2016

Review: BKS Prowess ladies leather suit, £649.99

Review: BKS Prowess ladies leather suit, £649.99

Time tested: 2000 miles What’s good: In 2008 the great British made-to-measure leathers manufacturer BKS created a range of off-the-peg items for the Frank Thomas Group, which included this top-spec...

Rated: Hideout Hi-Pro textile jacket and trousers

Rated: Hideout Hi-Pro textile jacket and trousers

Tested by Rupert Paul, Editor of MCN Sport Time tested: one year/5000 miles What’s good? One look at the price tells you this suit belongs among the poshest winter protection gear, alongside...

Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

Rated: Held Zorro jacket and Vader jeans

Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: six months/3000 miles What’s good? The standard of construction on this simple textile suit is excellent and the combination offers very good value for money. The...

Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

Alpinestars GP Pro jacket

Time used Five years/20,000 miles What’s good? Everyone has their favourite, slightly scruffy black leather biker jacket – one they adore and just keep coming back to again and again. This is mine:...

Reviewed: Tucano urbano Diluvio waterproof jacket and trousers

Reviewed: Tucano urbano Diluvio waterproof jacket and trousers

Time used: Six months/6000 miles What’s good? These have kept me dry on numerous big-mile cross-continental trips, commuting and MCN test riding. They have the reassuring durability and protection of...

What's good and what's not about Richa's Falcon jacket?

What's good and what's not about Richa's Falcon jacket?

MCN Shop Time tested: One month/1700 miles What’s good? A great jacket on a budget. The red and white design offers a good level of visibility without being too extreme and there is enough neutral...

Segura Nomad jacket: 'Great fit for my 6ft 5in frame'

Segura Nomad jacket: 'Great fit for my 6ft 5in frame'

Time tested: Four months/850 miles What’s good? At 6ft 5in I have a difficult time finding jackets that fit properly. Usually they’re too short in the body or made for someone who’s more rotund around...

ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket review (£99.99)

ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket review (£99.99)

What’s good about the ARMR Moto Kiso 2 jacket? ARMR Moto are a relatively new name that promises good quality, affordable products and this Kiso 2 Textile jacket certainly delivers that. It’s...

Bull-It Ladies Covec SR6 Roadster hoodie review (£169.99)

Bull-It Ladies Covec SR6 Roadster hoodie review (£169.99)

What’s good about the Bull-It Roadster hoodie? This is the first urban-styled, textile riding kit I’ve worn that actually feels protective. The exterior is made from 12oz denim coated with a...

Barbour Black Shadow International jacket review (£399.99)

Barbour Black Shadow International jacket review (£399.99)

What’s good about the Barbour Black Shadow International Jacket? This is an absolute classic of a jacket, originally developed in 1936 for the International Six Day Trial (ISDT); it has been the...

Wolf Spirit leather jacket review (£249.99)

Wolf Spirit leather jacket review (£249.99)

What’s good about the Wolf Spirit leather jacket? The Spirit definitely looks the part. The leather has a rich, attractive colour and feels heavyweight and tough, the removable cotton lining is nicely...

Roland Sands Clash jacket review (£540)

Roland Sands Clash jacket review (£540)

What’s good about the Roland Sands Clash jacket? This stunning jacket has to be one of the most stylish on the market. Every time I’m pictured wearing it in MCN I get emails asking where it’s from and...

Product Review: Wolf Euro leather jacket (£199.99)

Product Review: Wolf Euro leather jacket (£199.99)

What’s good about the Wolf Euro leather jacket? This gear takes me right back to the start of my biking life, riding around Margate in a black leather jacket with metal zips and buckles. Sometimes you...

Product Review: Aldi Leather Jacket (£99.99)

Product Review: Aldi Leather Jacket (£99.99)

What’s good about the Aldi Leather Jacket? Well-designed considering the price tag, this jacket has good Velcro-type cuffs and zips, a double popper on the neck and soft padding round the collar. This...

Product Review: Held Spire two-piece leather suit (£549.99)

Product Review: Held Spire two-piece leather suit (£549.99)

What’s good about the Held Spire two-piece leather suit? Two-piece leather suits like this aren’t as common as they used to be, but there are benefits. They fit like a one-piece but give the...

Product Review: Richa Infinity jacket (£199.99) and Richa Colorado trousers (£119.99)

Product Review: Richa Infinity jacket (£199.99) and Richa Colorado trousers (£119.99)

What’s good about the Richa Infinity jacket & Colorado trousers? The jacket reaches between the cracks of budget and mid-priced and features both waterproof and thermal inner layers for the...

Product Review: Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket (£299.99)

Product Review: Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket (£299.99)

What’s good about the Rev'IT Bellecour Ladies jacket? Beautiful quality and fit with a really distinctive cut, the Bellecour feels more like a fashion jacket than an item of biking kit, especially...

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket (£449.99)

Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket (£449.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket? It might be the ‘year of the retro’ for bikes, but it’s also boom-time for classically-styled riding kit, too. This riding jacket is from...

Product Review: KTM two-piece rainsuit (£98.18)

Product Review: KTM two-piece rainsuit (£98.18)

What’s good about the KTM two-piece rainsuit? This is like the Rolls-Royce of rain suits - the quality is lovely and it doesn’t feel like it’s been made out of an old Tesco carry-bag like some cheaper...

Product Review: Rev’it Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers (£369.99 & £279.99)

Product Review: Rev’it Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers (£369.99 & £279.99)

What’s good about the Rev’It Neptune Gore-Tex jacket and trousers? It's been a damp start to the year so I’ve worn this kit for my daily commute plus a couple of trips away. So far I’ve not had any...

Product Review: Furygan Lynx textile over trousers (£69.99)

Product Review: Furygan Lynx textile over trousers (£69.99)

What’s good about the Furygan Lynx textile over trousers? Massive convenience. A generous cut and full-length, two-way zips on each leg mean they slip easily over normal jeans and take just...

Product Review: Dainese Ridder D1 jacket (£529.99) and trousers (£329.99)

Product Review: Dainese Ridder D1 jacket (£529.99) and trousers (£329.99)

What’s good about the Dainese Ridder D1 jacket and trousers? ? I’ve used this two-piece Gore-Tex jacket and trousers through the worst of the winter and it has been brilliant at keeping me warm and...

Product Review: Spada Staffy wax jacket (£159.95)

Product Review: Spada Staffy wax jacket (£159.95)

What’s good about the Spada Staffy wax jacket? You have to love the looks of a jacket like this – spot on if you are riding a Ducati Scrambler, Yamaha XSR, Triumph Bonneville or similar. What you are...

Product Review: Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket (£26.99)

Product Review: Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket (£26.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Rainseal fluorescent over jacket? The Oxford Rainseal over-jacket has given me an extra level of weather protection all winter and improved my visibility. I’ve worn it...

Product Review: BMW Club leather jacket (£325)

Product Review: BMW Club leather jacket (£325)

What’s good about the BMW Club leather jacket? The Club is more of a casual jacket you can ride in than an armoured jacket you can wear casually – and that’s exactly what I wanted. It only gets worn...

Product Review: Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants (£279.99)

Product Review: Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants (£279.99)

What’s good about the Dainese P Pony C2 leather pants? These touring leather pants dispense with the kneesliding sports look in favour of a more subtle all-black leather look that would suit almost...

Product Review: Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle (£349.99)

Product Review: Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle (£349.99)

What’s good about the Dainese Laguna Evo Pelle jacket? This sporty leather and Cordura jacket is aimed at being good for all-year riding thanks to a removable thermal lining and ventilation panels on...

RiDE review: Oxford Montreal jacket

RiDE review: Oxford Montreal jacket

This updated version of one of Oxford’s most popular items is brimming with neat details. It has a baggier and shorter feel than the Weise, and a better ventilation system, plus a simple popper to...

RiDE review: ARMR Kumaji jacket

RiDE review: ARMR Kumaji jacket

Visually low-key (and not just because the one we’re testing is black), this is a jacket you really shouldn’t overlook. Whichever way you look at it, it’s an excellent piece of kit. They’ve not held...

Product Review: Rev’it Jupiter jacket (£169.99)

Product Review: Rev’it Jupiter jacket (£169.99)

What’s good about the Rev’IT Jupiter? This jacket is light but offers plenty of protection and also plenty of warmth. You don’t need the thermal inner jacket until temperatures drop into single...

Product Review: Buffalo Misano jacket (£99.99)

Product Review: Buffalo Misano jacket (£99.99)

What’s good about the Buffalo Misano? As a cheap way of keeping some protective gear on when you nip to the shops, this jacket is ideal. It isn’t all singing and dancing, but it’s near enough for...

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

RiDE review: Richa Typhoon Rain Overall

Short in the leg but otherwise easy to get on, comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch. The collar is snug, while elastic and Velcro-strapped cuffs squeeze over a glove easily. The integrated...

RiDE Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket, Armaxion trousers

RiDE Review: Rukka Armaxis jacket, Armaxion trousers

The outer is Gore-Tex Pro Shell, with subtle layers of stretch material and reinforced sections for comfort and strength. It’s heavy in a reassuring way. Armour is D3O. The tester praised the storm...

Product Review: Oxford Mondial jacket (£169.99) and Ranger trousers (£99.99)

Product Review: Oxford Mondial jacket (£169.99) and Ranger trousers (£99.99)

What’s good about the Oxford Mondial and Ranger? The Mondial jacket offers a lot for the money and, thanks to its thermal and waterproof zip-in layers, is very versatile and copes well in all seasons.

Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

Product Review: Held Wet Tour jacket (£84.99)

What’s good about the Held Wet Tour? All I ever really wanted is an unlined summer waterproof jacket that a) fits comfortably over leathers, is b) breathable, c) wraps up to neatly to nearly nothing...