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.