I like my new riding coat!
Black, gray/black, or yellow/black
I recently bought a Richa Spirit riding coat. Richa is a Belgian maker of motorcycle apparel (everything is sewn in Asia, as usual). The fabric is Swiss, by Schoeller. The inside coating is the most interesting. It is sensitive to the rider's body temperature and moisture. The pores in the fabric open or close as needed to provide or restrict ventilation. It works well. Riding today I felt comfortable in sun and shade, in warmer or cooler temperatures. I noticed a distinct difference in comfort between my upper body wearing this coat and my legs in my Scorpion riding pants--my legs were too warm. The coat has all the usual pockets and zippers--well made and comfy. The warm liner is a mesh lined soft shell jacket that looks OK worn alone.
c_change™ is a wind and waterproof membrane which independently reacts to changing temperatures and activities. Depending on the situation, breathability or heat-retention increases or decreases. As a result, c_change™ always ensures a pleasant body climate. The c_change™-membrane reacts to different prevailing conditions. In doing so, not only temperature but also air and body moisture are balanced out. At high temperatures, or during aerobic activity, the structure of the c_change™-membrane opens as body moisture levels rise. Excess heat can escape to the outside air. Due to the lower level of body moisture development in cold weather or during inactive periods, the structure of the membrane condenses, retaining the heat directly on the body.Schoeller Textiles AG - textiles and fabrics made in Switzerland: c_change™
The outer coating is said to be breathable and totally water proof and dirt proof. I haven't yet tested this, but the U.S. distributor has a video showing mayonnaise, ketchup, hotsauce, mustard, & coffee that rinse off with water without a stain. NanoSphereŽ, the nanotech-based finishing technology allows dirt and water to simply run off the surface of the textiles. This mimics the natural self-cleaning effect of certain plants whose leaves always remain clean, because dirt simply cannot adhere to the finely structured surface, and is easily washed off when it rains.
- Water and dirt repelling properties
- Oil repelling properties
- Washing permanence
The protective function of NanoSphereŽ is still retained after frequent use and numerous washing cycles and has no effect on clothing comfort, look, feel, breath ability or elasticity.Schoeller Textiles AG - textiles and fabrics made in Switzerland: NanoSphereŽ
Anyway, I glad I have this coat. The retail list price is $699 ($759 for 7XL & 8XL). Amazon's vendors have it from $595 to $659. The local shop is selling them for $499 by special order only (more for 7X & 8X), pants $379. Port Townsend Honda, 360-385-4559. They run a size small as do most European designs. I wear an XL in my coats from Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Carhartt, etc., and a 2XL is good for the Richa Spirit.
Richa Moto Fashion - Spirit Jacket
No, that's not me in the photo. I wonder why they shot a model in a motorcycle coat standing in a container port between the crane and an Evergreen Line container???