‘It’s great but you need a crystal ball’
Alpinestars Bogota Drystar jacket £249.99 and trousers £189.99
Tester Michael Guy Time tested Eight months/1750 miles
What’s good? If you’re looking to fit into the adventure riding scene this Alpinestars Bogota Drystar suit is a good place to start. Its pale colours, numerous pockets, multiple layers and features tick all the boxes. The design features three layers, the outer shell, an internal thermal layer and an internal waterproof layer to give you a jacket for all weather conditions. It also includes numerous vents and basic body armour. While it’s still not cheap it is a suit with lots of features, good warmth and proved 100% waterproof on a trip to Scotland.
What’s not? Personally, I don’t like the three-layer design. While it feels like you’re getting a lot for your money you need a crystal ball to predict what type of weather you will encounter on your travels. I found myself keeping the waterproof layer in, but removing the warmth layer and using a fleece top instead to keep warm. At the other end of the weather spectrum I used this suit on the launch of the Honda Africa Twin in South Africa and while the light colours were good in the heat, I found the small vents inadequate. Also, I wear a lot of Alpinestars kit, but found this suit comes up bigger than usual and I need the braces to hold my trousers up.
THE RIVAL RST Pro Series Adventure 2 jacket £249.99 & pants £199.99 Versatility is excellent thanks to a removable waterproof and breathable membrane and a zip-in thermal liner. www. rst-moto.com
Three layers Kept me warm on wet and cold rides, but it’s hard to know which layers to use in the UK.
Vents There aren’t enough and they aren’t big enough to have any meaningful cooling effect.
Neck strap The strap is quite big and if it’s too hot to have it done up it flaps around excessively.