INVENTORY 5 Warm-Weather Motorcycle Riding EssentialsHit the road in style and comfort and stay cool during your spring and summer rides.
- Words Iron & Air Staff
A warm-weather ride or road trip can feel like a never-ending cruise through Hell when you’re rocking gear made to combat the cold. To help you avoid that awful experience, we’ve collected a handful of versatile riding apparel and accessories that’ll keep your spring and summer rides from becoming a hot mess while still providing you with style and protection should an unavoidable mishap occur.
Sure, a black leather jacket is a cool, classic look while you ride. But it’s hard to feel cool when your body is an overheated puddle of sweat. Aether Apparel came up with a high-quality, lightweight fix.
Crafted with abrasion-resistant cotton canvas (in Dark Sand or Graphite) from storied U.K. brand Halley Stevensons, it’s lined with breathable poly mesh and packed with lots of ventilation opportunities in the chest, underarms, sleeves, and back for maximum cooling.
Extra crash protection comes in the form of removable D30 pads—a flexible material with elevated shock-absorbing properties—at the elbows, shoulders, and back.
Multiple zippered and snapped pockets—the back pouch is perfect for stashing gloves off the bike—will keep valuables safe while cruising, and donut snaps with thumb loops on the front opening make gloved manipulation a breeze. And a drop-tail hem paired with long sleeves give you full coverage when crouched on a motorcycle.
Pair it with the Mojave Motorcycle Pant for a full suit of hot weather–beating protection that is sturdy and stylish.Explore the AETHER Moto Collection
The TCX Staten Waterproof leather boot is a street-smart, tough Chelsea riding boot with an inside zip and protective features that’s comfortable as hell. They look great on the bike, and off. And yep, they’re waterproof. Urban rider dads, it’s time to saddle up.
With a nod to the traditional Chelsea-boot profile, the full-grain leather Staten Waterproof features a side stretch panel on the outside of the ankle, while the inside shank sports a seam-sealing zipper that keeps them snug on the bike. The Ortholite footbed breathes remarkably well; OrthoLite foam claims to compress less than 5 percent of its thickness over the lifetime of the footbed, so the cushioning, fit, comfort, and performance never change. The T-Dry membrane locks out moisture.
TCX claims the Staten Waterproof is made for “daily city use” but for us, the style is more casual than most sport riders tend to prefer.Learn More
A general rule: If you feel thirsty, you’re probably a little dehydrated already. And you’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget to take a few swigs of water to replenish liquids and electrolytes (i.e. essential minerals like potassium and sodium) lost during a long ride when the sun beats down on you and the wind pelts you head-on.
Go too long without replenishing your reserves and you can figuratively hit a wall: low energy, dizziness, and lack of concentration are just a few side effects of dehydration. None of these are ideal when you’re commanding a bike at any speed.
The Camelbak Classic Light — a lightweight, durable, and comfortable backpack — features reflective outer material, a secure outer zipper pocket, and a bladder that holds 70 ounces. Need more cargo space? Ditch the reservoir and you gain two liters of storage. And with Camelbak’s flexible tubing and easy to use “bite valve,” you can enjoy virtually hands-free refreshment even in a full-face helmet.Classic Light 70oz
Bike EXIF’s Chris Hunter loves this Portuguese-made modular helmet, especially in the “Latitude Sand” colorway. While it’s not amazingly light or quiet, the build quality is good considering the price. With three shell sizes available, the X.Vilitur has a very wide field of vision, breezy ventilation, a drop-down internal sun visor, and a ratchet-style chinstrap.Buy Now
For those days when it gets just a little too swampy in the nether regions, there’s the AETHER Mojave Motorcycle Pant. Made from 100% heavy duty breathable cotton canvas from Halley Stevensons®, it boasts a slim, straight fit with built-in knee articulation for comfort while riding. There are also breathable mesh pad pockets at the knee and hip, as well as an adjustable knee-pad pocket so you can adjust the placement to your liking. For storage there are zippered leg pockets, hand drop pockets, and back patch pockets. Pair it with the Mojave Motorcycle Jacket for a full suit. The Mojave Motorcycle Pant features the new, lighter, ventilated LP1 series D3O® armor at the knee and hip, all of which are CE-certified and completely removable.Explore the AETHER Moto Collection