£129.99 | www.tucanourbano.com | Tested by: Bruce Wilson, Deputy Editor Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine
Milanese-based Tucano Urbano is the king of casual, stylish street kit, as highlighted by this wax-coated cotton canvas Pol jacket. Designed as a short urban summer jacket, the windproof and breathable garment has been a real joy to wear on some pretty stiflingly warm days (we do get them on rare occasions), keeping me fresh behind its removable D3O armour in the shoulders and elbows. There’s also a built-in pocket for a back protector, but I always use my own Forcefield L2K beneath it.
The fit is fantastic, made all the better by numerous different adjusters on the waist, collar and cuffs. Whether on or off the bike, the Pol feels natural and free to move around in, with very high levels of comfort on tap. Inside the jacket is a polyester lining, which incorporates several internal pockets to complement the three on the outside; each equipped with waterproof zips. I’ve never been caught out in the jacket when it’s rained, so I can’t talk of its weatherproof qualities, but the treatment is supposed to repel moisture. Hopefully that rings true, as it’s inevitably going to get tested at some point in time.
To be fair, I could never imagine wearing the Pol in anything but the nicest of conditions, as it facilitates zero protection from the cold, and its tight cut makes it inappropriate for numerous layers underneath. You can’t have it all. But on the plus slide, the Pol’s sleek design means it’s easy to fit in with society when you’re off the bike. It carries a very casual, high-street look to it, and is nicely finished with an abundance of fine stitched details, including on the shoulders.
It’s possibly the nicest retro jacket I’ve seen, and seems to grab attention wherever I go. It comes in two other colours, and while it’s not going to offer the outright protection of some other kit, for city riders especially it’s well made and very stylish.