OUT AND ABOUT WITH VIKING CYCLE GEAR
By Paul Strubell of Dirt Orcas – 12/15/17
I recently received a Viking Cycle Angel Fire Motorcycle Jacket. I got out play around in it last week and was very impressed.
I also got to do my best Zoolander impression for these photo’s. More importantly, I wanted to give the jacket a multifaceted review. So I hit up some old buildings, coffee shops, and back-roads to test out the wear-ability in both a casual settings and of course on the bike.
I am happy to report the jacket is better than I anticipated. It has a quality cowhide leather which feels durable and safe, but also obviously projects that timeless image of cafe racer.
The leather is thick enough to project an aura of safety in the event of a spill on the bike and comes with a nice interior liner that actually provided me with more warmth than I was expecting on a chilly day riding in the high 30’s.
You can pick up one for yourself https://www.motorcyclehouse.com/viking-cycle.
I also liked that there are many pockets on this jacket. They come in a variety of sizes. it has zippered exterior pockets to keep your phone, wallet, and warm your hands. Smaller interior pockets that are lined and zippered for smaller items. There is also a large interior pocket on the right torso panel. The video ‘s on VikingCycle.com suggests it might be a nice place to conceal a weapon, but I suggest putting an iPad in there, so you can show people a slideshow of your friends and family, to convince them of what a nice person you are.
While on the bike, the jacket shines. The traditional short wasted cut that always accompanies this style of jacket immediately becomes apparent. As soon as you sit down on the bike you notice the cut molding to your body and keeping the collar and shoulders of the jacket in place. Something that is always a challenge with a longer rally style jacket.
The zipper easily moves and has a large enough clasp that you can zip the jacket up and down while still wearing your riding gloves. The pockets also work in the same way.
I am happy to report I also got the right kind of looks while wearing this jacket at the coffee shop. There is acknowledgment of the classic styling and the adventurous mentality that accompanies motorcyclists.
Depending on your size, this jacket runs in the $80-$120 range and for that price you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.
For reference I am 5’11” and 210lbs and wearing a size large.