How To Fit A Motorcycle Jacket
‘Which size should I go for?’ is a question that we get asked a lot, and understandably so. It’s a minefield. Everyone’s a different size and shape. Factor in that each manufacturer has their own take on how a motorcycle jacket should fit and we’re already adrift. You may hit the jackpot in a particular size with one brand only to find that you’re miles out with another. Over the past two years, we’ve spent days, weeks even, fine-tuning the fit of the Eversholt Jacket. In doing so, we’d like to think that we have a good understanding of how motorcycle clothing should fit. We wanted to share what we know.
Yes, there are guides out there but to us, they always seem to be an afterthought; a collection of body measurements that never quite tally, tucked into a dusty corner of a website. Most that we’ve seen follow a sizing system that has its roots in formal clothing, suits and the like. Herein lies the problem. Suits generally follow the same silhouette and most of the time, are worn with a shirt. The weight of the fabrics used to make formal clothing only ever changes slightly and so, with a couple of body dimensions, it’s pretty straightforward working out which size to go for.
Motorcycle jackets are the opposite. They’re worn throughout the year in different climates the world over. Sometimes with just a t-shirt underneath. At others, with layer upon layer to keep out the cold. All should have armour, some don’t. There are so many variables, trying to apply a sizing formula designed for formal clothing to a motorcycle jacket doesn't really work.
Since launching the Eversholt Jacket, we’ve sent jackets all over the world and haven’t (yet) had any problems with the sizes that we’ve recommended. The best place to start, we think, is with a jacket that fits you well, even better if it’s one you ride in regularly.
When searching for a jacket to work from, consider your sub-layers. To give you a gauge, we’d recommend that you dress as if you were heading out in weather a touch colder than average. There may be a handful of icy days that your jacket will be a little tight because of an extra layer or two but, if it’s that cold, hopefully you won’t be riding for too long. Better to have a jacket suited to the bulk of the time you spend on two wheels. If you’re not one for heading out when the weather turns, be honest with yourself. It’ll be you that’s swamped in a jacket with room to accommodate winter layers. Once you’ve found a jacket to base your decision on, you’ll need to find yourself a surface to work from.
- The first measurement that you’ll need to take is the chest. Having laid the jacket flat, run the tape across the front roughly one inch below the armholes. When measuring, always make sure that the jacket isn’t creased to give yourself an accurate reading.
- The second to take is the body length. For this, you’re searching for something called the ‘Side Neck Point’. As you might expect, this is the highest point at the side of the collar. Don’t be caught out by where the shoulder seam sits, this is sometimes moved depending on the style, make sure you run the measure to the edge of the fabric.
- The last measurement is the sleeve. Again, make sure there aren’t any creases and then run the tape from the shoulder seam to the cuff. Once you have these dimensions, share them with the maker of your jacket and they should be able to recommend the correct size for you.
A final point to add, anyone selling a motorcycle jacket should always be happy to exchange for a different size if needed. The worst case is that you may have to wait a week or so for it to be swapped. Best if you can avoid it though, you can be sure that while you’re waiting for the postman, the weather will be perfect for a trip. If you have any questions, please fire these over to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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