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Joe Rocket Alter Ego Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Complete Joe Rocket Alter Ego ensemble shown, with waterproof outer shell over FreeAir mesh jacket with fleece vest liner, and outer panel zipped onto pants to cover mesh.

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2013

Ventura County, California, home to Rider’s editorial office and some of our favorite test roads, is the perfect environment for testing Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego jacket/pants ensemble. In the springtime, mornings in Ventura are cold and sometimes blanketed with dense fog. The marine layer usually burns... 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

Alpinestars Long Range Drystar jacket, front view

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 »

Cycle Gear Donates to Keep Trails Open in 2013

BlueRibbon Coalition

Press Release
February 22, 2013

Cycle Gear, a retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories, pledged $10,000 to the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) in support of the organization’s efforts to ensure continued access to public lands. The donation highlights Cycle Gear’s total fiscal commitment to the BRC Trail Access Fund for... 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 »

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 »

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