Reader Jamie Clare re­veals the rid­ing kit he couldn’t live with­out

Jamie Clare needs kit to commute and tour in all weath­ers


“My old kit had got to the point where it was stop­ping me do­ing what I wanted to. I fan­cied a week-long tour­ing trip but did not want to sit in wet clothes for a week. I was look­ing for a re­ally nice lam­i­nated Gore-Tex suit and tried ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing brands like Klim, but that stuff is so ex­pen­sive: it was £1000 for the jacket alone! In the end, I set­tled for the Dainese and Alpines­tars com­bi­na­tion I have to­day.”

6 Alpines­tars Equinox Xtrafit Gore-Tex gloves £109.99

“They work well and keep my hands dry. The hard knuckle pro­tec­tion is good, too.”

3 Shoei GT-Air

£509.99 “I only paid £200 be­cause it was odd-stock from a seller on eBay. It’s got all the usual stuff: a Pin­lock and a sun vi­sor and the ven­ti­la­tion is pretty good.”

4 Drift Ghost HD

£249.99* “A cur­rent GoPro is be­tween £300 and £400 and still doesn’t do all of the stuff this does. The mem­ory is all on a card, so you can have as much mem­ory as you like.”

1 Dainese D-Cy­clone Gore-Tex jacket

£679.95 “It’s warm and wind­proof and doesn’t hold wa­ter like a sponge. It lacks a bit of ven­ti­la­tion.”

Alpines­tars Mis­sile trousers

£299.99 “These are very com­fort­able and sit well on the knees. The only prob­lem is that wa­ter gets in through the stretch pan­els.”

5 Day­tona Road Star GTX Wide boots

£399.99 “They’re ex­pen­sive, but they are mint. Be­ing real leather, they do tend to scuff a bit though.”

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