BMG Challenger II Motorcycle Jacket-Large (40-42)-Black/Gunmetal-Male
The exterior is made of thick, heavy, hard-wearing 600 denier fabric, with double reinforced fabric along the upper back and a double studded storm-flap to prevent rain/cold ingress. The CE approved Knox shoulder and elbow armor exceeds European and U.S. standards for PPE protection, with optional CE back armor available as well.
For added comfort and insulation there is TPU foam positioned along the lower back, just above a large rear pocket, which is ample enough to act as a mobile picnic-pack for a passenger. The collar is lined with cushy neoprene, there’s even a piece smartly positioned in the Adams-apple region, an area that can be abrasive on some jacket collars.
There is stretch material under the arms and eyelets that can be used for holding sunglasses. There are rubber grab-tabs on all the adjusters, along the collar, shoulders, sleeves and the waist – allowing you to totally personalize and dial-in the fit. This jacket is in fact so damn feature packed – it discloses itself like a wonderland of discoveries worthy of any gear-geek’s attention.
I’m still finding pockets inside pockets, a mobile phone pouch in one and a license/ID case in another. There are 2 security zipped pockets in the jacket lining, 4 large cargo pockets, 2 hand-warmer pockets and 2 pockets at the end of the sleeves. I’m pretty sure I haven’t found them all yet.
With the thermal liner zipped in place this jacket is cozy enough down into the 40 degree area – anything lower is out of my comfort zone anyway.
BMG may not yet be an immediately recognizable player in the humungous motorcycle apparel market, but be advised – all the old missing Belstaff charisma is back – and then some. When you see someone wearing the Challenger you will take notice – this jacket is pure class and all business – I flat-out love it." AllAboutBikes.com
"Adventure Tourers like lots of pockets, and the Challenger is up to the task. The two top pockets are located on the upper chest. They're "Napoleon" style 8.5" long vertical pockets and they both have dual opening zippers, a nice feature which allows them to be opened from the top or bottom. All of the zippers on the Challenger's pockets have nice, big, webbed fabric zipper pulls that are actually sewn around the loop on the tip of the shorter metal pull on the zipper itself. Inside the left side vertical chest pocket lives a useful little coin purse with its own zipper. The coin purse is permanently attached to the pocket guts. This pocket also includes a small vertical cell phone pocket with its own Velcro flap cover. The left pocket also includes a fabric loop sewn on the outer placket. I guess this might come in handy for hooking on a set of keys or maybe a small flashlight or knife? Although I'm not sure I'd trust mine anywhere outside of a zipped pocket, I'm sure someone on a rough tour would find a use for it. The right-side vertical pocket has another unique feature, a removable ID holder, attached with Velcro inside and which folds out and has a clear cover. This is perfect for holding an ID badge; the dual zippers make it easy to open the pocket, whip out the ID and get through the gate, which can be a problem when riding a motorcycle nowadays with all the heightened levels of security everywhere you go. The front lower pockets are also a two-in-one. On the outside of each of the big square pockets is a slanted zipper, which uncovers a small hand pocket. The large patch pockets behind these smaller hand pockets have a full-length horizontal Velcro flap with a double fold to enhance water resistance. There are also two zippered pockets at the bottom of each sleeve, down near the cuff. These would come in handy for holding toll booth change or maybe some visor wipes or tissues, handy in winter weather. Inside the liner is another cell phone pocket, and a zippered pocket up along the inside of the placket on the left inner side. And finally, there's a wide external zippered pocket on the outside of the lower section of the back of the Challenger. Good for storing a sammich maybe? Zips 'n' Seals Let's see -- there's more: a big-toothed W&P zipper seals up the front and this one is also a dual opening zipper; the jacket can be opened from the top down or bottom up. This comes in handy when making a pit stop, as the bottom half of the jacket can be opened without having to fuss with the neck. Brilliant! The front flap that covers the zipper is attached with 6 metal snaps, but the snaps are sewn underneath the fabric on the outside, so no chance of them scratching the paint. There's a seventh snap up at the neck, inboard of the top flap snap. Just at the top of the neck there are two V-shaped darts with elastic fabric that allow the top of the flap some movement to fit various shaped bodies. Very thoughtful. The neck has a comfy neoprene-like padded collar and a Velcro closure. I wish it was a bit longer, as usual, for my thick neck. But there's also a separate Velcro strap neck adjuster for those with smaller necks. More Velcro strap adjustments are located at the top of the shoulder, between the shoulder and the collarbone section of the jacket, although I have a sneaking suspicion these are more for style than substance. In addition to the two-per-sleeve adjusters mentioned previously, the Challenger also has a belt adjustment at the waist, elastic around the sides of the waist AND a four metal snap adjustment belt just under the upper arm! This thing is made to fit, I can tell you that. None of us have ever seen so many adjustments on a motorcycle jacket. But wait: there's more! A diagonal section of fabric is sewn up on either side of the neck by the collarbone. Each section has a metal grommet inserted, which I think could be used to hang various accoutrements necessary for riding the Tundra. In addition to the CE-approved Knox armor in the elbows and forearm, the shoulders also include Knox armor and both are covered on the outside with sewn-in EVA foam padding as a backup. These sections are covered with a separate piece of heavy outer fabric for abrasion resistance. The upper arms have a few sections of sewn-in padding just for good measure, as does the lower back, down by the kidneys and across the back. A CE-approved back protector is available as an option; it wasn't included in ours but I recommend you order this with yours. I have no doubt I've missed a feature or two here; the jacket is loaded with them, making it a real chore to describe everything. The photos don't do justice to the number of thoughtful features on this jacket, and I'll bet it takes quite some time and labor to put this all together. The British Motorcycle Gear Challenger has many interesting features not found on other 3/4 length motorcycle jackets. The combination of its heavy-weight fabric, the high quality armor and external padding give the Challenger a substantial feel and I'll bet this one will last a long, long time in heavy use. " WebBikeWorld.com
•" When combined, the pieces of British Motorcycle Gear’s all-weather riding suit exceed the sum of their parts. In fact, this outfit is so weather-resistant and comfortable that with the removable quilted liner installed in both pieces, an adventurous rider might trade in his or her two-wheeler for a dogsled and race the Iditarod in relative comfort. The 3/4-length waterproof Challenger jacket certainly doesn’t suffer from any shortage of storage – even its pockets have pockets! Down by the adjustable hem, two Velcro-sealed cargo pockets, with rubber tabs for easy access, have two flat pockets on their fronts. The spacious breast pockets are designed to open whether the two zippers are pulled up or down, and have additional compartments inside for a cell phone and eyeglasses case. Meanwhile, at the end of each sleeve there’s a small pocket useful for carrying change for tolls. The only thing missing from this feature-laden jacket with form-fitting tabs, snaps and zippered vents is an extended neck gaiter. True, the padded mandarin collar is adjustable, but nonetheless it leaves a sliver of skin exposed beneath the helmet to heavy rain or excessive cold. The jacket and pants zip together at the small of the back, and both are fortified with armor exceeding European CE standards for personal protective equipment. The jacket features pieces at the shoulders and elbows (a back plate is an optional accessory), and the pants have hip and knee inserts. The waterproof Cordura® pants have Velcro™ cinches at the waist and ankle, heat-resistant fabric on the inside calf, a padded seat, and enough reflective strips to make sure automobile drivers take notice. Although the pant legs are cut long enough to cover the boot tops of lanky riders like me, I got caught up midway in the motion of swinging my leg over the saddle because the crotch construction doesn’t allow enough freedom of movement. Once seated, the problem disappeared, but it seemed a peculiar issue to encounter in otherwise extraordinarily well-made gear." RoadRunner Magazine .
•Challenger Jacket on Cover Rider Magazine April 2008.
" The BMG Challenger Three-Quarter Armored Textile Jacket Packs a Walloping First Impression. From Its Striking Appearance to Its Confidence-Inspiring Heft, There's Little Doubt That the Challenger is Dukeing it Out in the Heavyweight Class- Nothing Wimpy, Frilly, Or Lightweight Going on Here. The jacket is described as an all-weather, 100 percent waterproof, multifunctional adventure touring jacket with detachable thermal insulation, and six zipper ventilation points. What that doesn't address is the truly practical vents on the forearms that run from the wrists to the biceps. It is basically the same three-quarter length cut that has long been a best seller, but all the best features and protection have been notched up to exceed today's demanding expectations and finicky tastes. You really do get a bunch of jacket for the buck with this one. The exterior is made of thick, heavy, hard wearing 600-denier fabric, with double reinforced fabric along the upper back and a double-studded storm-flap to prevent rain/cold ingress. The CE-approved Knox shoulder and elbow armor exceeds European and U.S. standards for PPE protection, with optional CE back armor available as well. For added comfort and insulation there is TPU foam positioned along the lower back, just above a large rear pocket, which is ample enough to act as a mobile picnic pack for a passenger. The collar is lined with cushy neoprene, there's even a piece smartly positioned in the Adams-apple region, an area that can be abrasive on some jacket collars. Stretch material under the arms and eyelets can be used for holding sunglasses, and rubber grab-tabs on all the adjusters, as well as along the collar, shoulders, sleeves and the waist allows you to totally personalize and dial in the fit. This jacket is so dang feature packed, in fact, it's like a wonderland of discoveries worthy of any gear-geek's attention. I'm still finding pockets inside pockets, a mobile phone pouch in one and a license/ID case in another. There are two security zipped pockets in the jacket lining, four large cargo pockets, two hand warmer pockets and two pockets at the ends of the sleeves, And I'm pretty sure I haven't found them all yet. With the thermal liner zipped in place this jacket is cozy enough down into the 40-degree area-anything lower is out of my comfort zone anyway. BMG may not yet be an immediately recognizable player in the humongous motorcycle apparel market, but be advised all the old British apparel charisma is back and then some. When you see someone wearing the Challenger you will take notice-this jacket is pure class and all business, not to mention a bargain at $279. " Rider Magazine
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