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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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Plug In, Stay Warm: The Joys of Electric Motorcycle Apparel

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Unless you live where the snow piles up hip-deep in winter, there’s no reason to stop riding when the mercury takes a nosedive. Heated clothing can extend your riding season far into winter, and kickstart it earlier in the spring. There’s no mystery to how it works. When you pass electric current though a wire, the wire heats up. That’s ...

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BMW Rallye Motorcycle Suit Review

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BMW strives to maintain its premium image as a motorcycle brand, which carries over to its apparel. We’ve tested all sorts of BMW-branded jackets, pants, boots and gloves over the years, and the general consensus among our crew of use-it-and-abuse-it testers is that the gear may be expensive, but you get what you pay for. BMW’s Rallye Suit, the gear ...

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Rainsuits 101: Staying Dry At Speed

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Weather forecasting isn’t an exact science, and you get caught in the rain even during the summer. If you keep riding through the fall and winter, you’ll learn what real rain is. You might have ridden through short showers, but when you get caught in a sudden storm, or ride all day in a cold, steady drizzle, you’ll see how ...

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Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit Review

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As the adventure-riding segment grows, so does the variety of clothing to wear while you explore the back-of-beyond, each new product promising to protect adventurers from a wide range of weather and mishaps. Helmet House has joined the fray with its Cortech branded and economically priced Sequoia XC jacket and pants ($349.99 and $164.99, respectively). A 600-denier Carbolex polyester fabric ...

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