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2017 RACE SUITS

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Ah, the venerable race suit! Young ‘uns reading this will no doubt have never known anything but superb kit, as over the last decade the humble one-piece suits available to us have leapt forwards in terms of protective technology.

Hands up who remembers never, ever wearing a track suit when riding on the road? True, way back when, the track-day barely existed and you had to really want a one-piece over the then-trusty jeans and leather jacket combo you’d see zapping about the streets. And they were relatively expensive until the early 1990s when the cheaper end of the market began to drive prices of the more exotic fare downwards, lucky for us!

Many of us here bought, for example, an Akito suit as their first. They were around £300 which back then was well priced, but still a heady outlay for the average rider. Many of them didn’t even come with Velcro for knee-sliders, and the in-built protection by today’s standards was just laughable. But you felt much safer wearing one regardless, and once you’ve gotten used to feeling like that it’s hard to go back in the other direction!

We’ve never had it better than right now, especially as the cheaper suits on the market present superb value for money with near cutting-edge technology. And if you can afford the best, then you really have a choice to make as there are some fantastic offerings available including inbuilt air-bags.

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