Chris Bailey has been using these for a few months. Here’s how he got on:
These Ozark textiles from Weise are my go-to. They feel robust, substantial and protective, without feeling restrictive or impeding your movement. That’s something not all textiles offer.
The jacket is AA-certified and comes equipped with CE level 1 back armour, and CE level 2 armour for your shoulders and elbows. The laminated polyester is more waterproof than anything else I’ve worn (and is extremely windproof, too), thanks to a layer of material that goes behind the zip, and a Velcro closer that goes over it. It also comes with a removable liner on the inside, which can easily be removed during warmer weather, and yet provides a great extra barrier against the cold when left in. With all the thick material you’d expect this thing to be a melting pot, but thanks to 10 zipped vents (all covered with a waterproof closure), staying cool is a breeze.
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It also has two spacious handwarmer pockets (plus an internal phone pocket, and a larger one which is great for keeping wallets and keys somewhere safe). For the trousers, the good stuff continues – with the AA rating and removable CE level 2 knee and hip armour. The trousers are just as comfy as the top half and designed to be very non-restrictive to rider size, with adjustable waist velcro belt systems, braces and zippable lower leg expanders; great for sliding them over even the bulkiest of boot!
This Ozark set was meant to be my winter gear, but honestly the way they’re going they’ve probably just become my new favourite set to wear year-round. I’d happily recommend them to anyone looking for protective and versatile kit they can wear day in day out.