‘It’s great but you need a crystal ball’

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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.

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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.

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