The jacket is equally as impressive, warm too, and this is without the super thermal liner. Lots of pockets, two waterproof and all very deep and easily reached. The neck is really high and is excellent at stopping any draft getting past my Buff (its a neck tube before anybody thinks I'm being rude). You can adjust the width of the arms with poppers and the cuffs are really wide, which helps when getting gloves on. Which leads me nicely into the only two negative factors I have found with this combination. Those cuffs! Because they're so wide and even when using the Velcro tabs to make them as tight as you want, they're still drafty. This can easily be sorted with a pair of double cuff gloves, but that another £100+ I'll have to spend, which is a tad annoying. The second, which I'm fairly sure is just an issue with this jacket, not the design, is the zip that you use to tie the jacket and trousers together, is a major pain. It doesn't run straight, so the zip isn't easy to do up.
Although this is the 'basic' combination, it's still around £800 worth of kit and despite the niggles, its quality stuff. Totally waterproof with a Gore Tex lining and some well placed reflective patches. If you can afford it, go for it.
Onto more kit news. Yesterday I ordered myself one of these www.whyarai.co.uk/arai-chaser-v-guigliano-matt from www.sportsbikeshop.com as it was part of their seasonal sale., with £140 off. Bargain. My HJC is fine, but in the rain and extreme cold the Pinlock is well, rubbish, and since my crash back at Silverstone earlier this year, its the only helmet I've had and I need to see where I'm going. Its coming with one of those funny Pro Shade things, so expect to see that on ebay before the week is out.
Finally onto bike news. After draining the tank on Friday, I stripped off the tank and tail of the 1098 today and took them down to Metropolis to arrange a re-spray and I finally got around to getting my R&G crash mushrooms onto the FireBlade. I won't deny it, they look bloody horrible, but as I didn't have to cut the fairing, their practically far outweighs their cosmetic appearance.