Esses Magazine’s founding editor, Dave Burton, put our Studio Collection to the test at this year’s Isle of Man TT

Having spent almost every day for the last 15 years commuting on a motorcycle, I’ve honed my riding style to near perfection!

Filtering through motorway traffic I’m Marc Marquez off the line at Valencia in 2011 (if you’ve not seen it, you should Google it!), avoiding miserable middle managers in their company cars I’m Jonny Walker at the Erzbergrodeo, and whenever I get caught in an all-too-regular downpour on my 70-mile round trip I’m Robbie Maddison in Pipe Dream.

OK, not quite, but you get the idea; there’s nothing wrong with the style of my riding. There is, however, something wrong with the style of my… well, style. The problem is that, over the years, I’ve accumulated gear that just doesn’t go together. Scuffed one-piece leathers, tatty Tech 10s, winter gloves and waterproofs (that have lost most of their proof) mean I’m more courier chic than custom-built cool.

So, when we decided to spend a fortnight at this year’s Isle of Man TT interviewing road racing royalty for a special issue of Esses Magazine, something had to change.

I’d need to live in my bike gear for two solid weeks. I’d need to keep warm on the mountain and stay cool in the paddock. I’d need to be proactive enough to take racers’ lines on the grid and feel protected enough take the racing line at the Bungalow. Basically, I’d need four different outfits in one.

Which is, thankfully, pretty much what Knox offers with its latest Studio Collection.

On paper, the ‘Dual Fit’ system is simple. In practice, it’s simply genius. A sturdy zip runs from cuff to armpit and down each side of the jacket to the waist. With the zips undone a specially designed base layer, armoured shirt, and even a quilted jacket (what Knox calls a mid-layer) can all be worn under the jacket to give warmth and protection when you’re riding.

Get where you need to be and you can chuck as many layers as you want into a rucksack, fasten the zips back up and the jacket fits a size smaller so you don’t look like a kid on the first day of school.

The whole lot looks smart – understated and stylish. The colours are mostly blacks and greys, and the logos are discreet. It’s tough stuff, too. I’ve used it in all weathers over the last few months, scrunched it all up in a bag when I’ve needed to, and nothing’s worn, torn or frayed. All the zips on the two jackets we tried are waterproof, and there are enough handy pockets to keep your mobile, money and autographs of your TT heroes safe and dry.

I’ve also got it on good authority that Knox are about to launch a range of jeans and waterproof trousers in the next few months. If they’re anything like the rest of the range they’ll do the job, or rather, do lots of jobs, impressively.

Finally, after years of looking like a biking scruff, I’ve sorted out my style. Now all I need to do is learn how to get away from the lights like Mr Marquez!

The Esses Magazine TT Special and the official Norton TT photography book, written, designed and published by Esses Magazine, are available to pre-order now from essesmagazine.bigcartel.com