Does the addition of the £150 thermal lining make a big improvement to our man James' Held suit?
This Held suit, with its removable Gore-Tex and thermal layers, is the real deal. It feels very well made and has kept me dry in our often-miserable British weather.
The inner Gore-Tex layer can be worn either inside or outside the jacket to help battle the elements and on warmer days it can be removed completely, so I don’t get too clammy.The liner has also saved me from a proper soaking on more than one occasion when I’ve worn it over the top of some of my other riding kit.
The thermal layers are sold separately and clip into the suit really easily. They keep the cold at bay and I even wear the thermal jacket off the bike, as it’s stylish, practical and perfect for chilly mornings.
There is also CE-approved armour at the knees, elbows and shoulders and a pocket for a back protector.
You’re looking at a hefty £1100 investment for this suit and it does have its slight niggles. The bulk is the main one for me. With all of the layers clipped-in I feel like the Michelin Man, and while I can still move, it feels restrictive. The hood on the thermal top can be slightly annoying too, and if you want to wear the thermal layer without the hood, there’s nowhere to stow it away - meaning it just flaps around.
The additional £147.98 for the Thermo layers will leave some feeling a bit salty, but it’s a very well-thought-out product and is a genuine four-season suit. The execution is just lacking a tiny bit.
Price £965.98 jacket & trousers. £147.98 thermal liners
So what about the competition?
Rukka offer a full range of premium textile suits and our chap, Simon, put the Armaxion jacket and trousers to the test. He found it perfect but pricey