By Ben Bowers
on 2.19.13
Photo by Aether

Aether shook up the outerwear market by blending the technical chops of today’s most advanced outerwear with the clean lines and styles of the city. The newly revealed Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket ($650) looks poised to do the same thing for a niche most fashion brands ignore.

The Skyline is constructed from a heavy-duty three-layer Nylon that’s highly abrasion resistant and fully seam sealed from the elements to keep riders dry when mother nature throws a tantrum. The breathable mesh interior lining keeps things equally comfortable inside, and most importantly, features a series of compartments to hold D30 Evo XT pads in the elbows and shoulders as well as a Viper ST pad for the back. D30’s specialty pads are designed to be malleable for handling at slow speeds, but absorb and disperse energy during high speed impacts. If you go over the handlebars, that will be appreciated. Other drivers will be glad of the jacket’s bright white JCR reflective strips on the back of the collar and the shoulders — but they’re invisible in normal lighting conditions. Plenty of adjustable air vents ensure breathability when necessary, while exterior and interior pockets give ample storage space. True to form, Aether’s spot on with their minimalist, simple aesthetic: beside the reflective strips, it’s got little flash, and it doesn’t need any. You’ll look cool enough without the motorcycle.

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