belstaff mojave waxed cotton jacket - This is the new-for-2013 Mojave; officially it's I owned... This Belstaff Mojave jacket is a direct reproduction of the style of jacket that Steve McQueen used to race in back in the sixties and we were particularly excited when this jacket was added to Belstaff's 'Pure Motorcycle' collection. Of course, in terms of its technical performance and protection, the Belstaff jackets he wore in those days would not have come close to this modern interpretation.
This Dicovery Belstaff Mojave jacket is made from an 8oz Wax Cotton with 45 gramme Valtherm padding in the sleeves for extra warmth. There's also a 120 gramme Valtherm zip-out gilet in the jacket making it super warm on cold days, but it can be swiftly removed when the going gets hot. There is removable CE approved armour in the shoulders and elbows.Welcome to shop Men's Belstaff Jackets.
This is the new-for-2013 Mojave; officially it’s called the Mojave 2.0.
Now under new ownership, Belstaff has gone to great lengths to improve the quality control on their jackets although, in truth, we never experienced many quality issues with the previous generation of Mojaves.
The Mojave, of course, is one of our all-time favourite motorcycle jackets.
Whereas the Trialmaster is based on the classic, long, four-pocket jacket favoured by professional road-testers, adventurers and trials riders, the Mojave is a shorter, racier style, blouson jacket that takes its cues from the desert-racers of Southern California in the sixties.
It’s not, we have to admit, as protective as the Trialmaster. It’s shorter, meaning that it leaves the body below the waist more exposed. It’s also made from a lighter, eight ounce wax cotton; the Trialmaster is cut from ten ounce.
But if you’re riding something a little sportier (no, not a Fireblade or GSX), and if your journeys tend to be more local, then the Mojave is probably the perfect jacket.
It also comes with the all-important McQueen DNA. Pick up ‘Forty Summers ago’ or the William Claxton books that show Steve and his pals like Bud Edkins and Malcolm Smith acting like hooligans on their ‘desert-sleds’ in the desert regions of inland California, and you’ll see what we mean.
The new jacket also, for the first time ever, comes with a seamed sealed waterproof liner. It’s made from a high-tech membrane called Miporex.
The sleeves are lined with lightish 60 gramme Valtherm padding for extra warmth.
For the body, there’s a 150 gramme Micro-Valtherm gilet. It will keep you plenty warm, as Tonto might have said, and if it gets too hot on the prairie, it can simply be unzipped and discarded.
For protection, you get state-of-the-art D3O protectors in the sleeves and shoulders, whilst there’s a pocket for a back protector that you can buy separately.
This is available in Level 1 or Level 2 configurations.
Everything else we can tell you about this jacket is detail.
Things like corduroy on the neck, cuffs and in the waistband. Quilted reinforcement panels on the elbows and shoulders. Adjusters for the neck and cuffs and a buckle cover to protect the paintwork on the tank of your TR6. Metal aeration holes under the arms. An internal zip-pocket and so on.
This really is a beautiful piece. In styling terms, there’s really little else to touch it. Yet it’s a totally credible motorcycling jacket. And with its new armour and extra waterproofing, it’s a significant improvement on its predecessor.
We love it.
It comes in black or brown. Both look black, especially when the light is subdued but the brown version creates a very nice, slightly more vintage