Hey, everyone! We’ve got some great news from Ghostbikes today, the shop is growing, the range of brands we stock has been growing and now the product range of one of our very own brands, Black, is growing too! We officially have our own line of Leather Motorcycle Jackets!
We have five new models, three for the guys and two for the girls and they all look awesome. They all have a classic and custom look to them but they all still have their own character, each worthy of their own spotlight in the blogs. So I’ll dedicate this blog entry to the men’s leather jackets.
I already mentioned this in my last entry about the jackets, a broad intro to all of them before they were on the website but the Black Leather Jackets all share a really cool feature. The jacket comes with full CE level 2 soft armour installed in the elbows, shoulders and back, the highest safety rating motorcycle armour can get. It’s absolutely a feature worth note since most motorbike jackets will only come with armour installed in the elbows and shoulders and they’ll often only provide CE Level 1. It’s not often that I see a jacket that’s ready-to-ride right off the rail. Or a jacket that is as safe it can ever be right out of the shop without having to spend a bit more on some aftermarket upgrades.
I’ve used this same Soft Armour in my other jackets for a while and I wrote another blog on it closer to the start of the year. It’s viscoelastic, nice and soft when worn normally but turns to rubber in an impact to disperse impact force. Very cool stuff that’s saved me aches and pains when coming off the bike on Diesel soaked roundabouts.
Another feature shared by all of the jackets is that they’re all 100% Genuine leather. Not pleather or a weaker substitute. It’s the real deal as real leather has always been the best protection for bikers in a harsh slide down the road. Now, on to each individual Jacket.
The Black Cronus
A brilliantly classy looking jacket that would look awesome on a rider whether they have a café racer, custom or classic ride. No matter the colour you get this jacket in, black, blue or brown, the light stripes really round out the design and set off that retro vibe. At £200 with an RRP of £260, it’s a brilliant addition to any biker’s collection.
The interior of the Black Cronus Leather Jacket has a fixed liner for warmth but is still offers plenty of space for a jumper. I recommend trying the jacket on while wearing clothes similar to what you’d normally wear underneath it as the fit is quite tight for a more fitted appearance. I’m personally a Large in most jackets but I went for the XL when I got my Black Leather Jacket so I feel like going a size up is good advice for most.
The jacket has two zipped pockets on the outside, with genuine YKK zips and features a modest amount of adjustability in the waist with buckles on both sides. On the inside, the jacket has two internal pockets, one in the liner secured with velcro and a zipped stash-pocket a bit higher up for keeping phones and documents safe.
The Black Erebus
Another very fashionable, designer jacket it has a more textured, suede-like finish. Priced at £200 with an RRP of £260 it’s a very smart and looks awesome both on the bike and being worn around as a casual jacket. It’s already a popular choice in our showroom.
Unlike the Cronus, the Erebus Leather Jacket has a removable thermal liner, allowing you the freedom to keep it in for colder rides or take it out on warmer rides. Or perhaps you just want a little more room in the jacket to be able to wear an extra layer beneath it like I do.
The Erebus has a couple more pockets too. It has two zippered pockets in the usual place you’d expect on the outside, an additional zippered pocket on the chest and a popper pocket on the left arm. There’s also an extra pocket inside, there’s one on either side of the internal liner and a zippered stash pocket a bit higher up. So you won’t be stuck for places to store your belongings. Like the Cronus, it’s a snug fit, so I recommend trying one on while wearing similar clothes to what you’ll have on underneath it for the best sizing results.
The Black Notus
The Notus Leather Jacket is my favourite of all three of the new men’s leather jackets. It just looks damn good and makes me feel damn good to wear it. So good that this was my personal choice when I decided I had to have a new lather jacket.
This jacket isn’t my favourite just for how awesome it looks though. It’s definitely the most fair-weather oriented jacket of the three of them but still has a couple of features that give it a little edge over the Cronus and Erebus. The first one being the removable thermal liner. I typically like to squeeze a good hoodie under my bike jacket and keep warm that way, so having the liner be removable to free up a bit of room makes the jacket feel better and retains that fitted appearance even with a hoodie underneath.
Some may think having a hoodie beneath this jacket would cause it to get too hot but thanks to the perforated areas of this jacket- it’s excellently breathable, allowing the wearer to keep comfortable. It also allows air to cycle through the jacket nicely while out on a ride. I wore mine on my way home from work not too long ago with a hoodie beneath and I was surprisingly comfortable despite the cold temperatures outside. Never got too hot, never got too cold.
It may be a little more expensive than the other two jackets at £225 with an RRP of £285 but it’s worth every penny. I’ve already received lots of compliments on it, I feel confident in the jacket and I already have confidence in the armour inside it having tried and tested it before.
To keep the jackets from lifting up while you’re riding and leaning forward, causing you to get a cold blast of air up the back; the Black Leather Jackets have loops for attaching around your belt. This keeps the jacket securely in place, preventing any unexpected breezes up the back and keeping the CE Level 2 armour in it’s place to do it’s job. they also have a connector zip so that you can connect your jacket to a pair of motorcycle trousers such as the Black Atom Motorcycle Trousers or another pair of trousers with a compatible zip.
These jackets are excellent, they’ve arrived just in time for us to catch a few last dry rides out for the year but even if you decide to take the armour out- they make brilliant casual jackets and would even make an awesome gift for the holidays. So grab yours while leather is heading out-of-season and grab a bargain before we decide to raise the prices when the weather gets nice again!
Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!
-Matt W at Ghostbikes.com