpativ Technologies takes this one... Read more »

Aerostich Falstaff Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Aerostich Falstaff Jacket and Pants

Clement Salvadori
March 7, 2013

Aerostich has been around for more than 30 years and is definitely an innovator. Back in 1986, I tested its two-piece Roadcrafter suit, which was a very forward-thinking design made of Gore-Tex and Cordura nylon that is still being made. Recently, the company has gone retro-innovation with a Falstaff... Read more »

Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Boots Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
February 28, 2013

Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, is situated on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Why an urban area packed with more than half a million people would inspire a line of adventure-touring gear from Alpinestars is a bit of a head-scratcher. Maybe the name sounds cool. But, as it turns out, I... Read more »

Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Boots

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Bill Stermer
February 1, 2013

Each type of motorcycle—sportbikes, dual-sports, cruisers, naked bikes, tourers and sport tourers—is designed to perform a series of specific tasks, and each is finely honed to that use. Likewise, the gear we wear needs to be as finely honed to the specific task as our motorcycles. With that said,... Read more »

River Road Guardian Motorcycle Boots Review

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Arden Kysely
January 3, 2013

Wearing boots on a bike is a no-brainer, but there are times you don’t want a few pounds of leather and rubber hanging from each hoof. Like when you want to tootle into town, then take in the scene on foot. OK, you could ride in your favorite low tops and sacrifice your feet in a get-off, but you’re... Read more »

Joe Rocket Atomic 4.0 Motorcycle Jacket Review

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Mark Tuttle
January 2, 2013

Waterproof, textile riding jackets and pants are convenient. Rather than having to don a rainsuit, you can just keep going when the sunshine liquefies. Two approaches are generally used to make a textile garment fend off water. In pricier ones the shell is often a breathable, abrasion- and water-resistant... Read more »

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