2015

RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

RiDE review: RoadSkin Beast jeans

The Beast is RoadSkin’s most protective garment, doubling up the 320gsm fabric of the Paranoid jeans to give 640gsm throughout. These have been tested to CE Level 1 for abrasion, with a resistance of...

RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

RiDE review: Bull-it Veloce jeans

These are Bull-it’s full, CE Level 2-approved protective jeans (passing abrasion, slash and burst tests), with abrasion-resistant Covec covering 99 per cent of the inside of the jeans. There’s also a...

RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

RiDE review: Draggin Holeshot jeans

These are straight-leg, mid-rise, rigid denim jeans that have passed CE Level 2 with a 7.45-second abrasion result. They have a nice, reassuring feel to them, but that’s been achieved in part by a...

RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

RiDE review: Resurgence Voyager jeans

These join the Bull-it Veloce and Draggin Holeshot as protective jeans rated to CE Level 2, with an abrasion result of 10.83 seconds from their Pekev fabric. Where they differ to both the others is...

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

Short in the leg but otherwise easy to get on, comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch. The collar is snug, while elastic and Velcro-strapped cuffs squeeze over a glove easily. The integrated...

RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

RiDE review: Oxford Rain Seal All Weather

These fully lined waterproofs are excellent quality for the price. They feature adjustable cuffs, a Velcro waist strap and water-resistant seams, resulting in a 100 per cent pass rate. The material...

RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

RiDE review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out

Benefits from an extended storm flap over the front jacket zip, as well as a Velcro neck strap. There’s good overlap from jacket to trousers, and while the Velcro boot extenders allow for more...

RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

RiDE review: Held Wet Tour Jacket

This PU-coated breathable jacket with bonded seams is easy to put on. The cuffs are elastic with a Velcro strap and stay secure. There are two pockets on the outside, one on the inside. None of the...

RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

RiDE review: EXO2 StormRider

The heat score is low because of the absence of sleeves and collar, but the StormRider does still keep your core really warm and it reaches its peak temperature pretty quickly. Not having a bulky...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket (£199.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket (£199.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket? This waxed canvas cotton jacket is part of Alpinestars’ new Oscar range of trendy vintage-style riding gear and I’ve been wearing it for the...

Product Review: Kushitani Zylon jeans (£115)

Product Review: Kushitani Zylon jeans (£115)

What’s good about the Kushitani Zylon jeans? I rode more than 2000 miles in five days in these jeans, to Spain and back, and not once did they feel uncomfortable. The jeans are made to order with the...

Product Review: Macna Coolmax balaclava (£19.99)

Product Review: Macna Coolmax balaclava (£19.99)

What’s good about the Macna Coolmax balaclava? I’ve never used a balaclava while riding before but this Macna Coolmax got me through last winter. After years of using neck tubes it was a bit of a...

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K)

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K)

Product Review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector (now L2K, £119) Tested by: Emma Franklin Time tested: 10 years, 90,000+ miles What’s good? The relationship between this back protector and I has...

Product Review: EDZ Merino underlayer leggings and shirt

Product Review: EDZ Merino underlayer leggings and shirt

Product Review: EDZ Merino underlayer leggings £50 and shirt £50  Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Three months/1000 miles What's good? After washing they retain their shape well, unlike...

Product Review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jacket and Pants

Product Review: Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jacket and Pants

Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jacket and Pants £89.95 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Three years/100,000 miles What’s good? I last reviewed these two-piece waterproofs in mid-2012 when they were just...

Product Review: Rev’It Broadway jeans

Product Review: Rev’It Broadway jeans

Rev’It Broadway jeans £149.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Six weeks/100 miles What’s good? I have a long inside leg, 33 inches, so struggle to get trousers that are long enough. These are...

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Four Seasons Jacket

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Four Seasons Jacket

Tucano Urbano Four Seasons Jacket, £160 Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What's good? This jacket is aimed at city riders, but I have been using it a lot over the past couple of...

Product Review: Sealskinz mid-length waterproof socks

Product Review: Sealskinz mid-length waterproof socks

Sealskinz mid-length waterproof socks £30  Tester: Ped Baker  Time tested: One year/1000 miles  What’s good? I’m not a fan of boots with waterproof membranes. In my experience they’re...

Product Review: Alpinestars Thermal Tech

Product Review: Alpinestars Thermal Tech

Alpinestars Thermal Tech Top (£59.99) and bottoms (£49.99) Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Six months/2000 miles What’s good? These thermals were my saviour over the winter months. Constructed from...

Product Review: Held softshell waistcoat

Product Review: Held softshell waistcoat

Held softshell waistcoat, £64.99 Tester: Tim Thompson Time tested: Three months What’s good? It’s an extra layer: an over leathers-and-hump layer to ward off the cold on an early morning summer’s...

Product Review: Resurgence Gear Heritage womens’ jeans

Product Review: Resurgence Gear Heritage womens’ jeans

Resurgence Gear Heritage womens’ jeans, £175 Tester Emma Franklin What’s good? New for 2015, the Heritage jeans strut down the line between fashion and function really well. Despite featuring an...

Product Review: Hevik Technical T-shirt and pants

Product Review: Hevik Technical T-shirt and pants

Hevik Technical T-shirt and pants, (£22.97 and £19.69) Tester Simon Brown Time used/miles Six months/500 miles What’s good? The mix of high-tech fibres (Polyamide and Dryarn) has the all wicking...

Product Review: Dainese Wave Air back protector

Product Review: Dainese Wave Air back protector

Dainese Wave Air back protector, £129.99 Tester: Tim Thompson Time tested: Eight years/40,000 miles What’s good? You instinctively feel that the thicker and denser a protector’s armour, the wider...

Product Review: Cold Killers Mini Tube neckwarmer

Product Review: Cold Killers Mini Tube neckwarmer

Cold Killers Mini Tube neckwarmer, £19.99 Time tested: Eight months/3000 miles What’s good? A decent neckwarmer is easily overlooked, but can make hell of a difference to the riding experience. And...

Product Review: Maple 1976 Black Kevlar-lined jeans

Product Review: Maple 1976 Black Kevlar-lined jeans

Maple 1976 Black Kevlar-lined jeans, £198 Tester: Steve Hunt Time tested: Three months/500 miles What’s good? Not all denim is created equally. This is particularly true when looking at riding jeans...

Product Review: Alpinestars Touring winter balaclava

Product Review: Alpinestars Touring winter balaclava

Alpinestars Touring winter balaclava, £69.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Two months, 1000 miles What’s good? The Alpinestars balaclava’s fleece lining tucks under your riding jacket to protect...

Product Review: Oxford Chill Out thermal jacket

Product Review: Oxford Chill Out thermal jacket

Oxford Chill Out thermal jacket, £69.99 Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Seven years/13,000 miles What’s good? This jacket is well tailored and works well under a winter jacket because there is no...

Product Review: Rukka Next to Skin base layers

Product Review: Rukka Next to Skin base layers

Rukka Next to Skin base layer top and long johns, £99.99 each Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Five years/24,000 miles What’s good? Rukka say this base layer is designed to be used on its own or as a...

Product Review: Rukka N2S thermals

Product Review: Rukka N2S thermals

Rukka Next to Skin base layer top and long johns, £99.99 each Tester: Michael Guy Time tested: Five years/24,000 miles What’s good? Rukka say this base layer is designed to be used on its own or as a...

Product Review: Knox Cold Killers Sport top

Product Review: Knox Cold Killers Sport top

Cold Killers Sport top, £59.99 Time tested: Four months/1500 miles What’s good? This zip-up windproof under-layer is comfortable, effective at keeping me warm and looks good. It’s windproof on the...

Product Review: SubZero Down bodywarmer

Product Review: SubZero Down bodywarmer

SubZero Down bodywarmer £109.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time tested: Three months/3000 miles What’s good? The SubZero Down bodywarmer and I quickly became best friends this winter and for the last three...