Leather Motorcycle Jacket
has a definite
ch'i that speaks to you as
soon as you get near it. I guess it's a
combination of the look, the touch and a little bit of
the smell, but get anywhere near some high-quality
leather and it sort of jumps right out at you, demanding
And one of the very cool things about
leather is that it lends its mojo to its wearer.
Leather motorcycle clothing
never seems to lose its popularity, and there's plenty
of it available these days, in every style, shape and
size you can think of. Much of it comes from Asia
and most of it is manufactured to a price.
But leather's mojo works both ways --
generic leather has a sort of pretender character to it,
and can brand the owner as a poseur. The Real
Thing, on the other hand, adds coolness.
So what was it going to
be this time? I'll be honest -- I didn't expect much
when I opened the box containing this Fox Creek Leather
motorcycle jacket. I guess I've seen enough iffy
quality leather motorcycle jackets lately to keep my
But this jacket definitely has
it going. I wasn't sure
at first if it was really a jacket meant for riding motorcycles,
because the leather has that soft, creamy feel and
nicely pebbled grain that's
usually associated with high quality leather street wear.
If first impressions mean anything, this was a hit.
The proof is in the wearing,
so I tried it on. I'm not sure
if it's a combination of the cut, the creaminess of the
leather, or the expansion panels in the shoulders, but
this has to be one of the most comfortable jackets I've
ever worn, leather or otherwise. I've even started wearing
it as a street jacket because it looks and feels so good!
make no mistake, it's definitely a leather motorcycle jacket,
made for hard use. Fox Creek calls this
model the Vented Racing Jacket, but they make
several other styles of jackets, in addition to
chaps, gloves, vests and other leather motorcycle
Thick 1.4 to 1.6mm cowhide is
used in all their jackets, which is the same gauge used in most leather
motorcycle jackets and pants designed for motorcycle racing.
This is about as thick as it gets, and you
don't want anything less between your
skin and the pavement in case of a get-off.
The Vented Racing Jacket also includes
additional leather panels on the elbows and
shoulders for some added protection in those
The quality of the
stitching on this jacket is first-rate; every edge on the outside of
the jacket (and most of the inside except where it
doesn't make sense) is doubled over or rolled prior to stitching.
The stitches are perfectly straight and parallel to each
edge. The additional protective panels on the
shoulders and elbows have double rows of stitches for
jacket has a thin removable taffeta-type vest liner with
a full zipper. The inside of the jacket also
includes a full length mesh lining, and an added touch
is full length nylon sleeve linings.
Inside the left side of the
jacket lives a pocket with a 160mm (~6-1/4") opening and
about 180mm (~7") deep. The pocket lining is nylon
and it can serve as a secure home for most wallets.
The Fox Creek leather
motorcycle jacket is made in the U.S.A. This is a
pleasant surprise, because most domestic leather manufacturers
have long ago thrown in the towel and source their
leather from overseas. No matter which country you're
from, it's always great to find high quality products
made by your fellow citizens.
Fox Creek Leather is
proud to manufacture their products in the U.S.A., and
this is subtly demonstrated by the snap buttons that
close both the pocket and the neck. Embossed on
the outside of each of the brass button snaps is a
portion of an American flag and the letters "USA".
The jacket also uses YKK
brass zippers all the way around, which should last for
centuries. The jacket carries a lifetime
guarantee that covers the workmanship and materials.
This includes the snaps, zippers, seams and grommets.
Fox Creek will either make arrangements for your jacket
to be repaired locally, or you can return it to the
factory. This alone has to be worth some extra
bucks -- have you ever tried returning a no-name leather
jacket for repair? Ha!
The Vented Racing Jacket
is so named because it has two
vents in front at the upper chest level and two vents
in the rear, all of which are nicely integrated into the jacket's
Both the front and the rear vents again open with a YKK
brass zipper; each vent is 200mm (~8") long, they zip from
the top down and have an extra piece of mesh fabric sewn
in the opening.
The zipper and the zipper
hidden underneath the double-edged leather openings,
making it hard to grab the zipper tab with
But any type of zipper pull sticking
out of the opening would
probably ruin the look of the jacket, so an easy solution is
to open the zippers before riding.
Alternatively, the owner could attach a short piece of
leather roping to the zipper end to make it easier to
grab when riding.
There was a lot of attention paid to the little details
when designing this jacket. Fox
Creek added an extra piece of mesh inside each vent.
They could have simply sewn the vent mesh to the edges of the zipper
fabric like the imports, or even left it out altogether,
relying instead upon the jacket's full mesh liner.
But instead they went through
the trouble of doubling over about 25mm (1") of the
high-quality leather from the outside of the jacket into
each side of the vent, and
then they sewed the extra piece of mesh to the end of the
leather flap. I won't get into the details of what
this means in terms of added time and effort during the
manufacturing process, but it's an indication of quality
that you won't find on the imports and is what helps make this jacket a
has a short 50mm (~2") racing-style collar. It's
lined with an extra piece of the same soft leather, so it's comfortable and smooth next to the skin.
As mentioned earlier, the jacket has a nice, tapered fit
with plenty of room in the shoulders, and it doesn't
feel constraining at all.
Vented Racing Jacket shown in these photos has the leather ties on the
side, but it's also available in a snap version, your
The rear of the jacket has some added
length which provides cover when leaned forward; the
added length also contains some extra padding to
help protect the tailbone.
One thing to realize is that
leather is a relatively heavy material. I'm not
sure how much the Vented Racing Jacket weighs, because
the jacket is heavier than my scale's maximum capacity
of 2kg (4 lbs., 4 oz.). I'd estimate the jacket's
weight at about 6 pounds.
But don't forget that a
leather motorcycle jacket has the potential of offering
some of the best defense against "road rash" that's
available. Thin, cheap leather is worthless when it
comes to protecting your hide.
I really like this jacket, mostly because it's
just so darn comfortable to wear, both on and
off the bike. The fact that it's a serious
jacket, made from racing-spec leather, yet
offers the style and feel of a dress jacket is a
I had sort of given up on leather motorcycle
clothing, mostly I guess because of the poor
quality of the ubiquitous imports. I also
don't like the stiff feel of many of the leather
motorcycle jackets that I've tried, including
the very high priced racing leathers.
This Fox Creek Leathers jacket is reasonably
priced and will probably last a lifetime, and
the classic styling should age gracefully.
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Review: Leather Motorcycle Jacket
- Vented Racing Jacket by Fox Creek Leather
Retail Price: $339.00
Comments: High quality leather motorcycle
jacket, nicely made and has a soft, comfortable feel.
Expansion panels in shoulder provide lots of room and
provide a comfortable fit. Vents front and back provide
decent air flow. YKK antiqued brass zippers and brass
buttons. Made in U.S.A., carries a lifetime guarantee.
Available with tie or snap sides.
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Visitor "B.T." writes: "Purchased the Fox Creek
Vented racing jacket after reading your review..........super
jacket. Very pleased. Thanks for the reviews and great web site."