Us-style tex­tile kit put to the test

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Icon Raiden DKR jacket and trousers £352.75 and £251.45

Tester Liam Marsden Time tested Six months/800 miles

What’s good? Who said tex­tile suits have to only come in black? US firm Icon are all too happy to pro­duce bright cloth­ing, and they haven’t left out their Raiden DKR range. The jacket is con­structed from hon­ey­comb rip­stop ma­te­rial with a lam­i­nated Hy­cor mem­brane, while the trousers are made from Hy­cor. They’ve both done an out­stand­ing job of keep­ing the worst of the Bri­tish rain out. The D3O ar­mour is well po­si­tioned and soft so it doesn’t dig in. The bright colours of the jacket mean I stand out in low light, and the jacket ma­te­rial is quite re­flec­tive as well. There’s a gog­gle wipe in­cluded in one of the jacket pock­ets which comes in handy for my specs. The col­lar on the jacket fea­tures a softer ma­te­rial which stops chaffing.

What’s not? In the depths of win­ter I had to wear so many lay­ers I could barely move, even with the liner fit­ted. In­stead of a full-length zip to con­nect the jacket and trouser there are just two pop­pers on the front of the trousers. That’s it. The clip on the left chest, which I think is for to hold the tube from a hy­dra­tion pack, catches on the Vel­cro sleeve ad­juster ev­ery time I lower my hand from fas­ten­ing my hel­met. Ev­ery time. Plus, the ma­te­rial sur­round­ing the full length zips is in­cred­i­bly stiff.

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Built-in gog­gle wipe comes in very handy for spec­ta­cle wear­ers

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