I have had a set of Carrera leathers for
a year now and they are the best leathers I have ever
had ever. I went to the factory shop in Nottingham and
saw a set of CR1 "Stealth"... although if
you saw them stealth is the last thing you would think
of - bright red (my wife calls them orange). Anyway
they were an off the shelf set which did not fit too
well but Martin, the owner of Carrera, said they could
mod them to fit! And they did exactly that. OK Martin
missed one thing out but they sorted the length of the
arms and legs, put badges on and a logo for my business.
They need a good amount of bedding in but as soon as
they are the fit feels stunning and the armour in the
leathers is comfortable. They make you feel that if
you did fall off they could take as much abuse as you
could throw at them. The leather feels strong and the
seams look like they will never split unless you wear
through the leather.
I have had custom made leathers before
made by one of the larger leathers manufacturers and
compared to off the shelf leathers they are very different.
The ones you buy are OK but not as good to the ones
racers wear by a long way. The Carreras are every bit
as good as the custom made leathers that Dainese supply
racers. The price is the difficult part though. Retail
price is £1300.00 but I don't know anyone who
has actually paid that! The factory shop has them at
between £300 and £600, and if you go to
the NEC show you might find a size that fits you for
about £200. I would look out and see if you can
pick up a really cheap set because the best thing is
that if you damage any part they can replace any leather
panel and make them almost like new again for a lot
less than a replacement set of leathers!! I changed
my boots to ones with an inner boot so the leathers
stopped the boots from closing correctly. Carrera just
measured the difference and shortened the legs again
and that cost me about £20.00.
The service is stunning although some of
the leathers can be down to personal taste. I had the
simple stealth version and if you want anything adding
they can make them into almost any design you want.
I saw a set of Rossi replica leathers being made from
an off the shelf set!!
So at full price they are expensive but
still worth the money. BUT if you find a set at the
show or make a trip to the factory shop you can pick
up a set of the best made leathers for silly money.
Build quality is 10/10.
Service is also 10/10.
Martin is really helpful but can make a
mistake once in a while, whilst the girls who make the
leathers are spot on. If you need any mods go to the
factory and they will make them fit perfectly. Overall
they are the best made leathers I have ever had the
pleasure to wear.
Unit 2, The Powerhouse, Lumen Rd, Royston, Hertfordshire
Tel: 01763 247365