Jackets

Alpinestars Stella Neo waterproof hoodie | lightweight and waterproof, ideal for urban riding

Alpinestars Stella Neo waterproof hoodie | lightweight and waterproof, ideal for urban riding

A lot of bikers will have the full textile waterproof suit or jacket for long stints in the saddle, but those urban riders who need something a little lighter for the everyday commute aren’t after a...

Rev'It Paramount Gore-Tex suit review | Whatever the weather, this completely waterproof CE-rated suit has got you covered

Rev'It Paramount Gore-Tex suit review | Whatever the weather, this completely waterproof CE-rated suit has got you covered

The Rev’It Paramount (or onesie as it is affectionately known at MCN Towers) is an all-in-one, laminated textile riding suit. It features a main zip that runs all the way from the neck to the left...

Alpinestars Tech-Air Off-Road review | Next-level off-road protection

Alpinestars Tech-Air Off-Road review | Next-level off-road protection

The Alpinestars Tech-Air Off-Road is an all new armoured jacket featuring advanced airbag technology and switchable modes for Street, Enduro and Rally riding. Airbags for racing and road use...

Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Jacket review | Durable comfort all day long

Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Jacket review | Durable comfort all day long

When it comes to a textile motorcycle jacket, I’m a bit lazy. I want one set that covers everything from sunny off-roading to winter jaunts in the torrential rain, and that’s exactly where the third...

The Richa Atlantic 2 jacket and trousers are tough textiles for both sides of the Atlantic

The Richa Atlantic 2 jacket and trousers are tough textiles for both sides of the Atlantic

I’ve been using Richa’s AA-rated Atlantic 2 jacket and trousers since the onset of autumn 2023. Used for both commuting and leisure rides, I’ve experienced surprisingly warm weather, harsh winter...

The Halvarssons Gruven jacket and Laggan pants make a tailored all-season motorcycle suit

The Halvarssons Gruven jacket and Laggan pants make a tailored all-season motorcycle suit

Swedish brand Halvarssons have been motorcycle kit since 1946, but the Gruven jacket and Laggan pants are my first experience of the brand. Together they make a laminated textile suit designed for all...

Alpinestars Domino Tech review | A practical, casual A-rated jacket ideal for city riding

Alpinestars Domino Tech review | A practical, casual A-rated jacket ideal for city riding

The Alpinestars Domino is a CE-approved wind and water resistant, softshell, unisex motorcycle jacket, designed for town riding and casual wear. It’s packed with useful features and available in black...

The REV'IT! Poseidon 3 GTX will become Justin's first choice for textiles for some time

The REV'IT! Poseidon 3 GTX will become Justin's first choice for textiles for some time

The REV’IT! Poseidon 3 GTX jacket and trousers is the third generation in a line of premium textile adventure suits that were first introduced back in 2013. The Poseidon 3 is intended for all-season...

Alpinestars Tech-Air 3 Stella Airbag Vest Review

Alpinestars Tech-Air 3 Stella Airbag Vest Review

Alpinestars’ Tech-Air motorcycle airbag project has been around since 2003, but back then it was strictly the preserve of world championship riders only. Since then the brand has gone commercial and...

Oxford Original Approved AA MS Shirt Review

Oxford Original Approved AA MS Shirt Review

Riding shirts like the Oxford Original Approved AA MS have been around for a few years now and are a more protective option than wearing a Carhartt or Dickies lumberjack number on your...

MCN's review guide to the top motorcycle armour and protection

MCN's review guide to the top motorcycle armour and protection

One of the biggest attractions of motorcycling is the feeling of liberation that comes with being immersed in the greater environment, rather than being insulated from it like in a car, for example.

Tried and tested: Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket review

Tried and tested: Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket review

The unfortunately named Vanucci VAJ-4 textile jacket forms part of the brand’s modular bike kit range called Vanucci+ that lets the rider pick and choose which layers they want to buy and wear. So,...

Race trim: Best sporty leather jackets

Race trim: Best sporty leather jackets

A leather one piece race suit is the way to go for track riding, but if you want to keep the race look on the road then a sporty leather jacket may be a more practical solution. Most can be paired up...

Tried and tested: RST Pro Series Commander jacket review

Tried and tested: RST Pro Series Commander jacket review

The RST Pro Series Commander jacket is the firm’s flagship textile motorcycle jacket. It’s a completely waterproof laminate jacket thanks to its SinAqua Pro technology – meaning you don’t have to mess...

Tried and tested: Rev'It Restless review

Tried and tested: Rev'It Restless review

The Rev’It Restless is a AA-rated retro-inspired, leather motorcycle jacket that the brand says is inspired by the West Coast moto culture of the 1940s in America. Retro jacket touches include...

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Faster V2 review

Tried and tested: Alpinestars Faster V2 review

The Alpinestars Faster V2 is a sporty leather motorbike jacket that pairs protection fit for the track with comfort, practicality and style for the road. It follows the original Faster jacket which...

Classic chic: Best retro leather jackets as chosen by MCN

Classic chic: Best retro leather jackets as chosen by MCN

Riders of retro, classic or vintage motorcycles have a duty to follow the visual impact of their machines, and donning an old school, retro leather jacket to complete the image is practically...

Tried and tested: Dainese Racing 3 jacket review

Tried and tested: Dainese Racing 3 jacket review

This Dainese Racing 3 jacket was launched back in 2017 and updated with the Racing 4 version in 2022. It featured some light upgrades and new colours, but both versions are essentially the same.

Seeking hide: Best leather motorcycle jackets

Seeking hide: Best leather motorcycle jackets

Leather motorcycle jackets are the go-to option for many riders for a variety of reasons. They come in a whole range of styles, from sports jackets to retro jackets as well as touring designs. They...

Riding hoodie review: RST X Kevlar Tech tried and tested

Riding hoodie review: RST X Kevlar Tech tried and tested

The RST X Kevlar hoodie is a casual style hooded sweatshirt with a trick up its sleeve – it’s CE rated so you can have some peace of mind when you’re heading out in warmer weather without...

Jacket review: Richa Atlantic tried and tested

Jacket review: Richa Atlantic tried and tested

If you’re a year-round rider who is short on wardrobe space, or simply like the idea of buying once and buying right, a laminated suit like the Richa Atlantic is a solid all-rounder. With no...

Jacket review: Richa Daytona 2 tried and tested

Jacket review: Richa Daytona 2 tried and tested

Leather motorcycle jackets that look good on all types of bike are, oddly, relatively hard to find. Sporty is easy, and so is out-and-out retro, but finding a timeless and well-spec’d jacket that I’d...

Jacket review: Oxford Dakar Dry2Dry Air 1.0 Textile tried and tested

Jacket review: Oxford Dakar Dry2Dry Air 1.0 Textile tried and tested

The Oxford Dakar jacket is a sports-adventure garment that promises to cope with anything a British summer can throw at it – from scorching hot sun one minute to barbecue-dowsing rain the next, and...

Jacket review: Furygan Narval tried and tested

Jacket review: Furygan Narval tried and tested

The Furygan Narval is designed specifically to take its cues from the company’s sports leather jackets but with that flexibility that being formed in textile material offers. It’s a relatively short,...

Textile suit review: Spidi Alpentrophy tried and tested

Textile suit review: Spidi Alpentrophy tried and tested

The Spidi Alpentrophy is my second suit from the brand and is even more impressive than the predecessor, which I also had. It’s a very highly-specified combination that has seen me through several...

Textile suit review: Oxford Mondial tried and tested

Textile suit review: Oxford Mondial tried and tested

When it launched, the Oxford Mondial jacket was £250 and the trousers were £200, making a laminated textile suit for well below £500 – a huge achievement. However, many other manufacturers have caught...

Jacket review: Alpinestars T-Fuse tried and tested

Jacket review: Alpinestars T-Fuse tried and tested

The Alpinestars T-Fuse is a short, sporty motorcycle jacket that was first released a couple of years ago. It has now been discontinued, but you can still find it online if you go looking, bear in...

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle jackets and vests

Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle jackets and vests

Riding in winter and unpredictable spring can be tedious – and incredibly dangerous – if riders are not adequately prepared for it. However, heated vests and motorcycle jackets are the perfect...

Beat the elements: Best waterproof motorcycle jackets

Beat the elements: Best waterproof motorcycle jackets

Coping with changeable weather is a conundrum that faces all riders, but arm yourself with a waterproof motorcycle jacket and you’ll always be ready to face the worst of it. Textiles lend themselves...

Light and breezy: Best mesh motorcycle jackets

Light and breezy: Best mesh motorcycle jackets

Mesh motorcycle jackets are a game-changer when the hot weather hits and offer a great way to stay cool without sacrificing safety. We tend not to get that many heatwaves in the UK, but when we do...

Brace for the cold: Best winter motorbike jackets

Brace for the cold: Best winter motorbike jackets

Winter motorbike jackets are a crucial purchase if you ride year round because, if there’s one thing you can be sure about motorcycling in winter – at some point it will be cold. But while that...

Jacket review: Merlin Edale tried and tested

Jacket review: Merlin Edale tried and tested

The Merlin Edale is a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket that combines protection, a classic look and some waterproofing performance. When I think of waxed cotton jackets, I either conjure images of...

Jacket review: Merlin Drifter tried and tested

Jacket review: Merlin Drifter tried and tested

The Merlin Drifter is part of the firm’s Explorer range, so it has a definite touch of adventure to it though it looks and feels equally at home on a retro or worn with a pair of riding jeans. One...

Jacket review: Spada Ascent tried and tested

Jacket review: Spada Ascent tried and tested

The Spada Ascent is a touring/adventure style textile jacket that’s good to go whether you’re commuting through winter or taking on a round-the-world trip. There are some genuine bargains around...

Textile suit review: Duchinni Hurricane jacket and Pacific pants tried and tested

Textile suit review: Duchinni Hurricane jacket and Pacific pants tried and tested

It’s a fallacy that you have to pay top money for top protection when it comes to motorcycle clothing. Sure, there are benefits to spending more, like extra features but that doesn’t mean that you...

Safety in style: Best casual textile motorcycle jackets

Safety in style: Best casual textile motorcycle jackets

Casual textile motorcycle jackets offer all the comfort and style of a fashion garment but also carry some level of proper protection to the rider. Sometimes, you want the full-length protection...