Summer’s here! One piece leathers buying guide
With the sun shining and the track (or road) beckoning, the time is right so why not treat yourself to a brand new set of one-piece leathers? Best you know what you’re getting yourself into...
£349.99 www.nevis.uk.com A cowhide leather suit with a polyester mesh lining for under £350. Nylon stretch panels are integrated for ease of movement and CE Approved level 1 protectors are included at the elbows, shoulders, knees and back protector.
There’s safety stitching in high risk zones, replacement knee sliders, extra hard shoulder protection on the outside and perforated leather zones for air flow. Not forgetting the racing hump for that real ‘racer’ look and feel.
£499.99 www.oxprod.com The RP-1 suit is made from full grain cowhide and has a removable mesh liner.
It has perforated leather for ventilation and CE armour on the elbows, knees and shoulders and pockets for a back protector, chest and hip protectors. Padding is also built into the coccyx area.
Stretch panels are placed throughout, with reinforced concertina leather in impact areas, neoprene at the neck and Aramid-reinforced stretch material in the non-impact areas. It comes with a two-year guarantee.
£899.99 www.held-uk.co.uk Tie my kangaroo leather suit down sport. Made from 40% kangaroo leather and 60% cowhide and with stretch leather panels at the knees, back and shoulders, the Slade suit is new from German clothing manufacturer Held. There’s all the usual stuff – breathable mesh lining, race hump, knee sliders, double stitching on critical seams and CE approved armour at the knee, shoulders and elbows – but there’s a bonus too. This suit is also available as part of Held’s ‘Made to Measure’ service and has titanium protectors on the shoulders, elbows and knees.
co.uk £399.95 www.spadaclothing.co.uk The Spada Curve suit is made from full grain drum dyed 1.2-1.4mm cowhide and has perforated panels to keep you cool. CE approved armour adorns the shoulders, elbows and knees.
There’s a race collar with neoprene for added comfort, an aerodynamic race hump, Airtex lining, elasticated stretch panels and double and triple-stitched critical seams.
The inner collar, cuffs and ankles are lined with soft fleece for comfort and there’s a two-way main zip.
Available in black, silver and white; black, red and white and black, blue and white and sizes 38-48.
Furygan Dark Apex
£599.99 www.nevis.uk.com Available in black and white colour options and made from full grain 1.4mm leather with aramid fibre reinforcement at the hips and on the seat.
There’s D30 armour on the shoulders, elbows and knees and the shoulders and elbows have thermoformed external shells with aluminium inserts.
It gets perforated panels, integral racing sleeves, neoprene inserts on the collar and wrists, a breathable and hypoallergenic cotton lining, removable knee sliders and a removable back hump.
Available in sizes 46-58 and racing underwear is available.
Alpinestars GP Tech leather suit
com £1599.99 www.alpinestars.com Made from cow and kangaroo, the GP Tech leather suit is the crème da la crème of Alpinestars suits for racing.
It gets reinforced stitching and there’s CE approved armour on the elbows, shoulders, knees and tibias. Alpinestars has developed ‘Dynamic Friction Shield’ external shoulder, elbow and knee sliders too.
There are perforations throughout the suit for airflow, pockets for chest protection and a snap connection system for a back protector too. Stretch panels are strategically positioned under the arms, shoulders, crotch and thigh areas and it has a washable and removable inner mesh liner.
RST Tractech Evo II
£449.99 www.rst-moto.com RST has added a number of new colour choices and improved the spec on its Tractech Evo suit for 2015. It’s made from 1.1-1.3mm cowhide leather and features double and triple-stitched seams in places at risk of ripping in the event of an accident.
There are sliders on the knees and shoulders and the suit comes with CE approved armour at the elbows, knees, shoulders and contains a CE Level 1 back protector as standard.
Of course, there is a race hump – which not only helps with aerodynamics but also helps protect your neck in a crash.
Available in size 40-54 and in black, white, blue, red, green, fluro green and fluro red.
£599.99 www.dainese.com The Racing suit is made from cowhide leather and has CE approved armour at the elbows, shoulders, hips and knees. The aptly-named suit features replaceable knee sliders, race hump and features elasticated fabric under the arms, backs of the knees and crotch area so you can move easily.
Available in sizes 44-64 in lots of colours – white, red and black, black, green and white.