This $95 British Moto Style Jacket From Amazon’s Goodthreads Hits All The Right Notes

By Stillman Brown | Photos by Ryan Masters

It’s a style popularized by Steve McQueen in the 1960s that’s since come roaring back into popularity: the British motorcycle jacket.

Originally pioneered by the British brand Belstaff, this style of trim, hip-length motorsports-inspired outerwear has become bigger than the original. “Belstaff” has informally come to mean a style as well as a brand… kind of like Kleenex is both a facial tissue and a trademark.

It’s easy to see why. The jacket evokes an era of motorcycle culture that’s unmistakably British and vintage. No wonder megastars like Brad Pitt, David Beckham, and Johnny Depp have been seen out and about in them… after all, every movie star is secretly (or not so secretly) trying to be Steve McQueen.

The trouble? The original and designer alternatives start at $700. This model from the Amazon house brand Goodthreads hits many of the features in this style: four snap-closure chest and waist pockets, a belted neck closure, contrasting stitching, and cotton exterior.

Springtime means cool mornings and often cold evenings, and the lightweight Black Watch plaid flannel body lining gives it the little bit of insulation needed to make it ideal for changeable spring weather or the onset of fall.

One feature we really appreciate is a drawcord on the interior waist, which allows you to control how tailored the jacket looks on the fly. Midsection bagginess is a huge problem with most jackets — if they fit your shoulders and chest, the straight cut equals too much fabric from the waist down. The Goodthreads Moto jacket addresses this with the drawcord, which is adjustable depending on what you’re wearing underneath.

Reviewers have noted that the “coated” Moto jacket isn’t true waxed cotton, as more upmarket models in the segment feature. Our testing backs this up: if you’re caught in a deluge while riding your Triumph Thruxton across the winding backroads of the Skyfall estate, the jacket won’t repel water for long.

Overall, the Goodthreads Moto jacket is a competent entrant to the wildly popular British heritage moto jacket style, at about a fifth of the cost of an imported duty-ready model. Wear it spring and autumn, layer it or rock it with a simple t-shirt underneath — either way, you’re going to grab some attention and maybe confuse a few onlookers… “Is that Steve McQueen’s grandson?”

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Stillman Brown is a writer and TV producer who has created prime time content for National Geographic, Discovery, Travel Channel and many others. His interests span science & the natural world, personal growth, and food. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

10 Comments

  • Reply April 4, 2019

    John

    This jacket might be next on the list; thanks for the info! Totally unrelated: is Andrew aging into Tom Hiddleston’s brother?

    • Reply April 4, 2019

      Andrew

      Haha! Thanks John, I’ll take it!

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  • Reply April 5, 2019

    browneagle44 ロベルト

    Would you say the fabric is coated at all? Target had a cheaper moto-style jacket when Goodfellow first rolled out, and it was treated with this really stiff rubbery-type finish. It might have BEEN rubber – it felt like they dunked it into rubber cement!

    I returned it because I didn’t think it would age well when the coating starts to wear off. If this has minimal to no coating, I’m game.

    • Reply April 5, 2019

      Andrew

      Yeah it seems lightly coated, but not rubbery like you’re describing.

  • Reply April 6, 2019

    Zac Silk

    I was scrolling through Goodthreads offerings, as they seem to finally be shipping to the U.K.

    This jacket really jumped out to me. Glad to see that it holds up in person. Defiantly worth a try as the Barbour versions are quite pricey. So this option would be greet for those on a budget.

  • Reply April 6, 2019

    Serafin Nunez

    I’ve been staring this one down for a while…

  • Reply April 12, 2019

    snowmanjack

    Absolutely love that style jacket. Only odd thing to me is the belt buckle on the collar. Wearing items like this is one of the things I really miss after moving to Florida.

  • Reply April 14, 2019

    Alexander Gavilanes

    Is it true to size?

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