With the rise in awareness of safety and safety gears kudos to those individuals called bikers, it was but imperative that we do our bit and contribute to the cause. While a helmet’s aim is to ensure that the riders is smiling, the riding jacket on the other hand apart from its basic function of braving that extremities of nature protects the rider while on the road or off it. A riding jacket in addition to its basics has protective armour embedded into it at specific points where injury is imminent irrespective of the direction or impact of the fall.
Stepping away from the standard range of riding jacket that come in the Rs. 5,000+ to less that Rs. 8,000 price bracket, we decided to look for one that would appeal to a novice irrespective of gender and after carefully sifting through all that was available we settled for the ASPIDA Atlas. Purchased at Rs. 3950 back in April 2015 for one of the team members, the standard sizes available are M, L, XL and with streaks of red, orange, green, grey and yellow this jacket is a sure match for two wheelers made by most manufacturers not limited to scooterettes or engine capacity and also can be paired with one’s helmet for those who are fashion conscious.
Given the fact that the manufacturer is a reputed one and uses industry standard material for the elbow, shoulder and back protectors, we will not delve into that. However we would like to focus on the utility it offers our budding biking enthusiasts and those bikers on a tight budget. For the price we paid at the time the Cordura-net based jacket comes with 3 utility pockets – 2 external pockets and one internal one placed at the top left large enough to hold two 5 inch smart-phones. In addition to the base jacket there is a thermal/rain liner which holds up good in a drizzle to a light shower and also doubles up as a thermal liner to keep out that unexpected chill on a warm evening.
Over and above the light shower and would see a line of the drops from heaven seated bisecting your torso from neck to waist. Indeed it wasn’t designed for this kind of wet weather, however on a nice dry day it keeps you comfortable while ensuring that the net (when worn without the liner) does not be a part of the drag forces. The inner Velcro pocket keeps the back protector intact and allows you to take it off and pack it in to your backpack should you want to do so.
On a visit to the dealership store in Pune, Probiker Helmets & Accessories to take a snapshot of the colours we were briefed that the manufacturer has increased the prices on their entire range (for current prices of this product please check with a store in your city or you may find details on the manufacturers website).
Drawing a conclusion on this product we can confidently say that the Atlas is a good consideration for any biking enthusiast or motorist with a budget of about Rs. 4000+. Needles to say the Velcro straps at the cuffs need some getting used to however apart from that be it a party or a ride to work the Atlas is subtle yet stylish in own right and definitely a value for money proposition.
We would like to thank M/s Probiker Helmets & Accessories, Pune for their services at the time of purchase and also for allowing us the opportunity to capture a glimpse of the range of the Atlas for our valuable readers.