Those in search of an urban cycling jacket for men have more choices these days as makers, both established and upstart, acknowledge the boom in cycling for transportation.
Most take their cue either from a tailored blazer or from a field jacket. But a new city riding coat, by the Seattle-based urban cycling shop Hub and Bespoke, hits a versatile and stylish note with a design based on the classic pea coat.
“We wanted an outerwear piece that serves the bicycle commuter for his whole day in the city,” says Juliette Delfs, co-founder and designer of Hub and Bespoke. “With this coat, we think we have successfully walked the line between functional performance and an urban aesthetic.”
This go-anywhere coat lightens up the heavy wool version of the pea coat that was originally worn by naval officers and is now a fashion staple. Constructed of two-ply waterproof nylon for all-weather protection, the coat is endowed with hidden features that enhance comfort and visibility on the ride.
Protection from the Elements
They know a thing or two about sloppy weather in Seattle. So, with a nod to two-layers-are-better-than-one, the overlapping fabric of the double-breasted cut provides added moisture protection to the lap while pedaling.
A generous cut through the chest and waist accommodate layers in cooler temperatures, but the waist can be cinched on the interior for a closer fit. Collar and lapels turn up and can be fastened to hold drafts at bay.
Visibility When You Need It
The sleeve shape and back pleat make it easy to reach for the bars. And, there are useful hidden surprises for discreet utility: For night cycling, reflective material is revealed when the back pleat separates, and “fins” of reflective material fold out from the forearms to amplify signaling. Additional reflective details are found at the tail vent and under the collar. There’s even a loop at the back to hold a light.
If you tend to get hot under that collar as you turn the cranks on bridge crossings, zippered slits at the chest catch the breeze and vent it through a mesh panel at the back.
Hub and Bespoke, which is seeking crowd-funding for the locally based production of the coat, launched a women’s riding coat last year.
The City Riding Coat is available for pre-order ($239) through Hub and Bespoke’s Crowd Supply campaign, with delivery expected in December. Help get their campaign over the top!
Photos: Hub and Bespoke