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MCN survey results: Top 10 two-piece leathers

By Rob Hull -

Leathers, jackets & suits

 22 May 2009 10:00

Each week MCN prints the latest results from its MCN Biking Britain survey – results influenced by almost 12,000 readers who’ve told us what their favourite kit and bikes are. This week we’re looking at high-end two-piece leather suits.


 

1. Alpinestars RC1, £699.95
Made from 1.2-1.4mm full-grain leather, the RC1 tops our two-piece survey results. It has CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and knees, sport kneesliders, an aerodynamic back hump, a removable mesh liner and multi-stitched main seams.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  86%
Fit  86%
Looks  90%
Quality  90%
Overall  88%

 

2. Alpinestars Octane, £529.95
Alpinestars has patented the design of the Octane, a 1.2-1.4mm thick full-grain leather suit. It features a perforated front panel for better ventilation, stitched die-cut logos, CE armour and a pocket for a back protector.
OWNER RATING
Comfort  82%
Fit  84%
Looks  84%
Quality  90%
Overall  86%

 

3. Scott Venom, £410
This is the same leather suit that Scott produces for police force motorcyclists. It’s made from 1.2-1.4mm cowhide, has Knox CE armour at the shoulders, elbows and knees and also back protection. Scott will make you a made-to-measure version made for 30% more than this off-the-peg price.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  84%
Fit  88%
Looks  78%
Quality  92%
Overall  86%

 

4. Hideout Xtreme, £1050
The Xtreme is custom leathers specialist Hideout’s top of the range two-piece. It’s made from ultra-thick cowhide and Keprotech stretch panels. All the impact areas are CE armour protected and for an additional £410 you can get the suit made to measure at Hideout’s Saffron Walden HQ.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  78%
Fit  84%
Looks  74%
Quality  92%
Overall  86%

 

5. Hein Gericke Oxan II Sheltex, £499.98
Made from 1.2mm thick premium-grain cowhide that’s claimed water-resistant. The suit also has a membrane that’s claimed breathable, windproof and waterproof. It has a multiple main seam construction and CE armour fitted at the knees, elbows and shoulders.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  84%
Fit  80%
Looks  78%
Quality  92%
Overall  84%

 

6. Rev’it GT Corse Combi, £569.99
The 100% polyester lining in the GT Corse is removable from the full-grain cowhide main construction. It comes with plastic kneesliders, CE protectors at the shoulders, elbows and knees, multiple stitched main seams and a double leather bum.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  80%
Fit  80%
Looks  88%
Quality  86%
Overall  82%

 

7. Joe Rocket Speedmaster 5.0, £739.98
The two-piece Speedmaster suit is made from 1.2-1.4mm cowhide and has titanium reinforcements at the shoulders. There is CE-approved armour in the shoulders, elbows and knees, and mesh panels to improve ventilation. The liner is breathable, windproof and removable.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  80%
Fit  80%
Looks  82%
Quality  82%
Overall  82%

 

8. Aplinestars SP1, £599.95
The SP1 has been updated to include an aerodynamic, ventilated back hump and a 90-degree anatomical race fit. It’s made from 1.2-1.4mm cowhide, has removable CE-approved armour and all the main seams are multiple-stitched to stop the leather bursting on impact.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  78%
Fit  76%
Looks  82%
Quality  82%
Overall  80%

 

9. Joe Rocket GPX Type R, £649.99
With a main construction of 1.3-1.6mm leather, the Joe Rocket GPX Type R is a heavyweight two-piece. It has CE armour, a removable spine pad with a pocket for a back protector, windproof stretch panels on the sleeves, legs and crotch and ceramic-compound kneesliders.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  78%
Fit  76%
Looks  82%
Quality  82%
Overall  78%

 

10. Rev’it Replica Combi, £699.99
Derived from the Replica one-piece, the Replica Combi is a full-grain cowhide suit with a racing fit. It has dual-compound protectors at the shoulders, plastic kneesliders, CE armour and safety stitching. Panels on the back and front are ventilated, too.

OWNER RATING
Comfort  70%
Fit  74%
Looks  66%
Quality  76%
Overall  70%