O2W rating: 9 stars
In early 2016, Furygan launched their ‘Legend’ range of lightweight summer jackets and one of the styles available was the Hero Evo. I reviewed that jacket and was quite impressed with it – to the point of it becoming my everyday ‘go to’ jacket. It fulfilled all my expectations for a summer jacket; it fitted well, it didn’t feel overly heavy, and it was comfortable to wear. The Furygan Serpico is the latest incarnation of the ‘Legend’ range, and is CE approved as PPE (personal protective equipment). It looks just as stylish (in a vintage sort of way) as its predecessor with its quilt-effect shoulder panels and it retains that nice soft and supple feel of the original.
The main external component is made out of what Furygan call ‘high tenacity polyester’ offering abrasion resistance. D30 CE protectors are fitted to the elbow and shoulder areas, offering protection without restricting comfort or freedom of movement. There’s a pocket for fitting the optional back protector – the pocket is compatible with D30’s ‘Central Back’ (CE level 1) and ‘Full Back’ (CE level 2) inserts, which are available separately.
One noticeable addition to the Serpico is a removable thermal padded lining with aluminium inserts which has mesh panels around the armpit area to aid heat dissipation. This raises the level of use from being a summer weight riding jacket, to something that can be worn on colder days. The lining is secured in position by a simple zip method, so that it can be removed and washed, if needed.
The Serpico boasts other features, including a central flap under the main zip which creates a weather barrier. It has adjustable straps on the wrist and waist and six pockets (four inside/two outside). There are also snap claws so the jacket can be linked to your trouser belt to stop it riding up whilst riding.