Leather motorcycle jackets don’t need to cost over $250. That’s what Highway 21 proves with its affordable Primer. Designed for fellas looking for a simple, lightly-branded leather riding jacket, the Primer is at home on a V-Twin or sport machine. We rode in it during our recent review of the 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob.
The Primer jacket is a worthy pick for those that want the look and protection of cowhide, but in a lighter duty and more cost effective option. The leather features a dressed finish in brown and a more polished look in black. Both are neat but we prefer the former version. Branding is subtle with a pair of inconspicuous logos on the chest and back.
Devoid of a traditional removable liner, this coat is going to be a sensible option in mild weather, including late spring and early fall. With its generous-sized rear zipper vent (running along the width of the jacket) it flows enough air to make it useable for warmer weather riding (around 80-degrees Fahrenheit in arid lands, 70F in more humid locations). Two additional zipper vents double as pockets at the top of the chest and two more vents are cleverly positioned at the wrist. Furthermore, the wrist junction can be opened to make it easier to get on or off.
The Primer features a more relaxed fit and will be appreciated by riders that desire a bit of room in the chest and stomach areas. No European slim fit here. If you want to wear a sweatshirt underneath you certainly could yet, by no means is it overly baggy when properly sized. The rear of the shoulders also have expansion material for increased range of movement in the stretched out riding position. Fit can further be tailored with waist side snaps.
Removable CE-certified armor in the shoulders and elbows conform well to the body and go virtually unnoticed while riding. There’s also a light-duty and removable foam back pad, which can be upgraded with more robust solutions like a Forcefield Pro Lite K Level 2 Insert, if desired. Due to the thickness of the leather, this jacket is likely a one-and-done coat in terms of abrasion resistance, but what can you expect for less than 200 bucks?
A bevy of pockets including traditional hip pockets and two inside keep nicknacks secure. Guys who carry will also be glad to know that a sub-compact hand gun fits perfectly in the hidden pocket on the left-hand side. It’s also fairly easy to access, too.
The Highway 21 sizing chart runs large. If you order the size your measurement corresponds to, the jacket is going to be roomy. For a more precise fit, I’d recommend going down a size.
But generous size chart aside, for the money, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more functional casual leather offering than what Highway 21 has with this Pakistani-made coat. What it lacks in premium quality it makes up in value. It’s also backed by a two-year warranty.