Modern Moto Magazine ISSUE No. 6 - January 2018 - Page 30

Black Brand Roxxy Jacket There typically has not been a lot of crossover with protec ve motorcycle apparel to ride-styles other than the one for which they were intended. For example, a jacket tradi onally styled for a cruiser rider is rarely seen on a sportbike rider. Many mes, there are technical reasons related to riding posi on and protec on provided, but a few manufacturers design gear that can make the transi on, and adventure gear is a great example; it’s not uncommon now to see an adventure jacket happily worn on a daily rider. One company crossing moto-gear genres is Black Brand. Although their gear is designed with cruisers in mind, many of the styles can easily cross to cafe racer, sport, standard and even some sportbikes with less aggressive riding posi ons. The a rac on of Black Brand is the style. You can easily wear these jackets all day, on and off the bike. The fabrics are so and supple inside and out, and the fi t is right-on. Be sure and read over the specs of each piece carefully as the level of protec on varies. I tested the Roxxy jacket by Black Brand, and it worked perfectly when I was in both upright and tucked riding posi ons. I rode through temperatures from 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and was never too hot or cold. With the thermal regula ng liner in place, I was dry during a two-hour ride through light rain, and the exterior of the jacket dried quickly and s ll looks great, thanks to its water and UV-resistant treatments. On hot days, I removed the liner, and the ven la on provided on the chest and back allowed for nice air fl ow. The Roxxy has stretch panels on the back of the shoulders for an easy reach to the bars, an expandable zippered gusset on each hip and a snap down collar. A much o en missed feature in women’s jackets – the Roxxy has seven pockets! Two on the waist, two on the chest, one on the arm and two interior. For protec on, the Roxxy is equipped with D30® Level 1 armor in the shoulders and elbows and a D30® Level 1 back protector – an excellent addi on to a cruiser style jacket. Black Brand is partnered with Homes For Our Troops, an associa on that builds mortgage-free homes specially-adapted for severely-injured post- 9/11 veterans. They give a specifi c amount of the profi ts from every jacket, vest and chaps they sell to this organiza on in support of our veterans. The image to the right is a patch inside of the jacket. Jacket Specs D3O® Level 1 armor for protec on and comfort YKK® zippers 37.5® Technology (thermal regula ng inner liner) Full-sleeve, windproof zip-out liner fi ts in jacket pocket Bonus pocket on right shoulder Added zippers on hips for riding comfort Polyester/nylon with water- and UV-resistant treatments Purchase benefi ts our injured returning vets, thanks to our partnership with Homes For Our Troops Three-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects Sizes XS – 2XL Available in Black or Brown MSRP $275.00 Review by: Ka e McKay 30