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.
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.