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Draggin Jeans Roo Hoody review: The ultimate in casual motorcycle wear? Biker47 trials the best that we can find…
Draggin are known for their reinforced motorcycle jeans, stylish and well made, they have picked up loyal followers from both genders around the globe; but it has to said that I was a little sceptical that a hoody could be any use to a biker…
…I was taken with the weight of the thing, with armour at elbows, shoulders and back, it is quite a weighty item. But it slips on easily and the positioning of the armour felt instantly spot on. The thumbhole cuffs helps ensure that the sleeve doesn’t ride up when you’re using it as a temporary tarmac slider and yes, the back plate drags the back down a little but when fully zipped up, it’s held up, not a perfect position, but good enough to feel you’re good to go.
The hood can zip off should you desire and was pleased to note the extra large toggle added to the main zipper for ease of gloved use.
The side pockets are also zipped (albeit no toggles sadly) but with a good sized internal pocket for the mobile and with Draggin’s proprietary RooMoto fabric (the Kevlar weave that protects you from road rash) sandwiched between the cotton outer and mesh inner, you have a warm feeling that it’s a product full of protective intent.
So the first few days with the Roo Hoody were simple cruising in the late Spring calm. Temperatures can vary wildly at this time of year in the UK, but I was blessed with a ‘just about OK’ 8°C to a ‘barmy’ 15°C and toddling around doing chores and general cruising the only thing that I would say is that the front was quite unprotected – the wind chill came in quite easy, but easily solved by a little forward thinking and a thin jumper underneath gave enough of an extra layer to deflect the worst of it. To be fair, I don’t think Draggin’ were thinking about the English Spring when then conceived this product 🙂
No, I suspect that they had the sunnier climes of Australia or America in mind… but they are too far away, so I went to Spain…
3000 miles in 12 days saw me wear the Hoody pretty much all the time. I added a waterproof suit to get through the odd shower and even slept in it one night on one oddly chilly evening in Portugal (with the back plate out)… I ended up wearing it all day, pretty much every day and overall it performed admirably.
The naturally occuring ambient heat in Spain meant that it’s an great choice as a ‘touring’ jacket
so I was pleased that I took the gamble with it as my sole jacket and pitied my mate, or Mr Sweaty as we called him, who was in leathers.
It’s fair to say that there’s some great waterproof mesh jackets out there for not much more money – but they’re not a casual stylee – the Hoody is designed to do it does and whilst I haven’t had cause to fully test the protective abilities, it’s considerably better than just a fashion hoody from Superdry (and about the same price).
The Roo Hoody sells for AUS$199 / £113 / €135 / US$149 check your favourite outlet for up to date pricing.