RST TracTech one-piece suit, £399.99 (discontinued, replaced by TracTech Evo)
Time tested: Two years/2000 miles
What’s good? I threw myself up the track at somewhere between 60mph and 70mph and this suit remained intact. It’s not an expensive option at £400, but it did the job I required of it when absolutely needed. Until that point it had been a comfortable and reliable suit with a cut to suit my slightly podgy British physique rather than a lithe Italian, and also a more upright fit to suit road riding rather than someone who spends their life in the racing crouch. The colourscheme is also subtle, which can’t be said of its replacement, the TracTech Evo, which also promises a more race-derived cut to suit being tucked behind a screen.
What’s not? Nothing can make you invincible and the hard impact on my left elbow was enough to tear the skin and leave me needing four stitches, even though the suit stayed intact and did everything I could ask of it. The addition of hip armour would also be good, as I had a bruise or two in that region.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 5/5