Motorcycle Clothing

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.

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...