2010

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Kit review: Draggin’ Oilskins jeans

Draggin’ Oilskins jeans, £159.99 Dan Aspel Miles covered/time: 700/one month   What’s good? Draggin’ market their products as being the most safety conscious jeans you can buy. Stitched...

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Kit review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool

Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket £279.99 and trousers £229.99 Simon Relph Miles covered/time: 1500/four months      Save £££ on jackets & trousers in the MCN...

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Product review: Waterproof trousers

Waterproof trousers, £7.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/four yearss What’s good: My dad bought these in the late eighties, before I was even born so I’ve no idea how many miles these had covered before I...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain

Tucano Urbano Guscio Rain Jacket, £128.90 Time used: Three months What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable, with mesh lining and lots of inner and outer pockets, including a handy one...

Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

Suit review: RST Shadow one-piece

RST Shadow one-piece suit, £329.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Despite the fact they’re not the top of the range leathers they certainly don’t feel cheap. The 1.2mm cowhide is...

Kit Review: Original Buff

Kit Review: Original Buff

Original Buff, £10.95 Save money on neck warmers in the MCN Shop Miles covered/time: 15,000/two years What's good? It¹s hard to write about Buff without sounding like I¹m on their payrollŠ but here...

Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

Kit review: Muc-Off dirty work wipes

Muc-Off wipes, from £2.49 in the MCN Shop Buy Muc-Off wipes in the MCN Shop  Miles covered/time: three years What's good? The Abbott garage is a place of considerable grease, with...

Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit

Alpinestars El Nino waterproof oversuit, £89 Miles covered/time: 1500/one year What’s good? As an emergency set of waterproofs for summer use these have been great at keeping me dry. First and...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

Jacket review: Alpinestars Velocity

Alpinestars Velocity jacket, £379.95 Miles covered/time: 2000 miles of touring and road testing/summer 2010. What’s good? This old-school-style jacket is actually a fair bit longer than a normal...

Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

Trouser review: Held Frontino Gore-Tex

Held Frontino Gore-Tex trousers £449 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? Like the matching Tortona jacket, this is a high quality piece of kit. The trousers are waterproof, windproof,...

Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

Jacket review: Held Tortona Gore-Tex

Held Tortona Gore-Tex jacket £549 Miles covered/time: 3200/four months What’s good? The quality: this is the best piece of textile kit I have ever worn. As you’d expect of something costing more than...

Trouser review: Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers

Trouser review: Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers

Tucano Urbano Panta Urbis textile trousers, £91.90 Time owned: Four months/6000 miles What’s good? They’re very easy to wear over other trousers because they have a zip and Velcro running from hip to...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

Jacket review: Alpinestars Diplomatic

Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket, £289.95 Miles covered/time: 1700/one year What’s good? I don’t wear this urban-styled jacket as much as I should, mainly because it can actually get TOO hot, even for...

Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

Jacket review: Dainese Chiodo TT

Dainese Chiodo TT jacket, £349.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year What’s good? It’s made from very light, soft leather. It’s works in the pub as well as on the bike, too. There’s still there’s...

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight rain pants

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight rain pants

Aerostich Ultralight rain pants, $77 (£67) Miles covered/time: 7000 miles/nine months Save £££s on motorcycle products What’s good? The ultimate in lightweight, waterproof nylon over-trousers. I...

Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

Kit review: Revit GT2 trousers

Revit GT2 trousers, £249.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? They attach easily onto my RevIt CR jacket with a sturdy 270-degree(ish) zip, so they’re perfect for both touring and...

Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

Kit review: Aerostich Darien fleece liner

Aerostich Darien fleece liner, $187 (£118) Miles covered/time: 3500/15 months What’s good? Most jacket linings are exactly that – linings, not something you could wear on its own. The (deep breath)...

Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

Kit review: Spada Classic jacket

Spada Classic jacket, £195 Miles covered/time: 300 (dry)/two weeks What’s good? The leather is soft, buttery soft. Find yourself touching it when you shouldn’t soft. The cow it came from must have had...

Kit review: IXS leather jacket

Kit review: IXS leather jacket

IXS leather jacket, £119.99 (superseded by X-Jacke Beaver / Heritage / Caldera) Miles covered/time: 6000 miles/one year What’s good? There are two schools of motorcycle fashion. The first is to look...

Trouser review: Weise Titan

Trouser review: Weise Titan

Weise Titan textile trousers, £109.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/18 months What’s good? They feel resilient. Fortunately I’ve never had call to put their crash protection capabilities to the test. Save...

Jacket review: Held Rezzato

Jacket review: Held Rezzato

Held Rezzato £749.99 Miles covered/time: 2500/four months What’s good? It’s leather, but waterproof. It’s not sorcery – just effective use of the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane. I’ve been...

Product review: EDZ All Season base layer one piece

Product review: EDZ All Season base layer one piece

EDZ All Season base layer one piece, £50 Miles covered/time: 3000/two years What’s good? If you struggle getting your leathers on and off because the lining sticks to your skin then you need one of...

Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

Kit review: EDZ All Season Base Layer

EDZ All Season Base Layer, £20 Miles covered/time: 2300 miles/two months What’s good? It’s an extremely soft and lightweight piece of clothing that negates the friction you naturally feel under heavy...

Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

Leathers review: Berik 8320 one-piece suit

Berik 8320 one-piece suit, £499.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/1000 miles What’s good? Fit, style, price and protection. Disappointingly I’d only spent a 1000 miles in this suit before gravel...

Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

Jacket review: Scott Racer blouson

Scott Racer blouson, £399 Miles covered/time: 2000/four months. What's good? It looks ace, it's satisfyingly weighty once on (yet not intrusively so), it features useful (yet cleverly disguised)...

Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

Motorcycle gear review: Kriega US-20 tailpack

Kriega US-20 tailpack, £59 Miles covered/time: 18 months/2000 miles What’s good? This is one of those products that gives me joy to use when the need arises – the two straps wrap around the bottom of...

Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

Motorcycle gear review: Rev It Warp Jacket

Rev It Warp Jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/one year What’s good? It’s lightweight, waterproof, comfy, warm, adaptable… and not expensive. The cosy, smoking jacket-esque lining keeps you...

Trouser review: Spada 911

Trouser review: Spada 911

Spada 911 Trousers, £12.50 Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good? They’re a very cheap, very basic, very portable pair of waterproof overtrousers that do the job well. You can easily compress...

Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

Jacket review: Frank Thomas Richmond

Frank Thomas Richmond Jacket, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 (dry)/two months What’s good? The first time I wore this I interrupted a crime (someone trying to steal Liam Marsden’s Versys) and...

Jacket review: Held Verano

Jacket review: Held Verano

Held Verano Jacket £299.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What’s good? There are so many leather jackets on the market, most of which are quite short. I personally prefer a jacket that covers my...

Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

Jacket review: BMW Phase Change jacket

BMW Phase Change jacket £145 (amazon.co.uk) Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? The Phase Change jacket is made from a material that contains paraffin microcapsules. Save £££s on...

Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers

Hein Gericke overtrousers (superseded by Basic II Rain Pants £25.99) Miles covered/time: 2000/seven years What’s good? These trousers lurk at the bottom of my rucksack, year in, year out, ready to be...

Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

Kit review: Held 4-Touring jacket

Held 4-Touring jacket, £169 Mile covered/time: 600/two months What's good? £170 is a blighted price-point for textile jackets normally. Too long, too short, too cold, armour that moves about, glitzy...

Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

Kit review: Forcefield Pro L2 back protector

Forcefield Pro L2 back protector, £94.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? After being properly measured up for this back protector, it fits much better than my previous Forcefield and...

Kit review: Held waterproofs

Kit review: Held waterproofs

Held Rano jacket, £49.99; Tempest trousers, £37.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/three months What’s good? Not the usual cheap tat waterproofs that feel like a shell suit from the 1980s. The jacket has a...

Kit review: Barbour International Trials jacket

Kit review: Barbour International Trials jacket

Barbour International Trials jacket, £229.95 Miles covered/time: 3500/ten months What’s good? This is an absolute classic jacket, originally developed in 1936 for the International Six Day Trial...