Knox Studio Collection | CLOTHING REVIEWS
Made in England
Designed and built in the UK, the Knox Studio Collection offers a superior blend of style, function, performance and value for money.
So what is the Studio Collection?
It’s an innovative multi layering, multi functional and very stylish range of clothing to be ridden in – and worn casually if required. We’ve been trying one of the jackets and an armoured undershirt for the last year, here’s how we’re getting on with them.
The Armoured shirt: £99.99
At first glance you can be forgiven for thinking the Studio Collection is just a range of casual clothing made by a bike specific manufacturer. In actual fact this is one of the simplest but most effective ways of making bike clothing look great, whilst functioning perfectly for both comfort and safety.
Knox are well known for layering and they’ve used that knowledge to create this range and make it look great, no matter how you wear it.
How does the system work?
It’s a three-part system; firstly they designed a new Knox Armoured shirt. As with all the Studio Collection, the shirt is available in both male and female styles. It’s a very comfortable garment, thanks to the flat locked seams and stretch fit. It’s also very light and thin, so heat doesn’t build up inside and it’s not bulky to wear. It’s also machine washable.
The vest has Knox Lite CE approved armour on the elbows and shoulders and a Level 1 CE approved back protector as standard. Because the jacket is fitted (available in sizes S – 3XL) the armour stays in the right place all of the time and it’s easy to just put a jacket on over the top.
The Leonard wax jacket: £249.99
The look, feel and styling of the Leonard is second to none. It’s a very smart jacket and I’ve been wearing it off the scooter as much as I have while riding. The beauty is that it doesn’t have armour fixed inside so it can be worn as an ‘ordinary’ jacket without making it look like you’ve been working out. It’s the kind of item you can ride to a rally or event in, take the armoured shirt off when you get there and wear the jacket all weekend.
The really clever but simple part about the Studio Collection though is the underarm zip system, it means the full length arm and side zips on the jacket can be unzipped to make the jacket big enough to accommodate the armoured shirt. You simply choose the size that fits and unzip it when using the armour. Very effective and the jacket is a much better fit as a result.
Is it a ‘proper’ scooter riding jacket or just designed to look good?
In use the Leonard jacket looks great, is very comfortable and not half as bulky as a conventional bike jacket. It’s light, waterproof and even on it’s own was warm enough in early spring, add a Cold Killers Sports Top, or the third part of the system (the Knox thermal quilted jacket, £39.99) and you could wear it for most of the year. The Leonard is very soft to the touch and even after almost a year it still smells very leathery. That’s because it’s made from 100% high performance waterproof and breathable waxed leather, it also has fully taped seams, a 10k breathable membrane, YKK Aquaguard® water resistant front and pocket zips, Knox branded detailing, cotton interior lining and removable collar and cuffs. There’s also an optional hood. The jacket is available in sizes S-XXL and costs £249.99. Visit www.planet-knox.com to see the full Studio Collection.
We’ve ridden thousands of miles in various Knox products, from body armour to Handroid gloves and of course their fantastic Cold Killers range of thermal base layers. All of which have done exactly what they were designed to do. I’d recommend any of the Knox products to my closest riding friends – the Studio Collection moves things on to another level.
If you want a good looking and fully functioning jacket that can be worn on or off the bike I suggest you check out the Knox Studio Collection. I was so impressed that I got the other half a Lea wax jacket and armoured shirt, she loves them. The company has just launched a range of fully lined armoured jeans as well so I’ll be trying those this summer.
Lab rating: 9.5