Product Review: Knox Leonard waxed jacket £229.99
Tester: Tony Hoare
Time tested: Five months/2500 miles
What’s good? The concept of the Leonard jacket responds to the trend for bike clothing becoming more general fashion wear. So Knox, better known for their armour, created a range of jackets that can be worn with a close fit when not on the bike, then easily expanded slightly so they will fit over an armoured Knox undershirt. The Leonard is the wax cotton-style option (though it’s made from a wax-effect textile) and the expansion comes with zips that runs from waist to wrist on each side. It works well and the jacket is comfortable, waterproof and versatile thanks to a warm collar and cuffs that are attached with buttons so you can choose when you want them, and when you don’t. The idea of a jacket that can be worn on and off the bike without having bulky armour is a good one and I have happily worn the jacket both for riding and nights out.
What’s not? Firstly, the smartness of any proper riding kit is reduced by the amount of dead bugs and road grime you collect while riding. And if you want to look smart when you get to your riding destination the Leonard is immediately hampered because you need to put the armoured undershirt somewhere (and the tight fit of the undershirt leaves the clothes underneath with creases). Far easier in such situations to take off an armoured jacket and hang it somewhere. The £229.99 price only covers the outer jacket and it costs another £99.99 for the armoured undershirt (which does include a back protector) and another £39.99 for a thermal lining that can be worn separately.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5