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Ixon’s leather one-piece suit and a Bosch power screw-driver

pad­dock, I had to pick up my very own one-piece leather rac­ing suit last year. Since I would be rarely mak­ing use of it, and it was my first suit, I pur­chased the AGV Sport Bul­let suit. A year down, my bulges have re­duced a fair bit and we were lucky that Per­for­mance Rac­ing sent over a new leather one-piece in my size. This one how­ever was the Pul­sar Air by Ixon, the same guys who make suits for Mo­toGP rid­ers like Bradley Smith and Colin Ed­wards. The suit came in at the op­por­tune mo­ment as we were about to test out the new Du­cati Su­perS­port S and I thought what bet­ter way to break in the new leather than on a Du­cati!

Given that I have shed a few ki­los I was de­lighted to fit into a size 52 suit, my per­sonal suit size be­ing a 54. The pre-curved por­tions around the torso, legs, shoul­ders and sleeves fea­ture flex­i­ble leather. A good leather suit should not re­strict your move­ment too much and be soft and sup­ple in qual­ity. The cowhide used is ex­actly that as you are able to eas­ily move your limbs around with­out much ob­struc­tion, with the ob­vi­ous per­fo­ra­tion around the torso re­gion.

The fit is neat and com­pact and you do not have any ex­tra leather creases around the in­ner knee area when bend­ing your knee. The thighs and but­tocks get an added layer of leather for in­creased pro­tec­tion lev­els. The suit fea­tures a proper rac­ing leather col­lar but with a neo­prene roll for ex­tra com­fort. The slid­ers are of de­cent size and not too slim. You get CE rated ar­mour all around shoul­ders, el­bows and knees and there is a pro­vi­sion for a back pro­tec­tor.

Con­sid­er­ing the price point of `65,000, there are quite few suits which match up to the bang-for-buck fac­tor that the Ixon Pul­sar of­fers. The Mo­toGP de­rived suit has def­i­nitely been a mas­sive step up in terms of qual­ity and fit­ment for me and with that I aim to put my AGV Sport out for sale in the mar­ket. Tak­ers any­body?

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