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Product Review: Held Spire two-piece leather suit (£549.99)

What’s good about the Held Spire two-piece leather suit?

Two-piece leather suits like this aren’t as common as they used to be, but there are benefits. They fit like a one-piece but give the flexibility to detach the jacket from the jeans, which comes in handy on trackdays or on days where you just want to ride in jacket and denim jeans. This Held suit is made from a good quality leather, has a snug fit and the jacket is long enough (just about) to wear separately from the trousers. The styling is subtle, there are no tricks or whistles like aerodynamic humps and the zip that connects jackets to trousers is chunky, easy to locate and easy to use. The service when I had trouble with a calf zip (see below) was speedy and reassuring.

And what’s not?

There are inherent impracticalities with a two-piece like this – no external pockets, no thermal lining for chilly days and the jacket will be too short to be worn separately by riders who are longer in the body. You also need to be similarly sized for jacket and jeans, as mismatched sizes aren’t available. The original zip on the right calf split permanently in the first 30 miles of use, but Held had it replaced with a stronger YKK item as a warranty repair. It also comes without kneesliders, which will cost £30 if you want Held ones. For general road use, a matching jacket and jeans would be more practical than a two-piece.

Time tested

Three months/1000 miles

Contact

www.held-uk.co.uk

Quality rating

4/5 

Value rating

3/5

 

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