Leathers, jackets & suits (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

    29 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

    Draggin’ Oilskins jeans, £159.99 Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 700/one month   What’s good? Draggin’ market their products as being the most safety conscious jeans you can buy. Stitched...

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  • Product review: Waterproof trousers

    21 December 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: Waterproof trousers

    Waterproof trousers, £7.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/four yearss What’s good: My dad bought these in the late eighties, before I was even born so I’ve no idea how many miles these had covered before I...

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  • Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

    21 December 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

    Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain Jacket, £128.90 Time used: Three months What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable, with mesh lining and lots of inner and outer pockets, including a handy one...

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  • Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

    16 December 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

    RST Shadow one-piece suit, £329.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Despite the fact they’re not the top of the range leathers they certainly don’t feel cheap. The 1.2mm cowhide is...

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  • Kit Review: Original Buff

    01 December 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit Review: Original Buff

    Original Buff, £10.95 Save money on neck warmers in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What's good? It¹s hard to write about Buff without sounding like I¹m on their payrollŠ but here...

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  • Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

    01 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

    Muc-Off wipes, from £2.49 in the MCN Shop Buy Muc-Off wipes in the MCN Shop  Miles covered/time: three years What's good? The Abbott garage is a place of considerable grease, with...

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  • Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

    26 November 2010 by Andy Downes

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit, £89 Miles covered/time: 1500/one year What’s good? As an emergency set of waterproofs for summer use these have been great at keeping me dry. First and...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

    10 November 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

    Alpinestars Velocity jacket, £379.95 Miles covered/time: 2000 miles of touring and road testing/summer 2010. What’s good? This old-school-style jacket is actually a fair bit longer than a normal...

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  • Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

    10 November 2010 by John Westlake

    Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

    Held Frontino Gore-Tex trousers £449 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? Like the matching Tortona jacket, this is a high quality piece of kit. The trousers are waterproof, windproof,...

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  • Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

    10 November 2010 by John Westlake

    Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

    Held Tortona Gore-Tex jacket £549 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? The quality: this is the best piece of textile kit I have ever worn. As you’d expect of something costing more than...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

    28 October 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

    Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket, £289.95 Miles covered/time: 1700/one year What’s good? I don’t wear this urban-styled jacket as much as I should, mainly because it can actually get TOO hot, even for...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

    28 October 2010 by Adam Child

    Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

    Dainese Chiodo TT jacket, £349.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year What’s good? It’s made from very light, soft leather. It’s works in the pub as well as on the bike, too. There’s still there’s...

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  • Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

    21 October 2010 by James Keen

    Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

    Revit GT2 trousers, £249.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? They attach easily onto my RevIt CR jacket with a sturdy 270-degree(ish) zip, so they’re perfect for both touring and...

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  • Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

    21 October 2010 by Simon Relph

    Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

    Aerostich Darien fleece liner, $187 (£118) Miles covered/time: 3500/15 months What’s good? Most jacket linings are exactly that – linings, not something you could wear on its own. The (deep breath)...

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  • Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

    21 October 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

    Spada Classic jacket, £195 Miles covered/time: 300 (dry)/two weeks What’s good? The leather is soft, buttery soft. Find yourself touching it when you shouldn’t soft. The cow it came from must have had...

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  • Kit review: IXS leather jacket

    06 October 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit review: IXS leather jacket

    IXS leather jacket, £119.99 (superseded by X-Jacke Beaver / Heritage / Caldera) Miles covered/time: 6000 miles/one year What’s good? There are two schools of motorcycle fashion. The first is to look...

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  • Trouser review: Weise Titan

    01 October 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Trouser review: Weise Titan

    Weise Titan textile trousers, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/18 months What’s good? They feel resilient. Fortunately I’ve never had call to put their crash protection capabilities to the test. Save...

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  • Jacket review: Held Rezzato

    01 October 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Jacket review: Held Rezzato

    Held Rezzato £749.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good? It’s leather, but waterproof. It’s not sorcery – just effective use of the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane. I’ve been...

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  • Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

    17 September 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

    EDZ All Season Base Layer, £20 Miles covered/time: 2300 miles/two months What’s good? It’s an extremely soft and lightweight piece of clothing that negates the friction you naturally feel under heavy...

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  • Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

    10 September 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

    Berik 8320 one-piece suit, £499.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/1000 miles What’s good? Fit, style, price and protection. Disappointingly I’d only spent a 1000 miles in this suit before gravel...

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  • Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    03 September 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

    Scott Racer blouson, £399 Miles covered/time: 2000/four months. What's good? It looks ace, it's satisfyingly weighty once on (yet not intrusively so), it features useful (yet cleverly disguised)...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    24 August 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

    Kriega US-20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered/time: 18 months/2000 miles What’s good? This is one of those products that gives me joy to use when the need arises – the two straps wrap around the bottom of...

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  • Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    24 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

    Rev It Warp Jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof, comfy, warm, adaptable… and not expensive. The cosy, smoking jacket-esque lining keeps you...

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  • Trouser review: Spada 911

    20 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Trouser review: Spada 911

    Spada 911 Trousers, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good? They’re a very cheap, very basic, very portable pair of waterproof overtrousers that do the job well. You can easily compress...

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  • Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

    20 August 2010 by Samuel Pinney

    Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

    Frank Thomas Richmond Jacket, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 (dry)/two months What’s good? The first time I wore this I interrupted a crime (someone trying to steal Liam Marsden’s Versys) and...

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  • Jacket review: Held Verano

    06 August 2010 by Simon Relph

    Jacket review: Held Verano

    Held Verano Jacket £299.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What’s good? There are so many leather jackets on the market, most of which are quite short. I personally prefer a jacket that covers my...

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  • Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

    06 August 2010 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

    BMW Phase Change jacket £145 (amazon.co.uk) Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? The Phase Change jacket is made from a material that contains paraffin microcapsules. Save £££s on...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

    27 July 2010 by Simon Brown

    Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

    Hein Gericke overtrousers (superseded by Basic II Rain Pants £25.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/seven years What’s good? These trousers lurk at the bottom of my rucksack, year in, year out, ready to be...

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  • Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

    07 July 2010 by Guy procter

    Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

    Held 4-Touring jacket, £169 Mile covered/time: 600/two months What's good? £170 is a blighted price-point for textile jackets normally. Too long, too short, too cold, armour that moves about, glitzy...

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  • Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    07 July 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

    Forcefield Pro L2 back protector, £94.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? After being properly measured up for this back protector, it fits much better than my previous Forcefield and...

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  • Kit review: Held waterproofs

    01 July 2010 by Adam Child

    Kit review: Held waterproofs

    Held Rano jacket, £49.99; Tempest trousers, £37.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? Not the usual cheap tat waterproofs that feel like a shell suit from the 1980s. The jacket has a...

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