Alt-Berg Original Hogg Lite boots were one of the real success stories of my rides to India, Egypt and Vietnam. Designed as a dual purpose bike and walking boot, they are ideal for touring. The beauty of these boots is that they are made to measure, giving a supremely comfortable fit. Even after 35,000 tough miles, mine look and feel like new.
I've always been a huge fan of wax cotton motorcycle jackets: they breathe so well and are classically understated. I've had many over the years but none compare with the quality, attention to detail and careful thought that has gone into the design of the Tourmaster Pro. It feels like a second skin. Belstaff, together with cotton mill British Millerain, have re-invented the wax cotton and upgraded it to TekWax, a new innovation that uses high grade synthetic fibres intertwined with Belstaff’s high quality cotton to obtain an abrasion resistant fabric that achieves an A rating in the new CE Abrasion & Tear tests. It's the best jacket I've ever had and ideal for the long journey ahead.
I wear Icebreakerpure New Zealand Merino wool clothes just about every day year round. Icebreaker are especially good for motorcycling. The beauty of Merino wool is that it's super warm when layered yet remarkably cool in hot climates. It naturally breathes and resists body odours; you can wear it day after day in tough outdoor conditions without getting whiffy! I ride with Icebreaker socks, underpants, t-shirt and where necessary, longjohns, vest and sweater.
The Belstaff Tourmaster Pro Trousers can zip onto the jacket to form a suit, which is great for riding in the cold. Like the jacket, the trousers are made of abrasion resisitant TekWax and come complete with D3O armour in the knees and hips. They also have a removable quilted cold weather liner and sport a waterproof Miporex membrane. Wax cotton motorcycle gear has certainly come a long way and I love both the jacket and trousers.
Probably the most well used and appreciated piece of kit when riding in hot climates. I use a 3 litre Camelbakhydration pack which fits sugly on my back and also has space in its pockets for a few other small essentials and a snack. Onto its shoulder straps I attach a compact camera in a pouch, a small torch, a compass and my dictaphone!
I thought the ride to Vietnam would be baking hot and dry most of the time... thank heavens I packed a Jofama Wet Stop Rain Suit just in case. I comfortably rode through snow and torrential rain in it! The suit has zippers that come up to the knee for ease of getting on and the main zip runs diagonally across the chest. Essential for crossing the Himalayas.
Peter Hutchins Designsmake expedition equipment suitable for going to the Poles or the top of Everest. I'm carrying a Yukon down jacket for those cold nights in the arctic. It is comfortable to wear at -15°C yet weighs just 460 grammes and packs down to a ridiculously small size. When camping it will make a super comfortable pillow!
I'm taking Peter Hutchins DesignsSigma trousers for added insulation when riding in the arctic.They feel crazy warm when you put them on yet weighs an astonishing 220 grammes. Sigma trousers are filled with Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation and still keep youy warm if they get a soaking.