RoadRUNNER's top riding gear picks for spring riding.
Klim's Merrakesh is by far one of the most comfortable sets of gear on the market currently. This jacket strikes a fine balance between ventilation and abrasion resistance using a Karbonite Micromesh with 4-way stretch and 1000D Cordura impact zones. Layer this jacket with the Klim Forecast for one of the best jacket combo's you can buy.
The Klim Vanguard GTX gloves are a great waterproof glove option for spring showers and chilly mornings. There is a gauntlet version and short version to suit your style, and they keep out wind and rain without fuss. The palm is lined with goat leather to offer maximum abrasion resistance. The knuckles are padded with Poron XRD to absorb impact and are pre-formed to offer comfort for hours on end.
There is no substitute for versatility on motorcycle trips, and the Shoei Neotec 2 demonstrates that perfectly. This modular touring helmet has been wind tunnel tested, and works great in a variety of riding positions—reducing drag, neck fatigue, and wind noise. Air flow in this helmet will keep you cool on hot rides and the cheek pads improve the seal along the opening of the helmet, keeping turbulent air out. The Neotec 2 integrates with the Sena SRL communication system for low profile Bluetooth connectivity and communication.
This women's riding jacket from Olympia is incredibly versitle, and looks great to boot. The mesh jacket offers protection through 600 D poly EVO thread fabric and ballistic poly mesh panels and removable CE level 2 elbow, shoulder, and back pads. The mesh will keep you cool when temperatures start to climb, but if rain or cold finds it's way into your spring ride you'll be prepared because the Eve 2 comes with a rain jacket layer that can be worn underneath or on top of the mesh riding jacket. The rain jacket also looks great and can be used as a standalone jacket when you make it to your final destination.
The shorter version of the standard Forma Adventure boot, the Adventure Low boot is great for riders who do more casual adventure touring, or who just want a protective and comfortable boot for riding. They are Drytex equipped and made with full grain oiled leather.
These stylish and comfortable boots can be worn on your next weekend ride, or on your rides into the office as the weather warms up. The full grain leather is waterproof and fitted with ankle and toe protection. For easy on and off, the boot has a side zip opening with Velcro cover at the top to keep everything in place.
For riders looking for Bluetooth connectivity for the purposes of answering phone calls, audible navigation instructions, or connecting to other riders, the Cardo PackTalk Bold is a great choice. 15-way bike to bike conferencing, 13 hours of talk time, and best in class noise cancellation makes the PackTalk Bold stand out among all the communication devices on the market today. On top of all these features, Cardo has partnered with JBL to offer the best quality speakers you can put in a helmet.
Safety is always important to riders, and the Dianese Smart Jacket takes safety to the next level. This vest is airbag equipped, and if an accident occurs it will inflate to protect the spine, ribs, and to act as a neck brace against the helmet. The vest can be worn over or under your riding jacket, and the battery lasts 26 hours before it needs recharged.
Chilly spring mornings won't keep you off the bike with the First Gear Gen 4 Heated Jacket Liner. This liner is form fitting and constructed with a waterproof yet breathable fabric to ensure maximum warmth. Seven flexible heat panels cover the torso and arms and can be used with either a single or dual Heat-troller. Heated glove connectors are built in, too.
This outer shell uses a Teflon Durable Water Repellent coating so water beads right off, keeping you dry on your ride. The material is 4-way stretch, so it's incredibly comfortable and easy to throw on over your riding jacket. You can also use it as a standalone jacket with it's removeable D3O elbow, shoulder and back pads.
Eye protection is often overlooked for riders, especially if helmet face shields are used. But for riders who don't have a face shield, or often ride with the shield flipped up, having a quality pair of shatterproof shades can make all the difference in comfort and protection. The Bobster Rukus glasses are 100% UV resistant and are ani-fog. The foam padding is removable too.
The Boxxer 2 H2O glove is made from waterproof goat leather and features a hard knuckle shell with Temperfoam at the knuckle and palm for enhanced protection and comfort. The stretch cuff makes them easy to get on and off, and the small Velcro adjustment strap at the wrist ensure they won't slide off. These gloves are comfortable, protective, warm, and waterproof.
The Klim Balaclava is small enough to throw in your tank bag or top case in case you get chilled or caught out when the elements turn for the worst. It's with a Gore Infinium Windstopper material across the neck and chest to help cut the cold wind, and stretchy Coolmax material around the face and ears.