Our man Dan is someone who chooses to live in his leathers and hadn't previously owned a full textile suit. He's now a textile convert and here's why.
As someone who chooses to live in his leathers until it’s no longer bearable, I have never previously owned a full textile suit. I’ve used light textile jackets with riding jeans in the summertime, but that’s about it.I have always been quite cynical about them; questioning the robustness and ability to keep me safe in the event of an accident.
However, after 7000-miles of commuting in all weathers, road tests and even a small 500-mile two-day tour of Wales, I am happy to say I’ve been converted.
Despite consisting of multiple layers, the suit feels light and comfortable both on and off the bike and the inclusion of CE-approved D3O armour at the knees, hips, elbows and shoulders (the back protector comes extra) means I feel safe and secure when I’m wearing it. Alongside this, the £159.99 Arrow jacket is one of the comfiest and best fitting I have ever used, of any material. It fits me bang on the money and I’m confident that when the warmer weather rolls around, it will continue to serve me well as a light, summer garment.
Elsewhere, the £199.99 Duke trousers are excellent at keeping my lower-half warm and dry – seeing me through wind, rain, hail and even the odd snow shower. I still prefer leathers though…
The only thing that lets this suit down is the jacket’s ability to keep me dry. The main single-layer zip closure system will leak water during heavier showers, which then absorbs into my clothes underneath. As such, I now wear a light raincoat over the top of it on longer journeys, where I can’t always predict the weather.
And here's another suit to consider.....
While Dan's been learning to love textiles, Oli's already a fan and here's his thoughts about the RST Blade II textile suit.
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