HELD CUSTOM FULL SPEED RACE SUIT
TESTED BY: Boothy MILES: 7,000 TIME: 2 years PRICE: £2,100 WEB: www.held-uk.co.uk
Never in my life had I ever done so many miles in a set of leathers without crashing. Normal procedure for me is to use leathers up, rather than wear them out. I’ve crashed many a time in a Held Slade suit which is their less expensive one-piece jobby, and that always performed admirably in a crash, so once I’d finished crying about lobbing my pride and joy down the road I had a good look around the more expensive Full Speed suit, to see how that fared. And it didn’t fare badly at all, really. As expected, it’s pretty scuffed in the areas that made contact with the floor, but none of the kangaroo leather has worn through. Some of the decorative stuff on the arms and legs didn’t make it, but I don’t think any of that would compromise the integrity of the suit. The only place desperate for a repair is the stretch panel at the back of the left knee, which has torn to expose the inner lining. And I didn’t get any bruises or grazes on my arms and legs, so all the padding and hard protection did what it was designed to do.