The kit list with Justin Hayzelden episode 2 | Dan Sutherland discusses his favourite kit for sportsbike riding

Welcome to the kit list with MCN Products Editor, Justin Hayzelden. In each episode, Justin sits down for a chat about bike kit with a different member of the MCN team. That might be the stuff they use day-to-day, the latest new kit they can’t wait to test or even the best of the gear they’ve used in previous years.

This time, it’s the turn of News Editor, Dan Sutherland to discus his favourite kit for riding sportsbikes – something he really enjoys doing.

Watch the video above and find Dan’s kit list broken down below…

Dan has extensively used the RST TracTech Evo 4 gloves over multiple 24-hour endurance races and countless summer rides, accruing around 20,000 miles. Despite some wear on the fingertips and minor fraying, these gloves continue to provide exceptional comfort and resilience. The large cuffs effortlessly accommodate the sleeves of various racing suits, ensuring a secure fit, too.

Pros

  • Extremely durable with years of heavy use
  • Large cuffs easily fit over suit sleeves
  • Consistently comfortable in extensive racing

Cons

  • Tendency to stain hands black in wet conditions
This Shoei helmet, used by professionals in MotoGP and BSB, became a favourite for Dan, particularly due to its superb fit for his head shape. The helmet combines high performance on the circuit with day-to-day civility. Its transition visor is a game-changer for varying light conditions, reducing the need to carry extra visors.

Read our full Shoei X-SPR Pro review from Michael Neeves

Pros

  • Exceptional comfort for various head shapes
  • Transition visor adapts quickly to changes in light
  • Effective at reducing wind noise and turbulence

Cons

  • Significant investment due to high cost
  • White colour shows dirt and insects prominently
Price: £37.49 (was £49.99)
Picked up for a mere ten pounds, Dan's bargain bin Weise waterproof jacket has proven invaluable. It's been a staple in his gear, providing an extra layer over his riding jacket or a quick waterproof solution during unexpected showers, with over 100,000 miles of use.

Although it's impossible to find the exact model any more, the Weise Stratus is a similar jacket in the current range.

Pros

  • If it's half as waterproof as Dan's Weise jacket, it'll be worth it

Cons

  • Not the exact model Dan picked up
Dan likes the Kriega R30 for its durability and ergonomic design, essential for his daily commute and weekend adventures. Despite having to replace it once due to wear on a shoulder strap, the bag's comfortable fastening system and waterproof design have made it indispensable.

Pros

  • Proven waterproof capability and robust build
  • Ergonomic design eases weight on shoulders
  • Excellent customer service with warranty claims

Cons

  • Premium price point may be a barrier
  • Straps can feel overly bulky when not riding
These boots have been a reliable year-round choice for Dan, offering both the sporty look he prefers and the practicality needed for commuting in all weather. The boots’ design allows them to be worn comfortably under textile gear, enhancing their utility.

Pros

  • Stylish, protective, and practical for daily wear
  • Remains waterproof in most conditions
  • Sleek enough to fit under various trouser styles

Cons

  • Costly initial investment
  • Begin to allow water ingress in extreme conditions
Price: £363.41 (was £399.99)
Dan regards these as his top choice for track riding due to their comfort and the protection they offer. They are exceptionally light and well-ventilated, which is crucial for long sessions on the track. The innovative fastening system also ensures a perfect fit.

Pros

  • Excellent fit and lightweight for all-day comfort
  • Superior ventilation suitable for hot track days
  • Robust protection ideal for high-speed environments

Cons

  • Not intended for casual or off-bike use
  • Squeaking noises when walking

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