2011

Held Fame biker jeans

Held Fame biker jeans

Held Fame biker jeans, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: Don’t let the two-star rating fool you. As jeans, these Held Fame jeans are fantastic. They’re extremely comfy,...

Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals top/long johns

Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals top/long johns

Rukka N2S Windstopper thermals, £84.99 top/£84.99 long Johns Miles covered/time: 300/four months What's good: These are Rukka's top of the range motorcycle thermals and they're clearly a pair of very...

Forcefield Action Shirt

Forcefield Action Shirt

Forcefield Action Shirt, £154.99 Miles covered/time: 1000 (all off-road)/one week What's good: Compared to a lot of body armour which can be heavy and bulky the Forcefield Action Shirt is a breath of...

Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers

Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers

Held Rano jacket/Tempest trousers, £54.99/39.99 Trevor Franklin Miles covered/time: 8000/14 months What’s good: Impressively waterproof Nylon with Polyamide backing, easy to get on and the Held jacket...

EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece

EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece

EDZ all-climate base layer men's one-piece, £60 (£50 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: Countless road testing and racing miles/two months What's good: Undersuits are one of biking’s best inventions and...

Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers

Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers

Alpinestars Drystar ST-5 trousers, £179.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What's good: Like most Alpinestars stuff, they make motorcycling look good. The side pockets are useful but also lend...

Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit

Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit

Spyke Wire Div two-piece suit, £599 Miles covered/time: 11,000/one year What’s good: I love the subtle styling of these all black motorcycle leathers that manage to combine stealthy looks with great...

Product review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket and trousers

Product review: Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket and trousers

Hein Gericke Tripmaster TFL Cool jacket (£279.99) and trousers (£229.99) Miles covered/time: 1500/four months What’s good: The moment I put these two-piece motorcycle leathers on they...

Trouser review: Rukka Kalahari

Trouser review: Rukka Kalahari

Rukka Kalahari trousers, £549.99 Miles covered: 3500/four months What's good: Like the Kalahari jacket the trousers are high quality and feel it weighing in at 2.3kg. They are fitted with flexible...

Jacket review: Rukka Kalahari

Jacket review: Rukka Kalahari

Rukka Kalahari jacket, £749.99 Miles covered/time: 3500/four months What's good: From the moment you pick up the Kalahari jacket you know it’s a quality bit of kit. Weighing in at 2.7kg it feels like...

Product review: Weise waterproof over-trousers

Product review: Weise waterproof over-trousers

Weise waterproof over-trousers, £14.99 Time used: Four years What’s good: These nylon trousers have a good old-fashioned rubber coating inside (none of this breathable membrane nonsense) which is why...

Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit

Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit

Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit, £730 Miles covered/time: 3000/four months What’s good: I’ve been asking a lot of this suit. I’m wearing it for my 80-mile daily commute in all conditions on my KTM Duke...

MCN’s top 5 leather jackets

MCN’s top 5 leather jackets

The evenings are getting longer, the roads are getting drier and (don’t tell anyone) even the sun’s been out for a few days.    Save £££ on motorcycle jackets  in the MCN...

Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest

Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest

Alpinestars Tech Heated Vest. £299.95 Time used: Two months What’s good: I’m new to this heated clothing lark and I now ask myself why I never tried it years ago. It’s brilliant. This heated ‘vest’...

Jacket review: Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt

Jacket review: Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt

Oxford Chillout Windproof Shirt, £54.99 (£52.24 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 600/one month What’s good: It’s well proportioned and a comfortable fit. It also zips up quickly and simply and even...

Great service from RST

I was riding to a hospital appointment this morning and, out of the blue, my bike slid from under me. I was only doing about 25-30mph on a straight road, but still managed to drop it. My bike only received minor damage but it's because of my RST kit that I'm submitting this story. I bought a set of RST Paragon II textiles in December and after returning home, it appears that the my rear...

Product review: Spada Quartz jacket and Rangers trousers

Product review: Spada Quartz jacket and Rangers trousers

Spada Textile 2010 Quartz jacket and Textile Rangers Trousers, £174.95 and £219.95 Miles covered/time: 1500/11 months What’s good: This combination has the look of high-end gear but with a low-end...

MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

MCN staff put their kit through the sternest tests, day-to-day, to help you decide which biking products to buy.    Save £££ on motorcycle jackets in the MCN Shop The five...

Trouser review: Revit Factor 2

Trouser review: Revit Factor 2

Revit Factor 2 trousers, £129.99 (£119.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1600/two months What’s good? The worst kit is obtrusive, the best kit just lets you get on with riding. When I’m wearing...

Trouser review: Held Spark leather trousers

Trouser review: Held Spark leather trousers

Held Spark leather trousers, £150.20 Miles covered/time: 3000/five months What’s good? I wanted a pair of good quality, kneeslider-free leather trousers – and these looked just the job. In thick but...

Jacket review: Spidi T-Combat

Jacket review: Spidi T-Combat

Spidi T-Combat jacket, £229.99 Miles covered/time: 400/three months What’s good? The original reason for my getting this very ‘European’ jacket was so I could wear it when I’m testing scooters for our...