Rukka jacket/trousers (superseded, try Arma-S £1099/£769)
Miles covered/time: 15,000/five years
What’s good: Liner in, vents zipped up, winter rain… liner out, vents zipped open, summer sun… this truly is all-weather riding gear.
More than five years of almost daily use and my Rukka gear is still in great condition. It has never leaked and all the zips and fasteners have remained resolutely snag-free.
Comfort is excellent. The joy of this suit is in the materials and the detail. There’s Gore-Tex, Kevlar, a soft neoprene collar, the liner has Rukka’s Outlast insulation designed to regulate your temperature and there’s comfortable CE armour throughout.
There are also reflective patches and a generous number of waterproof outer pockets and secure inner pockets. The trousers are held up by braces (which amuse twanging colleagues) and can be zipped to the jacket for added security and draught-free comfort.
What’s not: The performance has been flawless, but the one fly in the ointment is the price. Rukka gear is scorchingly expensive, but is also very well made and reassuringly durable.
There are plenty of other firms out there making all-weather gear for much less money.