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  • RiDE review: Givi EA107 bag

    12 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Givi EA107 bag

    The Givi strapping system is simple to use but does get a bit fiddly when hands are cold, the visor’s misting up and all you want is to get indoors quickly. Very secure on the bike though. Capacity is...

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  • RiDE review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

    10 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots

    As comfortable on as off the bike. Only flimsy ankle articulation lets the protection down. Easy to get on and off, and well made, they instantly feel comfortable. Available vented or unvented, these...

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  • RiDE review: RST Tractech Evo boots

    08 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: RST Tractech Evo boots

    A great-value boot that you can choose to have vented or waterproof for £20 more. Took a little while for the microtech – a man-made material that’s lighter than leather – to break in, but once it did...

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  • RiDE review: Daytona Security Evo 3 boots

    07 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Daytona Security Evo 3 boots

    These are strictly race boots – they are so armoured and the sole is so rigid they make walking uncomfortable. But if you want the best protection nothing comes close. Hand-made, with a carbonfibre...

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  • RiDE review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

    06 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots

    Strangely has the lowest CE score of any boot tested. But these are a racing boot so feel and thorough ankle articulation control are put before more road-based protection. The most comfortable,...

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  • Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

    05 January 2016 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

    What’s good about the Held Wet Tour? All I ever really wanted is an unlined summer waterproof jacket that a) fits comfortably over leathers, is b) breathable, c) wraps up to neatly to nearly nothing...

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  • RiDE review: Falco Eso Lx boots

    04 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Falco Eso Lx boots

    Full marks from the CE tests and a rigid ankle articulation brace that could make a real difference in a crash. Plastic is everywhere, which helps the abrasion score. Inside all that plastic the...

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  • Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

    04 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

    What’s good about the Arai Chaser V? Every helmet manufacturer has their own way of doing things, and as a result I’ve never naturally gelled with Arais. The shape of the shell and the clunky visor...

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  • RiDE review: Daytona Lady GTX boots

    03 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Daytona Lady GTX boots

    Very expensive if you look at the CE results, but get them on your feet and feel the quality. Lots of adjustment and built up inside by 20mm to give a more secure footing when riding. Gore-Tex, tough...

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  • RiDE review: TCX S-Speed GTX boots

    02 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: TCX S-Speed GTX boots

    These are a firm pair of boots that took some time to bed in but are now comfortable on and off the bike. Built for a narrow foot, the quality is superb and a lot better than their price suggests.

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  • RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

    01 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

    The Hornet ADV replaces the popular Hornet DS. It is instantly comfortable, with a plush interior and Shoei’s quick-release cheek pads for safe helmet removal in an accident. The visor and all the...

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  • RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

    30 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

    The Beast is RoadSkin’s most protective garment, doubling up the 320gsm fabric of the Paranoid jeans to give 640gsm throughout. These have been tested to CE Level 1 for abrasion, with a resistance of...

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  • RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

    28 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

    These are Bull-it’s full, CE Level 2-approved protective jeans (passing abrasion, slash and burst tests), with abrasion-resistant Covec covering 99 per cent of the inside of the jeans. There’s also a...

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  • RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

    27 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

    These are straight-leg, mid-rise, rigid denim jeans that have passed CE Level 2 with a 7.45-second abrasion result. They have a nice, reassuring feel to them, but that’s been achieved in part by a...

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  • RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

    26 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

    These join the Bull-it Veloce and Draggin Holeshot as protective jeans rated to CE Level 2, with an abrasion result of 10.83 seconds from their Pekev fabric. Where they differ to both the others is...

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  • RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

    25 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

    Short in the leg but otherwise easy to get on, comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch. The collar is snug, while elastic and Velcro-strapped cuffs squeeze over a glove easily. The integrated...

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  • RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

    24 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

    These fully lined waterproofs are excellent quality for the price. They feature adjustable cuffs, a Velcro waist strap and water-resistant seams, resulting in a 100 per cent pass rate. The material...

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  • Product Review: Ducati Scrambler helmet (£159)

    24 December 2015 by Simon Brown

    Product Review: Ducati Scrambler helmet (£159)

    What’s good about the Ducati Scrambler helmet? I’ve always thought open-face helmets belonged in the past – can’t beat a visor and chinbar to keep your fizzog in good order should you crunch into the...

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  • RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

    23 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

    Benefits from an extended storm flap over the front jacket zip, as well as a Velcro neck strap. There’s good overlap from jacket to trousers, and while the Velcro boot extenders allow for more...

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  • Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

    23 December 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

    What’s good about Battery Pack EPS-K23? The idea. I love it. This slimline little auxiliary battery unit can pack enough punch to jump-start your bike, as well as power your phone (or any other device...

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  • RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

    22 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

    This PU-coated breathable jacket with bonded seams is easy to put on. The cuffs are elastic with a Velcro strap and stay secure. There are two pockets on the outside, one on the inside. None of the...

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  • RiDE review: Sidi Adventure Gore

    21 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Sidi Adventure Gore

    This Italian-made boot is very popular and has become almost the default choice among experienced adventure riders, offering good protection for the shin and the ankles, while still being flexible...

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  • RiDE review: Gerbing XR12

    20 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Gerbing XR12

    Beefy leather/textile gloves with a robust knuckle protector. Can be powered with the included wiring loom, from a Gerbing jacket (set by the dual controller) or by cuff power packs. Powered from the...

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  • RiDE review: EXO2 StormGuard

    19 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: EXO2 StormGuard

    These leather gloves with a proper knuckle protector and secure wrist adjuster warm up fast and are one of the warmest around, heating evenly across fingers, palm and the back of the hand. Though...

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  • RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

    18 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

    The heat score is low because of the absence of sleeves and collar, but the StormRider does still keep your core really warm and it reaches its peak temperature pretty quickly. Not having a bulky...

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