Hey, everyone! I feel like it’s time for yours truly to get a new motorbike jacket. The Agrius Orion I currently have has done very well but with winter and heavier weathers on the way I feel like my tired old jacket could use a break. I only spent £57.99 on my Orion, so I’m looking to invest a bit more in my new jacket with a budget of up to £160.
I’ll be commuting to work in my new jacket, so it has to be long-lasting, comfortable and able to handle any kind of weather that I may have to ride through. Here where I live that can be anything from the loveliest, warmest, most sunny day ever to freezing temperatures and soggy downpours depending on the season.
But it -is- going to be a jacket for work. So I don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount on because it could be subject to less-than-gentle treatment in the form of being hastily put on in dusty environments and such. Which is why I limited my budget to about £160, I don’t want to spend £300+ on a jacket like my Rev’It Masaru that I’d rather only use on nice days for social rides.
And looking through our ARMR Moto selection- I may have found the perfect jacket. The ARMR Moto Kumaji Motorcycle Jacket is only £10 over my budget at £169.99 and has a load of features that make it perfect for a commuter like myself so I don’t even feel that extra £10 sting.
The outer shell is made from a 600D Polytech fabric, a protective material made with Polyester- a common material in motorcycle garments for it’s toughness and abrasion resistance. It’s light and it’s flexible so you can move quite freely in it but it’ll save your skin if the time comes. It also features ARMR Moto’s TLS- Triple Lock Seam Technology- it’s ARMR’s way of triple stitching seams to ensure that they’re rip-proof and will be able to handle the strain in an accident.
As well as being protective on the outside, this jacket has an awesome amount of protective potential for the inside too. The jacket comes with a CE approved back protector which is a rare thing to be included, most jackets don’t have one as standard. There’s also CE approved shoulder armour and CE the approved elbow armour has adjustable height positions so you can get in it the right place just for you. It’s even compatible with ARMR Moto’s Hexagon Chest Shield A9115 [If you can get your hands on one]. There’s even kidney protection in this jacket, another level of protection that most jackets don’t bother with.
So this jacket can take the punishment- but can it handle the weather? It probably won’t surprise you that I’m about to tell you that- yes, it can, this jacket has just as much weather versatility as it does protection. To protect you from the wet and rain, this jacket has a DRY TEK Waterproof membrane that keeps water out while still being breathable. The Storm Flap beneath the main front zip also helps to keep rain out. Usually that zip is a bit of a natural problem area when it comes to waterproofing a jacket but the storm flap in this jacket acts as a gutter to catch any water trying to get through and guide it out of the jacket. Even the two external pockets on the front are waterproof which a lot of other jackets don’t bother with, so you won’t have to stuff your phone and wallet into the same stash-pocket inside the jacket.
To see you through the colder weather comfortably, the inside of the jacket has a detachable Double Quilted Thermo Liner. This liner will keep you plenty warm when the weather hits the lower temperatures and can even be taken out to help you deal with the warmer weather.
The jacket comes with a bit more protection though. Sort of. The best way to protect you from an accident is to keep you from getting into one in the first place, so the ARMR Moto Kumaji has Scotchlite and Vision Tech Reflective panels integrated into the jacket’s design and increase your chances of being seen by other road users. To increase your chances of this even further- the jacket also comes in a Hi-Vis colour that I’m quite partial to myself- It’ll be much better for when the winter comes and the days get shorter and darker.
It’s a really well-thought-out jacket. Everything from the protection and weatherproofing to the extra stuff like the Exact Fit System and link zipper for joining the jacket to a pair of ARMR Moto Trousers, it’s all designed for a biker that rides often, for long periods or both. Perfect for a commuter that rides to work on the day-to-day, so much so that RIDE Magazine even recommend it. The ARMR Moto Kumaji Motorcycle Jacket has definitely made the short list of potential jackets that I’ll be considering next pay day.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com