Could this be the perfect ‘all round’ motorcycle jacket?…..
Well I guess that really depends on your requirements. If you spend all your riding time on track days and hooning around on a sports bike then obviously not! But for a lot of riders the Belstaff Crosby offers a huge amount of practicality, style and performance.
If you’ve watched my review, then you already know that the new Crosby is a step up from the previous incarnation, as Belstaff picked the weight of the waxed cotton up to a 6oz. Previously it was a bit ‘flimsy’ and certainly only a two season jacket at most. The jacket can now work for you all year round.
I’ve had a chance to wear it in a multitude of riding conditions, and I have to say i’m impressed, its probably my ‘go to’ jacket of choice. In single digit temps, just layer up underneath and you’re as snug as a bug in the proverbial. In the heat of summer (remember I’m talking about the UK here) its light enough to be comfortable with just a t-shirt on underneath.
Not only is it lighter than the Classic Trialmaster, its also a little shorter. This means if you are not a pencil thin model over 6ft, the jacket doesnt swamp you as the Trailmaster sometimes can. I also find the lack of belt (replaced by side adjusters) a much easier and neater solution.
The reduction in weight doesn’t compromise safety though. The jacket comes with D30 armour in the elbows and shoulders, and also takes a back protector, although you have to buy that seperately.
Alongside the long trusted water resistance of Waxed Cotton, the Crosby has a fully seam sealed Miporex liner, which adds true waterproofness,(an hour long spell on the M25 in torrential rain proved this) as well as an element of wind protection. As all mens jackets should have, there are loads of pockets. You can cram plently of stuff in them without spoiling the lines, and the zipped inside pocket is tardis like.
It still retains the tab and buckle neck fastening, but there are no tricky loops and its even fairly easy to do up with gloves on. It gives a nice secure neck, an the courduroy collar lining adds some luxurious comfort.
On or off the bike its a timeless looking jacket. Wear it on a classic, modern retro, cruiser, touring or adventure bike and it won’t look out of place. Walk into a bar, coffee shop or workplace wearing it, and it doesnt scream ‘Motorcycle’. That ticks a lot of boxes for me.
I really love my Belstaff Crosby jacket and although some people might protest about the £425 price tag, I’m pretty sure its going to still look good and work just as well in ten years time. We can have a Price vs value argument another time. But more often than not, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap, buy twice is all too often a very true motto……