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Top Summer Riding Gear

We all know how important it is to have the right gear on the road, but does your gear keep you cool in the summer months? Let’s face it – it’s HOT out there. All over the country, temps are through the roof, but we hope that’s not deterring you from taking your bike out. Check out our list of top summer riding gear that will keep you comfortable in the heat and give you no excuse to skip out on a summer ride.

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Harley Davidson Men’s Performance Wicking Tee

Every rider needs a great base layer and this shirt will keep you cool on the hottest riding days thanks to its wicking properties. This short-sleeved shirt won’t restrict your movement, making it ideal for long rides. It includes mesh siding to keep airflow moving and ensures breathability.

Rider Review: Great shirt breathable in hot weather conditions especially down here in the south where I live humidity is very high the wind blows through the shirt as you ride down the road on your motorcycle and the wicking material does what it says it does keep in the sweat from your body off the shirt great shirt for a great price thank you HD for developing a great product.
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REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket

This jacket is simple, yet effective, for keeping you cool and protected when temperatures rise. The impact areas of the jacket are made with abrasion-resistant polyester, but the front, back, and inner sleeves are made with breathable mesh to keep you cool while riding. The jacket has adjustable straps allowing you to get the perfect fit. The REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket comes in five colors: black, silver, green, blue, and brown.
Rider Review: This jacket has phenomenal airflow. I rode my bike from California to Texas in the summer heat and it kept me from overheating.
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Alpinestars SMX-1 Air v2 Gloves

We all know sweaty palms can be a pain while riding, but the Alpinestars SMX-1 Air v2 Gloves use a combination of leather and mesh to keep your hands both protected and cool on the road. This short cuff glove provides tons of airflow and the latest version has a new chassis with a redesigned cuff closure, padded fingers, and stretch material. The Air v2 gloves also include a touchscreen compatible fingertip for use with smartphones and GPS systems. These gloves are highly rated and come in four colors: black, red, white, and yellow.
Rider Review: My first pair of motorcycle gloves and they are amazing. Very breathable. Hands never sweat. Also very comfortable and stylish. Easy to put on and take off.
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REV’IT! Liquid Cooling Vest

The REV’IT! Liquid Cooling Vest is a game changer while taking a ride on a hot day. The vest uses Hyperkewl technology by absorbing and storing water, and then releasing it over time. This particular vest is designed to be used with a mesh or highly ventilated jacket, and will stay active for six hours (yeah, you heard that right). Six hours of beating the heat sounds good to us.

Rider Review: This vest makes my 100°+ desert commute a possibility.
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Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants

The Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants are an ideal choice on a hot summer day. These riding pants are made out of Armor-Link mesh and allow tons of airflow to keep your legs cool on your bike. These pants are waterproof, windproof, and have a three-position knee armor alignment system that will keep the pants comfortable for riders of all shapes and sizes.

Rider Review: These fit over a pair of shorts and once the bike gets moving it’s like I’m not wearing anything. These provide phenomenal airflow and are quite comfortable.

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HEAT-OUT Cool’R Helmet Liner

This helmet liner is designed to keep you cool on the hottest days. The Cool’R helmet liner is made out of material that moves moisture away from the body, extracting it into the air around you as it evaporates. This lightweight liner feels like a second skin and wicks perspiration with ease.

Rider Review: Always looking to stay cool under my helmet when riding and this helmet liner really helps! With summer here and the temps rising, the HEAT OUT Cool’R helmet liner certainly helps improve with its wicking action. Would recommend you give it a try

Don’t let a little heat keep you from riding. Pick up one or two of these items and you’ll be sure to stay cool on your next summer trip. Let us know your favorite summer riding gear in the comments below.


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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