2010

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex trousers, £329.95 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? Being a tall chap with long legs I struggle a lot with getting winter riding trousers long enough.

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket

Kit review: Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex jacket, £429.95 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? Easily the warmest, comfiest winter jacket I’ve had and thanks to what seems like the longest winter in...

Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

Undersuit review: Sub Zero thermal suit

Sub Zero thermal undersuit (superseded by Factor2 suit), £89.99 Miles covered/time: Many, many thousands in 10 years. What’s good? The fact that this suit is around 10 years old but is still just as...

Jacket review: Bering Banks

Jacket review: Bering Banks

Bering Banks coat, £250 Mile covered: 4000/one year What’s good? It serves just as well as a smart everyday coat as it does for riding. It’s Gore-Tex, so there’s no question of water seepage. Save...

Trouser review: Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans

Trouser review: Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans

Sartso Snake Wave Kevlar jeans, £124.99 Miles covered/time: 900 miles/two months What’s good? These are perfect for my short city commute to work – safer than normal jeans but so comfortable I can...

Kit review: Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee

Kit review: Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee

Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Full Tee, £22 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What’s good? This compression-fit base layer is simply the best I’ve ever worn on a bike. As the days start to get...

Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

Kit review: Dainese stripes jacket

Dainese Stripes jacket, £379.99 Miles covered/time: 300/two months What’s good? The ‘Stripes’ (no, I don’t get the name either, there’s not a stripe anywhere) is Dainese’s new, semi-retro,...

Product review: Rab Generator Vest

Product review: Rab Generator Vest

Rab Generator Vest, £75 Miles covered/time: 2000/five months What’s good? This is an incredibly light, superbly warm layer from the outdoor experts Cotswold Outdoor, who recommend and advise round the...

Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

Product review: Oxford Bright Top Active

Oxford Bright Top Active, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/four months What’s good? Many things stand out with this stretchy hi-viz top, not least its wearer. Beyond the fact that cars pick you out far...

Jacket review: Bering armour textile

Jacket review: Bering armour textile

Bering armour textile jacket, £119.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/three years What’s good? The fit is spot on, nice and snug on the arms so there are no annoying draughts. The built-in shoulder and elbow...

Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

Review: Keis X4 heated bodywarmer

Keis X4 heated bodywarmer, £99 (heat controller £30, battery pack/charger £46) Miles covered/time: 20,000/two winters What’s good? I can’t believe I’ve lasted so long riding through winter without...

Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

Jacket review: Dainese Santa Monica

Dainese Santa Monica jacket, £479.99 Time owned: Three years What’s good? Solid, classy, quality throughout. The leather is reassuringly thick, the construction durable and it features everything you...

Review: Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers

Review: Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers

Alpinestars RJ-5 jacket and RP-5 trousers, £32.50/£25.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000 miles/two years What’s good? They’re 100% waterproof even in the heaviest of storms, they’ve never leaked when I’ve...

Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

Product review: Oxford ChillOut socks

Oxford ChillOut socks, £15.99 (£14.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? They keep your feet a bit warmer. They’re still in one piece after moderate use. What’s not? The...

Product review: Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector

Product review: Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector

Forcefield Sport-Lite L1 back protector, £84.99 Miles covered/time: 12,000 miles/two years What’s good: After the first few rides with the Sport-Lite it becomes almost unnoticeable – it is as it says...

Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

Jacket review: Oxford Chill Out jacket

Oxford Chill Out jacket (replaced by Chill Out shirt, £54.99) Miles covered/time: 2500/seven months Save money on motorcycle jackets What’s good? This jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable,...

Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

Suit review: Revit TT one-piece

Revit TT one-piece suit, £750 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? Although, thankfully, I’ve not had to test either the impact protection or abrasion resistance of this suit, its...

Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

Jacket review: RevIt Zodiac

RevIt Zodiac leather jacket, £299 Miles covered: 4500/six months What’s good? This is the jacket I rode to work in most days last summer and with some careful cleaning and the odd massive dousing with...

Leather suit review: Arlen Ness Racing suit Kangaroo titanium

Leather suit review: Arlen Ness Racing suit Kangaroo titanium

Cost: £799.99 in the MCN shop Miles covered/time: 4500/18 months What’s good: This is the second titanium race suit I’ve had from Arlen Ness and I rate it highly. I crashed Max Biaggi’s Alstare Suzuki...

Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

Suit review: Wolf Kangaroo Sport

Wolf Kangaroo Sport one piece leathers, £749.99 Miles covered/time? 20,000/six years What’s good: I’ve owned these leathers for over six years and have been impressed with them for a number of...

Product review: Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner

Product review: Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner

Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage electric liner, $237.60 (£146) Miles covered/time: 500/three months  Save money on bike kit in the MCN Shop What’s good? This piece of riding kit is one of the most...

Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

Trouser review: Alpinestars Drystar Pants

Alpinestars Drystar Pants £179.99 Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? In the past three years I’ve worn these trousers through some horrible winters and they have always been 100%...

Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

Product review: Alpinestars Thermal Pro top

Alpinestars Thermal Pro top, £89.95 Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? You could put armour in the sleeves of this thermal top and call it a riding jacket. Save cash on motorcycle...

Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

Product review: Fox Regulator jersey

Fox Regulator jersey, £50 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? There are two things which push my buttons when it comes to this top. Save cash on motorcycle clothing Firstly, its flat seams...

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837

Tucano Urbano Libeccio 837 Jacket, £128 Miles covered/time: 500 miles/six months What's good? Tucano Urbano clothing is aimed at commuting scooter riders rather than out-and-out motorcyclists so their...

Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

Product review: Helly Hansen Merino twin pack

Helly Hansen Merino twin pack, £60 Miles covered/time: 2100/nine months What's good? There's loads of base-layer thermals around but I've never worn any as comfortable or as warm as these. Save money...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

Jacket review: Alpinestars Venture Off Road

Alpinestars Venture Off Road Jacket, £119.95 Miles covered/time: 3750/four years What's good? If you want a handy, tough off-road riding jacket to take the cold off, store some cash, a Mars bar, a...

Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

Product review: Fox Platinum jersey

Fox Platinum jersey, £42 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? OK, enough jokes about me forgetting to take my pyjamas off. Save money on motorcycle clothing In the 36˚C...

Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

Trouser review: Fox Short Cut

Fox Short Cut pants, £130 Miles covered/time: 1050 off-road in Africa/10 days What’s good? I love how the pants fit over the top of my boots – far better for when it rains as the water doesn’t...

Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

Alpinestars Diplomatic jacket: first findings

In short, bloody ace for messing around in the snow. Gore-tex technology within ensures you feel nothing but warmth, and even a snowball forced down the back will struggle to make an impression, owing...