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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.

Tour Master Sentinel Rainsuit Jacket and Pants Review


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


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 »

Firstgear Express Waterproof Boots Review

Firstgear Express Waterproof Boots

Rider Magazine
January 27, 2012

Motorcycle boots come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes and styles. There are state-of-the-art road racing boots, king-of-the-mountain motocross boots, pole-climbing engineer boots, general-purpose slip-on boots and everything in between. They’re made of leather, plastic, rubber and various other... Read more »

KTM-Thor Force Knee Guards Review

KTM-Thor Force Knee Guards

Greg Drevenstedt
January 27, 2012

When we requested a KTM 690 Enduro R test bike a few years ago (read our 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R road test), I asked KTM’s press relations guy to send me a set of KTM-Thor Force Knee Guards to evaluate. I wore them on test rides of the 690 Enduro R in the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain... Read more »

Oakley Split Jacket Transitions SolFX Sunglasses Review

Oakley Split Jacket Sunlasses

Rider Magazine
November 17, 2011

To wear, or not to wear, that is the question. Sunglasses or not? According to research by N3L Optics, 79% of motorcyclists wear sunglasses when outdoors, so presumably lots of us wear them while riding. Sunglasses serve the obvious function of reducing bright light and glare, but they also protect peepers... Read more »

Aerostich Roadcrafter Light Suit Product Review

Rider Magazine
November 11, 2011

[This Aerostich Roadcrafter Light Suit Product Review was originally published in the November 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Whenever I try “light” versions of products, such as light beer, lo-cal salad dressing and fat-free cookies, I usually find them tasteless and unsatisfying. I’d rather have... Read more »

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