Leathers, jackets & suits

  • Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

    06 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Suit review: Clover RC100 Evo

    What’s good? Beautifully made and a mega comfortable suit. The fit is perfect for my short-arse frame. Being an Italian manufacturer it’s obviously tailored to fit an Italian frame – short in the...

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  • Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

    27 July 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Weise Retro Classic

    Best thing: Great for Britain’s unpredictable summers. Waterproof lightweight outer and cooling vents with waterproof zips make heatwaves bearable and let you stay dry when the heavens inevitably...

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  • Suit review: Spyke Speed Toy

    10 July 2009 by Andy Downes

    Suit review: Spyke Speed Toy

    What’s good? This is the same suit MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso wears – and it’s a new experience for me because it’s made of 100 per cent kangaroo skin. The difference over leather is amazing – it’s...

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  • Jacket review: HG Carry II

    10 July 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Jacket review: HG Carry II

    What's good? It's waterproof, windproof, breathable and stylish. It is perfectly cut for a curvy figure, gets compliments from fellas, and other women riders. It has loads of ventilation, for...

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  • Jacket review: Bering Rafal

    10 July 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Jacket review: Bering Rafal

    What's good? It's not pink or overtly feminine, but it is well cut for the female form with flattering lines. It is also incredibly comfortable, if not a bit heavy and warm enough for riding early in...

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  • Review: Knox back protector

    03 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Review: Knox back protector

    Product name: Knox back protector, £99.99 Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years Contact: www.planet-knox.co.uk Compare and buy Knox armour What’s good? Unlike other back protectors I’ve worn, this big...

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  • Leathers review: Teknic Xcelerator suit

    03 July 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Leathers review: Teknic Xcelerator suit

    Product name: Teknic Xcelerator suit, £799.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/one year Compare and buy Teknic suits What’s good? The fit is amazing, and the part-kangaroo construction helps contribute to a...

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  • Jacket review: Furygan Blade Ventile

    25 June 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Jacket review: Furygan Blade Ventile

    What’s good? The overall fit of this jacket is excellent. With the thermal lining fitted it provides a snug, warm fit, and without it provides plenty of flexibility without feeling baggy. The back...

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  • Review: Alpinestars Racing Replica suit

    19 June 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Review: Alpinestars Racing Replica suit

    Product Alpinestars Racing Replica suit £1799 Tester Michael Neeves Miles covered/time A season’s racing/14 months What’s good? I came away unscathed after a 4th gear, 120mph crash at Thruxton, the...

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  • Jacket review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    10 June 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Jacket review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    What’s good? £140 for a quality leather jacket! Can’t be right. But it was and still is. This jacket also came with matching trousers (£120) and together they’ve suffered the worst of all seasons, got...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Tucson Gore-Tex jacket

    10 June 2009 by gjgj

    Jacket review: Dainese Tucson Gore-Tex jacket

    What’s good? Take the lining out and it’s a great summer jacket because it’s so breathable. People think I must be hot, but it’s actually cooler than a leather jacket. Put the lining in and it’s a...

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  • Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

    05 June 2009 by Andy Downes

    Jacket review: Lewis Gear Vintage Jacket

    What’s good? I love the subtle look of this jacket which I use for daily commuting on a bike and on my scooter around town. It’s comfortable and with the lining in place it’s warm and practical with...

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  • EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

    28 May 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    EDZ All-Season Base Layer review

    EDZ All-Season Base Layer, £50 Miles covered: 5000/two years What’s good? I won’t wear one-piece leathers without this – it’s become indispensable. It helps getting in and out of the suit, wicks...

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  • Akito Desert Suit review

    28 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Akito Desert Suit review

    Akito Desert suit, £179.98 Miles covered: 2000/one year What’s good? With such a massive range of similar adventure-style suits out there, it’s incredible that this suit has all these features for...

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  • Aerostitch Darien suit review

    28 May 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Aerostitch Darien suit review

    Aerostitch Darien suit, £569 Time owned: 3300 miles/seven months What’s good: The quality is top notch.  Completely waterproof with high tech Gore-tex lining. Loads of gadget pockets, too. You...

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  • Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

    28 May 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Frank Thomas Raptor jacket review

    Frank Thomas Raptor jacket, £159.99 Time owned: 8000 miles/18 months What’s good: After 8000 miles of riding in mostly bad weather the Raptor has performed admirably. The jacket is comfy and the...

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  • Gerbing heated vest review

    28 May 2009 by Ped Baker

    Gerbing heated vest review

    Gerbing heated vest, £126.25 Time owned: 10,000 miles/seven years What’s good: In seven years this heated waistcoat has never let me down. It’s short enough to wear under a leather jacket to keep...

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  • MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

    Each week MCN prints the latest results from its MCN Biking Britain survey – results influenced by almost 12,000 readers who’ve told us what their favourite kit and bikes are. This week we’re looking...

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  • Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

    18 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Trouser review: Alpinestars Jet Road GTX

    Best thing about it: The quilted lining and Goretex membrane have never failed and riding in the cold, wet winter weather I’ve always remained warm and dry. The pockets on the thighs are huge...

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  • Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

    18 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Jacket review: Wolf Retro jacket

    Best thing about it: It’s one of the best up-to-date retro-styled jackets around. It’s a trusted all-year-round jacket thanks to a thermal liner and CE armour. Armour out and I can get away with it...

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  • Jacket review: Frank Thomas Bullit Retro jacket

    07 May 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Jacket review: Frank Thomas Bullit Retro jacket

    Best bit: The look, it’s awesome. It doesn’t just look good, it’s well put together and just wearing it can make my day. The leather is high quality and smells amazing. Even though it’s retro looking...

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  • Suit review: Rev-It GP Replica suit

    07 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Suit review: Rev-It GP Replica suit

    Best bit? The way they stood up to a 60mph highside (resulting in a toasty fireball) at Brands Hatch last year, leaving just a tiny hole in the elbow which, for the money was a very impressive...

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  • Suit review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

    01 May 2009 by Ped Baker

    Suit review: Aerostich Roadcrafter suit

    Best bits: The top-to-bottom zip arrangement means you can get in or out of the suit in less than ten seconds and it fits over your normal clothes. The fabric is more substantial than any other...

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  • Jeans review: Red Route Street Kevlar jeans

    01 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Jeans review: Red Route Street Kevlar jeans

    Best bit: Comfort, convenience and added level of protection over standard jeans when riding in summer on short journeys. Worst bit: They are so comfortable as to become a tempting replacement on...

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  • Suit review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    22 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Suit review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    Best thing about it: The only waterproof clothing I’ve owned that’s comfortable on a sportsbike. It’s a ‘three season’ suit, so it’s not too thick, and the look/cut suits sportsbikes. Worst thing...

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  • Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    22 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Back protector review: Forcefield Pro L2

    Best thing about it: Safety – one big crash plus countless smaller moped racing crashes have been dealt with. Comfort is excellent - the rubber/foam mix softens with body heat to fit your back...

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  • Product review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    15 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Product review: Hein Gericke PSX-R

    Product name: Hein Gericke PSX-R Name of tester: Chris Newbigging Cost: £299.99/£249.99 Still available? Yes  Miles covered: 1200 Time owned: 8 months  Best thing about it: The only...

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  • Forcefield Pro L2 product review

    15 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Forcefield Pro L2 product review

    Product name: Forcefield Pro L2 Name of tester: Chris Newbigging Cost: £99.99 Still available? Yes  Miles covered: 5000 Time owned: Two years Best thing about it: Safety – one big crash plus...

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  • One-piece suit review: Berik Laser Titanium

    08 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    One-piece suit review: Berik Laser Titanium

    Best thing about it: I don’t care what you say, they look the business. It’s a cowhide construction and for the first time for Berik has titanium external sliders. I haven’t crash tested the suit,...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Zentex

    08 April 2009 by James Keen

    Jacket review: Dainese Zentex

    Best thing about it: If you plan to ride on the continent during the peak of summer, leathers are unbearably hot, especially in town. This jacket has large mess panels on the chest and back which let...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Planet GORE-TEX

    08 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Jacket review: Dainese Planet GORE-TEX

    Best thing about it: Despite years of use it still doesn’t let in a drop water even in prolonged torrential rain. Surprisingly warm in winter – warmer than some full-length jackets I’ve tried -yet...

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  • Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella RK5

    18 March 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Jacket review: Alpinestars Stella RK5

    Best thing about it: It’s good to find a jacket that’s not just a scaled down version of the blokes but has been tailored to fit the female form. I’ve worn this in all weathers most recently I've been...

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