BikeReview.com.au puts the DriRider Scrambler jacket through its paces as an all-round everyday jacket, with 600km+ a week of travel... Test by Kris Hodgson
When I was looking through the DriRider range the Scrambler jacket immediately stood out. I like the flexibility of textile jackets because, like the DriRider Scrambler, they often offer an item that’ll suit a huge variety of weather and conditions.
Plus it looks nifty and includes all the features I look for – removable liners, lots of pockets, good styling and plenty of adjustment.
With the Scrambler jacket arriving on the season change-over into Spring and towards Summer there was still quite cool and occasionally wet weather still plaguing the otherwise good motorcycling weather. Luckily the Scrambler jacket was more than capable of taking the four-seasons-in-one-day weather in its stride.
Without the liners fitted the Scrambler jacket is comfortable and provides great airflow with perforated material under and across the arms, as well as across the top of the shoulders that operates along the same principle as mesh.
In the warmer weather this makes for great temperature control on the run, while in cooler weather you can fit the waterproof liner which helps contain your body heat and stops wind from cooling you down. For the truly cool periods the thermal liner can be added and ensures you’re nice and cosy, proving great for a couple of the very cool days.
Buttons on the arms also allow you to adjust the fit just below and above the elbows, which helps with warmth in the cooler weather, while the waist is also adjustable.
Two regular front pockets are joined by another on the left brand breast of the jacket, which is great for easy access or to hold a phone. A neat extra pocket on the right hand arm down near the wrist also allows change or something small to be carried and accessed. You could probably fit a toll pass in there if needed.
Comfort is great with the liners in and still very good with them out, with the lined neck ensuring there’s no rubbing or chafing, and the same material used at the cuffs, with similarly good results.
With simple styling and in brown the Scrambler jacket really stands out, and while it is more obviously a motorcycle jacket during the warmer weather, it’d pass for a heavier winter jacket when it’s cold, and is as good off the bike as it is on.
The included CE armour in the shoulders and elbows as well as the EVA back pad also promise good protection in the event anything does go wrong.
The DriRider Scrambler jacket really stands out to me, it’s got great styling, obviously following the Scrambler trend, and is a real rider’s jacket.
There’s all the pockets and features you need, like the thermal and waterproof liner, good breathability, high quality zips and good adjustability, all at a competitive price of $299.95 RRP.