TRIED AND TESTED

Each month MCM fea­tures a range of gear that we’ve tested ex­ten­sively out on the road, to try and find the best-value prod­ucts on the mar­ket – so you can spend your hard earned cash with con­fi­dence.

Motorcycle Monthly - - Tried & Tested -

RST TracTech Evo R CE Jacket and Trousers RRP: (J) £319.99 (T) £229.99 // www.moto-di­rect.co.uk

RST has a rac­ing pedi­gree, sup­ply­ing the likes of Alex Lowes, Ian Hutchin­son and Conor Cum­mins to name but a few rac­ing stars. So it should know a thing or two about pro­duc­ing a set of leathers. The TracTech Evo R CE range is de­signed for the track day rider so safety, as al­ways, is para­mount. This range has achieved the high­est CE stan­dards – scor­ing an AAA rat­ing in tear strength, abra­sion re­sis­tance and seam strength. You would think to ac­quire this you would have to com­pro­mise on com­fort, but not so, as those clever peo­ple at RST have ably demon­strated.

You can get the RST TracTech Evo R CE in a one- or two-piece setup. I’ve tested the two-piece, as it’ll give me more ver­sa­til­ity. Af­ter all, I do more road miles than track days.

The jacket has been kit­ted out with level 2 CE ap­proved shoul­ders, back and el­bow ar­mour, with slid­ers on the shoul­ders and el­bows. I’ve been told the shoul­der slid­ers are sup­posed to de­flect en­ergy from a crash, which will help to pro­tect your col­lar bone. I’m in­tend­ing on not test­ing this the­ory. How­ever, it’s nice to know they’ve thought about it.

You would think that all the ar­mour and slid­ers would make this jacket as stiff as a board but they’ve in­cor­po­rated what’s called a four­way stretch the­ory. This equat­ing to some wellplaced stretchy ma­te­rial un­der the arms and in the mid­dle of the shoul­der blades com­bined with stretch pan­els which have been per­fo­rated, run­ning from the chest un­der and around the arms. Achiev­ing a great range of move­ment. If you’re un­lucky enough to get caught out in the rain you’ll need a wa­ter­proof.

It has a strik­ing fixed red liner which is very comfy. The in­side zip-up pocket is handy for stor­ing my wal­let and phone. There’s a fur­ther two zip-up pock­ets on the out­side, but I tend not to use them. The race col­lar and cuffs fit snugly and the cuffs have a zip and Vel­cro fas­ten­ers so you can eas­ily get the jacket on and se­cure them in place.

The back has a race hump where you can place your phone when us­ing RST’s Tractech app. I must ad­mit that I haven’t used this app just yet – how­ever I haven’t taken these leathers on the track yet ei­ther. But they have be­come my go-to leathers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the two-piece set is equipped with a max zip which means they can be at­tached to the trousers. These have the same tech­nol­ogy built into them as the jacket. They in­cor­po­rate the CE ap­proved ar­mour in the hips and knees and de­tach­able knee slid­ers all with the four-way stretch. They have two small zip pock­ets and fas­ten up with a zip and Vel­cro. When at­tached to the jacket they make for a se­cure and well-fit­ting suit.

They’re lined with the same strik­ing red liner which is used in the jacket. This al­lows for great free­dom of move­ment. The leather has been per­fo­rated in key ar­eas to al­low for a well­ven­ti­lated suit in the sum­mer and if you were to in­cor­po­rate a good base layer, they could be worn as the weather gets a lit­tle grot­tier too. At £549.98 for a full set of leathers and in­cor­po­rat­ing all these fea­tures, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bet­ter set in this price bracket.

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