RST Paragon 2 textile suit review

By Matt Watkins -

Leathers, jackets & suits

 08 August 2011 10:05

Product: RST Paragon 2 textile two-piece suit

Price paid: Jacket £169.99, Pants £139.99

Score: 3/10

I ride a 75 mile round trip commute daily and opted to buy some waterproof textiles instead of leathers. I figured that if I would be riding in all weathers and seasons, an all round jack of all trades suit would be the best option.

So after reading the sales blurb and watching the sales video on the RST website I splashed out over £300 for what I thought was to be a bargain.

The suit has the following speciation: - 600D Polyester ‘Maxtex’ and 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell - Texland ‘Humax Z’ 8000-8000mm waterproof and breathable membrane - Detachable 150g heat sealed, quilted lining - 600D Polyester ‘Maxtex’ and 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell - Texland ‘Humax Z’ 8000-8000mm waterproof and breathable membrane - Detachable 150g heat sealed, quilted lining - RST ‘Contour’ plus CE approved back protector factory fitted as standard - RST ‘Contour’ plus CE approved armour to shoulders, elbows and knees - Removable zipped facemask - Adjustable waistband and arm adjusters - Front storm flap with waterproof zip - Scotchlite reflex panels and piping - Max zips used throughout including full 360 connection - Two Large front pockets and one rear - Jacket - Two front zipped pockets - Jean - Comfort stretch panels - Jean - Zipped intake and exhaust vents.

In the dry this is a fantastic suit. It is windproof and keeps the early morning chill off you. So much so that I have removed the insulated lining and I’m still nice and warm. The problems with this suit start when the heavens open.

This suit is sold as waterproof but after being caught out in a few summer showers, some light and some not so light, I can honestly say that a sieve will offer more protection against the rain.

The jacket leaks like you wouldn’t believe. Mainly through the front storm flap and waterproof zip whilst the pants must have a hole in the backside as I’ve had soaking wet undies every time it has rained.

I’ve tried various waterproofing sprays which I use for Gore-tex walking jackets but even these can’t stop the water from entering the jacket. Considering this is billed as RST’s top of the range touring jacket I would avoid it like the plague if you plan on a long distance ride.

I should have listened to others and visited my local HG shop and bought some Gore-Tex. As the saying goes, buy cheap and you buy twice or you get what you pay for.

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