Sports-Cut Leather Jacket By Berik
It’s probably not the most versatile motorcycling apparel you could own, but there’s something about a good sports-cut leather jacket that puts a smile on your face. Robust, technical and assertive, they’re a good investment and the default go-to option when you wanna get on it. You know what we mean.
Berik is a Japanese brand and owned by a motorcycle-fanatic company, Bosco Moto Co., based in Osaka, which certainly explains that manga-like logo.
One of Berik’s leather sports jacket offerings is the Absolute which, at $500, offers a lot of bang for your buck. It’s hard to fault in fact, so good is its construction and comfortable, high-quality feel.
The jacket is constructed from a mix of 1.1 and 1.3mm premium full-grain cow leather as well as a stretchy nylon fabric in strategic areas for day-long coziness. This combination makes it incredibly comfortable, thanks also to some other nice touches. These include perforated leather panels in the arms for added ventilation, Neoprene inside the collar to reduce thickness, and the same wetsuit-type stuff around the wrists to make hand entry/egress much easier. That’s in addition to the usual zips and Velcros.
You can also gauge the quality, comfort and feel of the soft CE-certified shoulder and elbow armour. Active safety features include those fluoro yellow inserts which certainly make the jacket pop while all the grey/silver bits you see are reflective. There are more offerings further up the price range if you’re after something with external shoulder protectors for more visual aggression.
Storage is good, with two roomy outer hand-warmer pockets at the front, a Napoleon pocket for the dog and bone (not so handy for lefties), plus another two pockets built into the removable thermal vest liner – one of which is designed for the latest (and largest) smartphone.
We’ve put the jacket through its paces throughout summer in various sporting jaunts and it’s proved to be top-notch. The identification tag in the storm flap is convenient as it is sobering (name and blood type), by the way.
If there’s anything we could criticise it would be the unusual absence of that common Velcro flap that secures the zip slider when it’s in place (top stop) to prevent it from flapping about. In fairness, though, we haven’t actually noticed whether it flaps about or not.
It’d also be nice if it came with a back protector, but that’s something of an industry standard among the main players. Try before you buy if you’ve got ox-like forearms, too – it’s an athletic cut.
If you make the odd cameo at the track then you might consider the matching 2.0 Sports pants ($579.95), which connect to the jacket via the usual 360-degree waist zipper.
Overall, a very tasteful and comfortable sports jacket.
– Chris Harris
PRICE: $499.95, matching 2.0 Sports pants $579.95