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That's a Mora Best motorcycle gear for Christmas cheer: Arai Quantic helmet and Halvarssons Mora jacket reviews

Stuck for ideas for presents? Then bring some joy to the biker in your life with this premium helmet or top-drawer jacket  

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The Halvarssons Mora jacket and Arai Quantic helmet - two premium pieces of kit

The Halvarssons Mora jacket and Arai Quantic helmet - two premium pieces of kit

Arai's Quantic helmet is big on comfort and performance

Arai's Quantic helmet is big on comfort and performance

The Mora jacket from Halvarssons features a laminate membrane and is customisable for a perfect fit

The Mora jacket from Halvarssons features a laminate membrane and is customisable for a perfect fit

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The Halvarssons Mora jacket and Arai Quantic helmet - two premium pieces of kit

We’ve never had so much choice when it comes to clothing for keeping you safe and dry on two wheels.

Huge advancements in textile technology have resulted in a wide choice to suit all tastes and budget, whether you’re buying online or visiting your local motorcycle dealer.

My preference has always been to go to a showroom to try the gear on for size. After all, bikers doing any kind of reasonable mileage can spend more time in their bike apparel over seven days than, say, a businessman spends in his suit Monday to Friday.

A good fit is key, as there’s nothing more annoying than an ill-fitting helmet, textile/leather suit or pair of gloves.

So if you’re looking for ideas for the biker in your life, or fancy giving yourself an early Christmas present, here’s my take on some of the best gear money can buy. This week I’m giving my initial review of a full-face helmet and textile jacket, and next week I’ll review textile pants, a pair of mid-priced gloves and a top-drawer pair of Gore-Tex boots. Next spring I’ll report on how the gear has fared through the winter months.

All are available in-store or online from Megabikes in Dublin’s Robinhood industrial estate (01-4784200, www.megabikes.ie) or from Arai, Halvarssons and Daytona stockists nationwide.

Arai Quantic helmet - €659

After recently converting for a time to a flip helmet, a Shuberth E1, it’s back to Arai for me. The E1 is great for ease of use but when it comes to comfort, it’s hard to beat an Arai. At €659, the Quantic sits between the Profile V (€499) and RX-7V (€849) in terms of price. The Quantic is basically a top-of-the-range, road-focussed RX7 with a couple of fewer vents.

The premium comfort liner features brushed nylon that is as soft as soft as a baby’s behind, and there’s a soft flap around the double D fastener than completes the feeling of luxury. The neck opening is 5mm wider than my previous Arais, making it less hassle to take the lid on and off on a long day’s ride.

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Arai's Quantic helmet is big on comfort and performance

Arai's Quantic helmet is big on comfort and performance

Arai's Quantic helmet is big on comfort and performance

I rode through a prolonged heavy downpour with this lid – no moisture got into the helmet despite all the venting and the pin-lock worked well and prevented the visor fogging up.

If you’re riding on warmer days, seven intake ports and six exhaust ports do a good job of keeping things cool, while a three-position rear exhaust/spoiler is perfectly positioned to ‘scoop’ hot air out the Quantic and also keeps it stable thanks to it aiding aerodynamics.

Halvarssons Mora jacket - €699

Swedish manufacturer Halvarssons produces premium bike gear, and the excellent Mora jacket is no exception.

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The jacket uses a laminate membrane instead of a drop-liner one – the waterproof membrane is sewn into the garment, as opposed to a drop-liner membrane where the waterproof layer ‘hangs’ beneath the outer layer. This makes the jacket as waterproof as is possible, because rain can’t get inside the jacket, with the caveat that all textile suits will eventually let in some water, although you’d almost need to be riding in a swimming pool for that to happen.

You get a removable Dryway+2.0 thermal membrane with Outlast temperature-regulating lining that keeps you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool (tip: on cold days, put the jacket on 10 minutes before you go out on your bike to get to a nice temperature).

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The Mora jacket from Halvarssons features a laminate membrane and is customisable for a perfect fit

The Mora jacket from Halvarssons features a laminate membrane and is customisable for a perfect fit

The Mora jacket from Halvarssons features a laminate membrane and is customisable for a perfect fit

The outer textile shell is treated with DRW (Durable Water Repellent) and the shoulder and elbow areas get water-repellent nubuck reinforcement. There’s also HI-ART reinforcement on the shoulders and elbows for more abrasion resistance.

The jewel in the crown with this jacket is that it features multi-customisation for a snug fit. The sleeves are adjustable for width, as is the waist, and you can also adjust for height. Additionally, there are stretch panels at the elbows and shoulders.

So far this jacket has fitted like a glove, kept me bone dry and warm, and simply screams quality. When it (hopefully) warms up in the spring, an open exhaust vent at the back and six vents on the chest and arms should help keep things cool.

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