Getting a new bike often means updating your gear. It may not be the case for everyone, but riding a motorcycle provides an opportunity for self-expression and individuality. And, you’ve got to have the right gear for the ride.
A friend recently showed up on his new Suzuki wearing a Harley-Davidson jacket and we all had a good laugh. Then we immediately made fun of ourselves for making fun of him, because really, who the hell cares? Should you get fully kitted out head to toe every time you change bikes? Of course not.
Sometimes it’s purely about aesthetic, but it can also be about function. Where you’re riding, what you’re riding and how you’re riding can mean different requirements for comfort and protection. I’ve got a quality leather HD cruiser jacket from when I had my V-Rod, along with a one-piece suit and a selection of heavily armoured street bike jackets for the R6, but none of those seem to fit the bill when riding the Thruxton. Logos aside. At least that’s how I convinced myself that it was time for a new riding jacket.
I’ve always been enthralled with the stylishness and functionality of Belstaff waxed canvas jackets. It doesn’t hurt that when you see one, it’s usually worn by someone like Ewan McGregor or Brad Pitt. While I may not have the chiseled good looks, physique or fame of these legendary actors and motorcycle enthusiasts, I also don’t share their wealth. Needless to say, once I saw the prices they go for, the search continued. I came across the Iron Age jacket from Joe Rocket. I’ve purchased several of their jackets over the years and they’ve all held up well, particularly for the price. The Iron Age jacket lists for $299.99 and can be found at a variety of shops or online.
The jacket is offered in either Black or Sand colour from size Small to XXXXL. I originally opted for black in size large but exchanged for a medium as it wasn’t as form fitting as expected, even with the sleeve, hip and waist adjusters brought in. It’s got a heavy-duty zipper covered by a flap that’s closed with buttons.
Rather than a rustic all-weather jacket, this vintage styled waxed canvas jacket is better suited to summer weather as it is light and offers lots of ventilation. Additional vents can be opened for added airflow on hotter days. It may feel light, but it also feels durable. It also provides lots of coverage and protection. There’s removable C.E. approved armour in the shoulders, elbows and spine that feels substantial but is low profile, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing hockey equipment.
There’s an ample number of pockets both on the outside and inside, including a deep inner pocket to keep your phone safely in place and an area made specifically to store an extra face shield. Integrated belt loops allow you to connect the jacket to riding pants.
The light canvas material makes it comfortable to wear on and off the bike. It’s a versatile jacket that I can see becoming my go-to for rides this summer.