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Super Streetbike magazine reviews Forcefield Tornado Advance Shirt and Pants

10/05/2017 10:05:00

Great review from US publication, Super Streetbike magazine, on our Tornado Advance Shirt and Pants. Thanks to (our US distributor) for sending this over.

'I don’t wish to appear like a fair weather rider but few people genuinely enjoy riding in cold weather. It’s something we often need to do, so why not take some sensible precautions? After all, the chill factor of an 80mph wind even on a 50˚F day can chill you to the bones after a few miles, never mind when it’s even colder. There are plenty of options for summer riding, from mesh and perforated jackets to wicking and cooling undershirts (which we’ll analyze in a future review). For now, we’re going to look at motorcycle-specific thermal underwear from Forcefield.

Everybody knows the secret to combatting cold weather is to dress in layers. The layers trap air, which is heated by your body to warm you. However, when riding a motorcycle, you have cold, high-speed air entering your clothing, so a different tactic is required. One solution is to use windproof fabrics to prevent cold air entering. However, this has to be weighed against the need for air circulation and the problems associated with sweating once you come to a stop.

With all this in mind, Forcefield has developed its Tornado Advance long-sleeve shirt and pants, which are available in the US through

These garments provide the benefits of modern lightweight, anti-bacterial underwear with the thermal properties of Thermolite insulation plus the wind protection of the company’s Defender+ fabric. When you open the packaging, the thicker Defender+ fabric almost feels like thick paper. I actually reached inside to check I hadn’t missed any packaging. Placed only on the front of the garment (body and arms on the shirt, legs on the pants), this forward-facing fabric is wind-proof but also water-resistant and breathable. These properties alone make it ideal for winter riding, allowing it to help keep you dry if your jacket inevitably lets in water. The Defender+ fabric also has a microfleece lining for comfort and thermal properties. Everywhere else, both garments use Thermolite fabric. And, as the name suggests, it is both thermal and breathable (even when wet). Engineered with hollow-core fibers to trap air for greater insulation, it dries quickly and prevents bacteria build up caused by perspiration.

So that’s the theory – how does it work? The long-sleeve Tornado Advance shirt has a high neck with a zipper to aid slipping it over other layers, if you wish. Once on, both the shirt and pants are comfortable to wear and you don’t instantly overheat as you prepare to ride. In fact, it’s easy to doubt the thermal properties as they feel light and relatively cool to wear. Once on the bike, nothing really changes. You continue to be warm and comfortable. The shirt and pants do everything as advertised. They prevent the chilling wind from reaching your skin without restricting movement or overheating when you stop. Another advantage is the lightweight design means movement isn’t restricted at all. With no Defender+ fabric on the back of both garments, it allows the Thermolite material to wick away moisture and avoid sweating. Or perhaps it just dries so quickly (50% quicker than cotton) that you don’t ever notice you’re sweating.

With the great properties of these garments, I used the Forcefield Tornado Advance shirt and pants when hiking and found it just as comfortable, helping to regulate body temperature and not requiring you to wear extra bulky layers. For anybody who rides in cold weather, we definitely recommend the Forcefield Tornado Advance clothing. In fact, the range also includes a neck warmer, balaclava and gloves with the same thermal properties as described here. All are machine washable and lightweight to wear. We didn’t get to experience the clothing when riding in extremely cold weather but it worked well when evening temps dropped into the 40s. If you plan to ride in temperatures below these, we expect it to work equally well and allow you to remain vigilant in the saddle.'

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