Motorcycle Leathers, Jackets & Suits

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...

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Suit review: Spyke Speed Evo

Spyke Speed Evo one-piece suit, £1200 Miles covered/time: 6000/one year What’s good? This kangaroo and cowhide mix leather suit fits like the proverbial glove – that might be because it’s cut for...

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Leathers review: Dainese Mission one-piece

Dainese Mission one-piece, £1659.99 Miles covered/time: 60,000-plus/three years What’s good? In over ten years of professionally testing bikes these are the best leathers I’ve ever owned or...

Top 10 textile trousers

Top 10 textile trousers

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top 10 textile trousers. Save cash on motorcycle trousers 1. Alpinestars ST-5 Drystar, RRP: £179.99 MCN Shop best price: £179.99 from Midlands...

Kit review: Merino Buff

Kit review: Merino Buff

Merino Buff, £21 Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What's good? It’s soft, it’s long (so easily doubles up for twice the thickness on especially cold days) it doesn’t require...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers

Frank Thomas X Terrain Trousers, £129.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? The armour is very well positioned so that when you are riding the bike it perfectly...

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Kit review: Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket

Frank Thomas X Terrain Jacket, £169.99 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 4000/five months What’s good? It’s really warm, even with the inner lining removed. With the lining in and zipped up...

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Jacket review: Alpinestars Stunt 2

Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Leathers review: Berik 7932 1-piece

Product: Berik 7932 1-piece £699 Miles covered/time: 2000/four races/three trackdays What’s good? When I first got these, I suspected they could be just fashion leathers – not up to the repeated rough...

Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

Kit review: Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket

Alpinestars Stunt 2 jacket, £279.95 (replaced by new Stunt in 2009, now £349.95) Miles covered/time: 15,000/two and a half years What's good? A little over snug to begin with, but after a month of...