This MacnaBastic bomber jacket looks like casual wear, not a motorcycle jacket, yet it has a lot of protection and some clever features that make it ideal for next summer’s riding.
The European motorcycle clothing company makes some advanced technological gear with a lot of street smarts.
We’ve tested several of their jackets and they all seem to have some unique features such as the Aytee all-season jacket I used on last year’s Italian Alps tour.
All European gear now has to be properly certified and these jackets contain a lot of protective materials for abrasion and impact resistance.
This Macna Bastic jacket features CE-approved impact pads in the back, shoulders and elbows.
However, I don’t think the satin-finish polyamide nylon material would have much abrasion resistance.
But it is the clever little additions that I like.
For example, there is a sunglasses hook to hang your sunnies on your chest.
It also has two deep outside pockets that won’t let your valuables fall out even if you forget to fasten them with the two snap buttons.
Instead of the usual zip in the back to attach to your trousers if they have a matching zip, there is a simple snap tag that fits to your pants’ belt loop. Simple, easy to use and it works. Very clever.
But the most clever thing is the venting system.
I didn’t think it would be very good in hot weather with its elasticised cuffs and waist band not allowing in any breeze.
However, there are two small zipped vents on the upper arms that direct air straight into your armpits for maximum cooling effect.
I tried it out in 30C heat in Portland, Orgeon, this week on the Harley LiveWire launch and it works!
The front zip is also a clever two-stage zip.
If it’s cold, do it up to the tighter zip, but if it’s warm, zip up the second zip, leaving a 25mm-wide vent panel right down the front of the jacket.
Of course, this won’t work if you are behind a windscreen.