Jackets

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...

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...

Tailored to your needs: Best high-end textile motorcycle suits

Tailored to your needs: Best high-end textile motorcycle suits

Nothing protects like leather, but by using the very latest materials such as Gore-Tex, sophisticated waterproof yet breathable membranes, removable thermal linings, CE-rated protectors and armour and...

Woven winners: Best sporty textile motorcycle jackets

Woven winners: Best sporty textile motorcycle jackets

While leather can offer the highest levels of protection rating, a sporty textile jacket can come close and add functionality such as breathability alongside waterproofing (generally mutually...

Textile suit review: T.ur’s J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers tried and tested

Textile suit review: T.ur’s J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers tried and tested

The T.ur J-Zero jacket and P-Zero trousers promise long-distance comfort in hostile climates, with a cut and style more suited to spoked wheels and crash bars than plainer touring...

Getting fresh: How to wash textile motorbike kit

Getting fresh: How to wash textile motorbike kit

It’s a fact of life that if you ride year-round or in all conditions, then you will probably need to wash your kit sooner or later. Mud, salt and road grime make a right mess of clothing. While it...

Divide and conquer: Best two-piece motorcycle touring suits

Divide and conquer: Best two-piece motorcycle touring suits

A two-piece motorcycle touring suit offers great protection, warmth and waterproofing for riding long distances in comfort. You have the option of zipping the two pieces together or you can match the...

Textile suit review: Dane Drakar tried and tested

Textile suit review: Dane Drakar tried and tested

In its most basic form, the Dane Drakar is a mesh suit that is lightweight and comfortable and allows masses of cooling air to keep the rider cool – essential for any tour in warmer climates. However,...

Textile suit review: RST Pro Series Adventure X-CE ladies tried and tested

Textile suit review: RST Pro Series Adventure X-CE ladies tried and tested

Since I have the Aprilia Tuareg as my long-term test bike this year (2022), it was the perfect opportunity to try out some off-road kit, and the RST Pro Series Adventure X suit has been my go-to every...

Airbag review: Furygan Universal Vest tried and tested

Airbag review: Furygan Universal Vest tried and tested

The Furygan airbag vest system uses technology developed by French firm In&motion which also provides the technology to other manufacturers, such as RST, Klim, Held and previous Furygan zip-in...

Jacket review: Knox Urbane Pro tried and tested

Jacket review: Knox Urbane Pro tried and tested

The Knox Urbane Pro Mk2 is a versatile armoured under jacket that can form the foundation of whatever clothing system you want. All in one motorcycle jackets are great, however by their very...

Jacket review: Goldtop Bobber tried and tested

Jacket review: Goldtop Bobber tried and tested

From the minute you pick up the Goldtop Bobber motorcycle jacket you can feel its quality – there’s a reassuring heft to it, the leather is soft and sumptuous, all the zips, buckles and fasteners feel...

Jacket review: Duchinni Strike tried and tested

Jacket review: Duchinni Strike tried and tested

The recent explosion in retro-styled motorcycles has led to a subsequent explosion in retro-styled clothing to match. This leather from Duchinni, the Strike, isn’t necessarily retro-styled but is...

Jacket review: Richa Charlestone tried and tested

Jacket review: Richa Charlestone tried and tested

Most people know quality when they come across it and the Richa Charlestone jacket really ticks the box. There are numerous ways to judge the quality of clothing and this jacket scores in each and...

Go exploring: Best adventure motorcycle jackets

Go exploring: Best adventure motorcycle jackets

Adventure motorcycle jackets tend to have several traits in common; they usually have a textile construction, plenty of ventilation, a waterproof layer of some kind and lots of handy...

Jacket review: Spada Peacedog tried and tested

Jacket review: Spada Peacedog tried and tested

After a helmet, a leather motorcycle jacket is perhaps the most well-known – and desirable – item of motorcycle clothing that people want – and recognise. And while there are lots of retro-styled...

In it for the long haul: Best touring motorbike jackets

In it for the long haul: Best touring motorbike jackets

The best motorcycle touring jacket is perhaps one of the most versatile bits of motorcycling gear. A decent one will keep you warm and dry when the weather gets unpleasant but allow you to stay cool,...

Punching above their weight: Best lightweight motorcycle textiles

Punching above their weight: Best lightweight motorcycle textiles

Lightweight motorbike kit can be a versatile option for new riders and seasoned veterans alike. With plenty to choose from, you could opt for the do-it-all textile jacket or trousers, or perhaps...

Bags for life: Best motorcycle airbag protection

Bags for life: Best motorcycle airbag protection

Motorcycle airbag vests were once the preserve of factory riders, but these days there are affordable systems available from lots of manufacturers and with various payment models. The development...

A feminine fit: Best women's motorcycle jackets

A feminine fit: Best women's motorcycle jackets

Choosing a women’s motorcycle jacket can be an extremely subjective thing. What one rider may deem appropriate, another rider may grimace at. It all depends on the purpose – let’s face it, an...

Top-spec textiles: Best laminated motorcycle jackets

Top-spec textiles: Best laminated motorcycle jackets

With motorcycling textiles becoming ever more sophisticated and littered with technical jargon, it’s sometimes confusing trying to understand what’s available and laminated motorcycle jackets are one...

Best summer motorcycle jackets | keep your cool

Best summer motorcycle jackets | keep your cool

Everyone loves riding in the summer. The sun’s out, the temperature is up, and the beach is a perfect ride away – what can be better than a blast to the seaside for fish and chips or an ice cream.

Best RST airbag clothing

Best RST airbag clothing

RST airbag clothing offers an affordable way for many riders to get the latest safety tech. There are many, me included, who passionately feel that personal airbag clothing is the next game-changer...

Retro practicality: Best waxed cotton motorcycle jackets

Retro practicality: Best waxed cotton motorcycle jackets

There was a time that there were only a couple of ways to keep water out of your riding jacket. One was to make it from leather (cows are, after all, waterproof) and the second was to make it from...

Stand out from the crowd: Best hi viz motorbike kit

Stand out from the crowd: Best hi viz motorbike kit

There’s no doubt that if you want to be seen on your motorcycle, then wearing and using hi viz motorbike kit is the way to go. It does what it says on the tin; high visibility. It means you stand...

Beat the chill: Best winter motorcycle jackets as chosen by MCN

Beat the chill: Best winter motorcycle jackets as chosen by MCN

There are two very obvious requirements for a winter motorcycle jacket; it needs to keep you warm, and it needs to keep you dry. Numerous jackets can do one or the other but for winter, you need both...

Spiny subject: Best motorcycle back protectors for road and trackdays

Spiny subject: Best motorcycle back protectors for road and trackdays

We constantly talk about protective kit and how it is available for every condition, every journey and every style of bike. And one of the most important areas after a crash helmet to protect your...

Smart crashual: Best motorcycle shirts and hoodies

Smart crashual: Best motorcycle shirts and hoodies

Motorbike hoodies are a great way to stay comfortable and look casual on the road without sacrificing safety. There are times when you don’t want to feel too ‘bikey’. You might be heading to an...

Spidi Alpentrophy Textile Suit review | A laminated suit for all occasions

Spidi Alpentrophy Textile Suit review | A laminated suit for all occasions

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...

Autumn bargain: Oxford Hinterland tried and tested

Autumn bargain: Oxford Hinterland tried and tested

The Oxford Hinterland is the flagship textile jacket-and-trouser combination from the British brand’s product range, which is itself already famous for among other things, great value riding kit and a...

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...

Riding shirt review: Resurgence Pekev Ultra tried and tested

Riding shirt review: Resurgence Pekev Ultra tried and tested

This riding Resurgence Pekev Ultra riding jacket/shirt looked so tempting that I couldn’t resist ordering one. When it arrived a few days later, I couldn’t wait to get it out and try it on because the...

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...

MCN’s favourite textile motorcycle jackets for safety, comfort, and all-weather riding

MCN’s favourite textile motorcycle jackets for safety, comfort, and all-weather riding

There are two broad categories of motorcycle jackets – textiles and leathers. Each has its own distinct features, and it often comes down to personal preference and the type of riding you do. We’ll...