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Product review: Belstaff Ariel Jacket

Adam's got a secret passion, motorcycle jackets, and after five months of wear he's given this Belstaff Ariel jacket a five star review, here's why.

What’s good?

I have a confession to make; I’ve got a weakness for motorcycle jackets. I can’t resist a quality, fashionable item - or a ‘pub jacket’ as they’ve been labelled by friends! My brother goes weak at the knees at the thought of new Snap-On tools, but for me it’s jackets and now I’ve got a new favourite.

This Belstaff Ariel in Racing Red is dripping in quality and style. The fit is perfect; there are no bulges or stretched parts. It looks just as good stood at the bar, as it does on the bike and the simple, classic design just works. The retro zips on the three outer pockets and cuff-adjustment feel quality and give added style, too. It’s made from waxed cotton and is water-resistant (just).

Belstaff also sell separate tins of wax to keep the authentic look, although the inner membrane does the job of keeping you dry. It’s also not just for show and there are CE-approved removable soft protectors on the shoulders and elbows, which meet European directives.

Although it’s very light, it still feels secure and should offer a decent level of protection. The body amour fits in all the correct areas and doesn’t move about. It’s incredibly light, which keeps you cooler in summer and it’s much more malleable than leather, which lets you move around on the bike with ease. I can’t wait for British summer, now!  

What’s not?

It might be one of the most stylish jackets on the market, but it is on the expensive side, at close to £500. However, you are buying quality and the Belstaff brand. It really is a spring to autumn jacket and I wouldn’t recommend it for the depths of winter - even if you do look cool.

Price £449.99
Quality 5/5
Value 5/5

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