Matt's been putting this gore-tex jacket to the test over the last twelve months and ridden more than 3000 miles. Here's what he's learnt.
Richa have been slowly repositioning themselves as a top-end clothing brand and this fully-loaded, highly capable jacket is proof that they’re getting it right. It’s got all the kit you could want from a capable, high-end jacket. You’ve got a two and three-layer laminated Gore-Tex construction, a removable thermal liner, clever venting system, loads of adjustment in the torso and arms and decent-spec D30 armour.
All this translates into a jacket that has been useful and comfortable all year round. I’ve used it for
1000-mile day trips to Germany plus lots of commuting and tried it on every kind of bike. It works very well, doesn’t leak and is well ventilated.
One of the best features are the vents. The large mesh chest vents are secured by magnets which hold the flaps in place and allow a good flow of air, meaning it keeps you cool even on fully-faired bikes like a BMW K1600GT. The pockets are a decent size too, and though I was sceptical because they’re only secured by Velcro, they don’t leak.
There is very little to complain about. It comes with a back protector, which is CE level-1 approved but is too short to give 100% confidence. The sleeves could so with an inner-cuff to ward off drafts and I have worn warmer jackets, like my Dainese Stradon D1, but that is more expensive. It’s a decent buy.
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