Tested – BMW Rallye Suit

P90202778-highRes

The BMW Rallye suit receives the same attention to detail as the manufacturer’s bikes and it shows – it’s full of useful and practical features.

The Rallye is essentially a rugged and versatile textile suit designed to withstand the rigors of adventure/enduro riding and touring – the outer shell is made of water-repellent, breathable ProTech Wool, a new material which dries quickly and has superior thermal conduction properties, and this is mated to a carbon fibre finish which compresses the fabric for enhanced abrasion resistance.

The pants also have leather panels inside the knees for added grip for stand-up riding, as well as Kevlar stretch panels for a wide range of movement.

The inside also boasts many neat touches – there is a stretchy athletic mesh with spacer fabric to promote airflow, and the removable waterproof liners have three zones – Flow, Comfort and Shield – with different levels of breathability and waterproofing, as well as thin fleece in key areas (knees, seat, shoulders, neck).

Another key feature of the Rallye is CE-approved armor in the elbows, shoulders, back, hips and knees. There’s also a back protector, one of the biggest and thickest we’ve come across in a jacket, and the knee armor wraps fully around the sides and is height-adjustable. All of the armor is easily removable for those who prefer to wear an armored jersey under the jacket and/or knee braces.

As is usual with this style of suit, there is a huge range of vents, fit-adjustment straps and pockets, as well as two waterproof outer pockets and a back pocket for the optional two-litre water reservoir. And if the temperatures rises quickly the jacket can be converted into a vest by simply unzipping the sleeves – simple but effective.

Other neat touches include the plethora of reflective material, the easy-to-use 16-inch zip which connects the jacket to the pants, the rubber-covered buttons and the broken-in feel of the Cordura fabric.

4.5 stars

www.bmwmotorrad.co.uk

Jacket £550

Pants £435

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s