I always think that the best way to write an appraisal of anything is to use it well first, and the jacket here is no exception having first received the Tucano Urbano Pol back in the Spring of 2015.
As you’d expect from the Italians, the style is both and in this instance retro too, with the phrase ‘waxed cotton’ appearing in the manufacturer’s blurb. Apparently the outer shell is made with ‘silicon treated cotton canvas – giving the feel of a classic wax cotton without the need to re-wax – and is water repellent.’
In fact it doesn’t feel too waxy in my opinion, which is a good thing, but equally it’s water repellent nature doesn’t last much longer than a light shower – both of these observations made from personal experience, the latter being a little soggy… My suggestion here is that if your journey is likely to take you far from home then maybe consider the rather nifty (and extremely compact) Tucano Urbano Nano waterproof over-jacket too, just in case. It takes up very little space but should ensure you don’t arrive home later sopping wet through. Unless you fall off into a river of course. Tucano also describe the Pol as breathable and windproof, and I’ll certainly agree with that.
The Pol is a slim fit waist-length jacket that features CE approved D30 armour at the elbows and shoulders and also includes a pocket for a (optional) back protector. I’ve fitted a D30 item into mine. Despite the jacket being snug – or ‘tailored’ as the Italians may call it – the D30 armour is perfect for the Pol. It both protects you and yet remains unobtrusive and comfortable to wear.
Another feature of the Pol is Tucano’s ‘Reflactive System’, a concept born from the need in Italy to remain stylish upon arrival as well as protected when riding your scooter. Reflactive are hi-visibility and reflective sections at the collar and cuffs which are easily folded out when required and tucked away when entering the office or bar after work. A far more subtle way of being visible at night without going full-on hi-viz.
Continuing with the style and vintage-type panels on the shoulders and elbows emphasise the retro look of the Pol, as do buckles at the waist and neck. These complement the zip and poppers that together make for a snug fitting jacket. There are a couple of internal pockets, in addition to the exterior ones and it all adds up to the Tucano Pol being a recommended jacket for those after a stylish piece of kit to wear while riding – whether commuting in the finer weather or for weekend rideouts – that offers protection to the rider. It’s not surprising that Tucano Urbano are a massive name in their home country really, is it?
The Tucano Urbano Pol jacket is available in six sizes from Small to 3XL, the RRP is £134.99 (inc. VAT) and the colour option for 2016 are major brown, toffee, biking red and black. For further information visit www.tucanourbano.com