By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 87.25%
Spidi Carbo Rider Jacket
Editor Score: 87.25%
There are leather motorcycle jackets, and then there are leather sport riding jackets. Leather jackets designed for sport riding are typically going to fit more snug in order to better keep their armor in place and allow for a more aerodynamic profile overall. Depending on the level of sport jacket you’re considering, it may also include more abrasion resistant materials like leather with special treatments or plastic impact sliders. The Spidi Carbo Rider is an excellent example of an aggressive sport jacket that can be worn for daily use.
The Spidi Carbo Rider jacket is constructed of 1.1 to 1.3 mm thick cowhide sourced from tanneries in the Chiampo Valley of Italy, a region which has been tanning leather since the 15th century. The leather is soft and supple and has felt that way since I received the jacket, requiring zero break-in. The overall fit of the jacket is snug. Considering other sport jackets on the market, the size 50 Spidi Carbo Rider fits like a tight 48 in other brands I’ve tried. Thankfully, the Carbo Rider comes with plenty of stretch by way of leather accordion stretch panels across the shoulder blades and abrasion-resistant stretch nylon panels up the inside of the arms to the chest. These panels allow the rider to easily move around on the bike while maintaining a snug sport fit. Think of it as the top half of a race suit.