Now that’s a question and a half! There are loads to choose from, a lot with all the high-tech features you would need in a reliable motorcycle suit. Pondering this question of late, the answer that sprung to my mind was the Prime Jacket and Prince trouser from our Swedish friends at Halvarssons. First and foremost, Halvarssons are great for a few reasons. Perhaps the most important being that their focus primarily lies with the protection of motorcyclists, making them a brand to trust.
The Prince are, in our humble opinion, the jewels in the Halvarssons crown. As you’d expect, these pieces have got all the company’s top bells and whistles. Things like their Hi-Art abrasion-resistant backing in vulnerable areas, that increases the strength of the fabric by no less than 500%. That’s a lot.
On both the top and bottom halves, you get a Dryway Plus waterproof, windproof and breathable drop liner. As well as a removable Outlast and Thinsulate, temperature regulating liner. Obviously, there’s CE approved armour in the elbows, shoulders, knees and hips. There’s also a pocket for a back protector.
Both halves have generous air vents that will come in super handy when the temperature starts to rise. Both also have volume adjusters to stop the fabric from flapping at higher speeds. The top and bottom can attach one to the other, although we have to say that we are big supporters of the braces that are also supplied with the Prince pant. Braces are just brilliant. They make riding so much more comfortable. A neat feature on the jacket is a zip-in, hi-viz panel. The jacket also comes with a removable neck warmer, whilst on the trousers you get a non-slip leather panel on the seat. But that’s the technical stuff, and what we would have to admit is that there are quite a few suits out there that have a similar array of features.
What makes this particular combination so amazing, however, is the way it fits.
With its unique elasticated and adjustable side straps, the Prime jacket seems to fit perfectly a huge array of shape and sizes; from the most petite to the much less petite! The ladies’ version, called the Electra, delivers an equally flattering fit. Just about everybody looks good in it.
The other factor that helps bikers get a perfect fit is that both the male and the female pants come in a long leg and a short leg. There’s even a version with an extra short leg. The bottom line, as far as we’re concerned, is this. In the real world, this is a combination that is going to be the perfect suit for 90% of riders in 90% of situations. We don’t think there’s anything out there that offers the same level of performance, protection, practicality and, of course, comfort.
The nearest suit in terms of performance and functionality that we know of costs about 40% more, so we also think the Halvarssons combo. offers pretty amazing value for money. All of which might just explain why we think it’s the perfect two-piece riding suit.