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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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Tour Master Trinity Series 2 Women's Motorcycle Jacket Review

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While motorcycling remains a primarily male activity, more women are riding their own bikes and as passengers. Still, it’s often difficult to find riding wear that is cut specifically for women, and especially top-line gear at a reasonable price. That’s why I was enthused to find this new Tour Master Trinity Series 3 jacket for my friend, Patti. The three-quarter-length ...

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BMW's C.A.R.E. Motorcycle Apparel Lineup

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BMW is stepping up the presence of its riding apparel and helmets with an extensive lineup for 2015. This new, aggressive stance is to draw attention to the fact that the German manufacturer doesn’t merely purchase its gear from apparel manufacturers and slap the BMW name on it but, in fact, has a dedicated R&D facility at BMW headquarters in ...

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Aerostich Darien Motorcycle Riding Suit Review

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When I get a riding suit I look for protection against the elements, such as cold, heat and rain, but its primary purpose needs to be protection against injury during an accident. There are some awfully posh outfits that look great, but should I be tumbling down the road at 60 mph, perhaps I am less interested in how I ...

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Olympia Moto Sports MotoQuest Guide Suit Review

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For four years, I wore Olympia Moto Sport’s X Moto jacket and pants on countless adventure rides (Rider, August 2010 and on ridermag.wpengine.com). The extremely versatile, durable gear held up well over thousands of rough-n-tumble miles, close encounters with rocks, cacti and terra firma, and a wide range of climatic conditions. What endeared the X Moto to me was its ...

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Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket Review

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A jacket can make or break a ride, especially a long one. Comfort, weatherproofing, cooling and body protection all come into play as the miles roll on. Months of testing the Macna Oasis jacket, which included riding with Patrick Kant, owner of the Dutch company that makes Macna clothing, gave me an in-depth experience with their mid-priced jacket. With that ...

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Rev’It Sand 2 Motorcycle Suit Review

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If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While somewhat of an exaggeration, riding in the Northeast does require being prepared for rapid weather and temperature changes. Since it’s awkward packing several jackets and pants for each trip, I’ve been on a quest to discover the ultimate riding suit. New materials have allowed an evolution in riding gear, and ...

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Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket Review

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Sometimes I wish I still had the first leather jacket I received at Rider. As I recall, I gave it away because it lacked vents and armor, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere all beat-up and still keeping a fellow rider warm—leather just never wears out. These days I tend to favor textile apparel for its versatility, but I’m ...

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BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Review

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Nobody should debate the importance of good footgear, whether it’s for dancing, hiking, playing tennis or riding a motorcycle. Years ago I met a rider on a chopper with a foot clutch who prided himself on riding barefoot; I can’t say I’d recommend that. If something happens, be it falling off, slamming your foot down in a sandy corner or ...

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