With 4500 miles and five months of use under my belt with RST’s Blade II textile suit, here’s how I’ve been getting on with it.
This RST two-piece is sporty, stylish and affordable. It’s perhaps the lightest and most comfortable suit I’ve owned and is perfect for summer. Often textile trousers, even with thermal linings removed, get you a bit hot and sweaty but these are perfect for warm weather given how breathable the material is. Both jacket and trousers offer decent protection, with strong padding in all the areas you’d expect. The jacket even comes with a removable CE-approved back protector, which is a nice added extra for a reasonably-priced bit of kit. There are two adjusters on each arm, as well as around the waist, to find your perfect fit and there’s no fiddly zip to struggle with when you’ve got gloves on – just a Velcro strap. Despite the snug-fitting style, there’s plenty of room to fit gloves underneath the sleeves too.
The main outside zip is a little fiddly and I often get the waterproof protection between the inner and outer zips stuck in the outer zip when doing it up. I fear that one day I’m going to end up ripping it. While the jacket can withstand a shower, heavy rain seems to find its way through the front of the jacket, particularly towards the bottom and I’ve ended up with a soggy crotch with the trousers too.
Price Jacket £149.99, trousers £109.99