I bought a Stich and sent it straight back - too hot! I don't think any of their products are suitable for seriously hot countries. For comfort on a long trip in varied climates you need BMW's approach to layering. Stich just haven't got this right. Your protective layer must let air pass through it. To do this it must NOT
be waterproof. Your protective jacket should consist of nothing but the Cordura outer layer and the inner mesh lining - no more layers of any sort, and certainly not a clammy Goretex membrane. (Plus, Goretex wears out fast - you want to be able to replace it separately.) Water and windproofing should be taken care of by separate removable layers. You also want LOTS of vents. I have a Kalahari and a Rally (BMW's Paris-Dakar jacket). Both breathe well, but the Rally is cooler because it has the most vents - 6 big zipped ones. (The race replica version has 2 more vents, but they are small, and you also have to walk around with massive logos all over you - a bit too flash in poor countries IMHO).
Anyway, I wore the Rally in 35 C heat last week and it was brilliant. Plus it has facilities for drinking while u ride, if u add the optional bladder. Haven't tried this but am looking forward to doing so.
Forget the removable Gore-Tex lining which you can get from BMW - when it rains your outer shell gets cold, soggy and heavy, and absorbs all the filth sprayed over you by other traffic. Everything in your pockets gets soaked. And you have to strip off by the roadside, boots and all, when it starts to rain.
For the most versatile, most comfy, most compact 4 season RTW outfit, my choice is:
- BMW Rally jacket
- Giali cargo pants (low key, comfy, cool, look like normal clothes off the bike, convert into shorts, lots of pockets)
- BMW Klima Komfort waterproof 2 piece Goretex suit (the Rolls Royce of waterproofs, and great off the bike too)
- BMW Comfortemp undersuit (sleep in it on cold nights and you can get away with a summer sleeping bag, which saves lots of pannier space)
- heated vest
The finishing touch is a Pearl Izumi X-Sensor base layer - a hundred times better than a cotton T-shirt. Read about it at www.wiggle.co.uk.
The BMW stuff is hellishly expensive. But then it is the best. I believe it's a lot cheaper in Germany. There's a big dealer in Aachen, which is less than 3 hours from Calais.