Loop Earplugs Review

When it came to hearing protection, my attitude used to be a resounding “meh, whatever.” It’s not that I wasn’t concerned about hearing loss (although it’s likely that attending dozens of heavy metal concerts over the last 20+ years has probably left me totally screwed in that regard anyway), but that I couldn’t wrap my…

Winter Gear Essentials

Ah, the crisp chill of winter. For some motorcyclists, that means it’s time to pack it in for the year, and wait for things to thaw, usually in March or so. For the hardcore, the dedicated, or the slightly stupid (I’m easily all three), it means it’s time to enjoy some brisk rides. Windchill ain’t…

Alpinestars Banshee and Iria Women’s Leggings Review

Ah pants, the bane of my existence.  Riding pants are no different than everyday ones, in regards to it being almost impossible to find ones that fit.  I probably tried at least half a dozen pairs (purchased, tried, returned, repeat), before finding ones that are at least mostly great.  Some were too big, some too…

Alpinestars Gal Women’s Jacket Review

Jackets were difficult as a new rider.  I’m used to paper-thin women’s clothing, not well-made heavy leather.  My body is a little atypical from most women, as well.  I have a long torso, large shoulders, arms, and ribs, but small chest and midsection.  It was a challenge to find a jacket that could accommodate the…