Deciding on riding gear for a cross-country trip in early August is more challenging than one would think. Starting in Wisconsin—where late-summer humidity, rain, and mosquitoes can wreak havoc—I knew there’d be a mix of everything as we pointed west toward California. Uncharted waters ahead for me include South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana. and Utah, as our planned route carries us to Sturgis and Bonneville Speed Week.

After riding through the Mojave Desert and over Yosemite’s Tioga Pass in early July, I decided on a somewhat unorthodox ensemble.

Here’s a preview of some of the gear I’ll wear, with complete reviews of the clothing following a month or so of use.

Aether Apparel Mojave Jacket

Mojave Jacket
Ideal for heat, rain, and long-distance riding.Aether Apparel

Made from 100-percent heavy-duty weatherproof cotton canvas from Halley Stevensons to combat cold and rain, with a poly mesh liner in the torso area for breathability. Dual vertical zippers on the chest, arms, sleeves, and back provide airflow. Ventilated LP1 series D3O armor in the elbows and shoulder provide contoured protection, while CE-certified armor protects the back.

D3O armor
D3O armor, everywhere it needs to be and removable.Aether Apparel

Because I’m carrying a single key for the Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic plus a Scout GPS tracker, two front zippered compartments come in handy for safekeeping and quick access. Two front pockets are ideal for storing a wallet and other paperwork. A smartphone slots in and out easily in the interior zippered pocket. All told, the Mojave is a clever jacket providing ideal coverage, with simple snaps for ready access. Sleeve length is nice and long, and the torso length works well on the Harley.

Aether Apparel Mojave Jacket: $550
Colors: Dark Sand (testing), Graphite. Sizes: XS–XXL (testing L)

Fuel Bespoke Yellow Rodeo Gloves

Fuel Bespoke Gloves
Old-school design, new school technology.Fuel Bespoke

To complement the Fuel Sergeant waxed-cotton pants I’m wearing, I chose the Barcelona company’s Yellow Rodeo perforated gloves. The contour of the pre-curved fingers and thumb aligns well with my long fingers, and the PVC knuckle protection lands where it needs to.

The rodeo designation comes from the contoured suede palm panels, and the 100-percent cowhide construction. A simple Velcro strap keeps them snug. So far, for warm-weather riding these are the most comfortable gloves I’ve tried. Also available in brown for a few dollars more.

Fuel Bespoke Yellow Rodeo Gloves: $99
Sizes: S–XL (testing XL)

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