New Touratech farkel: Touratech Companero

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sanjaya_sugiarto, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Yeahhhhh......uhhhh......No. Stadler is a good maker but IMO it ain't worth that kinda change. Maybe a Halvarsson's.
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  3. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    You guys are looking at this backwards. This is not Touratech. This is Stadler. This is considered a step above Rukka. Many folks will claim that Rukka is the best. Well, those in the know would say, Rukka is great, but it's not as good as Stadler.

    It's expensive. Exclusive. Not imported into the US (Helimot used to). It's good stuff from a small family company focused 100% on the highest quality and technology.

    Is it worth the money? Only, you can decide.
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  4. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    I learned about this suit a couple of months ago after tired of having a pool of water assemble in my nether region in even a light drizzle during my daily 63km commute.

    Anyway, end of November it wasn't in stock yet but I'm planning on cutting out of work early tonight and checking out a shop near by. Will let you all know what I find (assuming it has arrived by now).

    I am still unconvinced about having to stop, dig out the waterproof layer and pull it on. It sounds too much to me like really expensive rain gear. You know, the kind where you see the dark clouds on the horizon, think,"Ah, it'll blow over." The first few drops fall and you think,"It's just a sprinkle, not worth stopping now. By the time I have the rain gear on, it'll have stopped..." Slowly it starts to rain harder, and you start to look for an overpass or at least a turn out at the side of the road so you can struggle into your rain gear that clings to now a by now wet base layer. Anyone who hasn't lived through this scenario is either the type of person who always has their tax return done 6 weeks early, or is a liar.

    Back to the Stadler stuff. Perhaps the Cordura AFT layer and the joy of not sweating half to death in the summer off-sets the inconvenience of the separate rain proof outer. Perhaps I am grossly overestimating the inconvenience. All I know is that for 1700 Euro (incidently, the Stadler, Rukka Armas and Klim Adventure all cost between 1600 and 1900 Euro in my part of the world) I expect less (perceived) compromises than any of the three currently offers.

    Like I wrote, maybe the drawbacks I imagine regarding the Stadler aren't as big as I imagine and will go have a look with as open a mind as possible.

    As an aside, I do put value on the country of origin and the fact that Rukka is made in Portugal and Stadler here in Germany carry plus points for me. Don't want to turn this into a Jo Momma rant so I'll leave it at that.
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  5. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    at least that is what the lady in the store told me today. They did have one Stadler out, the Track Pro, which is a Gore-Tex Proshell with leather panels in the high risk areas. If the Companero is as well built the quality, fit and finish, and attention to detail can't get much better. There was a Rukka Edison SRO next to it, which is also a seriously trick bit of kit, but somehow the Stadler had an intangible "Holy crap, I can't believe a jacket can be so well made..." factor that the Rukka couldn't quite match.
    I am very curious now to see the Companero in the flesh.
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  6. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I have an Aerostich Transit. Don't have to mess with liners. Comfortable from mid 50's (with sweatshirt underneath) to 85 degrees so far. Might be warm above that. It rained. It's waterproof.
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  7. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    Hi Guys, I've just stumbled across this thread and thought I'd throw in for what's it's worth.

    Lisa and I have just picked up the first 'pre-production' Companero adventure suits, and I have to admit we're both impressed. To be honest we don't impress that easily these days.

    We've all seen riding suits both good and bad and with some work any suit cam be made to look half decent in the photos, but the minute we put these suits on we knew that someone who actually rides had had a hand in the design. Lisa and I have both worn Rukka in the past and it's well made but expensive gear. As Jim Williams pointed out, these suits are a step above. The cut of the suits, the material choice, the layout are all spot on. The devil is in the details there are a lot of details in this suit that we're only becoming aware of, after now wearing the suit in 110 deg temps for the last 4 days here in Cambodia.

    I'll post some photos taken a few days back at Touratech Thailand and we'll post some more as we ride and test them. We're looking for faults, but so far haven't found any.

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    Cheers
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  8. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    really curious to see the suit on both of you....does this come in woman's sizing? Hope you are still having fun on the road....my partner and I would like to go away for one year sometime in the near future...but our jobs...:huh
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  9. kaiserschwein

    kaiserschwein n00b

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    way much too expensive, almost twice as BMW‘s rallye3
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  10. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    Hi soph9

    I'm writing this on Lisa's behalf as she's out doing some filming. But yes, it comes in women's sizing. I know we should be talking up all the other positives about the suit, but in the real world, all that other stuff is pretty much meaningless if the dam thing doesn't fit right. Lets face it if it doesn't fit you're probably not going to buy.

    Lisa's frustrations with adventure riding apparel have always been that she had to compromise the right fit in order to get gear that will live up to her high demands, in terms of both the material and the body armour. The last BMW suit was one of the best fitting she'd used but still doesn't come close to the fit and design of the Companero. From a husbands perspective I love the fact now my wife looks like a 'women' in a riding suit and not a short bloke with boobs in a unisex suit that has her swimming in material. Thank you Touratech.

    Simon
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  11. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Did you pay for the suits or did Touratech give them to you?
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  12. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    Hi Rick,

    Touratech gave us the suits and in case you're wondering if that biases our opinion...NO! We don't have any agreement, with any of the firms supporting us, ensuring them that they we will only positively endorse their gear. In actual fact we have no agreement we'll even promote their gear:rofl:huh

    If the gear falls short then we'll point out those failing as easily as we'll commend them. We're travelers, if equipment fails to do a really good job then we have to ditch it, we don't have the luxury have just carrying stuff, because it was given.

    Like I said , we've just started using the suits, so time will tell if our initial very positive thoughts about the suit hold true, I hope so.

    Cheers
    Simon
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  13. AngryScot

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    Thanks for the quick review Simon, safe travels as we follow along. I know you 2 will put them through a true test so interested to see how they preform for you.

    :wave
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  14. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Tell Lisa I can TOTALLY relate about the ADV gear. I have a KLIM Traverse now and although I have never complained about wearing boy clothes I would like this suit to be less baggy but I LOVE it.

    Looking forward to some pics of the suit on both of you and further impressions. WAIT is that you in the advertisement pics?:eek1

    Stay safe and be well!
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  15. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    Yep!...guilty as charged, well as long as you mean the pics I posted a little earlier.

    Simon
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  16. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    you are like rock stars in the biking world! :lol3:clap
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  17. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Good one:lol3
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  18. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    Morning...

    OK, here goes...we've just produced our first video review of the Companero suit and filmed it inside the walls of the Angkor Wat Temples here in Cambodia. We set up at around 5:30am and started filming at sun-up. It was so bloody hot and under the canopy of trees the humidity built up quickly.

    I have to admit, that if the review sounds overly positive, well...it is! It's early days and time will tell if the suit in the long term is as good as it appears to be at the moment, but in terms of fit and rider comfort this is the best suit we've worn. It feels very different and less cumbersome than all of our previous suits and when you're in a suit for 8-hours plus a day, that's a big deal. I don't miss constantly having to pull up the pants on my old rally suit or feeling like a sack of potatoes with all the extra material around the waist because of the jacket cut and design.

    Bear in mind this was all done pre-coffee in the morning.:huh

    Anyway hope you enjoy the video, the location was stunning. As always comments and piss-taking are welcome:freaky:lol3:clap

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wffPh3g_hok" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Cheers
    Simon
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  19. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    :freakywell done....and it does sound too good to be true...I don't think we have this here in Canada yet....or even if we will....but it looks great, love the different sizing for men and women without taking away from the quality we see in guys gear. Great review....look forward to hearing how it does in the pouring rain and cold weather....kee[ updating when you can as you cross over different climates.

    Thanks again you guys look great and one question...how much longer will you be on the "road"?:clap
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  20. simon thomas

    simon thomas www.2ridetheworld.com

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    For as long as we can...

    "We're both still homesick for places we haven't been yet"!

    Simon
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