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Power Trip Gauge Mesh and Pivot Motorcycle Jackets Review

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Two hundred and sixty bucks is a pretty typical price for a decent textile riding jacket, wouldn’t you say? What if that could buy you two? Joe Rocket’s Power Trip line says it has redefined cheap with its Gauge Mesh and Pivot jackets, and we’re inclined to agree. Starting at $129.99 each, you could own both an armored mesh jacket ...

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Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

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Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing on the pegs, counterbalancing, pushing, pulling and, on those unlucky days, picking up your heavy bike again and again. The “modular flap system” allows panels on the chest, back and thighs to be opened—incrementally from small to large openings—to expose mesh ...

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Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

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Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary “what’s that?” pause may make them think twice before pulling out in front of you. But what makes hi-viz gear appealing from a safety standpoint makes it unappealing in terms of style. Some people just can’t ...

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Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket Review

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I like my riding gear like I like my motorcycles––simple, classic and functional––and when I got a Triumph Bonneville I developed a yearning for a jacket like the old waxed-cotton Belstaff I had in my lost youth. It was a foul green and smelled so bad my roommates wouldn’t let me come in the house wearing it––they made me hang ...

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Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

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Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection. You get a leather palm here and there, maybe, but that’s not going to help a lot if you punch the pavement. For serious hand protection you need more sporty gloves, but few of ...

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Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants Review

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Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at it, you need a good rainproof outer layer to keep the rain out. Some riders choose riding gear made of waterproof material, but many others, especially those who don’t ride in rain often, prefer to carry ...

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Sidi Tour Rain Boots Review

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The Sidi Company has been making motorcycle boots since 1970, and has a men’s and women’s range covering everything from motocross to touring, even pit boots. Liking simplicity and ease of use, I ordered up a pair of Sidi Tour Rain boots in size 11.5. Putting them on the scale, the pair weighed three pounds, ten ounces—exactly what an old-fashioned ...

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KTM HQ Adventure Suit Review

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Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer offers its own line of branded riding apparel, and KTM is no exception. Like its motorcycle lineup, the Austrian company’s PowerWear line includes gear for adventure, street and off-road riding, everything from jackets and pants to helmets, boots and gloves, most of it trimmed in KTM’s trademark orange. Designed in-house and manufactured in Vietnam, the HQ Adventure jacket and pants are ...

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Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves Review

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Winter is just another riding season here in Oregon, thanks mainly to snow-free weather and heated riding gear. But although I love heated gear, I’m not so fond of all the wires, especially the ones I have to thread through the sleeves of my jacket to power heated gloves. Now there’s a way to go wireless with heated gloves—the Ignitors from Fly Racing. The ...

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Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Review

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Back in 2008, Aerostich released the first-generation Transit suit, made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell leather—top-grain leather fused with a breathable, waterproof inner membrane. During tanning, the leather is treated with repellents so it won’t absorb water like traditional leather, and molded-tooth waterproof zippers round out the keep-the-rider-dry strategy. The Transit is covered with thousands of micro-perforations that allow moisture to ...

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