2016

Review: Sealskinz waterproof walking socks

Review: Sealskinz waterproof walking socks

MCN Shop Time tested: Two months/1500 miles   What’s good? You know the preconception that socks make really naff Christmas presents? Forget it if you got a pair of these this year – they’re...

What's good and what's not about Draggin's Selvedge jeans?

What's good and what's not about Draggin's Selvedge jeans?

MCN Shop Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? At £200, these are a stylish addition to the Draggin Jeans range and are a welcome alternative to so many pairs of grim, stone-washed...

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector review (£99.99)

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector review (£99.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Nucleon KR-2 back protector? This is Alpinestars’ top of the range, Level 2 CE certified back protector, designed for adventure touring. What’s the difference between...

Richa TG1 overboot trousers review (£240)

Richa TG1 overboot trousers review (£240)

What’s good about the Richa TG1 overboot trousers? These are the best off-the-peg leather jeans I have ever seen. You get cooling zips on your thighs, zips to join the jeans to a jacket (all-round or...

Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal review (£179.99)

Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal review (£179.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Climate mid-layer thermal? The Climate mid-layer is a tight fit and slips easily under my motorcycle jacket, compressing to my body. It’s exceptionally light and probably...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans (RRP £159.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans (RRP £159.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Charlie denim jeans? These retro-style, armoured riding jeans are comfortable on and off the bike. They’re made from stretch denim, for comfort, and I like the...

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Next Gen (£219.99)

Product Review: Draggin Jeans Next Gen (£219.99)

What’s good about the Draggin Jeans Next Gen? I wanted a pair of jeans I could wear on my 20-minute ride to work that I could then wear through the day and on the ride home again. Messing about...

Product Review: Knox Meta-Sys back protector (£129.99)

Product Review: Knox Meta-Sys back protector (£129.99)

What’s good about the Knox Meta-Sys back protector? If you’re after a small, light back protector, then this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for great back coverage and serious...

Product Review: EDZ Microfleece Jacket (£30)

Product Review: EDZ Microfleece Jacket (£30)

What’s good about the EDZ Microfleece Jacket? This fleece is hard to beat as the last layer before my riding kit. I’ve worn it on some very cold rides and it adds an extra layer for warmth. With the...

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer (£24.99)

Product Review: Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer (£24.99)

What’s good about the Forcefield Tornado neckwarmer? This simple but effective neck warmer has been hugely welcome over the winter as a brilliant way of keeping out the cold windblast while commuting...

Product Review: Forcefield L2K Evo back protector (£119.99)

Product Review: Forcefield L2K Evo back protector (£119.99)

What’s good about the Forcefield L2K Evo back protector? Made from soft, highly shock absorbing NitrexEvo material, the L2K Evo is the most comfortable and reassuring back protector I’ve ever used.

Product Review: RST X Multisport base layers (£29.99 each)

Product Review: RST X Multisport base layers (£29.99 each)

What’s good about the RST X Multisport base layers? These base layers do exactly what’s promised, fitting tightly and providing a slippery surface that makes it far easier to slide snug leathers on or...

RiDE review: Weise Nevada ST jacket

RiDE review: Weise Nevada ST jacket

An enduring favourite from Bristol-based Weise, the Nevada ST really shows what’s possible for less than £150. It feels good, works well and looks smart. The outer layer uses a Ripstop fabric that’s...

Product Review: Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody (£119.99)

Product Review: Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody (£119.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Aramid Aqua Hoody? I like the concept of combining casual comfort with crash and weather protection for short-distance urban commuting and the Oxford hoody does just that...

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Agos (£99.99)

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Agos (£99.99)

What’s good about the Tucano Urbano Agos jacket? It’s cheap(ish), showerproof and looks like a casual jacket you could comfortably wear down the pub. And what’s not? It looks cheap, is only...

Product Review: Alpinestars MX Mud jacket (£44.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars MX Mud jacket (£44.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars MX Mud jacket? I used this jacket at all of the All Terrain Rally Challenge races I entered in 2015. It’s a essentially a tough see-through plastic jacket that goes...

Product Review: Alpinestars Copper denim jeans (£169.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Copper denim jeans (£169.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Copper denim jeans? Unlike many of the protective jeans I have tried over the years, these remain comfortable over long distances and in high temperatures they don’t...

Product Review: Keela Belay Pro (£79.95)

Product Review: Keela Belay Pro (£79.95)

What’s good about the Keela Belay Pro? After moaning about my cold commutes I received two emails from readers, who both suggested the same thermal jacket from Keela as they’re used by mountain rescue...

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket (£149.99)

Product Review: Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket (£149.99)

What’s good about the Tucano Urbano Urbis jacket? There are reflective strips on the sleeves and collar which can be folded away when you’re off the bike so as not to cramp your style at the coffee...

Product Review: Knox Clara Ladies Base Layer (£54.99)

Product Review: Knox Clara Ladies Base Layer (£54.99)

What’s good about the Knox Clara Ladies Base Layer? The styling and design of this top is great. I’m 5ft 10in tall and have a long body so to find a top that has plenty of length to tuck in is...

Product Review: Knox Cold Killers sports top (£59.99)

Product Review: Knox Cold Killers sports top (£59.99)

What’s good about the Knox Cold Killers sports top? This well-made top replaces a regular jumper or hoodie while I’m riding. I’ve been wearing it under my regular winter kit along with a standard...

Product Review: Alpinestars Nucleon KR-CiR chest protector (£44.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Nucleon KR-CiR chest protector (£44.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Nucleon KR-CiR chest protector? In a crash a decade ago I bumped up a ribbed kerb at Snetterton and slid backwards on my front. The chest protector I was wearing at...

Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top (£29.99) and trousers (£29.99)

Product Review: Oxford Warm Dry top (£29.99) and trousers (£29.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Warm Dry top and trousers? I’ve always used basic and cheap layers I bought from a hiking shop years ago to keep me warm on my weekly commute from Peterborough to Devon -...

Product Review: EDZ Innershell (£50)

Product Review: EDZ Innershell (£50)

What’s good about the EDZ Innershell? This windproof top has to be one of my favourite pieces of kit. It’s made from Pertex, is ultra-thin and can be stowed easily in a pocket or tankbag in case of...

Product Review: Knox Jacob Dry Inside Base Layer (£54.99)

Product Review: Knox Jacob Dry Inside Base Layer (£54.99)

What’s good about the Knox Jacob Dry Inside base layer? Base layers are a good idea to wick sweat away from the skin and help us stay warm in winter. But polyester ones quickly get whiffy, while...

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Balaclava (£17.99)

Product Review: Oxford Chillout Balaclava (£17.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Chillout? It’s warm. I could stop there, because that’s all you need to know, and probably all you want to know. But I’ll go on. It appears to have a lot of stitched seams...

Product Review: Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans (£219.99)

Product Review: Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans (£219.99)

What’s good about the Draggin Twista Kevlar jeans? I’ve worn these slim-fit Kevlar jeans for commuting, MCN road tests, a 3500-mile European summer riding trip and…sitting around the office. They have...

Product Review: Alpinestars Bionic back protector (£119.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Bionic back protector (£119.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Bionic back protector? Thankfully I haven’t tested the outright protection capabilities of this back protector by crashing on the road, but I use a very similar...

Product Review: Keis X30 womens heated vest (£115) and battery (£59.99)

Product Review: Keis X30 womens heated vest (£115) and battery (£59.99)

What’s good about the Keis X30 womens heated vest? My wife Sarah is not a fan of riding pillion in the winter, but she wanted to be able to go on the back of the bike when the temperature dropped.