By Maria Roderick Editor Score: 84.5%
Black Brand Mantra Jacket
Editor Score: 84.5%
The birth of Black Brand for women was announced with evocative names such as the Brazilian Waxed and the Sheared Beaver, both of which are part of Black Brand’s “Platinum Series” of women’s jackets. For ladies desiring a less suggestively named motorcycle jacket from Black Brand, the Mantra is a stylish high-end leather option.
Like the other two jackets, the Mantra is constructed of supple top-grain sheepskin and features intricate embroidery on the upper back, lower back, chest and wrists. Other adornments include leather-tabbed YKK zippers, shoulder straps, and an assortment of metal studs. Black Brand research says many female riders purchase expensive fashion jackets after not finding what they were looking for in typical motorcycle apparel, leaving some women underprotected when riding. The Mantra is intended to deliver on both style and protection.
Sizing for the Mantra ranges between XS to 2XL. The Black Brand’s website provides a breakdown of specific sizing measurements for bust, waist, sleeve, hip. The XS Mantra fit me well everywhere, except for a little extra material in the hip area, but I have narrow hips. The lacing on the sides of the jacket is useful for customizing the jacket’s fitment to an individual’s body type, as do the zippers on each hip that are designed to accommodate a female body’s wider hips, especially when in a seated position.