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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Roland Sands Design Gloves

RSD Domino Glove

Press Release
February 1, 2012

FITS LIKE A GLOVE. Custom-builder phenom Roland Sands has added an apparel line to his company’s custom parts and motorcycle offerings. The Roland Sands Design (RSD) collection includes jackets, gloves and other items. Combining a heritage-based design platform with detailed functional and protective... 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 »

Silver Eagle Outfitters Cooling Apparel Review

Silver Eagle Cooling Vest, T-shirt and helmet liner

Greg Drevenstedt
August 15, 2011

Hot days, be they of the muggy, sticky Deep South variety or of the dry, blast-furnace Western States variety, are the bane of motorcyclists, sapping us of hydration, energy and comfort, diminishing the enjoyment of riding. Tips and tricks for staying cool on the road range from half-baked to scientifically... Read more »

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