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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.

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 »

Alpinestars Tech Performance Underwear and Touring Summer Socks Review

Alpinestars Summer Performance Tech Short Sleeve Top

Greg Drevenstedt
July 26, 2012

Riding in the summer is great, with long days and a few ready-made three-day weekends that encourage us to pile on the miles. But summer riding can also be physically demanding, with our bodies sometimes exposed to the extremes of heat and humidity, or perhaps tropical storms or monsoon rains. Many riders... Read more »

Macna Geo Motorcycle Jacket Review

Macna Geo Motorcycle Jacket

Greg Drevenstedt
July 3, 2012

(This Gearlab review was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Twisted Throttle, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has added Macna riding apparel to its burgeoning inventory of motorcycle touring accessories and gear. Never heard of Macna? Neither had we. The Netherlands-based... Read more »

Richa Spirit Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Richa Spirit Motorcycle Jacket and Pants

Arden Kysely
May 3, 2012

The Richa Spirit jacket and pants that debuted in our Armored Textile Buyer’s Guide (Rider September, 2011) are back for a closer evaluation. To recap the basics, Richa sews the Spirit clothing from abrasion-resistant Schoeller Dynatec fabric treated with its NanoSphere coating to combat dirt and stains. Inside... Read more »

Tour Master Sentinel Rainsuit Jacket and Pants Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
April 26, 2012

Much of today’s textile motorcycle touring apparel has some type of waterproof or water-resistant barrier built into it. Either the outer shell has been treated and/or has a water-resistant membrane sealed to the backside of the fabric, or a removable liner is zipped inside. Both strategies work to... Read more »

Aerostich A.D. 1 Motorcycle Pants Review

Aerostich A.D. 1 Motorcycle Pants.

Ken Aiken
April 5, 2012

From a distance they look like an ordinary pair of flat black, jean-cut pants with flashy cuffs. However, the Devil is in the details and this is where the Aerostich A.D. 1 pants excel. Coupled with military-grade TF-3 foam knee pads and optional hip pads, the A.D. 1 textile riding pants provide optimum... Read more »

Sidi Jasmine Rain Boots Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
March 26, 2012

To get my girlfriend Carrie outfitted for her first European motorcycle tour, in the fall of 2010, one of the most important items on her gear list was a pair of high-quality, waterproof touring boots. They needed to be comfortable to wear on and off the bike, and to have a slender, stylish design instead... Read more »

Joe Rocket Ballistic Jacket and Pants Review

The Joe Rocket Ballistic Jacket and Pants.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 1, 2012

Ballistic nylon, a thick, tough fabric developed by DuPont for flak jackets worn by World War II airmen, was named for its intended function, to protect the wearer from the shrapnel caused by ballistic bodies (bullets, artillery shells) ripping through airplane fuselages. Ballistic nylon gets its strength... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports AST2 Touring Jacket and Ranger 2 Over Pants Review

Olympia Moto Sports AST2 Jacket and Ranger 2 Over Pants

Greg Drevenstedt
February 28, 2012

Some gear we evaluate here at Rider is aggressively tested in a short period of time, used while racking up as many miles as we can but against a tight deadline so our review will be published in a timely manner. We want you, dear readers, to get reliable tests of the latest gear as soon as possible,... Read more »

Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel

Aerostich Airvantage Electric Vest

Bill Stermer
February 7, 2012

This Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel was originally published in the March 2012 issue of Rider magazine] It was cold. Colder than a banker’s heart. Colder than a letter from your ex-wife’s lawyer—I mean it was cold! I was riding to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, it was March, and patches... Read more »

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