Weise Corsa RS jacket £199.99

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www.weise.co.uk WHEN I NEEDED a set of leathers for the Café Racer Cup last is­sue, the Weise Corsa RS jacket and trousers looked per­fect. Short and long zips join the two, mak­ing the jacket-and-jeans combo more ver­sa­tile and less bulky than a one-piece suit.

The jacket is a sturdy af­fair; ini­tially stiff thanks to thick cowhide leather, this soon soft­ened up. It has a mesh liner and comes with a zip-in sleeve­less ther­mal liner with two in­ter­nal pock­ets and two front zipped hand-warmer pock­ets.

The Corsa RS comes with CE shoul­der, el­bow and back ar­mour. There are zips and Vel­cro tabs at the cuffs, ad­justable Vel­cro tabs at the waist, and zip cov­ers top and bot­tom at the front. It comes in red, white or blue colour op­tions.

None of the leather pan­els are per­fo­rated and there are no vents, so it doesn’t breathe much. How­ever, a lit­tle room at the top of the zip gives some air­flow through the neo­prene-edged col­lar, while gloves in­side the large cuffs mean some air ingress there as well. On the track or the road it’s su­perb, es­pe­cially when used with the match­ing jeans. Zipped to­gether there’s no gap­ing, it fits me per­fectly and, once hun­kered down on my Suzuki SV650X, the rid­ing stance is nat­u­ral with­out nip­ping or trap­ping skin. There is light con­tact from the ar­mour — enough to be re­as­sur­ing but not an­noy­ing — and the back pro­tec­tor doesn’t ride up as on some jack­ets. Stretch pan­els at the shoul­ders mean the arms move eas­ily and com­fort­ably.

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