How to Choose Best Motorcycle Rain Gear

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You have your sweet ride and your jacket, and you have already had some great, memorable rides. Now that the seasons are changing, and the rain is coming, it is time to have a look at some wet weather gear. It is never fun to get rained on while you are out for a ride. This post will help you pick out the best motorcycle wet weather pants and jackets for the conditions where you live. Make sure you have a look at wicked stock for all the best products. What are Different Types of Rain Gear? Let’s get started! First off, I will take you through the two main ways to stay dry on your ride. We have rain proofing and rain gear. Exciting stuff! Rain Proofing: We call it rain proofing or water proofing when you have a material such as rubber or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) applied to your jacket, boots and pants. This will help keep the water from being absorbed into the material. This means you stay dry all the time. Handy if you are caught in an unexpected shower. It does mean that you would have to get all your riding gear done or be stuck having only the one water proof set. That can be a bit on the costly side because let’s be honest, what serious rider has only one set of gear? Rain Gear: Rain gear goes over what you are wearing. Using Durable Water Repellant (DWR) fabric, it offers you the best rain protection. Water proofing often gets faults in the seams, and this lets in water. Rain gear has the advantage of sealing the stitching to give maximum rain protection. You get to choose which outfit you are going to take on the ride and wear it until the rain starts. On the down side you must store the rain gear on the motorcycle so it will take up room. If the rain is heavy, you could be soaked before you find a place to stop! Some of the Rain Gear You Could Get Now I am going to take you through some of the products you can buy on wicked stock. These are things like: rain proof motorcycle jackets, rain proof motorcycle pants, and one and two-piece rain proof motorcycle gear. Rain proof motorcycle jackets, and rain proof motorcycle pants, slip easily over your current gear, be it leather or mesh. They come in all sizes and have Hi-Viz paneling, so you are seen in the down pour. We all know that the only thing more dangerous than the conditions are the other drivers who may not see bikers in dim light. The other great option is to get a rain suit. These come in one piece and two pieces. The one-piece fits right over you just like a jump suit or onesie. Pull over get it on and stay dry. The two-piece is a jacket and pants, you get to have them matching, it needs to look good. […]

How Many Motorcycle Jackets Should I Own?

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You never forget the first motorcycle jacket that you buy. It is the part of becoming a motorcyclist that is a special moment, when you put on your road armor and ride into the sunset. While researching the endless number of jackets you can choose from such as winter motorcycle jackets, textile motorcycle jackets, and even the all-time classic leather motorcycle jacket you’ll find that they all have pros and cons. Some are better than others when dealing with certain riding conditions and weather. The other big factor is what style you’re after, no point in having a sweet ride if you can’t rock the looks. So, the question is, if you want one jacket but like the makings of another- is it worth buying both? The short answer is yes. Environments change, trends change, and so do people. You could find yourself totally digging your mesh motorcycle jacket but realize that it may not be the best option for the biome you live in depending on weather or temperature. This is because the mesh style jacket has been designed for warm weather. It lets air flow around your body and helps to keep you cool. If you are hitting the frosty climate then try our leather motorcycle jackets. This doesn’t mean you can’t rock your mesh motorcycle jacket, it would just be a good idea to keep a second jacket around more built for the area you’re riding in. Our four-season motorcycle jackets would be very enticing choice. Let’s be honest we all have more than one shirt, or pair of pants. So why not riding jackets?  We have a wide range of all-rounder motorcycle jackets. Whether it be our leather jackets or textile jackets, it is not just a fashion statement, we use at least 1.2mm thick leather and scientifically designed fibers which help absorb impacts and take the brunt of scrapping. Having one of our motorcycle jackets for nightly joy-rides, another for high speeds, and another for colder weather will cover your bases and you will always feel prepared. Which Jacket Should I Buy? With the world’s knowledge and spread of material, there are plenty of different jackets to choose from. Most jackets are pretty sturdy so that’s not an issue but past that you are left with many more questions. Should you go for a heavy duty motorcycle jacket? Or rather a Hi-Viz motorcycle jackets? What are the pros and cons of each? Hi-Viz Jacket: Pros: The pros of a Hi-Viz motorcycle jacket include aspects such as being highly visible, we don’t often think about it but as riders we are safest when we can be seen. Cons: It is not having the same level of protection as maybe a leather jacket would have due to thickness. Hi-Viz sticks out, reflecting light back to other drivers. It is not the coolest look. When we think of a rider it is that sexy, sleek look. Hi-Viz is not always that look. Textile Jacket: Pros: Textile motorcycle jackets […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Selecting a Motorcycle Jacket

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If you’re new to riding motorcycles, it’s important to get the right gear to wear. Spending thousands of dollars on a good motorcycle means nothing if you skimp out on quality equipment to go with it. One of the most important to choose is the Motorcycle Jacket. There are certain things to look for in a good jacket. One of the things to consider is the fit of the jacket. It should feel snug enough that the armor is hitting in the right places and loose enough for you to move comfortably. It should not feel loose like casual wear since its purpose is to protect you in a fall or crash. Another item to consider is the type of riding you are going to do as well as how much riding you will be doing. These decisions will play into the kind of jacket you’ll need to select. Leather Motorcycle Jackets The Leather Motorcycle Jacket is the traditional choice because of its ability to protect riders. Leather is highly abrasion resistant and to an extent water resistant as well. So, if you see a manufacturer saying that a leather jacket is waterproof, you are being misled. The water will eventually seep down into the coat. Abrasion resistance really comes down to the thickness of leather and quality of stitching at seams. The thicker the leather the better the protection it provides, and of course good quality stitching is the other half of the equation. However, thick leather jackets have their negatives. Since they are heavier than other textiles, a rider can become tired from riding faster. They can also make you feel warm and sweaty during summer if they don’t have good venting. But leather due to its natural quality of resisting wind and cold becomes the best choice for making the Winter Motorcycle Jackets. Leather Racing Jackets The thrill of motorcycle racing does come with the dangers associated with the sport if you are not adequately dressed. Therefore, the Leather Racing Jacket a race track rider needs must be thick and should fit like a second skin. Ideally a Leather Race Jacket should be made from at least 1.2mm thick full grain cow or buffalo hide. A very good padding on knees, shoulders and back is a must. Enough venting to allow air flow for those hot track days is needed. A nice pre-curve in the Jacket chassis and sleeves will go a long way in providing the much-needed comfort while in the tucked in position. So, look for quality thick leather and snug fitting precurved Leather Race Jacket if you plan to hit the track.   Mesh Motorcycle Jackets These jackets are Summer Motorcycle Jackets and are the most inexpensive in the market, but they provide the least amount of protection. They are worn in the summer because they are ventilated, cooling down the rider. There are leather jackets that have mesh inserts to cool down the rider that offer more protection than a completely mesh version. […]

Fun with Motorcycles, For Style, Power, And Protection

 Indulging in one of your favourite pastimes – motorbike racing should be a reflection of your class, a lifestyle of luxury, an expression of power, and most importantly, should be a safe experience. Leather racing jackets are your riding accessories of choice when it comes to achieving the exhilarating and safe riding experience that you crave so much. They are a reflection of your riding prowess, an avenue to express your creativity and thrill your fans, and also a means of making a fashion statement. Choosing good leather racing jackets could be an arduous task especially for beginners but it surely is not rocket science.   What You Should Look Out For The following tips will be valuable for making the right choice that will guarantee an overall interesting experience and one that will give you real value for your money:   Decide The Type Of Jacket That Best Suits Your Riding Style   This is inarguably one of the most important decisions that you need to make. You have to decide whether you want a one-piece jacket or the two-piece options.   The one-piece jacket is designed to cling closely to your skin in a tight fit. It does not flap due to wind pressure while you ride. If you are the kind of rider that appreciates high speed as an expression of your riding power, then you might consider purchasing one-piece jackets.   Two-piece riding suits have the jacket and fitting pants. They are mostly suitable for casual riding which may not involve high-speed revving. They also offer more flexibility as you will be able to replace your jacket with a piece of everyday clothing when you arrive your destination. They are also designed to provide more storage space and pockets for storing electronic gadgets or documents.     Consider Quality Finishing And Craftsmanship   Choosing a jacket with high-quality finishing and craftsmanship will ensure that you achieve your aim of standing out as a rider of class, and will also ensure that your jacket remains durable for a long period of time. You should pay attention to the seams. The seams are better inside the jacket so that they do not pose the extra danger of causing abrasion during accidents. The fewer the seams, the better. The chest or back parts of a good jacket are better made with a single piece of material instead of many smaller pieces sewn together. This will increase the durability and stability of the jacket, and will also increase its capacity to protect you during an accident.   Another fitting worthy of mention are the zippers. They should be made of high quality materials which are resistant to corrosion. They can be made of plastic or metal and should be easy to open and close. It is also important to cover them with a piece of soft material to cushion whatever effects they may have during a crash.   Quality finishing and craftsmanship can also be reflected through streamlining. This will […]

Winning the races with Summer Motorcycle Jackets

Summer is a season of the year when the sun is usually hot. This is a period when riders need some good motorcycle jackets to help them win the races. During summer, a rider should not only look at the safety of the jacket but also the availability of the jacket to keep them cool.  You can’t win your races in the heat when putting on a jacket that makes you uncomfortable, especially a heavy winter jacket. A good summer riding jacket should always provide an extra padding that is a real lifesaver. Every rider would want to win their races, no rider would want to lose. Finding the right place for you to buy your motorcycle jacket is an absolute priority. The right material for your summer motorcycle jacket There are various quality and materials for motorcycle jackets available in the market, but choosing the best for summer is the most important thing because it will help you win your races. Riding your motorcycle under the sun is not an easy task as you have to sweat and get really tired.  Not all the materials are good for a rider during summer because of the hot scorching sun. The right material is: Textile: This is a fabric that is made from a mixture of polyester and nylon. Both Nylon and polyester are known to be light materials. This makes it lighter in terms of weight as compared to leather material.This is superb for you when riding during summer months because it offers good ventilation, although, during the winter, it might not be a good choice because it does not provide sufficient insulation.  Ventilation is always very important to any rider as it determines the draft and resistance hence the speeds. This makes textile the best material for the summer motorcycle jacket compared to lather although lather is more stylish. Essential Factors to Consider when purchasing the jacket Apart from the materials used in making the right ridding jacket that can help a rider to win their races, the following factors should also be considered when buying a motorcycle jacket: Safety: There are many risks associated with ridding and therefore your safety should always come first before buying any motorcycle jacket. A jacket that offers the highest level of protection, like from scratches that may result from abrasion is the best one. Also, there should be protective padding located in major body areas, such as the chest, arms, and the back. Also, consider reflectivity, this is so important especially if you are driving in the dark more frequently. Comfort: When you are wearing the wrong type of jacket while driving for a long period of time, then it is obvious that you will feel uncomfortable. The right kind of motorcycle jacket should provide enough air circulation, these can be possible only through the presence of vents. The jacket should be able to keep you cool when riding as this will help you even increase your speed as you will be […]

Leather racing jackets – Safety first, things to keep in mind

Racing is a sporting activity that is liked and admired by many but it has so many high-risks involved in it. The activity is very dangerous regardless of being stylish. It is very popular in all countries around the world. One thing you need to know is that at any given time when practicing this activity you may fall from your motorcycle maybe not just once but on several occasions. Therefore, you need to protect yourself when racing so as to avoid injuries by putting on a leather racing jacket. The leather racing jackets are highly recommended because they save the riders from potential injuries in case of fall or accident. Important features of the leather racing jacket The Leather racing jackets have some features that make them preferred by many racers. The leather used in making the racing jackets should be at least one millimeter thick. The thickness of the jacket is always important to the rider as it decides what protection it gives them. They are always designed to be streamlined for high-speed races. Their sleeves are always pre-curved so as to fit with the rider’s hunched racing position on their motorcycle. Also, the leather racing jackets are dropped back. This is important because it helps the wind out especially when the rider wants to lean ahead. Sometimes, there can be high winds that can be a hindrance to the rider and so disturbing because the winds will keep pushing the rider backward. Thus, results in losing the competition. In addition, a leather racing jacket needs to come with stuffing on its back and the chest. Also should have some good semi-rigid padding because this ensures that it is strong enough to give the much-needed protection. Again, since the rider is mostly exposed to the natural elements such as rain, it should be made of waterproof leather so that the rider can use them during rainy seasons without necessarily putting on a raincoat. The function of the leather racing jacket The essential and most important function of a leather racing jacket is to always ensure the safety of the racer or rider. The armor for a rider usually consists of a leather racing jacket, leather chaps, and gloves and not to forget the helmet. Among all of these indicated items, leather racing jackets are the most common ones not only because they protect the rider from cold but also act as a windbreaker. A leather racing jacket ought to have protective armor at the shoulders, backbone, and elbows. Also, it should have some kind of body armor that is either fixed inside the jacket or that is removable. Remember armor comes in different forms, which includes the thick foams, plastic covered compounds or the shock absorbing rubbers. Important factors to consider before buying a leather racing jacket A racer should also consider some important factors before buying just any type of a leather racing jacket. This is important because it will save them the cost of buying so […]

CE jacket – What is it and how to buy a CE jacket

  You might noticed the term “CE” which is a French phrase “Conformité Européene” and it means “European Conformity”. The term was firstly used as “EC Mark” and now it is officially replaced by “CE Marking” in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. CE Marking now is used in all EU official documents. All of this has to do with the European motorcycle safety standards. America has adopted these standards, but they are unofficial, but they are not required by law for street use. In contrast of America, to ride a motorcycle in Europe, you have to wear a protective apparel that meets these standards. The European Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 1989, requires any clothing or personal equipment sold to provide protection from injury for example motorcycle clothing, to comply with the relevant European Standard. To comply, the gear has to be independently tested and certified. The manufacturer is then issued with a CE label which shows the motorcycle clothing conforms to the relevant European standard. The clothing  or gear must carry a permanently attached CE label with the number of the Standard. The standard for motorcycle jacket, trousers and suits is CE EN 13595. Today, leather motorcycle clothing, which covers jackets, pants, and one-piece suits, are subject to specific types of destruction testing to determine their suitability. These tests include abrasion resistance, impact resistance to a sharp object, and burst strength. Therefore, if you see a label inside a leather jacket bearing a CE or AS mark, you know you are wearing the right jacket. Armor functions like a helmet for your body. Although a few brands of armor are capable of withstanding multiple impacts in the same spot, play it safe and replace any pads you land on in a serious crash. That’s especially true of back protectors, most of which are definitely single-impact pads – one hit and they are history. Armor consisting of padding bonded to a hard plastic shell should be replaced if the shell cracks on impact or wears through in a slide. One of the best jackets with CE jacket protection is the motorcycle four season textile race jacket CE protection. This jacket features a high-tech armor system with exterior polycarbonate protective shoulder armor in addition to under-the-liner 5pc CE certified back, shoulder and elbow armor. Abrasion resistant is 600D cordura with  4 zippered vents and a fully removable thermal liner which make it a truly four season jacket. The jacket is breathable, with windproof and waterproof 600D Cordura polyester outer shell. Equipped with removable CE hard armor impact protector elbow and shoulder and removable Level1 CE certified foam back pad. It has two adjustable waist straps for custom fir and it is guaranteed with original heavy duty zipper hardware.

Motorcycle leather pants – the safest alternative for bikers

It’s no secret that jeans are a popular choice of pants. In fact, statistics show they are the single most popular type of pants in the world. Worn by both men and women of all ages and backgrounds, jeans are synonymous with classic style and comfort. They were originally invented more than a century ago, and since then, they’ve only become more popular. But jeans have come a long ways over the years. Now, consumers can choose from a wide variety of jeans, including leather jeans. Leather jeans are exactly what they sound like: jeans are made of leather.  Leather is a durable material that’s made from processed animal hide. While cow’s hide is the most common material used in the construction of leather, other animal hides such as sheep, goat or deer may also be used.  Regardless, the fundamental characteristics of leather is that it’s made of animal hide, boasting a superior level of strength and durability when compared to other textile. Cotton, for instance, is a readily available material that’s frequently used to produce pants, shirts and other garments. The problem with cotton, however, is that it’s susceptible to damage. Whether it’s a cotton shirt, trousers, tank top, etc., it may damage under moderate stress. While leather isn’t immune to such damage, it’s certainly less likely to sustain damage that its cotton counterpart. This is why many people prefer for rugged “outdoor” use as opposed to cotton. Motorcycle pants are usually the piece of gear that the vast majority of riders choose not to wear. That’s because for a long time you were forced to either choose leather pants or a ballistic nylon that would look a little odd. Most people think jeans are enough protection, but that simply is not true. Jeans will get  shredded in just a couple feet of sliding on the pavement and offer no protection at all. Think about it, jeans are cotton, cotton Is very weak. Benefits of choosing leather jeans * leather jeans are designed to withstand the stress of everyday wear. Unless you’ve worn them before, you might be skeptical of whether or not leather jeans can hold up. Well they can – and leather jeans will likely offer you countless years of use without showing any signs of wear. * leather jeans have more “stretch” than traditional jeans. It’s also worth nothing that leather jeans have ability to stretch, more so than traditional jeans. With greater elasticity, you can move and bend without wearing about damaging your leather jeans. * leather jeans offer an exceptional level of comfort. Although rugged and durable, leather jeans are actually incredibly soft and comfortable to wear How to choose leather jeans -Choose leather jeans that are made of genuine, not fake/faux, leather. While it looks similar to the real thing, fake/faux leather lacks the strength, durability and softness of its genuine counterpart -One of the first things to consider when choosing leather pants is the cut. Just like jeans are available in different […]

Are Expensive Leather Motorcycle Jackets Really Better Than Low Cost Ones

Whether it’s for recreation or as a means of transportation, every motorcyclist knows the importance of protective gears. Motorcycle safety gears such as helmets, jackets, boots and gloves serve to protect the rider from serious injury in the event of an accident. Jackets are one of the most important motor cycle gears, serving as a protective covering for the shoulder, chest and back and the organs contained therein. What Features Make A Motorcycle Jacket High Quality? Body armour and thickness: When it comes to protective gear, you get what you pay for. Therefore, a cheap jacket is most likely to be of poor quality. Quality motorcycle jackets should have standard body armour padding covering the back, spine, shoulders, elbows and forearm. Low quality jackets are usually made with little to no armour in order to save cost. If safety is of paramount importance to you, then you should go for thick jackets of about 1.5mm. The thicker a jacket, the more likely it is to protect your skin from abrasion in the event of a crash.   Linings and Air vents: Liners are what gives Expensive motorcycle jackets usually have quality linings that keep the rider warm in cold seasons. The lining is often times removable to enable use of the jacket in warmer seasons. Motorcycle jackets usually contain zippered air vents on the chest, shoulder, back and under the arms which allows for airflow inside the gear in order to prevent excessive perspiration and heat exhaustion.   Fitting: Your motorcycle jacket should fit like a second skin without restricting your movement or ability to breathe normally. An overly large jacket will hike up during a slide leaving your skin exposed. An overly tight jacket can cut off blood circulation. It should be comfortable both when you’re standing and sitting.   Seams and Zippers: The seams of your leather jacket should be inside so as to avoid abrasion in the event of an accident. Also, the seams should be overlaid or triple stitched so they do not burst open on impact. The zippers should close and open easily, they should be covered with a flap to protect them from the elements and so they don’t pose an extra risk to the rider in an accident.   Fewer panels: The fewer panels that make up your jacket, the better. Smaller individual panels are likely to burst at the seams in an accident.         Why You Should Buy High Quality Leather Motorcycle Jackets. It makes sense that the fewer features on a jacket, the lesser it will cost. High quality motorcycle leather jackets are usually expensive for a number of reasons such as the features listed above. The following are reasons why you should consider going for high quality jackets. Protection: Although high quality leather is usually more expensive and heavier than low quality leather, it is made with the rider’s safety in mind. Visibility plays an important role in a rider’s safety as motorists may fail to notice motorcycles in […]

Leather Racing Jackets, Fashion or Necessity

Everyone knows that leather jackets have always and will for a long time continue to be a fashion staple. From our favourite celebrities to the biker next door, it would seem that everyone fancies a leather jacket. Leather jackets are favoured in fashion not just for their durability but the sophistication it gives the wearer.  In motorcycling spheres, it is worn to provide protection from abrasions in the event of an accident. So where exactly does a leather jacket fit in, the fashion world or the world of motorcyclists? 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Leather Jacket Buy quality. It’s true that in order to buy a quality leather jacket you may have to spend a little more money than you would if you opted for fake leather but real leather has a long life span. Whether your reasons for buying a leather jacket is fashion or motorcycling, always go for quality. Colour: When in doubt, go black. Black leather jackets go with every colour in your wardrobe but you don’t have to be limited to black. Brown leather jackets can also be worn instead of brown. Bikers should choose leather jackets with a reflective material as it can serve to protect against collision with motorists who may not see them driving in the dark. Comfort: Your leather jacket should fit like a glove and you should be comfortable wearing it. There’s no point spending good money to get a leather jacket and feel uncomfortable wearing it. Fitting is even more important when purchasing a leather jacket for cycling. A jacket that fits is less likely to hike up during a slide. Keep the shoulder length in mind as jackets with small shoulder lengths would restrict your movement. On the other hand, a shoulder length that is too big would look uneven on you and can be dangerous for riding. Also, keep in mind that good quality leather usually has higher armholes which allow the arms to move freely. This is specifically for buyers who intend to use their leather jackets for motorcycling. Your motorcycle jacket should have protective padding on the chest, back and arms. The padding on your jacket should also be elastic enough to distribute energy in the event of a crash. Leather jackets do not only protect from abrasion but from harsh weather conditions. Your leather jacket should not only offer you protection from rain (especially if you live in an area where it rains frequently) but breathability. Going for leather jackets with quilted interiors can provide additional warmth when riding in the cold. Length: The length of your jacket can play a major role in comfortability whilst driving. Mid-waist length is an ideal length for bikers as anything longer than this would hike up in your lap and make riding an unnecessarily arduous task.       Types of Leather   There are a variety of hide from which leather is made. Each one has its own characteristic, strengths and drawbacks. The common types […]