We were intrigued recently to read what purported to be a serious article in a news stand motorcycle magazine about what the best leather jacket was for riding on an adventure-style bike.
Intrigued because, as far as we’re concerned, you just wouldn’t wear a leather jacket if you were serious about adventure riding. We love leather jackets; we really do. It’s probably the single most populitem we sell. But a leather jacket is all about looking good on the bike, and for when you’re not venturing too far from home. But that’s about it. Even the most technically sophisticated leather jackets are not all that hi-tech.
If you want all the bells and whistles, waterproof and windproof membranes , Thinsulate padding, Outlast, TFL Cool, Teflon coating and the like, you’re going to
We sell some of the best leather jackets out there, but a leather jacket will never be the warmest or the coolest, or the driest solution. Some leather jackets have a waterproof liner, but when the heavens open, the leather will inevitably absorb water like a sponge, and eventually it will make its way through to the body.And as far as the thermal properties of leather jackets go, forget it.There’s a reason why Sir Ranulph Fiennes didn’t wear leather when he walked to both poles, or when he climbed Everest!need a textile jacket
So, frankly, the magazine test we read was perplexing. If you buy yourself a big adventure bike, and want to go around the world, then leave the leather jacket at home. Of course, back in the day, when Ted Simons did his round the world trip, he wore a leather flying jacket, but technology has come long way since the seventies and, anyway, bikers were much tougher back then.
Bizarrely, the jacket that came out top in the magazine’s product test was Segura’s lovely, café racer styled Retro jacket!
We love it; it’s a great jacket for wearing on your Triumph Bonneville, Guzzi V7, Harley Sportster, or Ducati Scrambler. But it’s about as app
ropriate a bit of kit for a BMW GS as a Bell open-face helmet is for the rider of Kawasaki’s new H2 superbike. At times, we can’t help but feel that magazines review products just to fill pages. The people who write these pieces have little knowledge and experience of motorcycle clothing, do little or no research, and totally lack the facilities to conduct rigorous scientific tests.
So, remember what your mum and dad told you; don’t believe everything you read in the papers!