I've used my set of Akito Desert Jacket and trousers for two years now, since they firts came out, when I got them free whilst working in a bike dealers - for evaluation. These are my thoughts after many thousands of miles in them.
- in short, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better FOR THE SAME PRICE.
- they are not as good as say BMW's own or Halvorssons or Heine Gericke gortex stuff .... but they all cost 3/4 times more.
- biggest issues for me are 1) lack of breathability when worn with the thermal liner in, especially when the weather modulates to cold/warm on same day. 2) Despite being marketed with the 'ARD' tag, for maximum versatility by being able to change the layering, in truth they can be awkward and fiddly to put in / take out linings (lots of zips, uncertainty about which is right way round / stick to legs when hot/etc) 3) Mine are the light stone colour and I think they look great, but they do get dirty quickly. Maybe should have gone for the dark grey.
- I think there are so many positives however, that they are a good buy - price and value / comfortable / range of sizes / look good / really good venting system when using in hot/dry conditions with only the outer shell / the layer-zipping system is fiddly, but once the layers are attached, they stay in place and don't 'ride-up' as some others do.
In summary, I'd say a good bit of kit for the money. A lot depends on your intended use of course. If you are going to ride a lot in the tropics, with high humidity, it might be worth considering a better quality/but higher priced suit, with goretex and better breathability. For all-round use, don't think they can be beaten, for the price.
Proof's in the pudding they say. I've been looking around for an alternative for a planned trip later this year. Been to a lot of bike dealers and shows. Haven't yet found anything as good for the same money, so ...... I've just ordered a new set, which I'll pay for this time with my own money!! They'll be new and fresh and not have coffee/
/blood stains on em!!