If you’ve ever ridden in heavy leathers or textiles under the beating sun, you know exactly how stifling they can feel. So, what’s the solution? Enter mesh jackets, the perfect choice for those hot days, offering plenty of ventilation with their light structure and big mesh vents.
The Knox Zephyr is a particularly nice-looking mesh jacket, and what’s more, it’s also tough, fully armoured and made in the UK. It may look light, but the signature Knox protection level is still there. The fabrics are abrasion resistant, and the jacket is fitted with Knox CE armour in the shoulder, elbows and back. The protectors are fitted so they don’t move around and stay in the right place even in case of a tumble. The back protector is nice and big, covering both upper and lower back. An optional chest protector is also available.
Plentiful ventilation is guaranteed by the arrownet mesh fabric on the front and back, and there’s soft cotton lining for added comfort. There are two zipped pockets at the front and a further pouch at the rear (useful for storing the waterproof over-jacket that can be bought separately).
In use, the jacket feels snug in a nice way (it’s designed to be worn over a base layer only), while still comfortingly solid with all the protectors. The airflow is excellent and makes this a fantastic summer riding jacket. I also like that you can get a waterproof over-jacket that makes this a much more versatile product.