‘It’s not like a space suit’
Hideout Hi-pro textile jacket £850 and trousers £650
Tester Rupert Paul Time used One year/5000 miles
What’s good? One look at the price tells you this suit belongs among the poshest winter protection gear, alongside Halvarsson and Rukka. I hasten to say I didn’t pay for it myself – I got it secondhand and asked Hideout to alter it to suit me (bigger diameter arms, smaller diameter legs) for £140.
It’s made from a breathable, Kevlar-weave outer material that repels water, and the seams are sealed after sewing or repairs. The whole thing feels soft and fairly light, so it’s easy to put on and very comfortable – you don’t feel like you’re clambering into a space suit.
It’s clearly been designed by people who ride bikes: cuffs fit over gloves, and you can do the cuff zips up with gloves on. The tailored, zip-together fit means it doesn’t catch the wind much. The trousers have leather on the bum. The body armour is comprehensive and high spec, and the tight-ish fit means the armour should actually stay in the right place in a crash.
Warmth is pretty good: I recently did 150 motorway miles at 7-9°C wearing just a T-shirt and shirt underneath. I was chilly but OK. Adding a body warmer makes all the difference.
What’s not? It’s very expensive – but MCN’S Adam Child, who commutes between Peterborough and Yorkshire, reckons Rukka make the best suits, and a Rukka Navigator jacket alone is £1000.
Zip All the zips are waterproof, and the pockets are easy to reach Patch Hideout patched and resealed a small hole in the knee as part of the alterations Popper Adjustable straps prevent flapping whether you have a woolly jumper or a T-shirt