I’ve always loved the clobber from Belstaff, but as a non-biker I used to think they were a tad over-engineered for my Friday night stroll to the pub, and a smidgen too bulky as a comfy driving jacket. And while some old-school bikers might bemoan the Brand for selling out to the eager armies of Belstaff wearing fashionista, their 2015 line of ‘café racer inspired’ lightweight jackets suit me fine.
This waxed cotton jacket is my personal favourite and a fitting tribute to Belstaff’s proud 90 years as the go-to supplier of sturdy biking gear. The famous four pocket design is similar to the legendary Roadmaster jacket that has been knocking about since the company’s beginnings; T.E. Lawrence even wore a Roadmaster while riding his Brough Superior. The Champion 90 jacket is appended with vintage details such as a diamond zip pocket to the left arm, drawn from a 1970s design, and an aged wax finish that is reassuringly weighty without being cumbersome in your snug sport car’s cockpit. The 90th anniversary lining and Union Jack logo patch are a nod to the motorcycling trialists of yesteryear and are a fitting tribute to Belstaff’s rich heritage. Spec’s include:
- Zip fastening with popper cover
- Corduroy-lined stand collar with buckle fastening
- 4 external pockets & 1 diamond zip pocket to left arm
- Buckle waist belt
- Diamond quilting to shoulders & elbows
- Underarm air vents
- Vintage logo patch left pocket & classic logo patch to left arm
- Loose-fitting throughout, ideal for the motorist
Yours for around £400 if you shop around.