We did a full review of the previous version of the jacket and there was room for improvement. We are currently testing one of these new ones in the Himalayas and will report soon because ARMR have clearly taken much of that early criticism onboard and new TOTTORI is designed as a go-anywhere, do-anything suit. The jacket alone has enough carrying capacity for a short weekend break without needing to take additional luggage and it’s designed to accommodate MP3 or smartphone entertainment. There are pockets everywhere; 8 on the front alone, with zip, press-stud or velcro closing.
The outer fabric for both jacket and trousers is ultra-tough POLY TECH 600DN. Protection is provided by CE-certified armour at shoulders, elbows and knees with the last two being height adjustable. A back protector is supplied as standard and there’s provision for an A9115 chest shield. Making sure everything stays in the right place is down to adjustability and the TOTTORI EVO jacket provides bicep and forearm Velcro strap adjusters. The same method is used for the waist, with Velcro panels at the hem. The neck adjuster is via elastic strap and press studs at back of the collar and the front closure has a loop and hook so you can ride with it open without any of that annoying flapping going on.
The Multi-Season Liner System comprises detachable Thermoline and DRY TECH liners with their own colour-coded zips. Once these are dispensed with the Air Flow System (AFS) comes into its own. The front top pocket flaps open to reveal magnetic air panel covers which, as well as the magnets, can be held open by reattaching the pocket flaps – sounds a bit busier than it is. There are zipped side vents and a large exhaust vent across the shoulders to make sure you don’t end up looking like the Michelin Man. Trousers are zip-vented at the front and side of the thigh.
Pockets aside, the TOTTORI EVO two-piece has a lot going for it including Triple Lock Seam technology and tape-sealed seams. There’s attention to detail such as the storm flap retention on the front zip closure, Neoprene upper neck pad with micro fleece lining and the use of Scotchlite and Vision Tech panels, not to mention the premium YKK zips used throughout.
Whether or not any of it works is yet to be seen, but Sub-editor Nich Brown is currently in India testing the jacket in Delhi heat and Himalayan cold, so we’ll let you know soon!