This is the coolest Belstaff jacket we’ve ever had at the store.
That statement can be interpreted literally or figuratively, or disregarded altogether. But the fact is this is one of the best suited jackets to urban riding we’ve ever had on the shelves.
Belstaff is best known for its legendary Trialmaster, a fully belted, heavy-duty waterproof and insulated 3/4-cut coat that is as intense as it is iconic. If you’re looking for a lighter, simpler solution to riding safely through the city with style, look no further than the Ariel.
Ideal for spring/summer riding, the Ariel features clean lines and zero superfluous layers. As such it’s not the best choice for severe cold weather, and with its 8oz waxed cotton shell, its abrasion resistance is of course best suited for city speeds.
But we believe in the “horses for courses” school of thought, by which for most folks urban riding needs, the Ariel is a clear odds-on favorite—great for spring and summer city cruising, and perfectly versatile as an “off the bike” jacket.
As with the other Pure Moto jackets in the Belstaff lineup, it comes with quality accouterments through and through—the corduroy on the collar, the lower snaps clad in rubber to protect the paint on one’s tank. This thing is downright civilized.
Thanks to included D3O shoulder and elbow (it also has a pocket for a back protector upgrade), the Ariel is ready to rumble, too. D3O is some of the best armor we carry, and is perfectly suited for providing protection from the elements: cabs, potholes, clueless pedestrians, and ultimately—the ground.
The armor is plenty discreet and hides quite well, but and also goes in and out of the jacket quite easily should you want to wear the jacket out on the town.
This jacket fits true-to-size, if slightly on the fitted side.