The High-Minded Moto Jacket

Aether X Spidi Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket


November 17, 2014 GP100 By
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A connotative combination of rebellion, speed and the ethos of cool, the leather motorcycle jacket is a timeless icon of American style. It remains one of those few articles of clothing that looks just as at home on a One Percenter’s back as it does on a biker’s. It’s as versatile as it is stylish — and among a plethora of options, no other iteration today walks that blurred line of class and crass as successfully as the Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket by Aether x Spidi.

Designed by the functionally driven designers at Aether Apparel, the Eclipse is largely a vintage homage set off by distinctly modern executions. The box-quilted pattern on the upper torso and arms are clear throwbacks to the Rocker style that put the Ace Cafe on the map, but the clean, slim silhouette is sophistication at its best. It pairs well with a pair of Levi’s and canyon roads as well as Zegna and reservations. Wearing the Eclipse won’t feel like you’ve wrapped yourself in the innocence offered by thin-skinned, buttery-soft boutique brands; it is a real motorcycle jacket.

All of the Eclipse’s materials were hand selected before being handed over to the experts at Spidi for a traditional, old-world Italian construction. With over 35 years of experience protecting riders, Spidi’s contributions to the tough-as-nails build quality and protective aspects of the Eclipse Jacket are more than skin deep. Through their constant communication with Aether, rider-friendly features like the Napoleon pocket, articulated arms, ribbed shoulder panels and zippered cuffs become aesthetically integrated realities; a premium leather shell envelops a soft yarn-dyed Italian cotton lining.

But it’s not just well-made and beautiful; with removable soft-shell CE-certified impact protection at the shoulders, elbows and back, the Eclipse very much has the soul of a racer. That it hides its intentions so well beneath a sleek, black aniline-dyed exterior makes it the finest leather motorcycle jacket yet, ever.

$1,195


Materials: Premium aniline leather shell + yarn-dyed cotton lining
Protection: SPIDI removable armor at elbows, shoulders and back
Made In: Romania