What’s good about the Wolf Euro leather jacket?
This gear takes me right back to the start of my biking life, riding around Margate in a black leather jacket with metal zips and buckles. Sometimes you can’t beat a bit of nostalgia. But unlike my jacket of old, this one feels like it will offer some decent protection – the seams are triple-stitched and there’s D3O armour at the shoulders and elbows plus a pocket for a back protector. D3O is good stuff, it’s approved to the higher CE level two and has clever properties that allow it to be flexible until subjected to an impact when it firms up for enhanced protection. You can create a similar effect by experimenting in the kitchen with a bit of cornflower and not much water. Fit is good and there are two positions for the main zip so you can make a bit more room if you have layered up for a cold day and there are traditional-looking buckles to allow adjustment at the waist. The subtle Wolf branding looks smart, too, and there’s a decent sprinkling of pockets inside and out.
And what’s not?
You’ll always need to be careful on sportsbikes when there’s a metal zip on the jacket, otherwise you can end up with a scratched tank. The popper that fastens the collar leaves me feeling a bit throttled if I do it up (not doing it up doesn’t cause much of an issue) and the cuff can be awkward to coax into the inside of gloves.
Six weeks/1500 miles