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Motonation Fuego Riding Jeans | Gear Review

Motonation's Fuego riding jeans
Motonation’s Fuego riding jeans are an affordable alternative to wearing regular street jeans.

Kevlar-lined riding jeans are a great choice for those riders looking for something more protective than their favorite pair of Levi’s, but without the utilitarian (and bulky) look of dedicated motorcycle pants. Motonation offers two models of riding jeans, the men’s Sherpa and the women’s Fuego, both priced at an extremely affordable $99.

The Fuego jeans I tested are made of a stretchy 13.5-oz. denim with enough give to make them quite comfortable even when I’m tucked onto a sportbike, although I would’ve preferred a higher waist in the back–they gaped open and I found myself compulsively tugging my jacket down to cover my exposed back. Inside is a shin-length mesh liner with Kevlar panels at the buttocks and from just above the knee to where the liner ends at the upper shin, and a 4.5-inch strip down the outside of each thigh. I consider this minimal coverage, but the upside is that the Fuegos are cooler and more comfortable to wear than jeans with more complete Kevlar coverage.

There are pockets for optional knee and hip armor (or you can buy some from Forcefield or D3O), and the knee pockets include hook-and-loop strips to position the armor where you need it. Because of the mesh liner, there is no telltale stitching on the outside of the jeans that gives away their moto mission, and though they are slightly thicker than “street” jeans the Fuegos are comfortable enough to wear around all day (and night). Speaking of stitching, at this price point you aren’t getting seams triple-stitched with high-tensile-strength thread, which means the Fuegos might not hold together as long in a slide. Again, a potential trade-off that’s your decision to make.

As for sizing, any woman reading this knows how unpredictable women’s jeans can be, so I’ll do my best to guide you here. I typically (with an asterisk of course) wear a size 6, but in the Fuegos I’m an 8 so let’s say they run a size small. As mentioned previously, the denim is fairly stretchy which helps with fit, and sizes 6-10 are available in short, regular and long lengths (for a $99 pair of riding jeans, having three lengths to choose from is almost unheard-of). It does get complicated outside those sizes, however: size 4 comes in short and regular, 12 in regular and long, and 14 in regular only. Got that?

Bottom line is, if the Fuegos fit you and you’re OK with sacrificing a bit of abrasion protection for a cooler, more comfortable fit–and if you don’t have a lot of dough to spend–they certainly are a better choice than riding in your everyday jeans.

For more information, call (619) 401-4100 or visit motonation.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Bohn Body Armor Base Layers

Bohn Body Armor Base Layer Shirt.
Bohn Body Armor Base Layer Shirt.

For more than 20 years, riders have been wearing Bohn Body Armor’s lightweight, cool and comfortable armored shirts, pants and shorts to protect them from shoulders to shins. Bohn armored apparel fits comfortably under your favorite riding clothes and keeps the armor snug and in place in case you ever need it. Men’s and women’s sizes are available from 2XS to 3XL, and Bohn offers free shipping in the U.S. (and a discounted rate for Canada and international orders).

Call (888) 922-9269 or visit bohnarmor.com

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Fly Racing FL-2 Gloves

Fly Racing FL-2 Gauntlet Glove.
Fly Racing FL-2 Gauntlet Glove.

Hit the twisties in style and protection with the FL-2 gauntlet glove by Fly Racing. This full-featured sport glove is made from supple goatskin, with aramid thread for the ultimate in burst resistance. Fit is relaxed due to its deep tunneling design, and fingers are pre-curved and the palm is reinforced. Sliders on the palm and gauntlet and knuckle protectors round out the package. The FL-2 is available in Black, Black/White/Red and Black/White for $109.95.

See your WPS dealer or visit flyracing.com

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Moto-Skiveez Traveler Shirt | Gear Review

Moto-Skiveez Traveler shirt
The Traveler shirt from Moto-Skiveez is lightweight, packable and supremely comfortable.

Moto-Skiveez has made its name by creating riding shorts and tights that coddle our tushes, but its comfortable clothing line also includes two moto-oriented shirts. I slipped into the Traveler model for this review. And I do mean slip–the slinky polyester fabric lies lightly on the skin and moves with you, not against you. Stretch panels on either side enhance that freedom of movement when you’re setting up camp or doing a little post-ride yoga. The sleeves on my size small are a good length for my ape-ish arms, and sport two low-profile snap closures at the cuffs to adjust for wrist size or weather.

Snaps also close the front of the shirt, making it easier to adjust with gloved hands and emitting a satisfying rrrrriiiiipp when it’s time to shed the shirt. Two chest pockets provide handy storage, each capable of holding a passport, wallet or phone. The left one opens via a glove-friendly, self-closing magnetic catch and the more secure right pocket zips closed.

Moto-Skiveez doesn’t claim an SPF rating for the shirt, but the rip-stop weave is substantial enough that I feel safe being out in the sun in it. Flow-through vents behind the shoulders are backed with porous mesh to circulate air, and raising the collar protects your neck from the sun.

I took the Traveler on a multi-day ride along the California coast and found it to be perfect for end-of-day lounging and dinner. It was such an improvement over my usual luggage-wrinkled cotton attire that my buddies had to tolerate me singing “Sharp Dressed Man” on the way to the restaurant (though they nixed the air guitar).

The provided stuff bag is large enough to tuck the Traveler in with room to spare, and with care in packing (fold, then roll), the shirt emerges from its drawstring cocoon relatively unfazed. Hanging it up helps relieve any residual wrinkles, and it washes easily in a sink.

The Traveler lists for $60, and comes in men’s sizes S-2XL, in light gray only. If you want a shirt to slip into after a long day in the saddle–one that feels good, fits well and is easy to live with–give the Traveler a look. Who knows, you might get some looks yourself.  

For more information, call (888) 819-0185 or visit motoskiveez.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

iXS Samira Gore-Tex Jacket | Gear Review

Samira Gore-Tex women's jacket
The Samira Gore-Tex women’s jacket from iXS includes a removable teal puffy inner jacket that can be worn on its own off the bike.

Continuing to prove that it’s possible to be protected from both mishaps and the elements while still looking great, Swiss apparel manufacturer iXS’s 2019 catalog includes this attractive women’s Gore-Tex jacket, the Samira. The 3-layer waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane is sewn in rather than laminated, making the Samira just a bit bulkier than a single-layer jacket might be, but the upshot is that, at $299, it’s also less expensive. It also doesn’t look like a “sensible” waterproof touring jacket with 15 pockets, which appeals to my personal taste and makes the Samira look at home on just about any type of motorcycle, from a cruiser to a sportbike.

The tailored polyamide (nylon) outer jacket includes zippered hip gussets for fit, a dual-zipper fold-over front closure that effectively seals out wind, zipper and hook-and-loop closure at the wrists and a multi-position snap at the neck. Shiny silver zippers accent the waist pockets and main closure, while inside are a cell phone pocket and a large zippered pocket. Small vents at the shoulders only flow a hint of air, with larger back vents for exhaust; because of the limited airflow the Samira is best worn as a “shoulder season” or milder weather jacket.

My favorite feature is the Samira’s quilted inner liner, which can be worn independently off the bike as a fashionable teal-colored “puffy” jacket. It has its own zippered waist, cell phone and large inner pockets and is made of a silky, durable material that won’t easily tear. Worn in combination with the outer jacket, the Samira is toasty warm and a perfect foil for those cold, damp mornings. Elemental protection: check. And mishaps? The Samira includes CE level 1-approved shoulder, elbow and back armor.

As with most iXS products we’ve tested, fit is European (read: snugly tailored), so I would advise ordering up a size if you prefer a looser fit. Sizes run from S-3XL, and you can have any color you want so long as it’s black with white accents. 

For more information, see your dealer or visit moto.ixs.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Trilobite Rally Jacket | Gear Review

Trilobite Rally jacket
The Trilobite Rally jacket is made of abrasion-resistant Trilobitex that looks like waxed cotton.

Before disappearing in the mass extinction at the end of the Paleozoic era about 252 million years ago, trilobites were one of the most enduring early animals, thriving in the seas for more than 300 million years. Much credit for their survival goes to the arthropod’s tough exoskeleton, which resembles an articulated motorcycle back protector.

This flexible protective shell (and more than likely a few beers) was the inspiration for the name Trilobitex, a strong denim-like material at the heart of the Trilobite premium aramid apparel line. It includes jackets, shirts, gloves and men’s and women’s riding jeans, all designed in the Czech Republic and imported to the U.S. by Motonation.

Trilobite’s Rally jacket jumped off the catalog page at me thanks to its traditional but stylish waxed cotton and denim look. A technical touring jacket, the Rally’s outer materials include Trilobitex in the impact and abrasion areas, which is a laminate of Dyneema denim (said to have extremely high tensile strength), a Kevlar layer for abrasion and tearing resistance and a Tri-Tex waterproof membrane.

All told Trilobitex is far stronger and more abrasion resistant than Cordura nylon but looks like denim. The rest of the jacket features waxed cotton laminated with Kevlar and a Tri-Tex membrane for good looks, durability and waterproofness, and YKK zippers are used throughout.

Trilobite Rally jacket
The Trilobite Rally jacket comes in men’s sizes S-2XL.

Backing up the Rally’s rugged shell is CE Level 2 armor in the shoulders and elbows, and there’s a pocket for an optional $79 CE Level 2 back protector. For additional warmth and water resistance, the jacket includes a zip-out Thermolite vest and zip-out Tri-Tex waterproof jacket liner that can be worn separately. With the liners out the Rally jacket is a nice weight for warm-weather riding, and large zippered vents on the chest, back and sleeves flow lots of air.

Comfort and fit are enhanced with soft-touch material on the cuffs and collar, which has a strap retainer, and adjustable waist belts and sleeve straps. Cargo capacity is immense, too, with a total of nine pockets, including a large zippered hunter’s pocket on the lower back, and interior wallet and media pockets. For conspicuity there’s a reflective Trilobite logo emblazoned across the back.

With the Tri-Tex liner zipped in the Rally jacket is thoroughly waterproof, and it takes a real gully washer to make it leak even with the liner out. I find it the perfect weight for three-season riding with mild summers, and I really like the look and fit. The Trilobite Rally jacket comes in Dark Blue/Black in men’s sizes S-2XL and goes for $319 with a one-year warranty. 

For more information, call (619) 401-4100 or visit motonation.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

TCX Baja Gore-Tex Boots | Gear Review

TCX Baja Gore-Tex adventure touring boots
The TCX Baja Gore-Tex adventure touring boots are comfortable and protective.

You can’t fake it when it comes to evaluating adventure boots. Meant for rugged riding day after day, they have to hold up to continuous abuse while remaining comfortable and protective. After two days of breaking in TCX’s Baja Gore-Tex boots around home and the office, I hopped onto my BMW F 800 GS to discover what they have to offer the adventure rider, or the street rider looking for more robust footwear. My first impression was how light these boots are while still being certified to the European motorcycle foot safety standard EN 13634:2015. The Euro size 42 (US men’s 8.5) boots tested here weigh just 4.8 pounds.

Italian company TCX is all about boots, producing everything from MotoGP racing boots to a line of everyday foot protection for motorcyclists. If you recall the Oxtar brand, it became TCX in 2005. It makes 75 percent of its boots, plus thousands of pairs of OEM branded footwear, at a boot facility in Romania, and all TCX boots and shoes are certified to EN 13634.

The Baja Gore-Tex model meets level 2 of the standard for impact abrasion and cut resistance for the upper, as well as transverse rigidity (ability of the sole to resist crosswise pressure), and meets requirements for water resistance, water absorption and slip resistance. A large shin guard dominates the protection package, but there are polyurethane inserts for the ankles, heels and toes beneath the leather.

Constructed of full-grain leather, the Baja Gore-Tex boots feature a padded elastic collar around the calf, a suede insert at the inner calf and three adjustable aluminum buckle closures. A patch of hook-and-loop closes the top. Foot comfort stems from TCX’s Comfort Fit System, whereby each boot is shaped by hand over a mold of a human foot. It must work, as I wore them for 14 hours some days without discomfort. Front and rear flex panels allow plenty of ankle movement for walking and technical riding.

My testing comprised a nine-day Utah adventure ride spanning 2,500 miles in various environments and weather. There were long freeway stretches, including a 110-degree crossing of the Mojave Desert, and miles of deep red sand. More miles of rocky downhill tested the critical boot sole/footpeg interface.

One slip off the rain-wet pegs could have spelled disaster for bike and rider, but the TCX sole stuck tight to the pegs, and several hours of standing did not cause foot pain. Rain never penetrated the Bajas, nor did the shin-deep water of a creek crossing. I gave them a hose test at home to confirm that they are waterproof. 

The TCX Baja Gore-Tex boots were perfect companions on my Utah adventure, and I’m looking forward to many more rides in them. For $359.99, they are a good value in a highly protective waterproof/breathable boot. They come in black only; men’s sizes EU 38–48; US 5–13.

For more information, see your dealer or visit ridetcxboots.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Warm & Safe Heated Apparel

Warm & Safe heated apparel
Warm & Safe heated apparel is available for men and women.

In 1993, Warm & Safe founder Mike Coan developed the first rheostat-like Heat-troller to adjust the temperature of heated motorcycle apparel instead of just an on/off switch. Since then the technology has been improved and Warm & Safe now offers a range of Heat-trollers that connect directly to a motorcycle’s battery, as well as heated apparel like shirts, jacket liners, pants liners, gloves and socks. Heat-trollers start at $59; heated apparel starts at $189.95.

Call (503) 212-4166 or visit warmnsafe.com

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Scorpion Sports Trey Overpants | Gear Review

Scorpion Trey overpants
Scorpion’s Trey overpants are designed to be worn over your regular jeans, for protection on the bike and an easy switch to a casual look off the bike.

Riding pants are such a key part of rider protection that it’s surprising to see so many nearly naked legs on the open road. By that, I mean riders wearing jeans or other pants that will turn to shreds when they touch down on tarmac. Why risk your precious skin when vented, convertible overpants like the Scorpion Treys provide the protection to prevent serious skin loss if you pitch off your scoot? 

OK, off the soapbox to focus on our test of the Trey ventilated pants, starting with airflow. This comes from large panels of polyester mesh on the front and back of the thighs and lower legs, and it is quite comforting on a warm day. There’s plenty of protection as well, thanks to stout 840-denier ballistic nylon covering the vulnerable knee area, backed by vented, adjustable CE-approved knee armor.

The remainder of the Treys is sewn from heavy polyester fabric, with a light mesh lining throughout. A big plus for Scorpion is fitting CE-approved hip pads, something you won’t find in all overpants. And flex panels above the knees help me swing a leg over my lofty BMW F 800 GS or squeeze onto my petite Yamaha YZF-R3.

When the weather turns from nice to nasty, a zip-in, breathable H2O Blok liner greatly increases the Trey’s temperature range and keeps the wet stuff at bay. I was comfortable riding in Big Sur’s drippy fog at 50 degrees with the liner and my thin silk long johns, and into the mid 90s without the liner while wearing heavier riding tights. Hip-to-toe zippers on the liners match up with their counterparts on the pant legs, facilitating entry and exit with boots on.

The Trey mediums fit me well out of the box, per Scorpion’s sizing guide, and have adjusting tabs at the waist for fine-tuning. Leg length can be hemmed up an inch or so without bothering the leg zippers, which are hidden beneath flaps that use a minimum amount of hook-and-loop to secure. A small tab at the cuffs closes with hook-and-loop to seal things up, and their button-type waist closure won’t pop open in a fall like snaps can. A pair each of zippered front and rear pockets provide as much storage as jeans, only more securely.

As expected with Scorpion garments, the Treys are very well constructed, and while other vented pants I’ve worn may pass a little more air through larger mesh, I feel better protected in the more substantial Scorpions. Treys come in black only and run from $199.95 to $219.95, depending on size, and are available in men’s small through 3XL, with tall sizes from large on up. 

For more information, see your dealer or visit scorpionusa.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights | Gear Review

Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights.
Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights.

Jacket, check. Boots, check. Tights, che…. Wait just a gol-durn minute – tights for a motorcycle trip? Yep, tights. Moto-Skiveez, makers of Adventure Shorts (read our review here), added legs to the shorts to create high-tech riding tights for adventure riders, and the results are comforting. I wore their Adventure Tights on an attempt at the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route and was more comfortable over the long haul to Utah from my home in SoCal than ever before. Even with an aftermarket seat on my BMW F 800 GS, by butt eventually burns as the miles roll up, but not with the Adventure Tights. The compression fabric that extends to below the calf is designed to reduce leg fatigue while standing, and after slogging through miles of relentless sand on the pegs, my legs still had some strength, while the rest of my body was toast.

The term “saddle sore” comes from the horse world, and for good reason – the un-accustomed derriere soon complains – loudly. I know it well from the horseback vacations my wife and I like to take. With only a couple of hour-long tune-up rides before our last equine adventure, I spent five days in the saddle in the canyons near Capitol Reef National Park. But I had packed along my Adventure Tights, and my rear has never felt so good in the saddle.

For an undergarment that promises real comfort where it counts, Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights deliver the goods. They also provide a low-friction interface between my legs and riding pants on hot days. I’ve always worn something between my legs and knee armor, usually silk long johns – now that something will be Adventure Tights.

For more information, call (888) 819-0185 or visit motoskiveez.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com