Retro Leather Jacket and Classic Jeans from Triumph

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

The Retro jacket from Triumph has a great vintage look, with numerous Triumph logos. However, what really sets this jacket apart is its quality construction, fit, and attention to detail. The leather is 1.2 millimeters thick, yet very supple, with all key stress points double-stitched. European craftsmanship abounds inside and out, with ample pockets for stowing keys and phones within easy access. The jacket fits snugly and features a fully adjustable waist and zip-down sleeve closures. The collar has two snaps for comfort and keeps the wind at bay very effectively. The waistband features a zipper for seamless attachment to a number of pant options, and when hooked up to the classic jeans we tested, provided all the benefits of a fully integrated racing suit. Triumph’s apparel design team clearly put a good deal of thought into this jacket, with an eye for more than just a pleasing vintage aesthetic.

As mentioned, we also tested the Classic Jean riding pant from Triumph as the teammate to the Retro Jacket. The pants are made of the same 1.2 millimeter leather. They are a bit close-fitting initially, but after a few hours of breaking-in, they felt like an old friend.

Contrary to the description, these are much more real riding pants than jeans. The waist has a hook and Velcro® closure that offers significant adjustment, and the legs are tapered nicely for a comfortable fit into a boot. Both the jacket and pants feature CE95 protection at all critical impact points. As mentioned above, the waist zipper matches up perfectly with that of the jacket, for a custom-suit feel at a much more affordable price. This set was a pleasure to test and represents the price/value relationships Triumph is known for. They put a great bike on the road for a reasonable cost and their apparel seems to be equally good.

Triumph
Retro Leather Jacket
Sizes: 38-56
Colors: Black
Price: $389

Classic Jeans (leather)
Sizes: 30-42
Colors: Black
Price: $289
www.triumph.co.uk

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