Vented Racing Jacket Review

Third Party Review by Steven on

Vented Racing Jacket

November 13, 2008

"Upon seeing Fox Creek Leather's ad running on MO, Steven spontaneously dropped us a line to say how pleased he's been with the quality of the jacket he purchased from them. We had already received product from FCL, and were busily evaluating it for test and review, but being the lazy bastards that we are, we asked Steven if he'd mind doing our job for us. Being the industrious fellow that he is, he said "yes". We said "thank you", did a little Snoopy dance, called it a day, and went out for Happy Hour nachos and a round or five of Margaritas (Tom Sawyer would have been so proud!). Lo and behold, our man Steven came through, the review is done, and done well I might add. Hey Steven, we got nothin' but love for ya' baby!" -EB-

I found Fox Creek surfing for leather on the web a few years ago.... I've had my vented racing jacket for about a year and a half. After checking out all the apparel web sites and bike shops around, I decided to take a leap and order this coat online. The jacket is made in the USA from good 1.4 to 1.6 mil. thick full-grain drum-dyed leather thats still quite supple, even straight out of the box. I treat mine with mink oil to keep the rain out, but the leather is such good quality that it's probably not needed. The jacket is mesh lined with a snap in liner and side laces. While not armored per se' it has double patches on the elbow, shoulder, and a padded kidney belt; and as I said the leather itself is comparable weight.

Style wise it's a traditional racing design with a dropped lower back, "antique" brass straight zipper and snap coller, the vents are two long zippers down the chest and two more down the back. I've worn it almost daily in weather from low 30's with a fleece pull-over to mid 90's with just a T shirt without being too hot or cold. A perforated version is now available as well, for those living in warm weather climates.