Leathers, jackets & suits

  • 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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  • Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

    03 June 2010 by Andy Downes

    Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

    Sub Zero thermal undersuit (superseded by Factor2 suit), £89.99 Miles covered/time: Many, many thousands in 10 years. What’s good? The fact that this suit is around 10 years old but is still just as...

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  • Jacket review: Bering Banks

    18 May 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Bering Banks

    Bering Banks coat, £250 Mile covered: 4000/one year What’s good? It serves just as well as a smart everyday coat as it does for riding. It’s Gore-Tex, so there’s no question of water seepage. Save...

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  • Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

    11 May 2010 by Phil West

    Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

    Dainese Stripes jacket, £379.99 Miles covered/time: 300/two months What’s good? The ‘Stripes’ (no, I don’t get the name either, there’s not a stripe anywhere) is Dainese’s new, semi-retro,...

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  • Product review: Rab Generator Vest

    07 May 2010 by Marc Potter

    Product review: Rab Generator Vest

    Rab Generator Vest, £75 Miles covered/time: 2000/five months What’s good? This is an incredibly light, superbly warm layer from the outdoor experts Cotswold Outdoor, who recommend and advise round the...

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  • Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

    07 May 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

    Oxford Bright Top Active, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Many things stand out with this stretchy hi-viz top, not least its wearer. Beyond the fact that cars pick you out far...

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  • Jacket review: Bering armour textile

    07 May 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Jacket review: Bering armour textile

    Bering armour textile jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/three years What’s good? The fit is spot on, nice and snug on the arms so there are no annoying draughts. The built-in shoulder and elbow...

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  • Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

    28 April 2010 by Adam Child

    Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

    Keis X4 heated bodywarmer, £99 (heat controller £30, battery pack/charger £46) Miles covered/time: 20,000/two winters What’s good? I can’t believe I’ve lasted so long riding through winter without...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

    21 April 2010 by Phil West

    Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

    Dainese Santa Monica jacket, £479.99 Time owned: Three years What’s good? Solid, classy, quality throughout. The leather is reassuringly thick, the construction durable and it features everything you...

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  • Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

    13 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

    Oxford ChillOut socks, £15.99 (£14.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? They keep your feet a bit warmer. They’re still in one piece after moderate use. What’s not? The...

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  • Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

    01 April 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

    Oxford Chill Out jacket (replaced by Chill Out shirt, £54.99) Miles covered/time: 2500/seven months Save money on motorcycle jackets What’s good? This jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable,...

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  • Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

    24 March 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

    Revit TT one-piece suit, £750 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? Although, thankfully, I’ve not had to test either the impact protection or abrasion resistance of this suit, its...

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  • Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

    16 March 2010 by Andy Downes

    Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

    RevIt Zodiac leather jacket, £299 Miles covered: 4500/six months What’s good? This is the jacket I rode to work in most days last summer and with some careful cleaning and the odd massive dousing with...

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  • Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

    25 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

    Wolf Kangaroo Sport one piece leathers, £749.99 Miles covered/time? 20,000/six years What’s good: I’ve owned these leathers for over six years and have been impressed with them for a number of...

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  • Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

    02 February 2010 by Adam Child

    Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

    Alpinestars Drystar Pants £179.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? In the past three years I’ve worn these trousers through some horrible winters and they have always been 100%...

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  • Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

    Alpinestars Thermal Pro top, £89.95 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? You could put armour in the sleeves of this thermal top and call it a riding jacket. Save cash on motorcycle...

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  • Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

    20 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

    Fox Regulator jersey, £50 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? There are two things which push my buttons when it comes to this top. Save cash on motorcycle clothing Firstly, its flat seams...

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  • Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

    12 January 2010 by Ped Baker

    Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

    Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837 Jacket, £128 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/six months What's good? Tucano Urbano clothing is aimed at commuting scooter riders rather than out-and-out motorcyclists so their...

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  • Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

    12 January 2010 by Marc Potter

    Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

    Helly Hansen Merino twin pack, £60 Miles covered/time: 2100/nine months What's good? There's loads of base-layer thermals around but I've never worn any as comfortable or as warm as these. Save money...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

    12 January 2010 by Marc Potter

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

    Alpinestars Venture Off Road Jacket, £119.95 Miles covered/time: 3750/four years What's good? If you want a handy, tough off-road riding jacket to take the cold off, store some cash, a Mars bar, a...

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  • Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

    Fox Platinum jersey, £42 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? OK, enough jokes about me forgetting to take my pyjamas off. Save money on motorcycle clothing In the 36˚C...

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  • Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

    07 January 2010 by Gareth Ashman

    Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

    Fox Short Cut pants, £130 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? I love how the pants fit over the top of my boots – far better for when it rains as the water doesn’t...

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  • Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

    07 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

    In short, bloody ace for messing around in the snow. Gore-tex technology within ensures you feel nothing but warmth, and even a snowball forced down the back will struggle to make an impression, owing...

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  • Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

    23 December 2009 by Rob Hull

    Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

    Spyke Speed Evo one-piece suit, £1200 Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? This kangaroo and cowhide mix leather suit fits like the proverbial glove – that might be because it’s cut for...

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  • Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

    17 December 2009 by Adam Child

    Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

    Dainese Mission one-piece, £1659.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000-plus/three years What’s good? In over ten years of professionally testing bikes these are the best leathers I’ve ever owned or...

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  • Top 10 textile trousers

    09 December 2009 by Rob Hull

    Top 10 textile trousers

    From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 textile trousers. Save cash on motorcycle trousers 1. Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar, RRP: £179.99 MCN Shop best price: £179.99 from Midlands...

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  • Kit review: Merino Buff

    09 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Merino Buff

    Merino Buff, £21 Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? It’s soft, it’s long (so easily doubles up for twice the thickness on especially cold days) it doesn’t require...

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