Dainese Stripes jacket, £379.99
Miles covered/time: 300/two months
What’s good? The ‘Stripes’ (no, I don’t get the name either, there’s not a stripe anywhere) is Dainese’s new, semi-retro, traditionally styled, all-purpose jacket for 2010. So dial-in the usual classy, style and quality throughout. The semi-distressed leather seems decent and all the expected features are present and correct, including detachable liner, zip-to-pants, waist adjustment, four outer pockets etc. Nice touches? The subtle suede forearm and shoulder panels plus suede Dainese logos on upper arm.
What’s not? Still early days so it’s unclear how grubby those suede bits will become. Plus the upper breast pockets are awkward to use. Other than that, and the eye-watering price (but quality is quality), I’ve no complaints. Brown and black alternatives are arguably even tastier.