Richa engineers high quality motorcycle gear using super materials that many people may not even know exists. They are a Belgian brand that looks to dominate (continue dominating) the European market with their fascination of technology and innovation. Constantly searching for new-age materials to set them self apart from other brands has Richa constantly utilizing the best materials in the world to produce some of the finest motorcycle gear that money can buy.
Richa has been around for a long time. A very long time. They have been selling motorcycle gloves and motorcycle gear in Europe for more years than I can count. Recently, Richa decided they would attempt to gain the attention of our stubborn American ways and traditions by bringing the brand to America. They have good stuff. That’s for sure. But I know how hard it is for some of us to let go of the brands we have supported all our life, but take a look at what the Richa Spirit Pants and Richa Spirit Jacket have to offer your days on two wheels.
I believe Richa has been for sale in the U.S. since 2011. By no means are they just another company looking to sell more cheap motorcycle accessories that’s geared towards the budgeted rider. When I say these are Top-of-the-Line, I mean they are The Top of the Line. Richa in Europe is like Klim in America. You are going to get what you pay for, which is a high quality product. You will get the best and most sophisticated materials around. And you will need to fork over a good bit of money to put Richa on your back. The Richa Spirit Jacket has a list price tucked in just under $700 and a list price floating around $580 for the pants. If you have stuck around, you get to opportunity to see what sets Richa apart from the $200-300 price range.
Both the jacket and the pants are made with materials described in context that makes them seem alive. Put it this way, these Spirit Jackets and Pants do not have any vents. None. Nada. Ninguno. Aucun. Not-uh-one. Yet, Richa claims that this is 4-season gear with the material used, c_change, because it works like a fir cone by how it reacts to temperature and weather. Oh, and, a fir cone is a basically the typical pine cone, but they grow upright rather than downward like the typical conifer tree. Yea, I had to look it up– saving you and I both the confusion. So, this c_change membrane should react to temperature, air and body moisture to adjust the structure of the material. Thus it should work somewhat like a venting system. I can tell you this, I have not put the jacket to the test in the outdoors, but just standing inside and wearing the jacket didn’t have me pouring in sweat like most jackets. I get hot very easy. The Richa Spirit Jacket was comfortable for me indoors. Now on a bike, I imagine the vents would be missed. But, without the vents that most jackets have, it is less likely that the cold wet rain would meet your skin in those not so fun riding conditions. A little warm and dry, or a little cold and wet? That’s a preference I can’t make for you.
With Richa explaining that the Richa Spirit Jackets and Pants are 4-season motorcycle gear, I must say that I think it depends. It depends on your location and the type of weather you go through on a daily basis. Someone in Seattle may really appreciate this gear, while someone in Miami may look for more of a mesh material to cover their back. Now, the Richa Spirit Jacket does have a light inner liner that is worn like a light jacket / sweater. It loves sharp and is extremely comfortable.
There is no question about the waterproofing and durability of the jacket or pants. They are both treated with Nanosphere, making them repel oils, water, dirt, mud, food, coffee, etc. You get the point. Nanosphere is one of the most amazing materials I have seen. It’s made by Shoeller, who have some of the most innovative textiles you can find on the market. I guess because I seem to spill on & stain everything I wear that I was excited to learn of Nanosphere. The first video is a little slow and for some reason I found it amusing (besides the point), but you will get an idea of how awesome this material is.
Pretty crazy, huh? So, what is the downfall of a quality jacket without vents? Honestly, it will probably be a bit warm during the summer months, but should make for a great cold and wet jacket. For you touring and adventure guys, the Richa Spirit Jackets and Richa Spirit Pants would make a great choice. They have quality CE protection, a good amount of storage, own and good feel, and have reflective patches that are said to be extremely visible. The inner liner of the jacket is just icing on the cake.
I could go on for days discussing the many different qualities of the Richa Spirit gear, which may not be the most thrilling information to read for everyone, so, check out our video review of the jacket and pants. Reuben breaks them down and gives you an in detail breakdown of the Richa Spirit Jacket and Pants. If you have any question about Richa, the Spirit line, or anything, then leave us a comment and we will get back to you before you know it. We enjoy answering your questions.