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Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rainsuit 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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Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots Review

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To get my seal of approval, touring boots need to be comfortable, durable, waterproof, easy to get on and off (yet stay securely on my feet while riding), and capable of protecting my feet and ankles, with their 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments on each side, in the event of the unexpected. For ...

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Joe Rocket Women's Trixie Waterproof Boots Review

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Motorcycle boots are always a compromise between style, comfort and protection. We want them to look good, to feel good on and off the bike, and to prevent or minimize injury in a crash, but few boots excel in all three areas. My wife, Carrie, picked out a pair of Joe Rocket’s Trixie Waterproof Boots because they’re shorter than most ...

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Joe Rocket's Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit Review

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Two weeks on tour in Italy and 8,000 miles away from home, one hopes to have made the right gear choices. Big temperature variations and the occasional rain shower are best addressed with a bit of layering. Rather than taking a rainsuit, I chose to wear Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 multi-layer all-weather system. Two layers in the jacket, one ...

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Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants Review

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Americans, even those of generation Baby Boomer, seem to be changing their lifestyles for the better: No smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and…we even eat our broccoli. Motorcyclists also seem better at safely suiting up, too. More wear helmets, protective jackets and boots. The one lapse is from the waist down. In any weekend gathering of casual motorcyclists, you are apt ...

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Dual-Purpose Glove Liners

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Packing for a tour a couple years back, I tossed in my Elkskin Ropers from RiderWearhouse for normal temps and the warm, waterproof Macna Borax for the worst weather. An obvious comfort gap between the two pair gave me pause. I tried to ignore it, and almost threw in a pair of intermediate gloves to fill the breach. Trying to ...

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Held Air n Dry Gloves Review

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In many of the best riding areas, “summer” doesn’t always mean dry and sunny all of the time. In California, for example, it’s possible to ride from 90-plus F temperatures in the Central Valley into misty, 65-degree weather on the coast in less than an hour. The Southeast, Midwest and Alps in Europe can also experience very changeable weather in ...

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Klim Latitude Misano Jacket and Pants Review

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Stopping to fiddle with rain gear or zip-in liners is a hassle. Klim’s Latitude Misano Gore-Tex jacket and pants provide high levels of protection and comfort with the convenience of breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex bonded to the inner surface of the entire outer shell. No rain gear required. Klim (rhymes with “time”) designed both garments with rugged 840D Cordura in impact ...

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Held Camaris/Ravero Motorcycle Suit Review

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Held, a 60-year-old German company best known in the U.S. for its high-quality gloves, also makes motorcycle apparel and luggage. One of Held’s most unique offerings is the Camaris jacket and Ravero pants, a touring suit that combines the abrasion resistance and style of leather with the versatility of textile and the weather protection of Gore-Tex. The outer shell is ...

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TwistedCore Base Layers Review

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I’m a base layers true-believer. For the past several years I have sworn by the benefits of wearing synthetic base layers under my riding gear. Hot days, cold days, wet days, mild days; whatever the forecast, before long rides I suit up in full-length base layers. Synthetic materials wick away moisture to keep the body dry, and when they do ...

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