The Brooklands is a shorter-cut waxed cotton jacket with all the trimmings. It comes stock with Level 2 D3O armor in the elbows and shoulder and has a sleeve for a back protector, plus it gets double-redundant waterproofing for all-weather riding.
Quilted elbows and shoulders provide a little bit of extra padding and a classic look, although it's mostly cosmetic detail when you get righ tdown to it. This jacket it cut from 8oz waxed cotton, which is distinctly thinner than the heavy duty Trialmaster and puts this jacket squarely in the city/commuter/casual category.
Stay within its realm, and it will serve you well. For spring and fall outings it’ll keep you plenty warm with a quality quilted insulated liner, which snaps out easily for use in warmer weather. The jacket also gets mesh brass vents under the arms to help circulate a little air.
Range-wise, this jacket is ideal for spring and fall rides, and summer outings out of town. If you’re going to be stuck in summer city traffic, this isn’t our first choice.
Regardless of temperature this jacket will keep you dry thanks to its double-duty waterproofing—first is the waxed (and re-waxable) 8oz cotton shell, and beneath it lies a waterproof Microporex liner fitted that stands as an additional barrier against water creeping in.
And if moisture does happen to get beyond the first line of defense, there are discreet brass eyelets at the sleeve cuffs and hem to let it drain out.
Belstaff insists on calling this jacket by its given name—the Brooklands Blouson—but it’s often alternately referred to as the Mojave—partially because of its resemblance to the jacket McQueen wore in the Mojave Desert Race and also because it’s just easier to say. Also if you’re looking for this same short cut but not in waxed cotton, check out the Mojave leather.
Finish details like an optional belt buckle cover and spec’ing the last snap with a rubber cap—both to save the paint on your gas tank, make this a thoroughly thought out piece ready for a long lifetime of use.
Sizing note: Reference the chart linked above but keep in mind this is a trim-fitting jacket. If between sizes, go up. If you're accustomed to more generously sized garments, defintiely go up. If in down, these cuts are more Italian than they are British - so size accordingly!