Road Rash: Apparelized

Nov 10, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle Gear Problems – Surrounded by a dozen pairs of discarded riding pants in the fitting room of one of the country’s largest motorcycle superstores, I reluctantly admitted defeat and pulled my jeans back on. I’d tried on every small pant that the store had to offer in both men’s and women’s, and they were […]

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Do You Wear the (Motorcycle Safety) Gear?

Sep 23, 2015 View Comments by

ATGATT? – When I first started riding, a friend of mine who’d been riding just a little bit longer showed me his fairly cheap textile motorcycle jacket with built in shoulder and elbow armor. Up until that time I had been riding in a t-shirt, jeans, and a beat up old helmet my brother gave […]

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Review: BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants

Aug 27, 2015 View Comments by

Budget Friendly Adventure Gear – I wore the BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants on the Shamrock Tour® featured in RoadRUNNER‘s October 2015 issue. Make no mistake; weather in the Deep South straddling the Florida-Georgia state line is both hot and humid. On this tour, temperatures hovered in the mid-90s for most of the day. […]

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Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Archer Pants

Jul 14, 2015 View Comments by

Swiss Summer Gear for the Female Rider –  iXS Motorcycle Fashion is just now making their first incursions into the U.S. gear market, but the Swiss company has been making high-end riding apparel in Europe for over 30 years. In fact, iXS has a comprehensive gear line that includes everything from GORE-TEX technical gear and […]

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Review: KLIM Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants

Mar 08, 2015 View Comments by

KLIM serves the premium motorcycling market with a full line of high-tech adventure riding gear. The Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants are sleekly styled, comfortable, and with their high-end armor and durable GORE-TEX three-layer shell, provide significant rider protection. Jacket Some of the more notable features of the jacket include: Viper Pro Level II back […]

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Review: Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket

Dec 30, 2014 View Comments by

Who doesn’t want to look cool riding that tricked out adventure bike? This Icon jacket makes me feel like I can ride like Ernie (famous from Icon’s Portland to Dakar video). Plus, the six company logos adorning the chest make me appear like a Dakar racer. Besides the ridiculously good looks, it functions very well […]

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Review: M-Tech Men’s Adventure Jacket

Sep 23, 2014 View Comments by

The challenge with multi-season motorcycle gear is that, in trying to be all things for all seasons, they end up being all-compromise, not quite vented enough on a hot summer day and vents that leak cold air (and possibly water) when the temperature drops. Multi-purpose liners do help in colder weather, but when removed result […]

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Review: Firstgear Women’s TPG Monarch Jacket and TPG Escape Pants

Aug 16, 2014 View Comments by

With more and more women taking to two wheels, women’s gear is finally starting to come into its own. Female riders have more choices than ever before (though still nowhere near as many as men), and we’re not just talking about downsized men’s apparel with some pink butterflies thrown on. Perhaps one of the best […]

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Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Regular cotton jeans are part of my preferred daily wardrobe, and it’s really tempting to wear them for short local rides in nice weather. However, we all know how the unexpected can happen. Diamond Gusset brand makes Defender jeans designed by riders, specifically made for riding, with rugged built-in abrasion protection in the knees, hips, […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Jeans

Apr 22, 2014 View Comments by

For a combination of comfort, style, and protection, it’s hard to beat a good pair of specifically designed motorcycle jeans. But, with the marketplace full of options, which pair is right for you? Manufacturers take a variety of routes to produce motorcycle trousers with the look, feel, and practicality of a pair of blue
jeans but […]

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Talking Motorcycle Gear Tech: Interview with First Gear’s Greayer Clover

Apr 14, 2014 View Comments by

Greayer Clover is currently the Brand Manager for the high-tech company Firstgear. He has worked extensively in the industry and is an expert in the field of touring and adventure outfitting. RR: How did you get started in the motorcycle and apparel industries? Greayer Clover: My first foray into technical attire was with The North […]

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REV’IT! Ventura Ladies’ Jacket and Pants

Feb 23, 2014 View Comments by

Historically, most women’s motorcycle gear has been downsized versions of men’s apparel. Times have changed, however, as more and more companies have responded to the demand for dedicated women’s riding gear. The Ventura from REV’IT! was designed specifically for the female body from the outset; there is no men’s version. The Ventura is a four-season, […]

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Review: Aerostich Darien Light Pants

Jan 15, 2014 View Comments by

This is the second pair of Aerostich Darien Light Pants that I’ve had. The first set was purchased at the end of the last century (or thereabouts) and withstood well over a decade of regular use. They were (and are) great pants to wear over a pair of slacks, and they’re cut quite conservatively. From […]

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Review: Rukka Armas Jacket and Pants

Dec 09, 2013 View Comments by

I first saw this combo on Uwe Krauss (world traveler extraordinaire and guide for some of our European tours) while on the Grand Alps tour in June 2013. It impressed me that he wore it during a bitter rain shower near St. Moritz without getting wet or cold. Almost all four-season suits claim to be […]

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Dainese Teren D-Dry Jacket & Pants

Sep 18, 2013 View Comments by

The Dainese Teren D-Dry Jacket and Pants is a true all-season, all weather two-piece riding suit. A thermal liner provides warmth for cold weather and the D-Dry liner layers-in extra warmth and protection from rain and wind. The D-Dry and thermal liners can be installed and removed either together or separately to customize your weather […]

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