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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’s C.A.R.E. Motorcycle Apparel Lineup

BMW C.A.R.E. Apparel, design room

Jeff Buchanan
November 18, 2014

Behind closed doors. This is where BMW apparel is first conceived. BMW is stepping up the presence of its riding apparel and helmets with an extensive lineup for 2015. This new, aggressive stance is to draw attention to the fact that the German manufacturer doesn’t merely purchase its gear from apparel... Read more »

Aerostich Darien Motorcycle Riding Suit Review

Aerostich Darien Motorcycle Riding Suit

Clement Salvadori
October 3, 2014

When I get a riding suit I look for protection against the elements, such as cold, heat and rain, but its primary purpose needs to be protection against injury during an accident. There are some awfully posh outfits that look great, but should I be tumbling down the road at 60 mph, perhaps I am less... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports MotoQuest Guide Suit Review

Olympia Moto Sports MotoQuest Guide Suit: The rainsuit can be worn over the jacket/pants as shown, or underneath.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 5, 2014

For four years, I wore Olympia Moto Sport’s X Moto jacket and pants on countless adventure rides (Rider, August 2010 and on ridermagazine.com). The extremely versatile, durable gear held up well over thousands of rough-n-tumble miles, close encounters with rocks, cacti and terra firma, and a wide range... Read more »

Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket Review

Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket

Arden Kysely
July 7, 2014

A jacket can make or break a ride, especially a long one. Comfort, weatherproofing, cooling and body protection all come into play as the miles roll on. Months of testing the Macna Oasis jacket, which included riding with Patrick Kant, owner of the Dutch company that makes Macna clothing, gave me an... Read more »

Rev’It Sand 2 Motorcycle Suit Review

Rev’It Sand 2 Suit

Ken Aiken
June 5, 2014

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While somewhat of an exaggeration, riding in the Northeast does require being prepared for rapid weather and temperature changes. Since it’s awkward packing several jackets and pants for each trip, I’ve been on a quest to discover the ultimate riding... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket Review

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket

Mark Tuttle
May 29, 2014

Sometimes I wish I still had the first leather jacket I received at Rider. As I recall, I gave it away because it lacked vents and armor, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere all beat-up and still keeping a fellow rider warm—leather just never wears out. These days I tend to favor textile apparel... Read more »

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Review

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots

Clement Salvadori
April 15, 2014

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Nobody should debate the importance of good footgear, whether it’s for dancing, hiking, playing tennis or riding a motorcycle. Years ago I met a rider on a chopper with a foot clutch who prided himself on riding barefoot; I can’t say I’d recommend that. If something... Read more »

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket Review

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket

Jon Langston
April 4, 2014

After years of producing great gear for racing and sport riding, Icon recently made a splash in the cruiser world with a line of top-quality riding gear designed for the distinguished motorcyclist. Icon 1000 gear is aimed at the high-end cruiser rider, the motorcyclist who appreciates value and isn’t... Read more »

TCX X-Desert Boots Review

TCX X-Desert Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
March 28, 2014

With the performance, technology and comfort of today’s adventure touring motorcycles, one bike really can do it all. Load up the panniers and trunk with a week’s worth of gear, then head off on a two-up tour with your spouse. Spoon on a set of knobbies, pack the camping gear and head into the national... Read more »

Cycle Gear Freeze-Out Base Layers Review

Ninja-ready Cycle Gear Freeze-Out base layers: balaclava, long sleeve top, long johns, and glove/boot liners.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 14, 2014

Cycle Gear Freeze-Out base layers from head to toe: balaclava, long sleeve top, glove liners, long johns and boot liners. Perfect for cold-weather riding or ninja training. According to the National Weather Service’s windchill calculator, at an ambient temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and a wind... Read more »

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