TESTED ‘It’s my jacket of choice on sunny days’

Waist clo­sure The leather flap that closes over the base of the zip has a mag­netic clo­sure, which snaps shut.

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ca­pac­ity to carry tools, rags, spare gloves and gog­gles. The shoul­der straps are more akin to a har­ness, which means the fully loaded bag is easy to carry and never makes my shoul­ders ache. It also has a fully wa­ter­proof in­ter­nal pocket.

You could baulk at the £85 price tag for a ruck­sack, but this is an item that I ex­pect to last for years to come.


Shoei VFX-W £319.99 solid colour (£399.99 colours)

Tester Tim Thomp­son Time tested Three months What’s good? This beau­ti­fully made, top-ofthe-range Shoei is tar­geted at off-road riders who know what theyõre do­ing but it works for me too. Itõs in­cred­i­bly light (1270g in a medium) and has a wide open aper­ture that gives a to­tally un­clut­tered view, even un­der my nose. Best of all, itõs cool. As a novice I find even sim­ple dirt ma­noeu­vres hard work yet the com­bi­na­tion of 3D Max-dry liner and ef­fi­cient air flow at low speeds keeps my tem­per­a­ture un­der con­trol. The peak an­gle is eas­ily ad­justable and comes with ad­he­sive anti-glare stick­ers. Shoeiõs Emer­gency Quick Re­lease Sys­tem cheek­pads are re­as­sur­ing too.

It ac­cepts spec­ta­cles read­ily but is a lit­tle tighter on the tem­ples than a nor­mal medium Shoei.


Force­field Tor­nado neck warmer £24.99 Tester Time tested What’s good?

Andy Downes Three months/900 miles

This sim­ple-but-ef­fec­tive neck warmer has been hugely wel­come over the win­ter as a bril­liant way of keep­ing out the cold wind­blast while com­mut­ing in the worst of win­ter. Itõs com­fort­able, easy to use and stashes away in a pocket eas­ily when not in use. The breath­ing holes at the front pre­vent it get­ting damp with breath. If it does get wet it dries quickly.

Itõs not a fail­ure of the prod­uct but in hind­sight I wish IÕD cho­sen the bal­a­clava ver­sion as I think it would be eas­ier to keep in place when putting my lid on.


Tester Time tested What’s good? What’s not? Con­tact Dainese Striple Evo C2

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