Looking for affordable gear to stay warm and dry throughout the colder months? Check out the DriRider Urban Hoodie 2 winter jacket that Jack has spent the past couple of winter months testing... Words: Jack Maguire Pics: Jack, Heather
This winter has been one of the warmest ever for the greater Sydney region, but I don’t know about you – it still felt bloody cold. Possessing only a motorcycle license, I have to rug up and deal with it daily, and it’s a good thing I rugged up in DriRider’s Urban Hoodie 2.
DriRider, an Australian company making stylish and inexpensive riding gear for motorcyclists down under, offer the Urban Hoodie 2 for a not bank-breaking $299.95RRP. Stylish is one thing this jacket is and will be appreciated by riders who don’t want to ditch the hoodie look, but are still looking for something as warm as a blanket with good protection. If you get sick of the hood, it can be detached.
The construction of the outer shell woven with Teflon and UV coated 500D Nylon which seems to be of a pretty good quality and looks nice. It has stood the test of many downpours and has still retained a like-new quality which is a big positive. Speaking of downpours, DriRider’s own DRI-TEC H20 waterproof and breathable liner did a fantastic job of keeping me as dry as the Sahara.
I was just as warm too, with a thermal quilted liner that often made me forget it was winter – and if it gets too hot in there, it’s detachable! I am super happy with just how comfortable and convenient this jacket is. Some great comforts include handwarmer pockets, a comfort collar which is actually comfortable and quite a few pockets inside the jacket including a phone/MP3 pocket which fit my large iPhone 11 with ease, protecting it from the wet weather.
Contributing to the comfort of this jacket was it’s great fitment. The large size fit my 183cm frame well, and wasn’t overly baggy considering I have a slim body type. Velcro-secured adjustable cuffs and a double-buttoned collar close off securely and comfortable, working along side an adjustable waist for a personalised fit. The jacket also comes with a connecting zip for pants. For a winter jacket, it feels pretty lightweight! This makes wearing or carrying it comfortable and easy.
Protection-wise, the Urban Hoodie 2 has CE rated protection at the shoulders and elbows which is a positive, as well as an EVA back pad which offers some amount of protection.
All-in-all, I really can’t find anything that I can fault about this jacket or that I dislike about it. What isn’t to love about a relatively inexpensive, convenient and comfortable jacket from an Aussie company? When the next winter comes around, do yourself a favour and try out one of these jackets – the DriRider Urban Hoodie 2 offers great value with very little compromise. I know I’d definitely buy one. Many thanks to McLeod’s Accessories for sending me this awesome jacket!
DriRider Urban Hoodie 2 Features
- 500D Nylon woven outer shell, Teflon and UV coated
- CE Armour in the shoulders & elbows
- EVA Back Pad
- Waterproof & breathable DRI-TEC H20 liner
- Detachable 100g Thermal Quilted liner
- Detachable hood
- Mesh comfort liner
- Adjustable cuffs & waist
- Multiple pockets including phone/MP3 pocket with cord holders
- Handwarmer pockets
- Comfort collar
The Verdict | Product Review: DriRider Urban Hoodie 2 jacket