Review: Sidi Adventure Rain and GORE-TEX Boots

Oct 17, 2015 View Comments by

High End Adventure Footwear from Sidi – Sidi Adventure boots are widely considered the gold standard for durable on and off-road touring footwear. Whether on the bike or walking, I never felt hindered by their formidable protection. An articulating ankle system makes walking a simple task while providing plenty of protection against hyperextension during a […]

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Review: KLIM Element Short Glove

Feb 22, 2015 View Comments by

KLIM serves the premium motorcycling market with a full line of high-tech adventure riding gear. The Element Short Glove is a perfect complement to KLIM’s riding jackets and pants, or any riding jacket and pants for that matter. Here are some of the glove’s key features: highly-mobile armor pivot system for comfort, titanium knuckle protection […]

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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: Sidi On Road GORE-TEX Boots

Dec 28, 2014 View Comments by

Most of us purchase gear that corresponds to our particular riding style. Race track and sportbike riders have their leathers, as do the Harley-Davidson and the cruiser crowd, albeit with a somewhat different look, adventure riders have their matching jacket and pants suits, while urban commuters have another look altogether. It’s a system that works […]

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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: SHAD Zulupack SW55

Jun 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever gone on an international tour, you know the value of being able to use the same luggage on your motorcycle as you did on the flight. Traveling by airplane with your motorcycle gear isn’t an easy task. Bulky items like riding jackets, boots, and pants, as well as your helmet leave you […]

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Review: Stylmartin Indian Boots

Jun 04, 2014 View Comments by

Yes, I’ll admit it; these are my favorite motorcycle boots yet. And in order to attain that status they’ve had to live up to a lot. For a while now I’ve been looking for a pair of touring boots that provide meaningful protection and all day comfort while looking good. Waterproof would be nice too. […]

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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: REV’IT! Summit H20 Gloves

Dec 31, 2013 View Comments by

Sport touring gloves should do a few things. They should firstly protect your hands in a crash, secondly they should be all-day comfortable, they should also offer as much dexterity as possible, and, finally, being waterproof doesn’t hurt. When I first put on the Summit H20 gloves from REV’IT! I immediately notice how comfortable they […]

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Vega Touring Boots

Sep 27, 2013 View Comments by

Vega’s touring boot uses a double zipper configuration, with a longer one on the outside, to ease putting them on and taking them off. Each of the zippers is sewn under the outer leather and above the inner liner. Although the zippers are not waterproof, leather Velcro flaps at the top of the zippers track […]

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Kriega UScombo40 Drypack

Aug 17, 2013 View Comments by

Kriega’s collection of modular drypack systems comes in a variety of configurations ranging from five to 70 liters in capacity. The packs work by combining various sizes of individual bags (10-liter, 20-liter, or 30-liter) to achieve the desired amount of storage. I tried out the UScombo40, which is a 20-liter pack with a 10-liter pack […]

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Alpinestars Jet Road GORE-TEX Gloves

Aug 16, 2013 View Comments by

When it comes to thick, waterproof, cold-weather gloves, you have to be careful not to judge the book by its cover. A pair of gloves may look warm and waterproof in the store (or online), but a hundred miles down the road in January its true colors will come out. So let’s get this out […]

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BiLT Pro Tourer Leather Boots

Jun 07, 2013 View Comments by

My first impression of these budget-priced touring boots was that they were too stiff and would be difficult to walk in. Though this is expected of boots more dedicated to protection (like MX), a good pair of touring boots should be a compromise between walking comfort and riding protection. Fortunately, I was wrong. It only […]

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Sony Xperia ZR: Who’s Afraid of a Little Rain?

May 15, 2013 View Comments by

Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, aren’t they? Dick Tracy never had it so good. But they are such delicate flowers, afraid of the bumps, bruises, and occasional raindrops of everyday life. Nearly everyone gets a bulky protective case, even though it’s kind of like putting vinyl slipcovers on the good furniture in the living room. Enter […]

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Macna Men’s Chameleon Jacket

Apr 07, 2013 View Comments by

In all my product-testing years, I’ve never seen such a jacket before. The Chameleon two-jackets-in-one concept blends in everywhere—just like its name suggests. The core is leather with integrated CE armor, and the outside is a waterproof shell that keeps moisture away from the inside. Pure genius. No need to strip down beside the road […]

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