When someone refers to a Belstaff, nine times out of ten this is the jacket they’re talking about.
The Trialmaster name is thrown loosely around Bellstaff’s fashion line and there have been many versions made under the moniker—but this one’s the real deal motorcycle jacket. It’s cut from 10-ounce heavy-duty waxed cotton with the brand’s proprietary formula, and water rolls off it like a duck’s back. Also as part of the Pure Motorcycle line, it comes equipped with D3O armor at the shoulders and elbows—Level 1 for the Small and Medium sizes, Level 2 for size Large and up—and has a sleeve to accept a D3O back protector.
This genuine Trialmaster from Belstaff’s Pure Motorcycle line is a full ¾-length—longer by a few inches than either our own Vanson-made Robinson jacket, Aether’s Skyline, or REVIT’s Oxford. And yes, it’s spawned more than a few imitators.
An included zip-in quilted thermal liner will leave the wearer plenty toasty on early spring or late fall rides, and it’s easily removable for warmer weather riding. Small brass aerator vents under the arms help circulate some air, but this jacket is really best suited to spring and fall.
In addition to the waxed cotton shell this Trialmaster—alternately known as the Tourist Trophy—features a seam-sealed Miporex waterproof/breathable membrane in between the liner and the waxed cotton layer, pushing it past being simply a water resistant motorcycle jacket into full waterproof protection. Note the open brass grommets above the hems and at the sleeves. These serve as discreet drains should water get past the waxed shell and get stuck between it and the seam-sealed liner
This jacket’s tartan lining is the same type that's been proven for decades— lightweight, classy, durable. And this like all Belstaff gets extra points for subtle touches—like soft corduroy facing at the sleeves and inside collar. This is especially nice when the throat latch is fastened closed to ward off wind and elements. Also note the lower two snaps have been given a soft rubber cap to protect in the case the jackets comes in contact with your gas tank.
A two-way zipper with an oversized zipper hoop pull makes it easy to manipulate with gloves on, and the included belt can be tied behind the back out of the way or cinched up tight to keep wind from rushing in.
This double-waterproof, substantially armored classic jacket is far superior than the originals from Belstaff. It makes a great city or commuter jacket—looking dapper and distinguished on or off the bike.
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!