Tuesday, October 25

RevZilla's Favorite Fall Alpinestars Gloves for 2011

Throughout this past year, and the last ten-plus years for that matter, Alpinestars has had many popular products amongst the motorcycle riding community. Alpinestars Gloves in particular were a big success. Their three most popular gloves amongst riders were the Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves, the Alpinestars SP-X Gloves, and the Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves. It comes as no surprise as Alpinestars has always been known to create high quality yet stylish gloves enabling riders to get the best of both worlds, and these gloves are no exception.

First up, we'll take a look at the Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves Review:

These gloves contain a mix of leather and textile to provide a comfortable feel for the city commuter or easy touring rider. Additionally, the Apex glove features an extra warm and cozy thermal velour liner combined with Alpinestars 100% waterproof and breathable Drystar membrane to keep cold and wet weather away from hands. They feature a goatskin glove chassis with padded textile palm reinforcements and a molded PU knuckle and foam padding on fingers. They also include an ultra-flexible accordion textile on top of the hand and around the thumb and a full-length wrist gauntlet with dual wrist adjustment and an accordion panel for flex in the gauntlet area.

Next we'll take a glimpse at the Alpinestars SP-X Gloves Review:

They are composed of a full-grain leather and air mesh construction therefore making them sport/multi-purpose, lightweight riding gloves. For additional protection, they include a synthetic suede palm with leather reinforcements for improved grip and protection and carbon fiber knuckle, side palm and finger protection. To further protect yourself, Alpinestars has featured micro-injected knuckle protection, a leather-reinforced thumb, and EVA padded wrist protection. Comfort-wise, they come with silicone printing on the fingertips for increased grip and a neoprene cuff for comfort.

Last, but not least, we'll check out the Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves Review:

These are particular interesting as they are meant for all seasons except for extreme weather seasons (winter, summer) and were made particularly for on and off road ADV touring. They are constructed of a blend of a textile upper construction and goatskin palm construction with clarino reinforcement. For additional protection they have included over-molded hard PU knuckle protection and 4mm EVA foam padding on top of the hand, fingers and wrist, and a high finger bridge for protection on your two outer fingers. For comfort, they have integrated accordion stretch inserts on top of hand and fingers, pre-curved finger construction, and the Drystar waterproof breathable membrane.

Another solid batch of products from Alpinestars to complement their new run of redesigned boots and shoes.


Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves
Icon Justice Mesh & Touchscreen Gloves
Teknic Chicane Street Gloves Review

Monday, October 24

Sidi Motorcycle Boots 2012

For late 2011 and early 2012, Sidi is releasing a handful of new boots across a range of applications. In total, there are eight new models coming out and we're excited to see Sidi continuing to innovate and iterate on technologies that have worked in the past.

First, check out our Sidi Apex Boots Review:

Essentially a short version of the Sidi Vertigo Boots, the brand new Sidi Apex Boots provide solid protection and performance for a low-cut riding boot.

Next up, the brand new Sidi Tour Gore-Tex Boots Review:

Also available as the Sidi Tour Rain Boots (using a proprietary waterproof breathable membrane), the Sidi Tour Gore-Tex Boots are another waterproof sport touring boot option in the Sidi lineup. Offering excellent bang for the buck and solid functionality, the Tours will be another favorite in this realm of boots.

Next we have our Sidi Fusion Lei Boots Review:

The same in functionality as the men's version of the Fusion, the new Sidi Fusion Lei Boots are designed specifically for a woman's foot.

Last, check out our Sidi Livia Rain Boots Review:

An all new waterproof breathable sport touring and touring option from Sidi, the Sidi Livia Rain Boots are designed specifically for the ladies and packed with features and functionality.

Other new boots from Sidi for late 2011 are the Sidi Traffic Rain Boots, the Sidi Traffic Air Boots and the Sidi Vertigo Lei Boots, all of which you can expect to see video reviews in the coming weeks.


Sidi Fusion Boots Review
Sidi Clever Air Boots Review
Sidi Street Boots Review
Sidi ST Boots Review

Thursday, October 20

RevZilla's Favorite Fall Alpinestars Boots for 2011

New for Fall 2011, Alpinestars has dropped a bunch of new products on the moto world for each segment. They've done a particularly good job in releasing new Alpinestars Boots for this season which contained some immediate fan favorites. Whether you're ripping it down the race track or going out for a casual ride through the city, these boots provide you with the utmost protection possible while being extremely lightweight and stylish at the same time.

We'll start off with the Alpinestars S-MX 1 Boots Review:

The Alpinestars S-MX 1 Boots were considered stars of the 2011 Alpinestars street boot lineup. Compared to their predecessors, these are redesigned for comfort and performance while providing just as much protection as before. They are low profile, comfortable, and functional with a refreshed style in both black and white. There is a microfiber synthetic leather upper, a single Velcro strap tightener, and a YKK zipper and Velcro closure system. Additionally it has a 3D mesh liner, TPU ankle protector, and a TPU heel protector. There is a reinforced toe box, TPU shift pad, and an advanced rubber compound outsole, the same one they use on the SMX-5. These are a great new choice for the street rider, offering a good mix of protection and performance.

Next, our Alpinestars SMX-Plus Boots Review:

One of the main differences between the 2011 Alpinestars SMX-Plus Boots and the old version is the weight as the 2011 model is 0.6kg lighter than its predecessor. It has a slimmer, more ergonomic design along with less excessive hard parts that the older model contained. It has a dual compound replaceable TPU toe slider along with a redesigned high grip shift panel. There is a large asymmetrical accordion flex zone for ergonomic movement and a zipper connected to a stretch panel which accommodates a various range of calf sizes. There is TPU achilles impact protection, a moisture wicking comfort liner, and bubble mesh inside the shoe to create a micro-climate for comfort. The multi-link control system, a big step forward, limits the range of ankle movement, preventing very serious injuries. These boots are a big step forward over the previous version.

Last but not least is the Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boots Review:

The Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boots have continued to be a raving success over the past year or so. They come equipped with a full grain leather upper with lightweight fabric inserts and dual density lateral and medial ankle cups. The Drystar waterproof breathable membrane keeps all precipitation out while letting the foot breathe the lightweight textile panels allow for airflow. They are meant for all season riding in all weather conditions.

For each of their individual applications, these Alpinestars boots are some of our favorites for the upcoming riding season.


Alpinestars Boots: Fall 2011 Overview
Alpinestars SMX-Plus Race Boots Review
Alpinestars Spring 2011 Gear Overview
Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boot Review

Wednesday, October 19

Mobile Warming Jackets Overview

Coming out for Fall 2011, Mobile Warming is introducing five brand new jackets to their lineup, three for the men and two for the ladies. Known for creating heated skiing and golf gear, Mobile Warming brings their ultra-fine steel alloy fiber heating technology to their line of cold weather jackets. These jackets heat up through a portable power supply with four settings to heat up to anywhere from 90 to 135 degrees, so whether you’re shoveling snow or riding long distances out in the cold, they will provide heat for up to ten hours depending on which temperature setting you are using. For now though, we’ll give you a quick overview of the new products, but stay tuned for our individual product blogs featuring video reviews of each of the new products.

Each product comes standard with three heating panels lined with steel alloy fiber elements and optimum placement with two panels on the chest and one on the back to provide a quick warm-up and even distribution of heat. They also have a Windshark 4-way stretch highly breathable, waterproof fabric which provides additional flexibility needed in active outdoor sports. Additional features on the jackets include adjustable hem drawcords and magnetic circuit breakers on the inside storm flaps which help prolong battery use if garment is taken off.

The jackets themselves have very few minor variations. For example, the Mobile Warming Silverpeak Jacket is the only jacket in the lineup which comes with a hood while the Mobile Warming Glasgow Jacket comes in a two tone form with an overall standard base color and a different color under the arms and down the sides of the jacket. The Mobile Warming Women's Cypress Jacket also comes in a two tone color form while both the Mobile Warming Classic Softshell Jacket and the Mobile Warming Women's Classic Softshell Jacket come in a single solid base color for example all black or all blue.

Also brand new for Fall 2011 is the Mobile Warming Longmen Shirt. The shirt comes with three heating panels lined with steel alloy fiber elements, two on chest and one on upper back and an antibacterial stretch material. It also has mesh side inserts and a ½ zipper front. Just like all the Jackets and other Mobile Warming products, the Longmen Shirt comes with a portable power supply with four different temperature settings that can heat up to 135 degrees and provide up to 10 hours of comfortable warmth.

Again, stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts for each of these new products containing detailed video breakdowns.


Tuesday, October 18

AGV RP60 Helmet Review

AGV has a new addition to their street helmet line with the AGV RP60 Helmet. With its open face design, this helmet is specifically designed for street riding with an old-school aesthetic. Cruisers will be happy with the newest offering from AGV, allowing the wind to hit their face on the open road. With AGV Helmets' history of creating great products, this lid will go head-to-head with something like the classically-styled Custom 500 from Bell.

Let's Check out the AGV RP60 Helmet

It is composed of an ACF fiberglass outer shell and only comes in one shell size. The interior is a sanitized Dry-Comfort material and everything inside is completely removable and washable. It comes standard with a transparent-tinted peak and the lid is equipped with snaps in the event that this is the direction that you want to go. Weighing in at a mere 960 grams, this will be lightweight and comfortable for those long rides on the open road.

To see other similar options, visit our Open Face & 3/4 Motorcycle Helmets section. 


Saturday, October 15

Safe & Enjoyable Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

Changing Seasons, Changing Gears 

We all know about changing gears on the bike. Up is “up”, and down is “down.” How about that riding skill called changing gears between your ears? Autumn is a great time for riding. Temperatures are moderate and, in many parts of the land, beautiful color tours await. But the change in seasons also brings some different riding conditions that may require some mental gear changes.

As the leaves change and the die-off of summer vegetation occurs, deer, found virtually everywhere in North America, begin to change their feeding habits and move about more. Likewise, it’s their breeding season and is accompanied by an increasing frenzy of activity. In the autumn, in many states, this is compounded by the fact of their being spooked by hunters. The end result is more movement, more activity, and a greater threat to you as a motorcyclist. Change gears and give more thought to the possibility of deer on the road - especially less traveled two-laners and during the post-dawn and pre-sunset hours. The same applies to areas where our even bigger antlered friends (Antelope, Elk, Moose) wander. Cover the brake and give increased heed to those “deer crossing” signs.

Reduced Daylight
Not only are the forest critters in the road more active around dawn and dusk but dawn is arriving later, and dusk much earlier. If you are a year round rider or commuter, chances are increasing that you will be riding in darkness. You may want to make sure that your motorcycle gear (and bike) is up to the challenge. Is your bike’s charging system performing correctly? Are all your lights working? Maybe it’s time to think again about that auxiliary lighting you’ve been looking at all Summer. Do your riding jacket or pants have reflective strips or panels? If not, why? Time to upgrade perhaps? You’ve been riding all year with sunglasses. What about your nighttime vision? Is the prescription for your glasses or contact lenses up to date?
Bridge Freezes Before Road Surface
We all know this sign or its cousin “Icy Conditions.” We’ve all scoffed at it throughout the warm weather riding season. Now it’s time to take serious heed. Especially in late afternoon, or early evening, as air temperatures fall toward the freezing mark, the ground can and does retain a great deal of warmth. But bridges and overpasses, completely surrounded by the chilled air, may not. The absolute worst is in light drizzle with temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees. The roadway may be simply wet. Bridges can be something far more challenging. And steel open grate bridges are the worst. It may be time to just go home! Also keep in mind that during the early morning hours underpasses can be treacherous when the sun warms the countryside but the underpass remains in the shade and overnight icing fails to melt. Caution is advised.

Focus on the Cold
When the temperature dips, we all feel it. Typically at 60mph you can add a 20 degree windchill to the ambient air temperature while riding. That means that you can go from comfy to cold in a hurry. Cold hands, feet or other parts or the body are just as bad as a poorly fitting piece of gear - they cause discomfort which leads to a loss of focus. Wearing the appropriate base layers, mid layers, shell and potentially heated gear will greatly improve your chances for riding fun and safety. Also, take into account elevation changes on longer rides and make an extra effort to check the forecast in the cooler temp ranges as a little rain can produce much more extreme riding conditions quickly, than similar conditions at more reasonable temps.

Wet Leaves
Ice isn’t the only slip and fall hazard. All those beautiful fall colors - the photogenic oranges, reds, and browns that cover the landscape eventually fall to the ground as winter begins to exert its hold. As often as not the leaves fall en mass as a rainstorm drives them from the trees and directly into your roadway! And wet leaves can be as slippery as ice! How do we protect ourselves? With the same methodologies we use to avoid nasty surprises like loose gravel or decreasing radius corners. Remember that it’s always heads up looking as far as possible into the turns and continue to practice what the Motorcycle Safety Foundation calls late apex cornering. You are less likely to run wide, have better visibility into the corner, and there is more margin for error if you simply practice braking a bit earlier, doing all your turning before the apex, and smoothly accelerating after the apex.

Riding into the autumn and into early winter brings some new challenges but they are all manageable if we just mentally change gears and adapt. Do so and you’ll enjoy another great season of motorcycling and you can always beef up your cold weather riding gear as well. Here’s hoping that everyone gets through the fall season without having to take evasive action on freezing or wet leaves to avoid a deer at sunset. Ride safe!

-Jack Broomall

Jack Broomall is a lifelong motorcyclist. His motorcycle adventures have taken him across the North American continent several times, to Alaska, the Alps, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. He is a member of the Iron Butt Association and also owns several motorcycle Land Speed Records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats where he is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. He has been known to do occasional restorations of his favorite bikes from the 1970s and enjoys track days as well.

Take a look at Bell Helmets, an Alpinestars jacket and a Dainese jacket for great winter riding choices. Also, don't miss RevZilla's Cold Weather Riding Gear guide for a multitude of choices for every riding style for winter.

Friday, October 14

Dainese Jerico Gore-Tex Gloves

Dainese introduces a new addition to their winter glove lineup with the Dainese Jerico Gore-Tex Gloves. With Dainese, you’re always going to get a great quality product which is also very stylish at the same time to give you the best of both safety and fashion. These gloves are extreme winter gloves so you are getting not only top of the line product that achieves very high standards of protection and performance, but at the same time, looks great and keeps your hands warm and safe while riding your bike in the cold.

Check out our Dainese Jerico Gore-Tex Gloves Review:

The Dainese Jerico Gore-Tex Gloves have an abrasion-resistant textile backhand, CowhideClarino fabric at the palm, and leather, clarino, and digital SuedeSpandex palm reinforcements. They come equipped with a covered carbon fiber main knuckle armor, hard part resin inserts on the finger joints, and Distortion Control Protection on the little finger. The main features that set these gloves apart from others are the Primoloft thermal insulation padding and the fact that the glove has a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane which is guaranteed for life.

Comfort wise the glove is full gauntlet and has a zipper that makes it easy to slip the glove on and off. Furthermore, the glove is constructed of an elasticated fabric material for the best fit and movement of the hand. There is a full waterproof gaiter under the gauntlet to use when riding through the rain or sleet. There is a single Velcro adjustment strap and a nice big pull tab that makes it easy to put on and take off the gloves. Overall, the Dainese Jerico Gore-Tex Gloves present a premium quality product built for extreme protection along with comfort and warmth that puts them at the top of Dainese’s winter gloves lineup.

To see our full selection, please visit our Motorcycle Gloves section.



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Thursday, October 13

Puma Sport Gloves Review

Puma has come out with a new addition to their glove line with the Puma Sport Gloves. Dainese's construction combined with Puma's creativity and swagger make these gloves one of a kind with their strong build and fashionable design. Puma is known for their taste in style while Dainese is known for creating well-built motorcycle products and with their combined efforts, we are ensured that these gloves will be of the most premium quality and will look good at the same time!

Check out our Puma Sport Gloves Review:

These gloves are a synthetic leather shell with foam inserts at the top of the gauntlet. The key features on these gloves are the carbon knuckle armor with elasticated panels and carbon fiber finger protectors to help keep you safe from potential abrasion. The gloves also feature a spandura fabric panel for additional comfort and mobility. Additionally they feature a synthetic leather palm with clarino panels and double reinforcement at the outer pinky. There is a single cuff gauntlet with a wrist adjuster strap for a precision fit. The pre-curved fingers will help reduce hand fatigue and the perforation in between the fingers flows a decent amount of air in the glove. The Puma Sport Gloves offer some of the finest motorcycle functionality mixed with the demonstrable style that Puma always delivers.

To view our full selection visit our Motorcycle Gloves section.

REV'IT! Raven Gloves Review
Icon Gloves Fall 2011 Preview
REV'IT Tarmac Gloves Review
Icon Sub Gloves Review

Wednesday, October 12

Puma Racing Gloves Review

Puma has come out with a new addition to their sport glove line with the Puma Racing Gloves. A combination of styling by Puma and manufacturing by Dainese, these gloves ensure that you are getting a top of the line product with an added swag factor in the Puma line of motorcycle gloves. Dainese is known for manufacturing high quality products and when you couple that with Puma's expertise in design, you're getting a high end glove which is as good as it gets in Puma's line of racing gloves.

Check out our Puma Racing Gloves Review:

The Puma Racing Gloves are a premium full grain leather shell with a full length gauntlet and plenty of protection features. The unique aspect of these gloves is the titanium main knuckle protector with on its own panel for flex, and the TPU distortion control pinky protection to allow you to take extra care of the outside of your hand, a common site of injury in a low-side crash. For additional protection, there are carbon fiber finger protectors, double reinforced leather panels and additional foam padding across the fingers. At the palm, reinforced full grain leather panels provide durability and a TPU protector shields from impact at the base of the hand. One more additional protective feature of these gloves is the leather outer pinky and hand reinforcements to further protect the base side of your hand. The Puma Racing Gloves have pre-curved fingers to reduce fatigue and punctuated leather at the inner sides of fingers to allow for perforation. The Puma Racing Gloves represent the pinnacle gloves of sport riding gloves within the Puma lineup.

To view similar options, visit our Motorcycle Race Gloves section.


Icon Overlord Long & Short Gloves Review
REV'IT! Summit & REV'IT! Summit H2O Gloves Review
Alpinestars GP Pro Race Gloves Review
REV'IT! Tarmac Gloves Review

Tuesday, October 11

Puma Leather Jacket Review

Dainese manufacturing meets Puma styling in Puma’s brand new Puma Leather Jacket. Combined with Dainese's quality and Puma's finesse, the Puma Leather Jacket is built for aggressive street, sport, and track riding to its core. This jacket is truly a hybrid of ingenious design and quality build that enables you to have a quality product that looks great at the same time. With an extremely high level of technicality thanks to the effort and attention to every comfort and protective detail put forth by Dainese, coupled with Puma branding, this is going to be a home run for a litany of sport riders out there.

 Check out our Puma Leather Jacket Review:

Built with premium leather as a second skin, this jacket is constructed to fit extremly ergonomically to help always maintain your focus on the road. The CE Rated elbow/forearm and shoulder armor along with the black anodized aluminum shoulder sliders ensure you’re fully protected whether you’re ripping it on the track or dragging knee in the twisties. Additionally the soft inserts in your upper chest offers additional impact protection and there is a pocket at the back for a CE rated protector. S1 stretch panels on the inside of the arms and at the back of your neck act allow airflow and flexibility for added comfort. Waist adjusters allow a cinched fit while the fixed mesh liner ensures all-day comfort.

Included in the jacket is a heavy duty waist zipper that allows you to the pair this to your favorite leather pants. With Dainese’s manufacturing and Puma’s styling, this is a top of the line jacket in Puma’s line of sport motorcycle gear.

To view more similar options, visit our Leather Motorcycle Jackets section. 


Dainese 2012 Leather Jackets Review
REV'IT Hawk Leather Jacket Review
Dainese Greyhound Leather Jacket Review

Monday, October 10

Alpinestars Monster Chase WP Jacket Review

Alpinestars has come out with a new limited edition jacket with the Alpinestars Monster Chase WP Jacket. It’s a one-time limited offer and won’t be in stock again once we run out. Alpinestars is known to make premium products to the highest degree and partnering with Monster Energy to make this jacket truly makes it one of the most unique multi-season textile options with stylish branding within the Alpinestars lineup.

Check out our review of the Alpinestars Monster Chase WP Jacket:

Built with a fixed 100% waterproof membrane and a removable full sleeved vertical quilted thermal liner, this limited edition Monster jacket is built for multi season riding to its core. In addition, there is a single thermal liner connection zipper for quicker disconnection and a clean look. For protection, this jacket comes with chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (upgradeable to Bionic armor) along with removable CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors. What really makes this jacket one of a kind though is the sleek embroidered Astars logos on shoulders, front central lower edge, and lower mid back, along with Monster Logos on both sleeves and large Alpinestars and Monster logos embroidered on the mid to upper back.
There is reflective piping on the front of the sleeve and outlining the back of shoulders along with neoprene collar and cuff comfort inserts. Comfort wise, this jacket is built with textile accordion panels on the back of shoulders for flex and a snug fit along with a pre-curved and multi panel sleeve construction. The high profile micro-fleeced collar ensures comfort in the neck area and there is a full-length waist connection zipper to pair this with your favorite AStars textile pants. All in, you're looking at an extremely unique sport jacket that we imagine will be flying off the shelves to all you Monster enthusiasts out there.

To view Alpinestars full jacket collection, visit our Alpinestars Jackets section. 

Dainese 2012 Leather Jackets

Thursday, October 6

Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves

Cortech has come out with a new addition to their racing glove line in the Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves. Cortech, usually known for creating good quality products, has managed to create high quality gloves with a very fierce look that will keep your hands well protected on the race track and look sharp at the same time. We see these gloves representing a tremendous value based on the amount of features that are all packed into an extremely reasonable price point.

Check out our Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves Review:

The Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves feature a cowhide backhand and gauntlet with perforated panels along with supple abrasion-resistant kangaroo leather in the palm for the ultimate in feel and protection. A feature that sets these gloves apart from the rest is the Knox SPS protectors on the palm to help protect leather from grinding against pavement and to protect the scaphoid bone which would hit the ground hard as you put your hands out in the event of a crash. Also included in the gloves’ design is abrasion resistant Superfabric material in the fingers, thumb, and over the ulna bone. Superfabric offers 5x the abrasion resistance of leather via the tiny laser-welded and heat-resistant ceramic plates.

Additionally, these gloves have a molded TPU knuckle protector that has built in flexibility for extra comfort and dual molded TPU wrist protectors for added protection. The inside of the glove is lined with Kevlar for added abrasion protection while soft padding covers the outside of the glove in addition to two layers of leather. There is also a dual gauntlet with a 360 degree full circumference wrist closure strap. Other features on these gloves include a pre-curved palm and fingers, flex panels in fingers to help reduce hand fatigue, and two additional layers of leather in areas requiring maximum protection. The Cortech Adrenaline II Gloves represent the top of the line in the Cortech sport glove lineup.

To check out other similar options, visit our Motorcycle Race Gloves section.


Icon Justice Mesh & Touchscreen Gloves Review
Teknic Chicane Street Gloves Review
New Cortech and Tourmaster Gloves Review

Wednesday, October 5

Alpinestars Scream Monster Leather Jacket Review

Alpinestars has a new addition to their street jacket line with the Alpinestars Scream Monster Leather Jacket. This jacket is designed for the typical city rider who also enjoys weekend riding. Alpinestars has a history of making great jackets and their manufacturing combined with Monster's standout branding makes this jacket a one of a kind, limited edition jacket that will not be re-stocked once it sells out.

Check out our review of the Alpinestars Scream Monster Leather Jacket:

With full grain leather construction and featured CE certified Bio Armor protectors, the Alpinestars Scream Monster is a blend of technical innovation and high levels of comfort in a fashionable design. Protection-wise, along with the full grain leather build and the Bio Armor protectors, this jacket comes equipped with external TPR shoulder protectors to offer additional shock protection in a critical impact area and chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding. In addition the snap connection system allows integration with the CE level 2 certified Bionic Race Back Protector, and the chest pads can be upgraded to the Bionic Chest Pads. For comfort, the Scream Monster features an inner mesh lining with stretch panel inserts that work with outer stretch zones for improved flexibility and a precision fit. Integrated aramidic stretch panels in the shoulders allow full range of movement for extra comfort and control while riding and also flow a decent amount of air. There are longitudinal underarm aramidic stretch panels for improved fit. The TPR neck flap and velcro closure provide a snug and comfortable fit at the collar. Also included is a d‐ring waist adjustment, allowing a tailored fit while the internal waist connection zipper allows attachment to your favorite AStars pants. The Alpinestars Scream Monster Leather Jacket combines Alpinestars technical expertise in manufacturing along with Monster’s flare and finesse to bring you a jacket that is both savvy and well-built amongst the Alpinestars street jacket line.

To check out more similar options, visit our Alpinestars Jackets section. 

Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review
Alpinestars GP Plus Leather Jacket Review
Alpinestars Carver Race Suit Review

Tuesday, October 4

Puma Sport Leather Race Suit Review

Puma has come out with their newest addition to their race suit lineup with the Puma Sport Leather Race Suit. With the dual branding of both Puma and Dainese, the Puma Sport Leather Race Suit is a hybrid of Dainese's excellent quality combined with Puma's stylistic finishing touch. Puma and Dainese's tag team effort in creating the Puma Sport Leather Race Suit ensure you're getting a product that's provides bang for the buck while looking sharp and offering premium protection and performance all at the same time.

Check out our Puma Sport Leather Race Suit Review:

The suit comes with a premium full grain leather second skin which enables the rider to keep their focus on the road. Puma and Dainese also ensure you are fully protected with the co-injected CE rated shoulder armor topped with blacked-out anodized aluminum shoulder sliders. Also included is CE rated armor in your elbow/forearm, knee, and shin areas. The suit also includes replaceable GP style knee sliders and a GP style speed hump for airflow and aerodynamics.

For comfort and mobility, the S1 stretch panels on the inside of the arms, down the front abdomen, and at the inside and back of the legs allow for flexibility and airflow. There are additional S1 stretch panels located on top of the neck and on back of the legs. Elasticated stretch panels can be found in multiple places within the suit whether under your arms or above your knees to allow for flexibility and mobility. In addition to that, there are foam inserts located along the tailbone and a reinforced seat for lower back comfort. Also included is a double zipper system along the calves and the inside of the legs, one to get in and out of the legs and the other to adjust the size to fit your calves along. This suit also features a completely removable and washable mesh comfort liner. There are Puma accents and logos located throughout the suit for a nice stylish touch. The combined efforts of Puma and Dainese make this one of the top race suits in Puma’s race suit lineup.

To view our full collection, visit our Motorcycle Race Suits section.


Puma Racing 1 Piece Race Suit
Dainese Aspide Race Suit Review
Alpinestars Carver Race Suit Review
Dainese Avro Race Suit Review

Monday, October 3

Puma Racing 1 Piece Race Suit Review

Brand new for 2011, Puma has released their Puma Racing 1 Piece Race Suit. Combined with Dainese engineering and Puma's style, this suit brings both flare and quality to the race suit market. Dainese has a long tradition of coming out with brand new suits featuring cutting edge technology; when you couple that that with Puma's savvy style, you get a standout new product that will appeal to fans of both brands.

Check out our Puma Racing 1 Piece Race Suit Review:

The premium full grain leather fits like a second skin enabling the rider to keep their focus on riding. The protection on this suit is as high quality as it gets with titanium and carbon fiber knee sliders and titanium and carbon fiber shoulder sliders. In addition to that, there is CE Rated armor covering your knees, shins, shoulders, elbows, and forearms. The GP-style knee pucks are what we see from Dainese on their high end suits and can be replaced. There is an added GP speed hump located on your upper back for aerodynamics and safety. For comfort there are elasticated panels located above the knees, behind the elbows, under the arms, and across the lower back for ease of mobility.

To further add to your comfort there are S1 stretch panels located throughout the suit for flexibility and airflow along with reinforcements along your tailbone for additional comfort when you sit down. There is a double zipper system along the calves and the inside of the legs, one to get in and out of the pants and the other to adjust the size to fit your calves. Other features include a removable washable mesh liner and Puma accents and logos located throughout the suit for a nice finished touch. All in all, pairing Puma’s styling with Dainese’s manufacturing results in the Puma Racing 1 Piece Race Suit being the high water mark within Puma’s race suit line.

To view more similar options, visit our Motorcycle Race Suits section.


Dainese Aspide Race Suit Review
Alpinestars Carver Race Suit Review
Dainese Avro Race Suit Review
Alpinestars GP Pro Race Suit Review

Saturday, October 1

Arai XD-4 Helmet

Coming soon, the Arai XD-4 Helmet will be replacing the industry-leading XD-3 in the dualsport and ADV market. We don't know a ton about this helmet yet and we have not had the chance to ride it yet, but we did get a sneak peek at EICMA this week and we can share some photos and info about the brand new Arai XD4 Helmet.

Notable improvements for the Arai XD 4 Helmet are improved ventilation with redesigned face vents and a venturi vent at the brow, adjustable cheek pads, a new visor system for improved visibility and a new locking shield for aerodynamics. Check out some candids below and stay tuned for our full detailed video review coming soon.

Stay tuned for more information about the Arai XD-4 and the Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet.


Selecting Winter Motorcycle Gloves - Nows The Time.

Labor Day has come and gone, here in the Northern tier the leaves are starting to change, and the resident weather gurus at RevZilla World Headquarters say that much cooler weather is definitely on the way. Time to dredge out those winter gloves you packed away last spring. And if they’re in the same sad shape as mine, then you may want to think about a new pair. OK, so you’re going to shop for new gloves. What should you look for? How do you decide? Like those five fingers on your (cold) hand, there are 5 things to consider when purchasing of winter gloves.

The main issue is keeping your pinkies warm. No? Make sure you pick a glove with insulation appropriate to your own winter riding conditions – winter to those of us here in the North is an entirely different animal than to you in Texas. And the commuter who only rides for an hour at a time has different needs that a touring rider who is out there for 500+ mile days! The thinnest and most efficient insulation materials today are synthetics with brand names like Thinsulate, Exkin, Thermolite. Look closely for all over insulation - the glove backs, the palms and even between the fingers. Gauntlet style gloves cover the gap between your glove and jacket at the wrist and keep those icy winds out. That's a good thing!

"Wet" is a given. (At least in our part of the world.)
Water resistance:
Here in the Northeast it’s been about the wettest year on record. In 2011, if you didn’t ride in the wet then you just didn’t ride much at all. Now that rain is going to get a lot colder and maybe even morph into (don’t say it!) s**w! Keeping your hands dry also keeps them warm. While inspecting winter gloves you will find several approaches to water-proofing. Textile gloves will sometimes utilize a water resistant outer like nylon and/or an inner waterproof-breathable membrane like Gore-Tex or Hipora which is both impermeable to water but breathable. The "breathability" factor allows you to sweat without getting eventually clammy and uncomfortable. Waterproof and breathable inner layers are also the strategy employed by most leather glove makers since leather outer shells are generally not waterproof by themselves. Whatever you prefer--leather or textile--you’re going to want to make sure they’re water tight as you head into the less desirable weather.

You’ve still got to control your bike. Remember what your MSF Instructor told you about a “light touch” on the controls. You want to make sure your new winter gloves afford you the necessary dexterity. Gloves need to be tight enough so as to not move around on your hand but loose enough to prevent constriction and the resultant numbness or pain. Take a close look at the fingers – too tight? Too loose? Too long or short? Heavier/thicker gloves may be a bit warmer but can you effectively modulate the brakes with one or two fingers? Also, remember that some leather gloves, unlike their textile counterparts, may require a “break-in.” And just one last thing to think about if you are tempted by those “lobster claw” or mitten type gloves that leave you looking like a cartoon character. Can you still effectively operate the controls and switch gear on your bike? When trying on gloves you may want to throw a leg over a bike and grab the handlebars for a test. As the glove gets thicker, pay special attention to the the crook between you thumb and index finger. How's that turn signal working for ya?

You don’t want to buy another set of winter gloves anytime soon, do you? Carefully check out candidates for features like double stitching and use of premium materials. Is there reinforcement in that heavily abused area between the thumb and index finger? How about the high wear areas of the palm of the glove or the edge of the cuff where you would pull the glove on and off?

Safety & Protection:
Winter riding may actually place an increased emphasis on safety features because there are just that many more riding conditions waiting to catch you. Think wet leaves or icy patches. Do the gloves that you are evaluating have protection over the knuckles? How about a cinching strap to retain the glove in the event of a “rider down?” We all know that leather may have abrasion and impact resistance slightly better than many textiles, especially in the heavier thicknesses. Of course reinforcement materials like Kevlar may provide many of the same benefits. Winter also brings along with it fewer hours of daylight. Gonna ride in the dark? Extra points to those gloves with reflective panels.Other things to think about are palm, pinky and mid-digital hard parts. It may seem overkill at times and add some cost, but the right level of protection in the midst of a get-off will make you a believer in that extra investment you made.

Cold. Wet. Dark. Winter's not for sissy riders. But with the correct gear, including the right gloves, it can be very rideable. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of winter gloves in the marketplace but by using these five evaluation criteria you can narrow the playing field a great deal. Make a selection that works for you and get out there and ride. Oh yes, with regard to color and style? You're on your own on that. Good luck.

Ride safe and don't forget to use RevZilla's 2011 Cold Weather Gear Guides to see our picks for the best available options this Fall riding season. Cold Weather Gear Guides

-Jack Broomall

Jack Broomall is a lifelong motorcyclist. His motorcycle adventures have taken him across the North American continent several times, to Alaska, the Alps, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. He is a member of the Iron Butt Association and also owns several motorcycle Land Speed Records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats where he is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. He has been known to do occasional restorations of his favorite bikes from the 1970s and enjoys track days as well.

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