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Olympia 730 Touch Screen Gloves – Review

Olympia 730 Touch Screen Gloves

Touchscreen-friendly gloves are becoming more common in the motorcycle retail market. The problem is that most of those gloves have an entire fingertip encased with touchscreen material. Trying to navigate a smartphone or GPS with that mass of material can be like trying to play piano with your elbows—more than a little clumsy. With this in mind, Olympia has designed ...

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Tour Master Transition Series 4 Jacket – Review

Tour Master Transition Series 4 Men's Jacket.

We motorcyclists purposely prostrate ourselves before the weather gods, because riding’s all about open-air fun. But one road-wise veteran told me long ago, “Any fool can be uncomfortable.” So versatility plays a key role in the makeup of a good riding jacket. We’ve all bundled up on frosty mornings cold enough to see your breath, only to strip off layers ...

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Moto-Skiveez Base Layers – Review

Moto-Skiveez base layers are designed specifically for the needs of motorcyclists.

What you put next to your skin—before you don outer protective riding gear—can improve comfort when distances are long or conditions extreme. That’s when purpose-designed base layer riding apparel shows its worth. Moto-Skiveez offers a line of padded Riding Shorts employing technology borrowed from bicycle racing, a Technical Riding Shirt optimized for wear under a riding jacket and Compression Riding ...

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Aerostich Protekt Khaki Pants – Review

"Dark" Aerostich Protekt Khakis with TF3 armor installed.

Aerostich’s Protekt Khakis combine the orderly appearance of business casual with the impact protection of well designed riding gear, utilizing an innovative set of hidden armor pockets and strategically placed abrasion-resistant fabric layers. The exterior shell is made entirely of machine washable cotton twill, styled in the contemporary pleatless Dockeresque  fashion. Hidden armor pockets at the knees accept Aerostich’s optional ...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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A Few of Our Favorite Things… It’s that time of year again! To assist you in the search for that perfect gift, three of us on the Rider staff each assembled a few of our favorite things to review for this special Holiday Gift Guide. Every one is a much better gift for your favorite rider than a leopard-print Snuggie, ...

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Gear Review: Slatin EZ-1 Powersuit

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Riding gear is a personal choice and my personal choice is All the Gear, All the Time (ATGATT). I’m also a belt and suspenders guy; if I’m wearing all the gear, I want the best protection I can find. Recently I got the chance to try the one-piece EZ-1 Powersuit from an Arizona company called Slatin MotoGear. The suit’s shell ...

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Gear Review: Riding Jeans Buyer’s Guide

The Bilt Iron Workers Iron jeans' knee armor pockets are small and non-adjustable, so if the armor doesn't sit right where you need it, you're out of luck.

Think wearing regular jeans when you ride is enough to keep you safe in a fall? Think again. Regular denim does very little on its own to protect you from abrasion, and it does nothing at all to protect you from an impact. Motorcycle-specific riding jeans are built especially for riders, with added layers of abrasion-resistant fabric and, in many ...

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Fly Street Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and Pants Review

Fly Street Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and Pants.

Established in 1998 by Western Power Sports, a powersports distributor based in Boise, Idaho, the Fly brand includes Fly Racing (gear for dirt bikes, BMX and mountain bikes, snowmobiles and watercraft) and Fly Street (gear for on-road motorcycles, including helmets, apparel and luggage). With summer upon us, I’ve been beating the heat with Fly Street’s Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and ...

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iXS Finja Jacket Review

iXS Finja Women's Jacket

Female motorcyclists have unique needs: we want safety and protection, but we also don’t want to be mistaken for an NFL linebacker when we’re in our riding gear. Fortunately, jackets like iXS’s Finja offer comfortable protection—and look good doing it. The Finja is what I consider a “temperate 3-season” jacket; it features a removable Cynix thermal liner, a non-removable water- ...

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Olympia Alpha Mesh Tech Jacket Review

Olympia Alpha Mesh Tech Jacket.

Summer is here, and whether or not you believe in global warming, it is hot. So I asked Olympia Moto Sports if I could try its new Alpha jacket. I like the look, and what I have read about it appeals to me. Olympia calls it a “three layer systems design,” with an outer jacket having panels for good airflow, ...

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