Jacket £379.99 / Trousers £279.99 | www.alpinestars.com | 0039 0423 5286 | Tested by: Bruce Wilson, Deputy Editor Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine
This kit keeps me warm, dry and comfortable on every journey, thanks in part to the high levels of adjustability. The complete suit is fully waterproof and windproof , plus both garments come with detachable thermal liners to keep the chill out.
Both jacket and trousers are crammed with sizeable pockets, so I’ve never run out of space to stow my riding essentials; on the rear of the jacket is a huge pouch that can accommodate map books and the like.
The suit’s considered a four seasons combo, and to help you stay cool in the summer there are plenty of vents. Personally, I think its best suited to winter, especially with features like the high storm collar and long length of the jacket, which stops the cold air from getting up your back. To be extra warm, you can also take advantage of the waistline zip, which joins the two garments and also of course helps to prevent it riding up if you find yourself sliding down the road.
The Calama is available in a number of different colours, but all have fluoro and reflective piping, to help you stay visible on dark nights. Other great safety features include the impact-zone-specific reinforced areas and the removable elbow, shoulder and knee CE-approved Bio-armour. Chest and back protectors don’t come as standard, but there are pouches built in to take them.
I love this kit, and know I can depend on it regardless of the weather or the time of year.