I’m not the kind of guy to wear textiles, but when its freezing cold and lashing it down outside, you’d be stupid not to.
Leathers just don’t cut in in winter conditions and squeezing into a waterproof jacket just isn’t practical at the best of times. These are my first textiles from Richa, a middle-ground brand that does high-quality gear for a very reasonable price, and I was pleasantly impressed.
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The Infinity 2 Pro jacket is now in its second generation and has an improved fit that also enhances the laminated Aquashell Ltd PRO 2L outer layer, keeping you perfectly dry even in torrential rain, and the wind resistance is top-notch.
I thought the fit was great; although a little long in the arms for me, it fitted perfectly everywhere else. The Velcro straps on the arms and torso sides are perfect for nipping up the jacket for a snugger fit or loosening for a baggier feel.
The pockets are large and well positioned with a zip and press button cover, so nothing is going to slip out or get wet. The detachable thermal lining and in-built zipper-controlled ventilation gives you all the options to control the temperature as the seasons change, and they’re all fully waterproofed to keep the rain out.
D3O shoulder, elbow and back protection is fitted in the jacket as standard, and the soft-finish neoprene collar and cuffs ensures the jackets is comfortable.
Available in sizes S-12XL.
It can be connected to the bike trousers with the short zipper at the back, but I rode with mine unzipped so I could take off the jacket easily. The trousers present the same qualities as the jacket: waterproof, windproof, and zips for ventilation. The large zip at the back of the legs allows you to widen them for wearing over your boots, and the internal thermal layer is detachable for the warmer weather.
Two small pockets at the front of the trousers are made secure with zippers, extra-strong material is positioned across the bottom region for reinforcement and grip on the saddle, and reflective strips are in place for extra visibility during night-time riding. Available in sizes S-6XL.
Winter riding gloves never provide the best feel and unfortunately these Richa Artic Gore-Tex gloves didn’t break the mould. On the flipside, I did want extra-warm hands, and yes, I had extra warm hands – so I guess as far are Richa is concerned, it’s a job well done.
They are so comfortable, thick, and padded with a fleece lining but that unfortunately means less feel; I guess that’s just one of life’s compromises. With D30 knuckle protection, you can trust that your own hands are in safe hands. They are available in sizes S-4XL.
Tested by: Tim Neave
Time: one day
Price: Jacket – £329.99; Trousers – £289.99; Gloves – £99.99
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