Indian Black Frontier Motorcycle Jacket Review
Comfort and style
When you think of a black biker jacket, most of us visualize Marlon Brando wrapped in black leather in the movie The Wild One. We have many options these days for riding gear, especially when it comes to jackets. And some of it doesn’t look much like motorcycle gear.
To oversimplify our choices, we have three basic categories of riding jackets to choose from: leather, fabric, and rain. Let’s remove the various seasonal and temperature factors to make this easier. While leather jackets are more traditional, hold up well on a high-speed slide, and can look better with years of use, a growing number of riders are now wearing fabric jackets.
This Black Frontier Jacket is a handsome design that blends elements of all three categories in a good-looking, fashionable, and functional package. I wouldn’t count on it as my main defense against a sustained downpour, but I suspect this water-resistant jacket would hold up fine in a light sprinkle on the road. In cooler weather, you close the zippered vents and leave the quilted insulation liner in place. When the temperatures climb, simply remove the liner, open the vents, and ride in comfort.
While this might not suit everyone’s taste, I like the design and upscale style, including the brown suede collar. There’s plenty of storage with four pockets on the outside and three more inside the jacket. There are basic side-adjustment snaps and snug fitting cuffs to keep the wind out. When you do want some air circulation, simply unzip the vents at the shoulders, armpits, and back. Soft body armor at the shoulders and elbows – just in case – and an action back I appreciated when leaning into the bike.
Stylish, versatile, and functional, I like wearing the Frontier, on or off the bike. I recommend it to anyone looking for a stylish three-season, Indian-branded fabric jacket. AIM
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Black Frontier Jacket