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Old 11-22-11, 05:27 PM   #1
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For those who haven't given brompton enough dosh or are not tweedy enough ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...ycling-jackets

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Old 11-22-11, 06:11 PM   #2
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At $400... that's more than my bike cost.
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Old 11-22-11, 06:44 PM   #3
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http://www.brompton.co.uk/jacket/

fold the collar down and the bright keep your butt dry flap in its pocket
and it looks straight off the Grouse hunt.

Good set with the leather briefcase like 'A bag' , park the Bentley
in the secure parking tower,
outside the congestion taxed zone,
and ride to the bankster gig, in "the City"

But Not Harris, Outer Hebrides wool, Tweedy enough , really..

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Old 11-22-11, 08:16 PM   #4
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Looks very civilized to me.
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Old 11-23-11, 04:32 AM   #5
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Ugly, whatever the price.

(IMHO)
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Old 11-23-11, 11:53 AM   #6
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The yellow bag fits into an internal pocket

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...oKD_dI#t=1m23s
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It's not bad and it could be worse...a Brooks version would be $800 while a Moulton one would be $2K.
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It's not bad and it could be worse...a Brooks version would be $800 while a Moulton one would be $2K.
On the bright side, you will have lifetime availability of spare buttons. ;-)

http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...rivets__+etc_/
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Old 11-24-11, 06:49 PM   #9
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e-gadz! - to each his own, but man, I really can't stand this look. Every time I see a guy on a Brompton dressed like he's going to a fox hunt, I want to roll over him with my Yuba Mundo.
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Old 11-25-11, 03:37 AM   #10
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I thought it was a joke! Really started to like that British humor, but it's reality, expensive and ugly, so this must be fashion, I suppose . . .
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The accessory no fund manager should be without.

In fairness from that video it appears to be well thought out and with the collar folded down it would probably look OK (those pics aren't representative), perhaps good. However, I can't stand the posh leanings of the Brompton company, and when I hear the god-awful accents and double-barreled names of the new company heads, well, it's skin-crawl-inducing.
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Old 11-26-11, 08:34 PM   #12
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I got the whole sales pitch on this jacket from a Very Attractive young Brompton lass at the Interbike Show and while she did a fine job of pointing out all the features (also noted above) I really can't imagine wearing one on my weekday commutes.

I'll stick with my Sugoi jacket, thank you, though I was impressed by the Brompton Lass!

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Water bottle mount holes on the B would be more useful for me.
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Full disclosure: I work at a Brompton dealer.

That said, a couple things:

1) I wish they'd stop photographing this jacket with the collar up. I know, it's showcasing the reflective feature, but with the collar down it is really a very nice looking jacket. Rides the line between dressy and casual quite well. I didn't like this thing until I saw one in person.

2) The material is incredible. From my understanding, basically the threads are individually coated in silicon before they make the fabric. It looks and feels just like nice normal cotton. Pour water on it, and it beads off. Try to mush water into it, and it will not soak in at all. This is basically the reason for the cost being what it is.

3) It feels good. Has expansion panels and vents for riding without looking like a cycling jacket. The fold-down reflective knuckle covers are a neat idea. After seeing it, I really wanted one; not just as a cycling jacket, but just as a jacket.

4) I'd never buy one, but I also buy 90% of my clothes at thrift stores. I'm sure there will be people that buy them, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's a really nice jacket that also happens to have some well thought-out cycling features.
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Old 12-04-11, 04:01 PM   #15
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Match this with Outlier pants... maybe... I dunno. I do have Outlier pants but probably never will get this one... Now, the Outlier pants... the bomb. Typically I am on Cutter knicker or something unless I need to be more presentable off bike and don't feel like driving up to somewhere (which is most of time).
I would think just wearing packable bike shell on top of merino dressy shirt (Ibex OD L/S Shirt, Icebreaker Mens LS Outback) would do trick unless you really need full coat. (and that coat looks too dorky for boardroom meeting, etc)
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Match this with Outlier pants... maybe... I dunno. I do have Outlier pants but probably never will get this one... Now, the Outlier pants... the bomb. Typically I am on Cutter knicker or something unless I need to be more presentable off bike and don't feel like driving up to somewhere (which is most of time).
I would think just wearing packable bike shell on top of merino dressy shirt (Ibex OD L/S Shirt, Icebreaker Mens LS Outback) would do trick unless you really need full coat. (and that coat looks too dorky for boardroom meeting, etc)
I'm not understanding much of this post, sorry, but if you live in California why would you need a jacket anyway when you ride a bike, doesn't the sun always shine there ? It's different here is UK, often cold, often damp, more often wet, a good riding jacket is an asset. I have an italian one, it's got a reflective collar just like the Brompton jacket, not as exotic material but still quite superb at what it does, only cost me 140 euros, bit of a bargain I reckon, with hindsight.
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I certainly can see the desire for a jacket with this kind of functionality / bikey features / while still looking like normal clothes. And if the waterproofness of the thing can stand up to repeated cleanings, I would even consider it at the price.

But the color... There really should be a few more color options at the price.
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But the color... There really should be a few more color options at the price.
Anyone for Raw Laquer ?
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I think that the lack of colour selection was an issue of manufacturing minimums. If it sells well, I'd imagine that we'll see more options.
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I recently purchased a custom tailored jacket that looks slightly similar (at a similar price) but it is black wool. I think something with a bit more formal tailoring would be better. The silicon coated cotton sounds good, but I owned a shirt with a similar technology (nanosphere) from Outlier. While liquids do bead up, if something stains the material, it's a bugger to clean. Also, when water can't come in, it usually doesn't go out as well.

I do like the idea though.

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I recently purchased a custom tailored jacket that looks slightly similar (at a similar price) but it is black wool. I think something with a bit more formal tailoring would be better. The silicon coated cotton sounds good, but I owned a shirt with a similar technology (nanosphere) from Outlier. While liquids do bead up, if something stains the material, it's a bugger to clean. Also, when water can't come in, it usually doesn't go out as well.

I do like the idea though.
I would buy it but it has to be black. Cycling is dirty and after a tire change, it's more likely to get stained! Black looks more professional, and classly. I'll pass for now.
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Ah, perfect with shorts and knee socks, and just the thing to wear when one's Dashing Tweeds cycling suit is in want of a good brushing down by the valet.

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There are of course alternatives in the same vein :-

http://www.rapha.cc/tailored-jacket

Rapha are associated with big wheel cycling, but I'm sure they wouldn't object to their products being worn on small wheelers.
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Or for those boardroom occasions, here is the complete ensemble :-

http://www.rapha.cc/timothy-everest-...e-cycling-suit
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