Leathers, jackets & suits

  • Product review: Knox Venture Shirt

    25 June 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Knox Venture Shirt

    Knox Venture Shirt, £109.99 Time used: Four weeks What’s good: This Lycra shirt contains CE-approved elbow and shoulder armour plus a hard protector. It’s excellent. I wear it beneath my Barbour...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars GP Pro

    23 May 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Alpinestars GP Pro

    Alpinestars GP Pro leather jacket £429.99 Time used: One year What’s good: This is a beautifully made and comfortable riding jacket, which is half of a two-piece racing suit. I wear this jacket with...

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  • Jacket review: Keis heated jacket

    11 May 2012 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: Keis heated jacket

    Keis heated jacket, £169.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: This top of the range heated jacket is packed full of features including outputs to piggy-back heated gloves and insoles, a specific...

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  • Trouser review: Knox Cold Killers sport pants

    20 April 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Trouser review: Knox Cold Killers sport pants

    Knox Cold Killers sport pants, £44.99 Time owned/miles covered: Two months/500 miles What's good? Exactly the same as the sport top, they’re comfy, light and, most importantly, warm. The elasticated...

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  • Jacket review: Klan HOT heated inner jacket

    20 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Klan HOT heated inner jacket

    Klan HOT heated inner jacket £125.00 Time used: Four months What’s good: The best thing about this thin, lightweight, windproof heated jacket is I can squeeze it inside the kit I wear the most:...

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  • Product review: EXO² StormRider heated vest

    02 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: EXO² StormRider heated vest

    EXO² StormRider heated vest £179.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? This body warmer keeps you warm before you’ve even heated it up, which is a good sign. Plugged into the bike’s battery it’s...

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  • Product review: Frankly baselayer

    13 March 2012 by John Westlake

    Product review: Frankly baselayer

    Frankly baselayer, £59 Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good: Manufacturers of baselayers (or thermals to you and me) often spout the most dreadful techno tosh to sell their wares without...

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  • Trouser review: Weise Tex Midlayer

    01 March 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Trouser review: Weise Tex Midlayer

    Weise Tex Midlayer trouser £49.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: I’m really impressed with these thermal trousers and I’m wearing them a lot under leathers, winter riding gear and even jeans...

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  • Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants

    09 January 2012 by Mark Holmes

    Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants

    Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good: For autumn riding, I tend to go with a leather trousers/Gore-Tex jacket combo unless it’s tipping it down with...

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  • Barbour Surtees waxed jacket

    09 January 2012 by Ped Baker

    Barbour Surtees waxed jacket

    Barbour Surtees waxed jacket, £279.95 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The wax cotton jacket has made a bit of a comeback recently with many manufacturers now offering similarly styled...

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  • Revit Athos vest

    03 January 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Revit Athos vest

    Revit Athos vest, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What's good: MCN’s Adam Child reckons the vest is so bright he thought I was a police motorcyclist when I caught up with him on the commute...

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  • Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket

    19 December 2011 by Tom Cambio

    Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket

    Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket, £179.99 Miles covered/time: Two months/2000 miles  What’s good: The Urbis is a stylish, urban jacket with more than a passing resemblance to rather more expensive...

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  • Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket

    15 December 2011 by Adam Child

    Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket

    Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket, £249.99 Miles covered/time: 4500/two months What’s good: I’ve experienced some of the worst winter weather imaginable and the Drystar jacket has remained 100%...

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  • Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest

    15 December 2011 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest

    Bike Tek Urban Hi-Vis reflective vest, £44.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/three months What I like: I am a firm believer in, and advocate of, the wearing of high-visibility clothing during the winter...

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  • Trouser review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

    30 November 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Trouser review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

    Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex trousers £249.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five months What’s good: These Gore-Tex touring trousers are really warm, comfortable, easy to move around in and very...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

    30 November 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex

    Alpinestars Excursion Gore-Tex jacket £349.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/five months What’s good: This superbly-made, comfortable touring jacket will be my constant companion over the winter months.

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  • Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

    16 November 2011 by Ped Baker

    Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket

    Lewis Leathers Countryman No385 jacket, £675 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The adage “buy well, buy once” has never been more apt when it comes to the Lewis Countryman jacket. Hand...

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  • Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

    02 November 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers

    Revit Tarmac one-piece leathers, £699.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/two months What's good?: I don’t remember these leathers being particularly stiff when I first put them on, and after a day of road...

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  • Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

    12 October 2011 by Simon Relph

    Aerostitch Lightweight Roadcrafter

    Aerostich Lightweight Roadcrafter, £427 Miles covered/time: 1900/two months What’s good: The very first weekend I got this suit, I had organised to stay with friends for the weekend some 150 miles...

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  • Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

    05 October 2011 by Simon Relph

    Barbour Rexton waxed jacket

    Men’s Barbour Rexton waxed jacket, £429.95 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good: This jacket is a recreation of the one worn by Steve McQueen in the 1964 East German ISDT, based around the...

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  • Belstaff Thruxton jacket

    05 October 2011 by Mark Holmes

    Belstaff Thruxton jacket

    Belstaff Thruxton jacket, £650 Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever,’ the poet said. And it’s a phrase that applies perfectly to my jacket. The quality of...

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  • Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

    26 September 2011 by Andy Downes

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

    Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500miles/three years What’s good: They are completely waterproof which is handy as that is their only aim. I always find it incredibly...

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  • Spidi RR leather jacket

    26 September 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Spidi RR leather jacket

    Spidi RR Leather Jacket, £440 Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months What’s good: Almost everything. The shoulder and elbow protection is so solid it feels like it’s carved out of wood, but the...

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  • Spidi Scarface Jacket

    08 September 2011 by James Capell

    Spidi Scarface Jacket

    Spidi Scarface Jacket, £349 (superseded by Symbol, £410)      Miles covered/time: 30,000/four years What’s good: Thirty thousand miles is showing, but I’m sure there’s another...

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  • Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

    30 August 2011 by Alison Silcox

    Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants

    Knox Dry Inside Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants, £15.31 & £12.76 Miles covered/time: 5000/four years What's good: Dressing in what looks like thermal underwear, regardless of the weather, has always...

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  • JTS 4040 rain suit

    19 August 2011 by James Capell

    JTS 4040 rain suit

    JTS 4040 rain suit, £45.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/one week in Scotland (heavy rain every day) What's good:I'm 6'6" so finding a one-piece that won't ride up my legs is rather difficult. I...

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