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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 »

TechNiche Hyperkewl Evaporative Cooling Sport Vest Review

TechNiche Hyperkewl Evaporative Cooling Sport Vest

Greg Drevenstedt
September 21, 2010

In his Road Tales column for our upcoming December 2010 issue, Clement Salvadori waxes poetically about riding in bitter cold or oppressively hot weather, neither of which he enjoys. Since that issue will come out in late October, when the mercury will drop along with autumn leaves, Clem focuses primarily... Read more »

Alpinestars Interceptor and Dragster Jackets and Bat Pants

Greg Drevenstedt
March 3, 2010

If you’ve turned the pages of Rider or scanned the photos posted on, then you know we most often wear textile riding apparel on the street. It tends to be lightweight and versatile, particularly in terms of water-resistance. Of course, we wear leather on the track since its abrasion-resistance... Read more »

Alpinestars Bionic 2 Protection Jacket Review

Greg Drevenstedt
January 4, 2010

Most riding jackets/pants made today–at least the stuff worth paying real American dollars for–includes protective armor, which is usually removable and often adjustable for proper fit. Foam rubber pads made of various materials are located at places where impacts are most likely to occur. For jackets,... Read more »

Alpinestars Octane Two-piece Motorcycle Riding Suit Review

Alpinestars Octane Two-piece Motorcycle Riding Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
October 9, 2009

[This Alpinestars Octane Two-piece Motorcycle Riding Suit Review was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] My Alpinestars Octane suit and I have developed a cozy relationship. It was my first piece of official Rider-logo gear, and it has served me well on many tracks in the... Read more »

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