This Vortex gear by DriRider is middle-shelf kit, with a price tag to match. Itâ€™s waterproof and has a zip-out inner to keep you warm or cool, depending on your riding conditions.
Adventure gear comes in all shapes, sizes and prices nowadays. Thereâ€™s an array of options each with their own advantages and disadvantages and, ultimately, it comes down to how much you want to spend. This Vortex gear by DriRider is middle-shelf kit, with a price tag to match. Itâ€™s waterproof (well kinda) and has a zip-out inner to keep you warm or cool, depending on your riding conditions.
Fit: At 190cm and 97kg the XL jacket and 34-inch pants fitted me perfectly. Theyâ€™re long enough in the arms and legs and donâ€™t restrict movement. FLARES: The zip at the bottom of the pants allows you to fit them perfectly over your boots without the cuffs ripping or flapping.
PRICE: Some ADV gear can cost as much as your bike but this stuff is cheap and will get the job done if you donâ€™t intend on coming off or going underwater.
WARMTH: The thermal liner kept me warm on a bunch of trips through the Vic High Country but found its limit when the temp dropped down near zero.
WE DIDNâ€™T LIKE
WATERPROOF:Â The waterproof liner had to be zipped in and out, which added to the bulk and was a hassle when changing. It also didnâ€™t allow the jacket to breathe. The outside of the jacket is not waterproof and will absorb water.
ARMOUR: A lack of armour definitely improved manoeuvrability but it wonâ€™t offer the same protection.
AIR VENTS:Â As this is the base model gear it did not have vents you could zip open. If it gets real hot and youâ€™re not moving, youâ€™re going to sweat. The DriRider Vortex is great gear if you donâ€™t have huge coin to spend. If youâ€™re new to adventure riding or donâ€™t intend to get soaking wet, or to take on extreme terrain and conditions, than this piece of kit will make for the perfect apparel.