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1 Hel­met: HJC RPHA 10+ £299.99

www.ox­ford­prod­ I’ve used this HJC lid since May 2016. It’s very com­fort­able with a plush, soft lin­ing and it’s light too, which means long spells with the lid on aren’t a trauma, on the head at least. It vents well too so doesn’t mist up, with the help of a Pin­lock vi­sor in­sert. It’s pretty quiet but I do wear earplugs so it’s hard to say how quiet, though I have no is­sues with noise. My other, more-ex­pen­sive hel­mets have re­ally taken a back seat since the HJC joined the party. The RPHA 10+ has since been up­dated into the RPHA 11, which starts at £329.99

2 One-piece leathers: Held Ayana Not be­ing a big fan of one-piece leathers, I was a bit re­luc­tant to give these a try but I shouldn’t have wor­ried: they’re the best leathers I’ve ever worn. For an off-the-peg set, they fit just right and are so soft and flex­i­ble that they’re good to wear all day. Ide­ally I’d like more pock­ets but that’s not re­ally what a one-piece suit is de­signed for. The soft cuffs make get­ting gloves on a dod­dle and feel com­fort­ably snug on my wrists. There are plenty of vented ar­eas but I still get hot in them. This Ayana has now been re­placed by the Ayana 2 (£782.99).

3 Gloves: Knox Han­droid £199.99 A re­ally good pair of pro­tec­tive gloves with lots of safety fea­tures that, while not a spe­cific ladies glove, ac­tu­ally fit me. I found the Boa wrist-clos­ing sys­tem a bit fid­dly at first but it soon be­came sec­ond na­ture. I like the long gaunt­let style as this gives ex­tra pro­tec­tion for the wrist. They slip on nicely over my leathers but I do find that the Boa clo­sure can some­times get stuck in the cuff when try­ing to tuck them into a wider-sleeved jacket. They’ve soft­ened up nicely with wear yet still feel strong enough to save my hands and with the scaphoid pro­tec­tor on the palm, they won’t grip should the un­think­able hap­pen.

4 Boots: Sidi Ver­tigo Lady £249.99

www.sidis­e­ These mi­crofi­bre sports boots have an ex­tra bit of de­sign work on the side which hints at them be­ing a woman’s boot. There’s no com­pro­mise on pro­tec­tion with a shock-ab­sorb­ing heel cup, plus sturdy plas­tic shin and calf re­in­force­ment. I’ve worn these boots for about three years now and they’re re­ally hold­ing their shape, with min­i­mal wear on the soles. I do find them a tad tight across the toes so my feet hurt by the end of the day, but apart from that they work well and give plenty of feel for pos­i­tive gear chang­ing. Easy to find on­line for a lot less than the RRP. CARO­LINE BAR­RETT

“These re­ally are the best leathers I have ever owned”

Caz’s off-the-peg kit fits well and is pro­tec­tive

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