Spada Air Force One armoured MA1-style flight jacket | REVIEW
The MA1-style flight jacket is as intertwined with the scooterboy scene as clouds of blue smoke blasting from a 2-stroke expansion chamber. I always wondered why nobody made a proper flight jacket for riding with waterproofing and armour. Now Spada have reinvented the MA1, and it’s great.
In my teenage year’s the flight jacket was my de-rigueur riding jacket. For cold weather it was two flight jackets. For rain or snow I added a thin waterproof jacket. None of this was ideal riding kit; it had no armour for a start, but at the time style and affordability were my main priorities.
Spada Air Force One
Fast forward to 2017 and Spada have updated the flight jacket concept again with the latest incarnation of their Air Force One, keeping all of the style but adding tons more practicality.
This season the outer shell has been upgraded to thicker, more abrasion-resistant 600D polyester material, as used on regular textile motorcycle jackets. The jacket comes with CE elbow and shoulder armour and there’s space for a back protector, and yet it still hangs like a proper flight jacket so it’s fine for everyday wear.
Additional warmth when riding comes from a breathable waterproof and windproof lining. The compromise in the summer is that it isn’t vented in any way, so it can get a bit sweaty off the bike.
It’s all about the look
The style focus also meant no compromise on the elasticated collar and cuffs. Obviously these aren’t waterproof, so don’t expect an Air Force One to keep you dry in a thunderstorm. However if you use a packaway waterproof over the top (our SLUK ultra-reflective overjackets are perfect for this) then with armour it still functions as a decent riding jacket for several seasons.
Detail features include a fixed orange lining, capacious interior pocket, a hanging chain inside the collar and a target-shaped pull on the sleeve pocket.
This year Spada have three colours in the range; black olive and platinum. Sizes range from Small to XXXXL.
Currently my son has commandeered this jacket for both riding and as regular casual-wear; which is no doubt exactly the sort of use Spada had in mind when they designed it.
This isn’t a winter riding jacket, but for the summer as a dual-purpose on and off the scooter jacket with weather-resistance and decent crash protection it’s a bargain for £99.
The Air Force One has many more features than a regular flight jacket for only a little more money. You can find your nearest stockist on the Spada website.
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