What gear?

This year, I shall be mostly wearing….


Same as last year, these were a very self-indulgent purchase – custom fit, full-bells-and-whistles BKS leathers. They’ve been highsided and lowsided and are in great shape. I had some of the worst bits repaired after Cartagena, but they crash so well – the vast majority of the damage is always on the Titanium sliders. Excellent kit, but a fortune to buy. If I was to replace them, I’d probably go with Held custom fit.



I ran out of lids last year – I started wearing older ones but I crashed them all so I had to get a new one. Arai have changed the RX-7 quite dramatically this year and out of the box I was somewhere between small and medium where before I was a perfect medium. But Mr. Arai was at the NEC show and made a custom lining. What a helmet! Much better vision and ventilation, improved visor mechanisms, incredibly comfortable. Highly recommended and Arai do a good ACU discount.

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Held custom Titan Evo. I can’t see me ever wearing anything else, absolutely top kit. The quality of these gloves is excellent, I got to choose my colours and no more floppy thumb-ends. Crash exceptionally well but give superb feel. I’ve seen so many gloves split in crashes, I think there is a lot of junk out there.



TCX RS-2 boots. Couple of years old, they fit better than most and do a great job. Again, see no reason to replace them with anything different – and despite being crashed, it looks like the sole will wear out before anything breaks!

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Back Protector:

Forcefield. Recommended by BKS, thick and clearly capable of absorbing big impacts. Top kit.

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Wicking Layer:

Skins compression gear. Stops your tits from wobbling, but more importantly makes slipping into and out of leathers a breeze whilst keeping you dry and apparently the compression effect reduces muscle fatigue. There are cheaper brands that are probably every bit as good (eg 151).

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Everything above comes highly recommended.


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