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


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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Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket Review


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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Olympia Moto Sports Renegade Jacket and Pants Review


When it’s hot, it’s hot. No point in quibbling over heat vs. humidity or the effects of global warming. All that matters is getting some relief. That’s where Olympia Moto Sports’ Mesh Tech line of apparel comes in, which includes updated versions of its popular Airglide two-piece and Avenger (formerly Stealth) one-piece suits, the Moab and Switchback jackets, and the ...

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Tourmaster Transition 3 Motorcycle Jacket Review


An all-purpose, multi-season motorcycle jacket has a near-impossible list of requirements to fulfill. It needs to keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot, dry when it rains, protect you in case of an accident, and be comfortable…after all, you could be wearing that jacket for many hours over many days. And all at a reasonable price, good-looking ...

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Affordable Motorcycle Jackets Buyers Guide


We’re all aware that the economy has been in the tank for several years, and the result is that many of us are being much more careful with our money. We want to stretch it, to get good value for every precious dollar, and of course we want to take advantage of the fuel economy available from our motorcycles by ...

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Klim Stow Away Jacket

There’s nothing like a chilly downpour to dampen your spirits, especially when you’ve planned and dressed for a sun-soaked ride. The folks at Klīm, the dual-sport clothing specialists, have a solution to the sudden shower – their compact Stow Away jacket. It lets you dress for the sun but defend against the afternoon gully washer. Sewn from lightweight, breathable GoreTex material, the ...

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Tour Master Rincon Jacket

Last summer I acquired a three-quarter length Tour Master Rincon jacket, and after wearing it once for a 90-something-degree commute, it promptly got stuffed into the closet in exchange for something more lightweight. This past winter I dug it back out and now there’s no way I’d be out there on these 40-degree mornings without it. The only way I’d ...

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Firstgear TPG Teton Motorcycle Jacket and Escape Pants Review

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[This Firstgear TPG Teton Motorcycle Jacket and Escape Pants Review was originally published in the September 2009 issue of Rider magazine] This gear has seen it all. Less than an hour after I first put on the jacket and pants during the 2008 Firstgear Colorado ride, the heavens above Crested Butte opened up and rain poured down. This combo has ...

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Fieldsheer Adventure Touring Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review


[This Fieldsheer Adventure Touring Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review was originally published in the June 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Ah, to be warm and dry, the dream of any motorcyclist when riding through cold rain. Or, conversely, to be cool and protected on a hot day. That is the aim of any sensible motorcycle touring apparel, and Fieldsheer offers ...

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Aerostich DarienLight Motorcycle Jacket Review

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[This Aerostich DarienLight Motorcycle Jacket Review was originally published in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Were I to attempt a crossing of the Darien Gap I would certainly use this jacket. For those not familiar with the Darien, it is that hundred-mile stretch of roadless wilderness between Panama and Columbia, and it is horribly hot and humid—the most ...

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