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Sidi Adventure Rain Boots Review

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[This Sidi Adventure Rain Boots gear review was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] As their name implies, Sidi Adventure Rains are waterproof boots designed for adventure riding. Upon receiving a pair, I took them out of the box, tossed ’em in my gear bag and trundled off to Europe for the Edelweiss Alps Extreme Tour (Rider October 2010). ...

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Held Warm n Dry Gore-Tex Gloves Review

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Blame an unpredictable El Niño, an upsurge in solar sunspot activity or Mother Nature’s ingestion of too many trans fats, but weather around here has been anything but normal. Not so good for underequipped tailgaters or trail hikers, but great for an evaluation of a product called Warm n Dry. In America, gloves lagged other articles of riding gear in ...

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Olympia Moto Sports Ladies AST Jacket and Pro Max Pants Review

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[This Olympia Moto Sports Ladies AST Jacket and Pro Max Pants gear review was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Few guys relish the experience of buying clothes with their significant other. Awash in testosterone, our dude-think brains cannot comprehend the calculus of female shopping. We’re worthless, like kindergartners trying to understand Stephen Hawking’s cosmic theories. And thus ...

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Teknic Defender Boots Review

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[This Teknic Defender Boots gear review was originally published in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] by James Parchman The complexity of the human foot is truly astounding; 25 percent of the bones in the human body are located in our feet and ankles. Each foot also has 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s little wonder ...

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Tour Master Rincon Jacket and Cortech DSX Pant Review

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[This Tour Master Rincon Jacket and Cortech DSX Pant review was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] We all have our little vanities, and one of mine is attractive motorcycle clothing. Having grown up in the age of Barber and Belstaff, two of the eminent English moto-haberdashers in the ’50s and ’60s, I have always liked the ...

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Silver Eagle Outfitters Cooling Apparel Review

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Hot days, be they of the muggy, sticky Deep South variety or of the dry, blast-furnace Western States variety, are the bane of motorcyclists, sapping us of hydration, energy and comfort, diminishing the enjoyment of riding. Tips and tricks for staying cool on the road range from half-baked to scientifically sound, but one thing some folks do that’s universally a bad ...

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Sedici Monza Leathers Review

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[This Sedici Monza Leathers review was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] For me, buying motorcycle leathers is a process fraught with indecision. Will they fit well? Will they be comfortable on a long ride? What about temperature extremes? And why are they expensive enough to always make these considerations important? Cycle Gear sells quality apparel from ...

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Aerostich Riderwearhouse Elkskin Roper Gloves

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[This Aerostich Riderwearhouse Elkskin Roper Gloves review was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Most touchscreens in electronic devices employ resistive screen technology that combines multiple layers of electrically charged film. These layers respond to pressure from a stylus, a finger or anything capable of pressing the soft membranes together, including gloved fingers. Newer screens such as ...

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Harley-Davidson FXRG Pants Review

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[This Harley-Davidson FXRG Pants review was originally published in the December 2010 issue of Rider magazine] I’ve owned the Harley-Davidson FXRG Leather & Textile Pants for about a year, and as noted in our Gift Guide on page 46 of the December 2010 issue, these are one of my favorite riding pants. They’re functional and flattering, and recently passed an ...

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Diamond Gusset Defender Motorcycle Jeans

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[This Diamond Gusset Defender Motorcycle Jeans review was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Defender jeans provide a reasonable compromise between regular jeans and a pair of riding pants with protective armor in appropriate places. In my feckless youth I fell down on occasion wearing a standard pair of Levi’s or Wranglers, and depending on the speed occasionally ...

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