|Please Hammer, don’t hurt ’em.|
The item in question is the
Exelement VikingCycle Nomad USA Hammer motorcycle jacket — it goes by a few different names. In all cases, it is a surprisingly affordable combination leather-textile jacket with incorporated armour in the shoulders, elbow and back.
Both the shoulder and elbow armour are CE marked. The back pad is not.
|Stop. Hammer time.|
For cool-weather riding, the jacket comes with a zip-out quilted lining that I found to be quite warm. With the lining in, the jacket has four pockets, each about large enough to hold a mobile phone or wallet, etc., and two strange elastic straps that I suppose would be useful for holding shotgun shells. Because you never know when you’re going to need to MacGyver your way out of a bad situation with some shotgun shells and a can of WD-40.
(a) MotorcycleHouse.com seems to really pride itself on its easy returns policy, but my situation is rather unique in that I live on the other side of the planet from where they are based. I’m in the United Kingdom; they are in the United States. And sending packages between these two places is an arduous process. It took roughly a month for my jacket to arrive. That’s not their fault; it takes about a month for anything to get to me from home. I once had a package disappear for six months. So, sending the jacket back and having the correct size returned would have taken at least until March. Obviously, this would not be the experience of someone living in the United States.