Showing posts with label Leather jacket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Leather jacket. Show all posts

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New and noted: Motorcycle Jackets

Motorcycle gear with classic styling is no longer a niche. It’s edging up the bestseller lists, and the mainstream brands are scrambling to catch up.

It’s as though we’re returning to the (perceived) golden days of the 1960s and 1970s. That means simple aesthetics, clean lines and traditional materials, and we’re just fine with that.
Public taste is maturing, and the market is shifting accordingly. Or perhaps the average rider doesn’t want to look like a Power Ranger any more—or climb into a Cordura onesie. So we’ve picked out five classic motorcycle jackets that are guaranteed to look good—no matter what bike you ride.
ICON 1000 Beltway motorcycle jacket ICON 1000 Beltway You can’t go wrong with the four-pocket, long-waisted silhouette. Icon have taken the English classic and given it a more rugged, tactical vibe—and heavyweight protection. The $600 Beltway has a coated canvas body, reinforced with leather paneling, and the black oxide YKK zipper is protected by a storm flap with a handy magnetic closure. As with all Icon jackets, you get reassuring levels of protection via CE-certified D3O back, shoulder, and elbow impact protectors. Built to survive the apocalypse. [More information]
Pagnol motorcycle jacket Pagnol M1 It takes a brave man to launch a new motorcycle apparel brand, but US-based Paulo Rosas is that man. Prototypes of this new jacket drew appreciative eyes at the recent Quail Gathering, and it goes on sale in a week. The emphasis is on fit and finish, with quality antique-style brass hardware stitched into tumble-aged cowhide. There’s shock-absorption padding on the shoulders, Schoeller protective Kevlar paneling under the arms, and the mesh lining includes pockets for adding the armor of your choice. Available in Tobacco (shown) and black. [More information]
REV'IT! Hillcrest motorcycle jacket REV’IT! Hillcrest There are numerous remakes of the classic waxed cotton motorcycle jacket, from haute couture versions with silly prices to cheap-and-nasty knock-offs. But customer feedback is suggesting that the new REV’IT! Hillcrest is one of the best. There’s no rocket science here: just respectful styling, a mesh liner to keep you cool during warmer days, and three colors: black, blue and titanium. Good value at $260. [Buy]
Deus x Dainese motorcycle jacket Deus x Dainese Leather Riding Jacket The leading lights of the custom scene are now moving into motorcycle gear manufacture, and this is one of the first releases. Deus has joined forces with Dainese to create a stylish $600 cowhide leather jacket, available in dark brown or black, and with a cotton quilted lining. As you’d expect from Deus, the styling is immaculate—but you also get practical touches such as an airtight chest closure and zipped sleeve openings for a windproof fit around the wrists. Branding is discreet, and each jacket comes with two additional leather patches featuring original Deus artwork. [Buy]
Spidi Ring motorcycle jacket Spidi Ring Italian style doesn’t get much better than this. The $400 Ring is a crafted from relatively lightweight buffalo leather, with a soft and supple feel. Weighing in at only 1.7 kg (less than four pounds), it’s ideal for urban riding and wearing off the bike. But with reinforced seams and trouser clips, it’s more than just a fashion statement. You also get CE-approved elbow and shoulder protectors, and there’s a pocket to add a back protector if you wish. [Buy]
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Best Moto Leather Jackets Under $700

There’s nothing like a good leather motorcycle jacket. The style speaks volumes to who you are and the wear marks and scuffs speak to where you’ve been. Here are some of the best motorcycle leather jackets available on the market.

Dainese Avro Leather
Dainese Avro Leather Jacket – $699.95
With co-injected shoulders with aluminum inserts, back and thorax/chest protectors, and composite protectors at the elbows, the Avro is about as safe as it gets without wearing a full race suit. The Avro saves you few dollars, but adds a few ounces, by using cowhide leather in combination with S1 elasticated panels to provide a contoured fit, which aided by adjustments at the neck and waist. The Avro comes with a removable liner, as well as reflective inserts to increase visibility, and soft inserts to increase padding should you have a fall. We’re big fans of the Avro’s sporty looks and fit.

Dainese R-Twin Leather
Dainese R-Twin Leather Jacket – $699.95
Every time I post a picture of this jacket, I either get called out for being a bad role model (wearing a fashion jacket while working as a moto-journalist) or asked what model it is. Well, for you haters, it’s actually made of wonderfully thick cowhide that is treated with resin to give it that vintage look while still offering abrasion resistance, and it has composite protectors at the shoulders and elbows plus a pocket for a back protector. The elasticated panels help give this jacket a nice fit, and the removable thermal lining does a good job at keeping me warm when the temps drop. I’m a little too long and lean for Dainese sizing, but if you aren’t as freakishly made as I am, this should fit you quite nicely and look amazing in the process.

Alpinestars Hades Jacket
Alpinestars Black Shadow Hades Jacket – $699.95
Alpinestars call this minimal branding and maximum cool. We agree on both accounts…. sort of. The branding isn’t actually all that minimal, but the jacket is pretty cool. 1.3 mm full grain premium leather, anatomically designed torso and sleeves for improved fit and to minimized fatigue, and CE-rated armor at the shoulder and elbow, plus the option to add a Bionic back and chest protector, make this jacket as safe as it gets. Alpinestars have also added their fancy new dual-density TPU sliders on the shoulders to improve abrasion resistance and help protect your collarbone in a crash. Look for a more in-depth review of this jacket coming soon.

ICON 1000 Chapter
ICON 1000 Chapter Jacket – $600
The ICON 1000 line is simply fantastic, and the Chapter Jacket is no exception. It’s constructed from 1.1-1.3 mm antique finish Brazilian cowhide, and then padded with D30 armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back. It comes with a removable, quilted liner. We’re big fans of the tobacco version as the red zipper on the black version just kind of ruins that one for us

Roland Sands Ronin
Roland Sands Ronin Jacket – $590
The Roland Sands Ronin Jacket, especially in the tobacco color, is my favorite looking motorcycle jacket, period. A friend has had one since the first run, and it gets better looking every single day. 1.2 mm washed and waxed cowhide, pre-curved sleeves, and a dropped back length, this thing is vintage levels of cool, even when you’re in a riding position. The Ronin comes armor ready, with pockets in the shoulder, elbows, and back. Just a warning though, we’ve gotten some of the latest production run and it seems their fit has gone wide. We’re looking into getting the one they sent us tailored, with a more in-depth review on the way.

Vanson AR3 Model A
Vanson AR3 Armored Model A – $550 est. (Official pricing not released yet)
The people have spoken and their desires have been heard! Vanson released news at the AIMExpo a few weeks back that they would be releasing a production version of the AR3 they made especially for RideApart’s own Wes Siler, complete with armor. Competition weight leather that will last you your entire life, now with CE-rated armor stock from the factory. Go down in it and all you have to do is send it in for repairs, the only downside being you’ll have to put in all that hard work again to get it broken in just right.

Alpinestars GP-R Leather
Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket – $449.95
The Alpinestars GP-R Leather jacket is a 2011 Revzilla product of the year winner which, at it’s lower price point than the other jackets on our list, speaks volumes about it’s quality. It features 1.3 mm full-grain perforated leather combined with Aramidic stretch panels in the shoulders and arms to allow for a better fit and better range of motion. It has removable and adjustable CE certified Bio Armor in the shoulders and elbows, and padding in the chest and back that can be upgraded to a Bio Armor back protector and Bionic Chest Guards. It also has a waist connection zipper, so you can connect the jacket to Alpinestars leather or textile pants.

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I will also add my Jacket- a Vulcan Men's VTZ-910 Street Motorcycle Jacket

I bought it from (for Europe from here  ) It was fast and provided from the factory that are producing them for US market. It was 120 Euros and shipped with DHL

 A very nice matte leather (black) with orange accents, it a very comfortable and fashionable. Provide with fully CE protection
The Vulcan VTZ-910 Motorcycle Jacket is made of premium cowhide leather. It features advanced design with underarm zippered vents that drop heat and reduce sweat. Its elastic panels on elbows and armholes allow for maximum comfort in riding position. Along with its many other feature are bright orange stitching, YKK zippers, high-visibility reflective stripes, and removable CE approved armor.
PS- I have NO commercial interest in the seller on ebay :) I just shared my positive experience