I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of riding jeans, two actually, from Alpinestars. The Copper Out, their sibling, the Copper Riding pants are aramid reinforced denim jeans designed for the urban / commuter motorcyclist. I ended up receiving both pairs so my review notes the subtle differences between the two.
Looking very similar to a pair of regular “blue jeans” the Copper Out jeans only have a zipper above the knee to outwardly tip one off that there is something different here. This knee zipper is where armor can be installed to provide impact protection to augment the aramid abrasion resistance in the knee area.
The Copper jeans eschew the external zipper and instead use an internal pocket for holding the same armor in place. Both jeans offer similar protection overall and include hook and loop fastener material near the hip for attaching armor (not included).
This brace of riding jeans are very well made and the fit is very true to the labeled size in the units I received. If you are looking for some riding jeans that are comfortable and should last a long time, have a look at my complete review over at WebBikeWorld.com.
Last year I went on a search for a light and thin heated vest that would fit under pretty much any riding jacket I have. Most heated vests have some bulk to them and it makes sense. To be the most effective they not only need to produce heat but help keep as much heat as possible trapped near the body.
But what if you don’t need the “most” heat? How about just “some” heat?
In my case I wasn’t looking for the hottest heated gear out there. I had two goals. The first, augment my winter weather riding jacket with some active heating to allow riding in colder weather without significantly adding another layer. The second, extend the seasonality of my lighter riding gear and allowing me to wear more comfortable and less bulky jackets when it would normally be a bit to cold for them.
Enter Mobile Warming’s Thawdaddy battery-powered heated vest. The Thawdaddy is the smallest heated vest I’ve encountered and as such it meets my criteria for fitting under pretty much any of my riding gear. Of course small size and light weight likely means the electrical storage / heat generating properties of the vest will be compromised. But is it enough to reach my goals detailed above?
I really like Shark helmets. There, I said it. I want to make it clear that I might have some bias towards these lids and I feel that bias is well earned. Shark may not be the most well recognized helmet manufacturer (in the USA, anyway) but they have been around a long time and their products compete well against their peers.
Recently I had the chance to review the Shark “Spartan” helmet for webBikeWorld.com and I leaped at the opportunity to handle a new bucket from Shark. The Spartan is their top helmet for sport touring, touring, and commuting use with a design geared towards upright and mild forward leaning riding positions.
Using a fiberglass shell, the Spartan offers lightweight while including comfort features like a drop down sun visor and a very comfy interior. This is all contained within a shell that shows the excellent paint and clearcoat finish that one should expect at the price point.
Dashcam’s for motorcycles are relatively few and far between, especially compared to the various options for cars. In fact, the only other “dashcam” style unit reviewed previously at webBikeWorld was the Innovv K1 back in 2015.
Since then many inexpensive camera systems that could be used as dashcams for motorcycles have popped up at places like eBay and Amazon. Often these cameras seem priced so low that the adage “Too good to be true.” can drive many potential buyers away.
Then a couple of months ago I became aware of a new camera system that falls into what I considered the “sweet spot” in price and features. I wanted to find out if this system is really the happy medium solution for motorcycle dashcams it appeared to be. Hit the link to the review on webBikeWorld to find out.
I’m giving a “whole lotta glove” today with not one, but two, reviews posted up in the past 24 hours with this one coming by way of webbikeworld.com. In this review I take an in-depth look at the Druid D1 Long gloves from Dainese. These track oriented gloves offer good protection wrapped in high quality materials with robust construction.
These gloves have lots of hard parts as befitting this style of glove as well as some smart looking colorways giving these gloves a lot of appeal on the safety and style side of things.
Are they perfect? No.
There are a couple of issues that cropped up in my review but these can be somewhat subjective. Hit the link and view full review to found out if the Druid D1 Long gloves are right for you.
Reviews have been a little sparse of late but I have reviews coming soon for webBikeWorld.com as well as Motorcycle Words exclusives. Two pairs of gloves are in currently being put through their paces, one pair from Dainese and another from Rev’IT. I understand I might have a carbon fiber adventure helmet coming in for review as well but that’s all I’m going to say until it lands in my hands.
On the technical side I’ve got a new motorcycle specific “dash-cam” set up freshly installed on the Ninja 1000 and I’m looking to get some footage captured in the coming days. During the installation I connected the camera system DVR module to my Eastern Beaver PC-8 fuse panel and realized I needed to post up mu thoughts on this little gem of a device so that will be coming to a screen near you soon.
Finally, I’ve have been riding with a pair of Fox Racing knee guards in place of my venerable Shift Racing Enforcer guards that I have been wearing for years. The guards from Fox are actually designed for mountain biking but offered a combination of features I could quite find in other moto specific products. Keep an eye on this space as well as the Motorcycle Words Facebook feed for new content as it becomes available.
Scorpion continues to improve their class-leading 400 series helmets with EXO R420 and webBikeWorld recently sent me one for review. The R420 is more than just some new graphics and colors but instead is a rethinking of the 400 series from the inside and out. The internal shape has been changed as well as the lines of the exterior shell.
Solid construction combined with a Snell rating means one is getting good protection for around $150.00 (USD) and it looks good doing it. The EXO-R420 has a lot to live up to with the EXO-400 series helmets offering very good value as well as fit and finish that bests many helmets costing significantly more. My initial impression when handling and examining the helmet out of the box is that the EXO-R420 might very well be a worthy successor.
Product: Orsa Leather MkII Glove Manufacturer: Knox Sizes: Small to XXL Color(s): Black, White and Black Price: £89.99 (GBP) from Knox / $130.00 (USD) @ Revzilla
I want to start off by saying that I haven’t been fan of short cuff gloves for the past several years. Concerns over the lack of wrist protection combined with some “less than strong” wrist securing methods had me looking towards full gauntleted options.
So how did I end up looking at (and then buying) these short cuff gloves?
Last year when I started looking for a new Summer glove I took a look at Knox as I appreciate their focus on safety and protection. Among the various glove options offered by Knox were the ORSA Leather MKII gloves. These are short cuff gloves with some perforations to combat Summer heat and protective features to combat everything else. They appeared so focused on protective features I had to give them a a go.
As one would expect from the name, this is the second iteration of Knox’s Orsa Leather glove. The MKII version is certainly more of an evolutionary than revolutionary update and that’s a good thing. The original ORSA Leather glove was well received and you can read a detailed review over at webBikeWorld where Alice Dryden tried them out in 2016.
(In full disclosure, I somehow missed Alice’s review when looking for new Summer gloves. Maybe I wasn’t ready to look at short cuff gloves again at that time?)
The MKII came out last year (2017) and brought with it some subtle, but welcome changes. The overall styling has been updated and I think the white version in particular looks better on the MKII. Other changes include additional elasticated area and the fit has been “changed” as well. I can’t speak to the fit of the previous version but Knox says they changed it, so, umm, there.
My latest review for webbikeworld.com takes a look at the 1860 Ton Up jeans from Trilobite. These jeans are part of a new trend where apparel manufacturers are putting together motorcycle riding jeans that do not have an extra abrasion resistant layer. Instead, Dyneema ® is used in the denim itself to create a sort of “super” denim that looks and feels (mostly) like normal cotton denim but can meet the abrasion resistance required for a CE level 1 (or better).
This material combined with traditional blue jean styling makes for a pretty stealthy pair of riding jeans. By just looking at them one would be hard pressed to tell they are protective riding gear. Add in the included hip and knee armor and the Ton Up jeans would appear to be the whole package, but all this comes at a price. What is that price exactly? Hit the link below to find out.
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