The Look: The Leather Cycle Jacket

Cycle jackets have been around for decades, and the bold statement a man declares when he slips one on is buried deep in American tradition.

Cycle jackets have been around for decades, and the bold statement a man declares when he slips one on is buried deep in American tradition.

When it comes to function AND looking like a badass, nothing comes close to a leather cycle jacket.

Cycle jackets have been around for decades, and the bold statement a man declares when he slips one on is buried deep in American tradition.

Every man can wear a leather jacket, but not every man does. As a result, hand in hand with the jacket's rugged history, a part of the man's character is on display.

Style

The Black Rivet cycle jacket is the perfect companion for the everyman's wardrobe because it can be paired with any style.  From a shirt and tie on the weekdays to a polo on the weekends, the slim form of the cycle jacket adjusts perfectly to any style. No bulky pockets or flaps, hell, it barely has a collar.


The Wilsons jacket offers a natural weathered look that is precise and not overdone. More importantly unlike it's bomber jacket compatriot who has long been the standard-bearer of leather jackets, the cycle jacket doesn't have any elastic around the bottom and cuffs, allowing for a relaxed flow that doesn't bunch.

Durability

The jacket feels well-made: the leather is thick, though it isn't bulky or constraining. One of the reasons we chose Wilsons is because they've been crafting leather for 111 years.  These guys have been making leather jackets since before there were motorcycles.

It feels like it will last for years, and its performance will improve with life's battle scars that you'll beat into it over time.

Price

At a quarter of the price of “designer label” jackets with no loss in quality or style, the Black Rivet Cycle Jacket is the perfect choice for the guy looking to pickup a great leather jacket and some edge, but not spend $500. Currently the jacket is available for $199.

It's a small price to pay for a jacket that will be the envy of all your friends, (expect to be called “badass” a lot), will last you years, and, in a couple decades, have your high school kid pull it out of the closet begging to have it.

Available on Wilsons site for $199.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.