Last year, Tucano Urbano reimagined one of the most iconic items of clothing for scooter lovers – the Parka – and over the past 12 months, I’ve been putting the Italian brand’s Green Park jacket through its paces.
During the height of the Mod culture, the Fishtail Parka became iconic due to its wide availability, low price and practicality. It was the ideal bit of kit for young scooterists who needed something hardwearing and that wouldn’t break the bank.
Its main characteristics have remained unchanged over the years: its knee length, its large pockets, its removable liner and a hood with detachable faux fur trimming to combat the cold weather. And TU’s new Green Park jacket looks the business as far as I’m concerned – close enough to a traditional Parka to appease the hard-core scooter crowd, but with a handful of clever features to help it stand out as a thoroughly modern bit of kit.
It’s constructed from a cotton outer with a Hydroscud treatment, which works to make the Green Park totally waterproof and windproof – and all seams have been sealed, too.
In practice, it all works a treat, and even in the most vicious of storms, the jacket has kept me warm and dry with no trouble.
On the inside, there’s a removable polyester lining for warmth, and it also comes with CE level one protection on shoulders and elbows (there’s a pocket for back protection, too). Thankfully, I haven’t had to test the levels of protection just yet, but from what I can tell, the thick outer and level one armour should be well up to the job of keeping you safe of the road.
It features a waterproof inner pocket in the chest area that also has a microfibre cover to store glasses without scratching them, and is equipped with different-sized inner and outer pockets, too. As it has been designed for riding, there are a multitude of adjustments on the waist, cuffs and hood (removable and with detachable faux fur trimming).
I love this jacket. I’ve had an old German Army Parka in the past, and as you’d expect, the TU Green Park surpasses it in every single way. It’s stylish, comfortable, well equipped and, best of all, capable of handling some seriously miserable weather. It’s not cheap by any means, but regardless, it gets top marks from me.
For info on prices, visit: www.tucanourbano.co.uk