Xelement’s black and grey cordura riding jacket is made of 100% cordura fabric and has soft padding to protect the elbow, shoulder and back in case of a crash. It also comes with a breathable and warm full sleeve liner, which can be easily removed.
Looks wise, Xelement’s black and grey cordura riding jacket is quite a decent and sober looking jacket, a step up away from all the funky looking riding jackets, one normally sees in the market (good or bad thing, depending on your taste).
It has two vents on the chest, one each on the arms and two on the back to help riders keep cool while riding in hot weather and they do work well while one is on the move. However riding in Delhi’s (45degree Celsius) summer weather, during the day and especially in traffic, would be next to impossible and isn’t recommended, unless you are planning to loose a couple of pounds!
However this exact trait makes it a wonderful touring jacket for exploring Himalayas or to be worn in North India’s cold winter weather. In fact at 10-20 degree Celsius, you won’t even be using the full sleeve liner! Just make sure all the vents are closed and you are good to go. With the liner in, you are ready for a trip to the high Himalayas and Ladakh.
It also has reflective PU badges at front and back, to ensure that the rider is easily visible at night.
It also comes with enough pockets (especially once the liner is installed) to do away with the need of carrying a small bag during day trips, as one can quite easily carry mobile phone, digital camera, memory card, couple of spare batteries, mp3 player and wallet in the inner pockets. Which is a good thing, since the Velcro and zip protected outer pockets are a bit hard to use.
Overall I am quite satisfied with the quality of Xelement’s black and grey cordura riding jacket, considering it only costs US$ 69.95 (Rs. 3,534).