Brooks John Boultbee Criterion Jacket
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Brooks’ first-ever piece of apparel is as classic and lust-inspiring as its line of iconic leather saddles. Sewn from wind- and waterproof densely-woven cotton and lined with a custom pattern of wool tweed that’s treated with nanotechnology for water resistance, the Criterion Mk1 jacket is the ultimate urban commuter piece. The sleeves and back are cut for the riding position, a host of pockets (10 on the men’s version; eight on the women’s) keep your things dry beneath neatly designed storm flaps, a fold-out drop tail repels road spray, and hidden wool cuffs with thumb loops extend for extra warmth on chilly days. The Mk1 is sold under the John Boultbee label to avoid infringement issues with suit-maker Brooks Brothers, but with custom brass buttons and a unique bronze D-ring on the lapel that mimic the rivets and under-seat clip in the bike-makers saddles, there’s no mistaking this jacket’s heritage. Only 500 Criterions will be produced, so you’d best start saving up the $1,400 you’ll need to secure one.
The John Boultbee Criterion Jacket was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show. Click here to see the rest.