Product Review: Touratech Companero
Touratech Companero, £1750
Tester: Andy Davidson
Time used: Four months/6000 miles
What’s good? The Companero is actually two suits. The undersuit is for hot weather riding and is made from Cordura with integrated armour approved to the higher Level 2 of the CE standard. The outer suit is a thin waterproof Gore-Tex layer which you can zip to the undersuit when it gets cold and wet. The undersuit is a high-quality garment that’s robust, extremely well made and comfortable. Numerous fasteners and zips create the perfect fit and it remained snug for the entire 24 hours of the Hard Alpi Rally. Touratech say it works well in temperatures up to 40oC, which was perfect for the Hard Alpi. Despite the tough outer material, the jacket and trousers are breathable and let air pass straight through. The protection is top quality with hefty integrated back, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip and coccyx protector.
What’s not? The Gore-Tex outer jacket and trousers were too bulky to pack in the limited luggage space for on my Hard Alpi adventure, and there are no vents so it quickly gets sweaty when riding hard off-road. Instead, I took my old Alpinestars enduro jacket (see below) to give me cover in case it rained. Ideally both inner and outer suit could do with more pockets. The Companero isn’t suited to the British climate, as it’s just too much of a faff to deal with the need for a separate waterproof suit on a daily basis. The price tag is seriously hefty, too, so you’ve got to really want this suit to pay nearly £2k.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5