2012

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio AB

Jacket review: Tucano Urbano Libeccio AB

Tucano Urbano Libeccio AB jacket, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/eight months What’s good: They don’t come any more stylish and practical than this all year round use jacket. It’s a well cut piece...

Leathers review: Alpinestars Racing Replica one-piece

Leathers review: Alpinestars Racing Replica one-piece

Alpinestars Racing Replica one-piece suit. £1999.99 Time used: One year What’s good: These protected me from serious injury a few weeks ago after a cold tyre highside going in to Graham Hill bend at...

Product review: Rukka jacket and trousers

Product review: Rukka jacket and trousers

Rukka jacket/trousers (superseded, try  Arma-S £1099/£769) Miles covered/time: 15,000/five years What’s good: Liner in, vents zipped up, winter rain… liner out, vents zipped open, summer sun…...

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Chest Guard

Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Chest Guard

Alpinestars Tech Chest Guard £44.99 Time used: Six years What’s good: I’m so used to wearing a chest protector now that if I forget to use it, I go into a blind panic, especially if I’m racing. I...

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 £89.99 Time used: Six months What’s good: I’ve had more use out of these two-piece waterproofs than I’d like this year, thanks to all the rain we’ve had.

Jacket review: Bering Shelby

Jacket review: Bering Shelby

Bering Shelby jacket, £327.99 Time owned: Two months What's good? The Knox armour in the shoulders and elbows is very comfy and fits perfectly to my frame (lanky, slight). It’s one of the thickest...

Suit review: Alpinestars Stella Excursion Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants

Suit review: Alpinestars Stella Excursion Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants

Alpinestars Stella Excursion Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good: Riding through one of the wettest springs on record this kit has kept me dry and toasty. The...

Product review: Knox Venture Shirt

Product review: Knox Venture Shirt

Knox Venture Shirt, £109.99 Time used: Four weeks What’s good: This Lycra shirt contains CE-approved elbow and shoulder armour plus a hard protector. It’s excellent. I wear it beneath my Barbour...

Product review: Tucano Urbano Nano rain jacket and trousers

Product review: Tucano Urbano Nano rain jacket and trousers

Tucano Urbano Nano rain jacket, £49.99, and trousers, £39.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: This is rainwear that fits in your pocket. They’re lightweight – the jacket is 180 grams, the...

Jacket review: Alpinestars GP Pro

Jacket review: Alpinestars GP Pro

Alpinestars GP Pro leather jacket £429.99 Time used: One year What’s good: This is a beautifully made and comfortable riding jacket, which is half of a two-piece racing suit. I wear this jacket with...

Jacket review: Alpinestars waterproof over-jacket

Jacket review: Alpinestars waterproof over-jacket

Alpinestars waterproof over-jacket (superseded by Quick Seal Out version, £89.99) Time used: Six years What’s good: I’m not a huge fan of textile bike gear, I always find it a bit ‘frumpy’, so most...

Jacket review: Keis heated jacket

Jacket review: Keis heated jacket

Keis heated jacket, £169.99 Time used: Two months What’s good: This top of the range heated jacket is packed full of features including outputs to piggy-back heated gloves and insoles, a specific...

Product review: Knox Cold Killers mens sport top

Product review: Knox Cold Killers mens sport top

Knox Cold Killers mens sport top, £54.99 Miles covered/time: 500/two months What's good: It’s lovely and snug and surprisingly, for something so thin, warm. The arms and front are both windproof and...

Trouser review: Knox Cold Killers sport pants

Trouser review: Knox Cold Killers sport pants

Knox Cold Killers sport pants, £44.99 Time owned/miles covered: Two months/500 miles What's good? Exactly the same as the sport top, they’re comfy, light and, most importantly, warm. The elasticated...

Jacket review: Klan HOT heated inner jacket

Jacket review: Klan HOT heated inner jacket

Klan HOT heated inner jacket £125.00 Time used: Four months What’s good: The best thing about this thin, lightweight, windproof heated jacket is I can squeeze it inside the kit I wear the most:...

Product review: Weise Tex Midlayer fleece jacket

Product review: Weise Tex Midlayer fleece jacket

Weise Tex Midlayer fleece jacket £74.99 Time used: Five months What’s good? I’ve been wearing this fleece a lot over the past few months, both on and off the bikes. I like its looks, fitted cut and...

Product review: EXO² StormRider heated vest

Product review: EXO² StormRider heated vest

EXO² StormRider heated vest £179.99 Time used: Three months What’s good? This body warmer keeps you warm before you’ve even heated it up, which is a good sign. Plugged into the bike’s battery it’s...

Product review: Weise Tex Midlayer long sleeve shirt

Product review: Weise Tex Midlayer long sleeve shirt

Weise Tex Midlayer long sleeve shirt £59.99 Time used: Five months What’s good: Unlike some thermal mid-layer jackets, I can fit this long sleeve thermal top underneath my leathers, usually popped...

Product review: Frankly baselayer

Product review: Frankly baselayer

Frankly baselayer, £59 Miles covered/time: 1500/three months What’s good: Manufacturers of baselayers (or thermals to you and me) often spout the most dreadful techno tosh to sell their wares without...

Trouser review: Weise Tex Midlayer

Trouser review: Weise Tex Midlayer

Weise Tex Midlayer trouser £49.99 Time used: Three months What’s good: I’m really impressed with these thermal trousers and I’m wearing them a lot under leathers, winter riding gear and even jeans...

Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants

Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants

Hein Gericke Blizzard Rain Pants, £29.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good: For autumn riding, I tend to go with a leather trousers/Gore-Tex jacket combo unless it’s tipping it down with...

Barbour Surtees waxed jacket

Barbour Surtees waxed jacket

Barbour Surtees waxed jacket, £279.95 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good: The wax cotton jacket has made a bit of a comeback recently with many manufacturers now offering similarly styled...

Revit Athos vest

Revit Athos vest

Revit Athos vest, £39.99 Miles covered/time: 500/one month What's good: MCN’s Adam Child reckons the vest is so bright he thought I was a police motorcyclist when I caught up with him on the commute...