Riding gear seems to get better every year, not only have manufacturers got a plethora of abrasion-resistant fabrics to work with but they have the designers needed to turn them into the kind of casual wear you would happily go to the pub in.
Take this wax armoured shirt from leading British brand, RST for instance. It’s smart enough that it doesn’t even look like you should be riding in it, yet it’s Kevlar lined and CE certified for use whilst riding.
RST have really taken over the bike clothing world and for good reason, their products are good looking, well priced and they were the first company to CE certify all their range – even before it became a mandatory requirement if being sold as ‘motorcycle kit.’
Design and spec
The District Wax Textile shirt is made from HD Wax fabric and has a DuPont Kevlar fibre lining, that’s supported by a tartan inner lining and fixed mesh liner for extra breathability. It’s certified to CE Level A and comes with pre-installed shoulder and elbow armour. There’s also a pocket for an optional back protector.
The jacket/shirt fastens using an RST Premium zipper, that’s covered by a popper stud overlay for added safety and styling. There’s also a zip-popper combo on the cuffs and on the front top pockets. There’s also a couple of inside pockets and the collar closure features a magnetic fastening to stop it from billowing in the wind.
The styling is very tasty, with a nice fit and quality feel.
District shirt spec
Back protector? Pocket only
CE certification rating: A
Elbow armour: Level 1 – CE Approved
Inner lining: Fixed checked cotton lining
Inner pockets: 2
Main outer material: HD wax fabric
Outer pocket: 2
Shoulder armour: Level 1 – CE approved
Zips: RST premium zippersAvailable from: SLUK Shop and all RST dealers
Although this is billed as an ‘Armoured Shirt’ rather than a jacket it does actually feel like a cross between the two. It feels more substantial than a Kevlar shirt but not as bulky as a jacket. It’s heavy enough to remind you you’re wearing it and it’s warm in use thanks to the wind-blocking properties of the HD Wax. In the heat we’ve had recently it’s much nicer to wear than a bulky textile jacket but a mesh jacket would certainly keep you cooler. Although I’d rather have this on for later in the day as it starts to cool down. I’ve only been wearing the District shirt for a couple of months but it’s quickly become my jacket of choice for smaller mileage trips. It can handle the odd shower but you wouldn’t really want to rely on it to keep you dry on a long trip (unless you had waterproofs to go over the top). The shirt costs £149.99 and comes in sizes from XS to 3XL. You can order yours here. Or if you prefer to see one in the flesh and try it on most decent bike shops will have RST in stock.
I’ve had many RST jackets, gloves and even race leathers over the past few years and their range just keeps getting better every year and I’ve not had any kit that’s let me down so far. That’s why I’m happy to supply RST through the SLUK Shop and recommend it to my friends.