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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.

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 »

Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves Review

Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves

Greg Drevenstedt
December 21, 2012

Winter is upon us, and if we all survive today’s Mayan-predicted apocalypse, we’ve got three long months of cold weather ahead of us. Some of you may think Southern California doesn’t get cold, but with lots of mountains in the area, even if the weather is mild near sea level it can get really... Read more »

Alpinestars Scout Waterproof Motorcycle Boots Review

Alpinestars Scout Waterproof Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
December 5, 2012

Adventure touring is king these days. Sales are up, model lines are expanding and, as Clem points out in this month’s Road Tales, dreams of around-the-world travel are widespread. Even though most adventure bikes never leave the pavement, many are kitted out with hand guards, skid plates, Baja-style... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Nomad Motorcycle Jacket Review

Olympia Moto Sports Nomad Jacket

Greg Drevenstedt
December 4, 2012

Versatility is the name of the game with riding apparel. There’s a lot of competition in today’s market, and manufacturers are always trying to outdo each other in terms of features, style and price. Kevin and Karilea Rhea, Olympia Moto Sports’ owner/designer husband-and-wife team, are 26-year... Read more »

Sidi Tour Gore-Tex Boots Review

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Mark Tuttle
October 5, 2012

All waterproof boots are not created equal. For starters, these Sidi Gore-Tex Tour boots have a genuine Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable liner, which means they meet the tough standards of W.L. Gore and Associates as well as Sidi’s. And mine, too, one of which is that I can stand in a tub of water with... Read more »

Tourmaster Transition 3 Motorcycle Jacket Review

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Clement Salvadori
September 7, 2012

An all-purpose, multi-season motorcycle jacket has a near-impossible list of requirements to fulfill. It needs to keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot, dry when it rains, protect you in case of an accident, and be comfortable…after all, you could be wearing that jacket for many hours... Read more »

Affordable Motorcycle Jackets Buyers Guide

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Bill Stermer
August 28, 2012

We’re all aware that the economy has been in the tank for several years, and the result is that many of us are being much more careful with our money. We want to stretch it, to get good value for every precious dollar, and of course we want to take advantage of the fuel economy available from our motorcycles... Read more »

Silver Eagle Outfitters Kula-XD Cooling Vest Review

The Silver Eagle Kula-XD Cooling Vest is worn over a base layer shirt and under a jacket.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2012

Vests aren’t cool, at least not in a sartorial sense. They haven’t been since the days of Saturday Night Fever. (Recall that soon after the disco craze, John Travolta’s career slipped into a coma, only to be revived 15 years later with Pulp Fiction, and Vincent Vega wouldn’t be caught dead in... Read more »

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