by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
2007 Motorcycle Product of the Year
award for Men's Motorcycle Clothing - Leather Jacket!
Summary: A high-quality leather jacket with a wonderful
hand. Instantly comfortable. Confirm correct size before
purchase. It's good to see Furygan gear finally sold in the U.S.A.!
Ack! I know I've seen this jacket before
-- but where?
Then it hit me -- Ago! Yep, Giacomo
Agostini wore Furygan leathers whilst riding for Yamaha back in the
I dug up a photo of Ago in an old moto book and, sure
enough, his Furygan leathers sure look to me like the inspiration for this Furygan
"Fighter" leather jacket. I can see it in the details -- the stripes
on the arm, the red outlined pockets (very '70's) and even the tailoring
have captured the spirit.
So score one for Furygan, because I'm a big Ago
fan (see the wBW
review of our
autographed copy of "Fifteen Times", his autobiography).
Now stylin' like Ago is fine, but
what about the rest? The '70's, in case you haven't noticed, are long
gone. We, the citizens of the 21st Century, demand high-tech safety
and quality along with our classic styling. Can the Fighter deliver?
Furygan is probably a new and unfamiliar name to many American motorcycle riders, but
the name Segura might ring a bell; they've been a long-time European leather
clothing manufacturer of note. Jacques Segura was part of the
family-run business but he had his own vision, so he struck out on his own
1969 and started Furygan, and his family has been turning out high-quality
motorcycle clothing ever since.
The company actually makes a huge selection of
leather jackets, pants and one-piece suits, along with gloves, boots, street
clothing and even backpacks, motorcycle underwear and tank bags.
Our opinion is that Furygan's product mix is similar to the Rev'it
and I'd guess that the two companies are probably close competitors. They target the same
market -- discriminating riders looking for high-quality, European designed
(and in this case, European manufactured) motorcycle apparel.
And now Furygan is finally available in the U.S.,
distributed by Van Ellis Ltd. in Seattle. Van Ellis sent us this
Fighter jacket, along with an interesting Level 2 SAS-Tec memory foam back
protector that fits this jacket and others.
They're building the retail network, but they'll also sell Furygan
apparel directly to motorcyclists who don't have a local dealer nearby.
We think this is a good strategy for building brand recognition in a
When Van Ellis offered to send jacket for a
review, I pored through their catalog, but it wasn't easy to make a
decision, because there are so many great-looking Furygan products.
But I quickly zeroed in on the Fighter jacket.
Besides the styling connection to Agostini, my motorcycle
classicist's heart and the retro Ducati GT1000 sitting in the garage told me it
was the perfect choice.
My knowledge of the brand was limited to
raves from our British friends and maybe a run-through on a dealer's rack in England during a visit a
while ago, so I had no idea what to expect
when the box arrived.
When I opened it up, I was impressed. One look and one touch of this leather is all it takes.
This is definitely une classe supérieure, or "high class stuff", as
we say in Brooklyn.
The leather has a sheen that I've tried to
capture under studio lighting and a measly 72 dots-per-inch in the photos below.
It really is different, and the feel -- ooh la la! The feel is tres
magnifique! I'm hoping you can see the suppleness by the way the
leather looks in the photos below.
I'd say this is probably the most supple, silky-feeling leather I've ever encountered.
It feels broken-in right out of the box, but I'm sure it will get
even better over time. It just looks and feels great, and believe me,
people notice. Everyone wants a feel!
Although the Fighter jacket is biased more towards street style than motorcycle racing, it does carry the Furygan
race heritage, as do
all of their products. The leather is 1.3mm to 1.4mm full
grain cowhide, dyed and waterproofed with a proprietary formula that
impregnates the material, and it's all done right at the Furygan family-owned factory.
Grading, cutting, processing and manufacturing
leather all under one roof used to be the way it was done, but this method is extremely rare nowadays, especially
in Europe, as most of the manufacturing has been moved way offshore.
But Furygan sticks by the good ol' fashioned, European family-owned-and-operated
leather tailoring model, and it's nice to see that Old-World craftsmanship
can still be found.
The Fighter jacket comes with removable
CE-approved elbow and shoulder armor, but, as you can see in the photos,
it's barely noticeable because the jacket is tailored so well. The optional SAS-Tech
CE-approved Level 2 back protector is also a very interesting piece.
The foam is relatively soft and squishy if it's squeezed slowly between the
thumb and forefinger. But hit or squeeze it fast and it instantly
stiffens, just like magic.
The SAS-Tech Level 2 Memory Foam Back Protector (Optional).
The back protector will actually bend over like
a wet noodle if it's held at one end, but it comes right back into shape as
soon as it's moved. It's one of the most comfortable back
protectors I've ever experienced, and at $35.00, it's a downright steal.
It's just the right shape to fit into any motorcycle jacket's back
protector pocket too, so it's worth a checkout.
The Furygan Fighter comes with a zip-in quilted
liner, but honestly, I don't think I've ever kept a liner in anything other
than a 3/4-length jacket. I do some light layering and maybe a
turtleneck under leather and I'm all set.
With the liner installed, the size large jacket is a bit tight on my U.S. size 43
torso, but with the liner removed, the jacket fits like a glove, as you can see in the photos. It
fits just like it should; snug, with sleeves long enough to cover my outstretched
arms. The jacket is belt length, and it has an attachment zipper that
fits Furygan pants.
Furygan offers many different jacket styles and shapes
and the classic Fighter is simple, yet every detail is perfect. Not a
stitch out of line, not a single loose thread, and did I mention that
leather? Oooh la .... ooops, sorry!
The Fighter jacket has two waist hand pockets with zippers and cool-looking
leather zipper pulls with the Furygan panther logo; two horizontal zippered
pockets on the upper chest, outlined in red leather; and two inner vertical
zippered pockets, one on either side inside the placket. Here are some
photos to illustrate the details:
Furygan "Fighter" Leather Jacket - Sleeve and Stitching Detail
Close-up of Sleeve Tailoring.
Close-up of Upper Chest Pocket Zipper
The sleeves have a zipper and snap at the cuff; no Velcro here.
It's definitely a cross between a cool-looking street jacket and a
protective motorcycle jacket, and one of the neat things about the Fighter
is that it looks just as good with a GT1000 as it does on a cruiser and it's
even a looker in the stunt crowd.
Good news, Furygan fans -- no more black-marketing the jackets back to U.S.
shores after your summer trip to Paris. They've finally arrived in the
U.S., so if you're looking for something unique with vieille école
(old school) European craftsmanship, you're golden.
"Fighter" Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Ellis Ltd. (U.S.A.) See also
Retail Price: Jacket - $465.00; Back
Protector - $35.00
|Colors: Black and
Sizes Available: S to XXXL Review Date: July 2007
Note: Jacket provided by Van Ellis Ltd.
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From "H.T.": "Firstly, I want to thank you for providing
and maintaining this great resource on the web. It's very educational
for a newbie rider such as myself and I can give webBikeWorld a lot of
credit for making me a safer and more comfortable rider.
I read with interest Rick's review of the very
fashionable Furygan Fighter jacket and subsequently
checked out the catalog at the US website
Decided that the Fighter jacket was possibly too stylin' for my Honda
cruiser but I was intrigued by other Furygan offerings; I ordered a pair of
San Remo boots. They are sturdy, grippy, of good quality and the fit
is fantastic. I typically have great difficulty in finding comfortable
shoes for my wide feet, let alone a comfortable pair of boots! Unlike
other boots I've owned they're quite pleasant for walking.
It's an added bonus that the customer support provided by Van Ellis was
I'm sure to order more products and ask my local dealers to stock