With the current generation of neo-retro motorcycles, it goes without saying that riding gear has transformed to serve both fashion, safety and protection. While there will always be people willing to give up safety at the expense of thinking they look good on their motorcycles, gear manufacturers continue to innovate to deliver good looking apparel that doesn’t compromise safety and protection.
One such brand is Bering, a French gear manufacturer known for its high-end and reliable gear. Bering’s products are primarily suitable for colder climates, as they use thick, insulated materials on many of its gloves, pants and jackets. The company has also started experimenting with recyclable materials, notably with its Portland jacket. This time around, the brand has released a versatile 3-in-1 jacket that could very well serve as your all-year-round jacket. It’s called the Winton jacket, and there are men’s and women’s variations.
On the outside, the Winton is clearly a heavier jacket with retro-inspired styling. Its outer layer is made from an abrasion-resistant textile material called Fiber Tech 600D. A fixed mesh liner inside serves as the bare minimum of insulation and can be configured as such on the hottest days. When the weather becomes more gloomy and temperatures drop, several removable layers can then be installed, such as a BWTech Mega waterproof membrane, and even a Shelltech Super thermal liner for the cooler days. In addition, the jacket has ADS ventilation openings that allow air to circulate no matter how many layers you wear underneath.
When it comes to protective features, the Winton is no slouch. For starters, it’s equipped with Level 1 certified Alpha protectors on the shoulders and elbows. These can then be replaced and upgraded with stronger inserts. An integrated pocket can accommodate a variety of spare back protectors. For a secure fit, the jacket comes with a loop to connect to your pants and other accessories on the back. Thanks to all these characteristics, it benefits from class A PPE according to the latest EN 17092 standard.
The Winton is only available in black, but comes in a wide selection of seven sizes. There is also a Lady Winton designed to perfectly fit the anatomy of female riders. The men’s and women’s versions of the Winton retail for 269.99 Euros, which works out to around 294 USD – quite pricey, but considering the versatility and elegance of this jacket, it’s certainly worth it.