I love retro leather jackets and the Carter from Bering is a particularly good-looking sample of retro-cool. The design is simple but effective: no stripes or big logos, just a classy 70’s style cut, high-quality materials and features that make a difference.
The Carter may be a retro leather jacket, but there’s nothing retro about the level of protection that this jacket provides: it’s CE-approved throughout, not just the armour. It’s great to know that under its cool, casual look, the Carter hides a lot of protection.
The jacket is made of 1.5mm-thick brown leather, decorated with top-stitching. The feel of the leather is surprisingly soft, considering it’s that thick, and that also makes it more comfortable to wear. The shoulders, elbows and back are all protected with CE-approved armour. To help with the perfect fit the elbow protectors are height adjustable. The back protector feels nice and thick and fits in its pocket well so it doesn’t move around too much.
On the inside, the jacket has a fixed mesh lining. There’s also a long back zip and loops for attaching the jacket to a pair of trousers.
Vintage jackets tend to be ones that you only wear on nice warm days, but the Carter features a removable thermo-alu lining, helping to make the jacket suitable for riding in varied conditions. The jacket also features pockets for optional heating elements for added warmth if you really want to push the limits of riding in the cold.
There are four outside pockets (all zipped) and an inside pocket for your mobile phone and wallet. None of the pockets are massive, but this is not a touring jacket and the space is perfectly adequate for the essentials that I carry around with me.
Another indication of the high quality of this jacket is the zips that are all by YKK and work like a dream. They don’t catch on the leather and make life easy with the jacket. The jacket is available in sizes M–4XL.
There’s a lot to like about this jacket: Get Carter!
For further info: www.tranam.co.uk