Richa's new retro-styled leather jacket is a winner in the view of Alex Waters


RRP: £269.99 / €339.00


Belgian clothing company Richa have come up with the goods with the Toulon, proving once again that you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve a good balance of style and functionality. Trying it on for the first time it looks and feels great with its ‘worn-in’ look (echoed in the cotton lining) and the supple cowhide (buffalo leather?!) will only improve with age. This isn’t a case of style over substance however as it has a full complement of D3O armour ready installed at the shoulders, elbows and back – without looking or feeling overly bulky. The quality of materials and construction is impossible to fault, especially at this price! For the chillier months there is a removable hood which zips in and out in seconds if it’s not really your thing or on a warm day.

If I’m being picky the back armour could extend further down to the lower back but if that’s an issue then you can always remove it and wear your own back protector underneath.

JB and I are already big fans of the brand having tried and tested the long and short version of their Richa’s Scrambler jacket and in our eyes, they can do no wrong. It really does make you ask yourself why you would spend more – and we haven’t really looked closely at their adventure gear yet!

If you own a heritage bike you really need to have a closer look at the Toulon, 270 quid for a high-quality leather jacket with decent protection is hard to ignore and with a range of different coloured strips on the sleeves you might even find the one to match your bike!

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