"It’s pricey but this suit is top-notch – easily my number one choice when the temperature heads towards zero."
Rukka Armaxion Jacket £899.99 and trousers £649.99
Time tested 8000 miles/two-and-a-half years
It’s super-warm with the lining in but for me the best technology is in the outer shell which is made from Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer laminate and stops the water penetrating the material, instead causing it to run off. This shell is strengthened, where needed, by Armacor. The suit comes equipped with Rukka’s D30 Air armour, which is very light flexible and very comfortable.
The jacket and trousers can be zipped together, perfect for keeping wind and rain out on long journeys. The collar is made from soft neoprene so it is very comfortable. For seriously bad weather you can add the elastic Gore-Tex collar extension. There are plenty of adjustments and vents for fit and comfort. You get a plethora of pockets, too. All this comes with a five-year warranty for peace of mind.
The big elephant in the room is the price – although this is very good gear. If the weather gets particularly hot, there comes a point, even with all the vents open, it’s just too hot. It’s more for autumn, winter and spring than summer use.