Whether you’re one of the brave humans who layer up and ride through the winter or choose to hibernate during the cold months with your bike safely hooked up to a trickle charger, the longer, toastier days of summer are always welcomed. Still, while you’re stuck inside incessantly checking the weather for incoming warm fronts, you might as well get ready — and see if you need any new or improved riding gear
Warm weather riding gear can make the difference between a mediocre first ride of the season and a truly great one. Here’s some of the best gear you can grab now ahead of the nice days that are about to come.
Bell Eliminator Helmet
The vintage helmet style has been done to death at this point, but Bell has added a new twist: the Eliminator dips into Bell’s rich history of auto racing for inspiration.
Its old-school always-open venting is great for hot days — though if you get caught in the rain, you’ll definitely get wet. However, it’s hard to beat the Bell Eliminator’s bang for buck factor as it’s still a highly rated lid. Most importantly, it’s both DOT- and ECE-rated.
Dainese Bardo Perforated Jacket
Textile motorcycle jackets, while incredibly breathable, are an acquired taste. Leather jackets, on the other hand, ooze style — but aren’t exactly the first choice on a hot day’s ride. That is, unless, you pick up a perforated leather jacket like the Dainese Bardo, which provides protection, subtle style and airflow in abundance.
Rev’It Arch Gloves
The key to a good summer riding glove is a balance of protection and airflow. Rev’It employs the perfect amount of leather, mesh and neoprene in the right places to ensure comfort never encroaches on style — or vice versa.
Aether Ramble Pants
Aether’s reputation of designing products at the intersection of minimalism, functionality and style is top-notch –and exemplified by these pants. It’s not very often you find pants that can seamlessly transition from a commute through morning traffic to sitting in an office meeting.
Rokker Urban Racer Boots
You see a lot of motorcycle-style boots out there that broadcast timeless design…but back it up with absolutely no utility. Hand-made in Portugal, the Rokker Urban Racer Boots are real motorcycle boots; ankle, heel, and toe protection are expertly hidden under well-styled, water-repellant cow hide.