Since 1948, the Trialmaster jacket has been worn and loved by thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts, racers, and icons. Champion racers like Sammy Miler and Phil Reed have worn the jacket while competing. On his epic motorcycle journey across South America, Ernesto “Che” Guevara also wore one. Even Hollywood icons and stars have been fans of the jacket; most notably motorcycle racer and actor Steve McQueen.
Belstaff decided several years ago to stop making the original Trialmaster design, choosing to slightly redesign and update it instead. The new version of the jacket has all of the same features that made the original so iconic, and is cut somewhat fuller. The jacket is constructed from Belstaff’s triple hand-waxed cotton fabric that is also water-repellent. The jacket can be re-waxed if needed and will only improve with use and over time.
Like the original, the Trialmaster’s shoulders and elbows are re-enforced to give the rider extra protection. To help keep any rain and wind out, the jacket features a throat latch and cuffs with triple snaps. Lining the inside of the jacket is Belstaff’s heritage check fabric, which has lined Belstaff jackets since 1948. Another benefit of the check cotton lining is that it dries quickly when wet.
To help the jacket breathe and ventilate, Belstaff placed aerators under the jackets arms. The corduroy lined cuffs and collar provide extra warmth and comfort; Belstaff even offers a separate liner made of quilted down that can be purchased and snapped into the jacket. The ring zipper pull has raised edges for easy gripping and is made of brass. Also, the jacket has four bellows pockets that are large enough to carry personal items without being bulky.
The Trialmaster jacket is available for women and men and is a part of the Belstaff Legends Collection. The Legends Collection is a line of 7 jackets that carries on the heritage and history of Belstaff. For Men, the jacket is available in Black and comes in 4 sizes: XS, S, M, & L. For Women, the jacket is available in Military, Navy, & Mahogany colors and in 4 sizes: 38, 40, 42, & 44.
In the inside of the jacket is Belstaff’s iconic patch, a Commemorative 1948 metal plaque, and a Union Jack label. On websites like eBay, you can find vintage and original editions of the jacket; there are also other websites that sell the original model of the jacket. Some vintage and used editions go for incredibly high prices, as they are rare and sought after by collectors.
The Trialmaster has remained one of the most popular and iconic motorcycle jackets because it is made from premium materials, offers superior protection, and is incredibly durable and stylish. Whether you have a vintage, original, or new model, you can rely on the jackets ability to protect you from the elements while looking good at the same time. From the sidewalks of the city to the asphalt of the road, the Trialmaster is undoubtedly a tried and true classic that will never go out of style.