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Tour Master Advanced Textile Jacket

Tour Master Advanced Textile Jacket

When my daughter Julia began riding a year ago, my main concern was for her safety. This meant not only a good helmet, but also protective riding gear with CE-approved impact-absorbing armor. I also wanted weather protection to keep her warm, dry and comfortable so that her attention would remain focused on the road. That’s why I was so glad ...

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iXS Nemesis Jacket and Nandi Pants Review

iXS Nemesis Jacket and Nandi Pants.

If the iXS name sounds familiar, it’s because the Swiss company has been making motorcycle apparel since 1979. We’ve tested iXS apparel before, and although it hasn’t been available in the U.S. for the past few years, the brand recently re-entered the market through a wholly owned distributor, iXS USA Inc. The iXS catalog runs the gamut—on- and off-road gear, ...

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Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket Review

Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket

Joe Rocket’s waterproof, textile Ballistic jacket and pants have been staple items in the company’s apparel lineup for years, and both have been steadily improved over time. The Ballistic Revolution is the ninth generation of this jacket, and it continues to offer plenty of comfort, style and protection for a reasonable price ($199.99 in most sizes). The three-quarter length outer ...

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Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket Review

Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket

The versatile Atomic 5.0 jacket by Joe Rocket has a waterproof treated and UV resistant RockTex outer chassis that is reinforced with abrasion-resistant Hitena panels in key impact areas, along with externally accessible CE-certified armor at the shoulders and elbows and a removable HD spine pad. The VariableFlow ventilation system features waterproof zippers and a patent pending Cross-Linked Cooling feature. ...

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Aerostich Classic City Tactical Two-Piece Motorcycle Suit Review

Aerostich Classic City Tactical Two-Piece Motorcycle Suit

The Aerostich Roadcrafter is the most easily identifiable riding suit in all of motorcycling. Made of 500-denier Cordura nylon, it’s earned a solid reputation among commuting, touring and adventure riders. Because Aerostich does post-crash repairs on its suits, it has seen firsthand how well Cordura nylon holds up. Based on years of observations, Aerostich determined that in accidents at typical ...

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Roland Sands Bristol Motorcycle Jacket Review

Roland Sands Bristol Jacket

If clothes make the man, then a leather jacket makes the motorcyclist. Every rider should own at least one hide coat for stylin’ on sunny riding days, a classic symbol of our two-wheeled heritage that keeps your top half warm and protected, especially after it breaks in and becomes your second skin. Since I tend to wear water-resistant textile apparel ...

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Rev’It Cayenne Pro Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Rev’It Cayenne Pro Jacket and Pants

Heat and exertion can make it problematic to dress adequately for a ride. Adventure and off-road riding, for example, often requires a lot of standing and otherwise moving about on the bike, which quickly warms the rider to the sweating point, even in cooler weather. And when it’s hot out, most of the heavy-duty apparel you need to be adequately ...

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Tour Master Element Cooling Leather Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Tour Master Element Cooling Leather Jacket

Leather is hard to beat in terms of durability and abrasion resistance, which is why you see road racers clad in animal hide from neck to toe. Leather also blocks wind and adds style, but, in addition to weighing and costing more than comparable textile apparel, leather is often hotter and has less weather resistance. With its Element Cooling Leather ...

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Scorpion Sports Yosemite Motorcycle Jacket Review

Scorpion Sports Yosemite Motorcycle Jacket

A jacket that promises versatility, like the Scorpion Sports Yosemite model tested here, has a lot to live up to. And it requires a lot of touring for a thorough checkout. A three-day ride to Nevada on our long-term Versys 1000 LT through weather ranging from hot and dry to cold and drenching got things going. Happy with its performance, ...

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Dainese Tempest D-Dry Motorcycle Jacket Review

Dainese Tempest D-Dry Jacket

By Ken Lee The Tempest D-Dry riding jacket comes from Dainese, a brand that sponsors MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, among others. Dainese classifies this textile jacket as a short-range winter touring jacket. The Tempest is made from Duratex fabric and incorporates a waterproof, windproof and breathable D-Dry membrane. It’s a 3/4-length design, longer than a sport-style jacket, ...

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