Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit
Leathers, jackets & suits
15 February 2011 17:29
Hein-Gericke Voyage GTX suit, £730
Miles covered/time: 3000/four months
What’s good: I’ve been asking a lot of this suit. I’m wearing it for my 80-mile daily commute in all conditions on my KTM Duke 690R – a bike with no wind or weather protection whatsoever.
The suit has to do all the hard work to keep me dry and warm, and it’s delivered the goods on all counts. The Gore-Tex lining keeps me bone dry, the removable thermal lining keeps off the worst of the chill, even at sub-zero temperatures, and the outer shell buffets away bitter winds.
The detachable storm collar makes a very effective draught excluder for your neck, too. My size 54 suit is a perfect fit for a long-limbed six-footer like me, and especially snug with the jacket zipped to the trousers.
Pockets abound – I particularly like the fact that the deep breast-pocket tops are angled to make delving into them easier – and the two waterproof hip pockets will keep your mobile phone dry in a downpour.
All this plus comfortable CE armour in all the right places and a built-in CE back protector. I’d definitely recommend this suit to anyone planning to ride through winter.
What’s not: At £450 for the jacket and £280 for the trousers, it ain’t cheap. But let’s put this into context.
Overall, it’s nearly as good as the BMW Sreetguard suit I had a few years ago – in fact, in some ways it’s better and it certainly looks cooler. And you’ll only get £15 change out of a grand if you buy a Streetguard 3!
The only other thing to bear in mind is that, during an unseasonably warm October tour of Normandy, I was overheating drastically in the suit (despite removing all thermal linings). But it is sold as a dedicated winter suit and has to be treated as such.