2013

Product Review: Held Uncover suit

Product Review: Held Uncover suit

Held Uncover suit, jacket £279.99, trousers £229.99 Time tested: Nine months/ 19,000 miles What’s good? This is a winter suit through and through, which locks in the heat and the thermal liners do a...

Product Review: Exo2 heated jacket

Product Review: Exo2 heated jacket

Exo2 heated jacket, £259.99 Time tested: 3400 miles/three months What’s good? The arrival of the Exo2 heated jacket has been a genuine game changer for me this winter. Despite having ridden through...

Product Review: Ixon Gallium Pro winter jacket

Product Review: Ixon Gallium Pro winter jacket

Ixon Gallium Pro winter jacket, £279.99 (discontinued, still available online for £149.99) Time tested: 16 months What’s good? The adaptable and flexible Gallium Pro is a jacket for winter but I got...

Product Review: BMW Streetguard 3 two-piece suit

Product Review: BMW Streetguard 3 two-piece suit

BMW Streetguard 3 two-piece suit, £1060 Miles covered/time: 15,500/two-years What’s good? This BMW Streetguard suit is a two-piece suit that replaced my old Hein Gericke suit, and it took some...

Product Review: Spada RPM textile jacket

Product Review: Spada RPM textile jacket

Spada RPM textile jacket, £99.95 Time tested: 200 miles What’s good? For a budget jacket, this does everything I need it to. It’s warm, dry and reasonably comfortable – but it comes with some of the...

Product Review: Arc-on Evo 2 one-piece race suit

Product Review: Arc-on Evo 2 one-piece race suit

Arc-on Evo 2 one-piece race suit £749 (£849 custom fitted) Time tested Six months What’s good? Arc-on are small, London-based specialists offering both off-the-peg and custom-fitted leathers. The...

Product Review: Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket

Product Review: Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket

Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket: £169.99 Time tested: Six months/4000-miles. What’s good? I’ve been wearing this textile jacket for the summer season, including a 3000-mile riding holiday down...

Product Review: Revit Ventura jacket and trousers

Product Review: Revit Ventura jacket and trousers

Revit Ventura jacket and trousers, £289.99 & £199.99 Time tested: 2020 miles/ 3 months What’s good? This light coloured textile kit is a real change to the normal, drab and dark kit I wear, with...

Product Review: Alpinestars Racing Rain two-piece oversuit

Product Review: Alpinestars Racing Rain two-piece oversuit

Alpinestars Racing Rain two-piece oversuit, £129.99 Time used: Two racing seasons What’s good? Designed to be worn over the top of race leathers, I’ve been using this two-piece rain suit for racing...

Jacket Review: Furygan Titan Jacket

Jacket Review: Furygan Titan Jacket

Furygan Titan Jacket Price: £269.99 Time tested: 4000 miles/nine months What’s good? The jacket looks good and feels comfortable. It comes with CE-approved body armour as standard although I have...

Product Review: Bull-it, Voloce jeans

Product Review: Bull-it, Voloce jeans

Bull-it, Voloce jeans, £209.99 Time tested: 500miles/ 3 months What’s good? The Voloce jeans are a true innovation. They’re the world’s first jeans to come with the prestigious CE Level 2...

Product Review: Rukka Vauhti jacket

Product Review: Rukka Vauhti jacket

Rukka Vauhti jacket, £299.99 (leftover stock discounted from £649.99) Time tested: 9000 miles/two years What’s good? It’s warm, comfortable, waterproof, highly visible and looks distinctive. It’s also...

Product Review: Weise Onyx Tourer Jacket/Jeans

Product Review: Weise Onyx Tourer Jacket/Jeans

Weise Onyx Tourer Jacket/Jeans (£229 jacket, £159.99 jeans) Time tested: 4000 miles/6 months What’s good? I chose this Onyx suit because of its understated looks and durability; for my touring this...

Clothing Review: Held Rano Jacket and Tempest trousers

Clothing Review: Held Rano Jacket  and Tempest trousers

Held Rano Jacket £69.99 and Tempest trousers £41.99 Time tested: 18 months, 1000 miles What’s good? It’s that time of year again when you cannot completely trust the weather forecast. It might feel...

Jacket Review: Harley Davidson #1 Vintage leather jacket

Jacket Review: Harley Davidson #1 Vintage leather jacket

Harley Davidson #1 Vintage leather jacket £404.72 Time tested: 2000 miles/4 months What’s good? The #1 Vintage is a jacket that has quickly found it’s way into my top ten all-time favorite bits of...

Product Review: Alpinestars Techstar motocross jersey and pants

Product Review: Alpinestars Techstar motocross jersey and pants

Alpinestars Techstar motocross jersey, £44.99, and pants, £149.99 Time tested: One year What’s good? The airmesh fabric with PU coating means they’re tough and breathable, while the insides of the...

Jacket Review: Held Touring Suit

Jacket Review: Held Touring Suit

Held Matera touring jacket, £699.99 & Fontino trousers, £499.99 Time tested: 3000 miles/six months What’s good? Where do I start? It’s probably easiest to break it down into sections. No.1,...

Jacket Review: Acerbis LED Vision jacket

Jacket Review: Acerbis LED Vision jacket

Acerbis LED Vision jacket, £59.95 Time tested: Four months/3000 miles What’s good? I can’t think of a better way of been seen in the dark of dull conditions than this jacket with embedded flashing LED...

Jacket Review: Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload leather jacket

Jacket Review: Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload leather jacket

Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload leather jacket, £299.99 Time tested: 3000 miles / 24 months What’s good? It’s a subtle, stylish, top brand name perforated leather jacket that’s made from full-grain leather...

Jacket Review: Alpinestars Avant leather jacket

Jacket Review: Alpinestars Avant leather jacket

Alpinestars Avant leather jacket, £299.99 Time tested: 400 miles/two months What’s good? Alpinestars’ summer leather jacket has bags of subtle style (coming in plain and classy brown, beige or...

Jacket Review: Weise Psycho 2 jacket

Jacket Review: Weise Psycho 2 jacket

Weise Psycho 2 jacket, £189.99 Time tested: 1200 miles/three months What’s good? Textile jackets are good at repelling water and remaining cool in summer, while leather is always best for abrasion...

Gloves Review: Rev’IT Monster Gloves

Gloves Review: Rev’IT Monster Gloves

Rev’IT Monster Gloves, £65 Time tested: 9000 miles/three years What’s good? These short goatskin gloves are just what I wanted for short runs around town and commuting to work on warm days. They have...

Clothing Review: Held Carese Jacket & Torno Trousers

Clothing Review: Held Carese Jacket & Torno Trousers

Held Carese Jacket (£529.99) & Torno Trousers (£399.99) Time tested: 9000 miles / 4 months What’s good? Great riding kit comes into its own when the elements are against you, and as motorcycles...

Clothing Review: BMW TourShell suit

Clothing Review: BMW TourShell suit

BMW TourShell suit, £425 (jacket) and £340 (trousers) Time tested: 5270 miles/four months What’s good? As with all BMW products, this suit oozes quality and even the labelling makes it feel special.

Clothing Review: Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans

Clothing Review: Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans

Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans, £159 Time tested: 500 miles/3 months What’s good? I've tried two or three types of 'riding jeans' before and these are my favourites so far. Fit (with plenty of...

Jacket Review: Oxford Baltimore textile jacket

Jacket Review: Oxford Baltimore textile jacket

Oxford Baltimore textile jacket, £109.99 Time tested: 200 miles What’s good? This is my first ‘proper’ bike jacket so I’ve not got much to compare it to, but wearing it for my two-day CBT and then a...

Jacket Review: Rev It Zodiac leather jacket

Jacket Review: Rev It Zodiac leather jacket

RevIt Zodiac leather jacket, £217 Miles covered: 14,000/four years What’s good? I really enjoy using this jacket and it’s become my default short journey and ride to work on sunny days choice in...

Jacket Review: Alpinestars Eclipse Tech overjacket

Alpinestars Eclipse Tech overjacket, £100 What's good? It's a short-cut jacket that slips easily and stretchily over leathers with humps. It has elasticated waist and cuffs, and zips up at the front. There's no wrestling match getting it on and no restricted movement on the bike, even in hang-off track mode, nor does it ride up at the back thanks to a grippy silicon strip that clings to your...

Jacket Review: Triumph Newchurch leather jacket

Jacket Review: Triumph Newchurch leather jacket

Triumph Newchurch leather jacket, £310 Miles covered/time: 600 miles/two months What's good? If I knew ‘owt about fashion (which I don’t) I’d say these wax cotton-look, Belstaff/Barbour-style jackets...

Suit Review: Rev’It Ignition jacket and Gear 2 trousers

Suit Review: Rev’It Ignition jacket and Gear 2 trousers

Rev’It Ignition jacket £319.99, Rev’It Gear 2 trousers £259.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/One month What’s good? Rev’It call the Ignition a three-season jacket that works from spring to the beginning of...

Leather Review: Hideout Leathers alterations

Leather Review: Hideout Leathers alterations

Hideout Leathers alterations, £300 (Ladies Xtreme Two Piece suit from £1375) Time tested: 3000 miles/owned since 2007 but not worn for a couple of years What’s good? I love these leathers. The whole...

Leathers Review: Arlen Ness 9473 one-piece leather suit

Leathers Review: Arlen Ness 9473 one-piece leather suit

Arlen Ness 9473 one-piece leather suit, £549.99 Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: Five club race weekends, one 100mph crash What’s good? This suit is laid out like this because it was cut off me after I...

Rev’IT Defender GTX Gore-Tex suit

Rev’IT Defender GTX Gore-Tex suit

Rev’IT Defender GTX Gore-Tex suit, £879.98 (jacket £499.99, trousers £379.99)  Tester: Steve Farrell Time tested: 5000 miles/two years What’s good? This is one suit for road or trail, winter or...

Clothing Review: Oxford Merino Cosy neck tube

Clothing Review: Oxford Merino Cosy neck tube

Oxford Merino Cosy neck tube, £19.99 Tester: Richard Newland Miles/time: 1500 miles/three weeks What’s good? I’m not a big fan of neck tubes but at sub-zero temperatures they’re an invaluable warmth...

Clothing Review: Knox Cold Killers Sport top and pants

Clothing Review: Knox Cold Killers Sport top and pants

Knox Cold Killers Sport top £54.99 and pants, £44.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Miles/time used: 3600 miles/ three months What’s good? I used these on a sub-zero trip to Europe. The set was thrown on top...

Textile Review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

Textile Review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

Aerostich Roadcrafter suit: £600 approx (plus import duty and shipping of about £300) Tester: Andy Downes Time/miles: 50,000-plus/eight years What’s good? If you ride every day the Aerostich...