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Staff Picks: the Best Motorcycle Gear for This Season

Riding season is here, and moto gear is blending style and function more seamlessly than ever.

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Don’t let that last little blip on the doppler throw you — spring has sprung, big time. But before you unplug the battery tender and roll your two-wheeled steed out of the garage, make sure you’re kitted out properly.

Protective gear is stealthier than ever: jackets are fitted and sleek, riding jeans come in many different cuts and everything is blurring lines between tech and style. In short, there’s a ton of new gear out there to be excited for.

Jackets


Protection, Meet Style


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A motorcycle jacket should be a statement item, whether you’re on your bike or strolling into the office. Regardless of whether you prefer leather or textile, these two new releases nail the aesthetic.

Rev’It Sand Urban: $560
Aether Badlands Moto Jacket: $895

Pants


In Case You Put a Knee Down


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Moto pants used to be a tough category. There was no such thing as a stylish pair, so you’d end up wearing something like snow pants or finding out the hard way that 501s disintegrate pretty quickly in a skid.

Spidi Torpedo: $199
Saint Unbreakable 6 Jeans: $600

Gloves


Get a Grip


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Dexterity on the controls is key for finessing your bike through canyons, parking lots and everything between. These gloves offer supple leather and ample armor to keep you dialed in and safe along the way.

Alpinestars Highlands Gloves: $100
Klim Rambler Gloves: $70

Boots


From Pegs to Pavement


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Some riders want footwear that can transfer from pegs to pavement without sacrificing comfort or style. Others want something that will guard against the elements, because every day is a riding day. These are this season’s standouts.

Alpinestars J-8 Riding Shoe: $160
Rev’It Sport Pioneer Outdry: $400

Helmets


Precious Cargo


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Whether it’s retro style or an all-purpose lid, the helmet you choose needs to be comfortable and offer the utmost in protection. Both of these meet or exceed ECE 22.05 certification and tick every box along the way.

Hedon Heroine Racer Helmet: $790
Touratech Aventuro Mod Helmet: $750

Suits


Cape Sold Separately


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There is no better way to protect yourself on a motorcycle than with a one-piece riding suit. One here will make you look like the coolest Power Ranger ever. The other won’t — but it does slide on over whatever you want to wear that day.

Alpinestars Motegi V2: $1,000
Aerostich R3 Light Stealth: $1,177+

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