The MicroFiber Shirt is made from a material that is slicker than cotton and doesn't bind up when you put on leathers or a jacket.
For motorcyclists there never seems to be a shortage of available gear to protect you from the elements. However, one problem that is rarely addressed by many manufacturers is what protects the body from all that leather and textile gear.
While riders often don cotton-based under-clothing, there are materials that are better suited for long days of two-wheel riding. Trying to find a suitable undergarment is more difficult than one would think. A regular cotton t-shirt absorbs sweat, but fails to release the moisture, which makes it a less than perfect choice.
At MotorcycleUSA, we're constantly on the lookout for innovative ideas that make our testing days more comfortable. RideHide Performance Gear offers a solution to first-layer performance problems. The Oaks, Pennsylvania-based company offers up a variety of gear that makes riding all styles of motorcycles more comfortable.
We tested the RideHide MicroFiber Tour Long Sleeve Shirt over the course of three weeks, in the dirt, cruising on a Harley-Davidson, and ripping through the hills of Southern Oregon on sportbikes, and in all situations the RH was the perfect undergarment solution.
The first time I used the RideHide Microfiber shirt was at the Harley-Davidson Street Rod press introduction a few weeks ago in San Diego. Sure, the weather was nice near the ocean, but once we took off for the hills near El Cajon, the temperature quickly dropped. The lightweight shirt offered up an extra level of warmth, but felt much lighter and unobtrusive than a regular cotton t-shirt.
The RideHide Microfiber Long Sleeve Shirt wicks away moisture and dries up to 80% quicker than cotton t-shirts.
RH claims the material is 50% lighter than traditional cotton and dries 80% quicker. I can vouch for both as the shirt is almost unnoticeable underneath a riding jacket. Was it dry? Absolutely. It was a cold day, but it didn't take long for me to test the aeration of the Ride Hide Microfiber shirt.
Two weeks ago we began the first stages of our 2005 Supersport test and the MicroFiber was the perfect garment to go underneath my leathers. Even in modest temperatures, a full set of leathers causes the body to sweat. The MicroFiber shirt wicked away the moisture and kept me comfortable all day long.
For sport riders, finding a shirt that doesn't bind up in the back and armpit areas is difficult. However, the MicroFiber shirt's slippery surface allows for easy removal and application under racing leathers.
The MicroFiber Tour LS is available in Black or white, in sizes medium through XXL, and retails for $25. We consider the shirt to be an absolute bargain compared to similar products. Some guys in the office like to wear X-Armor underneath their leathers at the track. However, choosing the top-of-the-line cold-weather shirt can run as much as $50. Considering the performance of the RideHide Performance shirt, it is phenomenal bargain.
RideHide also offers up the microfiber material-based shirts in short sleeve and sleeveless models, and also manufactures caps, gaiter caps, socks, fleece jackets, and glove liners. Check out the Ride Hide Performance Gear website.