MCN's Deputy Editor Richard Newland tested Richa's Cyclone jacket and trousers (£399.99/£299.99) for 3 months and covered 3000 miles, but what did he make of the gear?
What’s good? This Cyclone suit has really impressed me as I piled on the miles over winter. It’s warm, comfortable, has been 100% waterproof so far, and cleans up well even when you let it get really filthy – which hasn’t been hard this winter.
As you’d expect, there’s a removable thermal liner inside which zips in to place, and has double cuff restraints to stop the arms coming out when yours do. The thermal layer is pleasingly devoid of bulk, but does add a decent degree of warmth. Once removed, the jacket and trousers are both still pleasantly warm.
At the elbows, shoulders and back there is Level 1 approved D3O impact protection, all of which is removable for washing. It all stays in place nicely, so you don’t get any ‘wandering’ of the protection while riding. The back protector can be upgraded to Level 2, if desired. Elsewhere the quality is equally high – the materials all look and feel highend, a fixed Gore-Tex layer is doing the hard work, and there’s quality YKK zips all round. After 3000 miles (an average biker’s yearly tally), almost exclusively in poor weather conditions, it still looks brand new.
What’s not? I wasn’t overly convinced by the supplied internal back protector, so I ditched it and wear a separate back protector instead. It does tend to hold on to water longer than you’d hope after a good soaking, too.
Quality: ★ ★ ★ ★
Value: ★ ★ ★ ★