Held Carese 2 Touring and Adventure Jacket
Carese 2 Clearance Sale
Touring and Adventure Motorcycle jackets need to cover so many bases.
The really clever and useful feature is the Goretex® inner that doubles as an outer! Wear it over the top and keep the jacket vents open. How good's that! We call it the Superman Suit, 'cause the undies go on the outside.
That's pants and jacket. No more wet cold outers that need to be dried off at night. The Goretex® outer can be stored in your bag and used not only to keep you and your riding gear dry but it provides a remarkable "windbreaker" layer.
If you look closely you'll see who else they make gear for...That big Bavarian propeller swirling mob. This stuff oozes quality!
Our testing has clocked up about 15,000km between two of us on this jacket and the Torno pants. I racked up 9,000 in all conditions, from 28 degrees in the outback to near snowing from Lithgow to Oberon.
Year round performance in 4 seasons and the 4 elements is the goal, Held call it Quattrotempi. The really cold conditions really tested the Four Seasons thing and I really needed extra layers (as you'd expect) but they were the same layers as I'd used with other riding gear. Everything I owned!
A mind boggling array of vents is where this jacket shines in our riding conditions. Ventilation is not just whacked in somewhere, it's designed so that each vent communicates and compliments its neighbour. This creates the best airflow possible.
The really trick part of this system is the Goretex® liner that can be worn as outer rain wear, stopping the jacket "wetting out" in really foul or changable weather. Imagine riding in thick, sticky humid weather and it starts to rain, those big fat, bucket size drops. You quickly slip on the liner as an outer, leaving the vents of the suit open! How good's that! The liner actually makes a fine casual jacket too.
It can be a bit nervy ordering stuff like expensive clobber off the web, I get it.
That's why I don't list the stock on hand. We need to sneak up on this and get it as right as we can first time.
So, what we do is communicate back and forth 'til we both think we are on the same page.
Exchange is always never a problem as long as the goods come back in new condition.
Not all sizes and style are held (sorry....) in Oz all the time and Murphy plays havoc with any forward planning. Held are a huge company in the EU and US so we tend to get the left overs (as usual).
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5 year on Goretex Liners
2 Years on textile components
The best part of this gear is the cut of the liners, it was the clincher for me.
The inner liner is cut to fit inside as we are used to or over the outside of the jacket or pants. It makes so much sense to keep the jacket and pants from 'wetting out', getting cold and taking forever to dry.
I have been using this Held combo since last winter, commuting in Melbourne's notoriously fickle weather. This suit not only looks fantastic, it's also the best performing suit I've ever owned. Warm and waterproof when required, even touring in Tasmania, or airy and comfortable when you remove the liner and open the vents in hot weather. The suit is "all-day" comfortable, has excellent body armour, and is incredibly versatile. Goretex liner can be used inside or outside, and makes a handy raincoat when you are off the bike as well. I would highly recommend this well made product. Not cheap, but worth every cent!! Cheers, Tom
Andy, Just a quick note to let you know how impressed I've been with the Held jacket and pants. I've now ridden in all types of weather wearing the Held gear and can't recommend them highly enough. I picked up the jacket February 2016 and jumped straight on the boat to Tassie where we got a bit of everything. The many vents ( I count 14) kept me cool during a couple of hot days. At no stage did I feel like I was overheating. (Couple of warm days back home since, same result.) then the removable liner that doubles as a wet weather jacket kept me dry on a few drizzling days. The liner also worked well as a wind breaker whether worn inside or outside jacket. I returned home and immediately ordered the pants. Same deal, plenty of vents (6 + 2 exhaust) keep my legs cool and again the inner liner works as a wind break and wet weather gear. I recently spent a weekend in Mansfield riding in light rain for most of the Sunday. Other than sweat I was dry as a bone. Where I was really impressed was on the Monday riding home. I wake up and its pouring down rain and I have a 4 hour ride ahead of me. I going to be wet by the time I get home. I procrastinated thinking might ease of but no luck. I don the jacket and pants with the liner over the top and head off. The pouring rain became torrential almost as soon as I got on the bike. For 3 1/2 hours I kept waiting to feel water and then cold but to my delight, neither. When I did get home and disrobed and inspected both the jacket and pants. To my surprise; DRY I am more than happy to recommend the Held product to anyone. A little on the higher side of the price bracket, but you pay for quality and this is a quality product.