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Richa Richa Typhoon waterproof suit | Review

The Great British weather all over the gaff, so Visordown tests some waterproof motorcycle kit in the form of a Richa Typhoon rain overall.

affordable and flexible
zipper is delicate

For years I’ve been a two-piece waterproofs kinda dude, but after seeing the Richa Typhoons and having numerous two-piece ‘accidents’ (in the form of damp crown jewels) a one-piece was the way forward. 

Available from: www.nevis.uk.com

Price £44.99 (XS) - £49.99 (5XL)

Even if you do look like you’re about to go subterranean, the water protection is significantly better.

On numerous above-ground commutes, the Typhoon has been worn, but despite the clouds looking mighty dark, there has been no rain. Classic. Perhaps it stayed dry because getting into the suit doesn’t require a rain dance, and even with boots on you can slip into the suit with relative ease. Although there’s certainly a nack to it. 

So, on my dry rides through London the suit has felt good, and not too toasty. Despite the low price, the plastic isn’t stiff and inflexible, and trying to reach your jacket pockets is a breeze thanks to a large flap at the bottom of the zipper. 

The zipper itself could be a bit thicker as over time it has slightly deformed in shape, but it’s still clinging in there and require a bit more of a delicate touch to operate - instead of yanking on it like a madman.  

However, on a recent scoot to Milton Keyes one was confronted with the bleakest of clouds - laden with precipitation - with my rain senses tingling it was time to put the Typhoon to the test. 

Buzzing down the M1 motorway on a Ducati Hypermotard SP (a bike not known for its weather protection) it started pissing it down. And know and behold the Typhoon kept me completely dry. On my way back to London in similar conditions, the story is the same - bone dry.

Yes, you don’t look very fashionable wearing the Typhoon, but it keeps you in a happier less soggy place. Plus, it’s great value for money. 

Granted, it’s not something you’d wear every day, but it does what it says on the tin, and during the winter would make a great coverall for the intrepid daily commuter on a budget.

affordable and flexible
zipper is delicate

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