The Stafford jacket offers a nice touch of clean, modern styling to the waxed cotton motorcycle jacket genre. This short-cut jacket has an asymmetrical chest pockets up top, and hand-warmer slash pockets on the lower torso.
It offers the same great look, feel and function shared by many a waxed motorcycle jacket, with its 8oz Scottish-made Haley Stevensons cotton that build character as it wears in. But there’s a lot more to this jacket than another heritage re-hash.
For starters, the jacket has subtlety integrated zippered vents—two on the biceps, and two on the back just under the arms. It’s also got an internal Reissa waterproof internal liner, and a removable 100g thermal liner—making it game for a variety of conditions.
Most notably perhaps—and ambitiously, on Merlin’s part—the Stafford is designed to work with a Merlin-branded Integrated Airbag System, which connects like a backpack directly through the jacket shell to cinch down tight. Unlike the Moto-GP grade wireless airbag found in Alpinestars Tech Air system, the Merlin airbag relies on a physical tether (affixed to a seat strap), to trigger the airbag. Merlin claims an 80 millisecond deployment time once triggered, and the airbag extends up behind the wears helmet, and down below the tailbone.
This three-season waxed cotton jacket is ready for pretty much any kind of weather you can throw at it. And in the event you throw yourself at the road, the tether-triggered air bag promised enhanced back and tailbone protection over a standard slip-in back protector.
The Stafford comes with CE Level 1 shoulder and back protection, as well as a 30x40cm sleeve for a standard back protector—and if you don’t go for the airbag option we recommend the CE Level 2 Seesoft KN106 model.
> Italian CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armor from Safetech
> Merlin branded antique effect snap studs
> YKK/max zippers used throughout
> YKK jacket to jean connector zip
> Ventilation points to chest, sleeve and back
> Twin chest pockets, with lower zippered slash pockets
> Hem and cuff adjustment
> Leather trim piping on the collar
> Available in black or olive/brown
> Sizes: Small- 3X-Large
Disclaimer: The 8oz Scottish waxed cotton comes with a wet-weight of 12-ounces—great for water repellency, bad for white linen couches. For best results, use this jacket for sitting on a motorcycle—not flaffing around indoors!