Belstaff McGregor Pro Jacket Review: Modern Take on a Classic Style?

In my years as a motorcyclist, I’ve had the chance to test out gear across the market, from budget-friendly basics to opulent offerings dripping with luxury.

The Belstaff McGregor Pro jacket sits squarely in the latter category. Belstaff is known for pairing designer style with rugged protection as a premium brand with a storied history.

The McGregor Pro brings that signature aesthetic to life while paying homage to Belstaff ambassador Ewan McGregor.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best waterproof motorcycle jacket for you? Let’s find out!

Belstaff McGregor Pro Jacket

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Key Takeaways

  • Waxed cotton luxury
  • Scottish heritage flair
  • Restrictive yet refined

A Premium Pedigree

Of course, one glance at the McGregor Pro tells you this isn’t your average motorcycle jacket. The 12 oz Haley Stevenson wax cotton shell oozes sophistication.

Unlike many motorcycle jackets, it relies solely on the natural water resistance of the wax cotton – there’s no membrane or liner.

A crisp black finish adds to the refined vibe. Leather reinforcement patches toughen up the elbows and shoulders. Meanwhile, the plaid flannel lining nods to McGregor’s Scottish ancestry.

Make no mistake; despite the lavish materials, Belstaff built this motorcycle jacket for riding. The shoulders and elbows pack D3O armor (CE-rated, though only Level 1).

A trio of snap pockets secures essentials, while a buckled belt collar and chunky brass zipper exude Belstaff’s signature utilitarian flair.

  • Waxed cotton luxury
  • Scottish heritage flair
  • Restrictive yet refined

Construction and Materials

The McGregor Pro features a 12 oz Haley Stevenson waxed cotton shell, which gives it a refined, sophisticated look.

The material is naturally water-resistant while still feeling soft and comfortable. Critical impact zones are reinforced with leather patches.

A Scottish flannel lining printed with McGregor’s family tartan adds personality. A Z-liner membrane underneath provides waterproofing since the waxed shell alone can’t guarantee dryness in heavy rain.

Protection and Safety

In terms of protection, the McGregor Pro includes D3O armor in the elbows and shoulders. It’s CE-rated, but only to Level 1. For this price range, Level 2 would be better. A back protector isn’t included either.

The collar has an adjustable buckled strap to seal out the elements. Three exterior snap pockets offer storage, while a chunky brass zipper and rivets provide durability. Reflective piping on the belt helps with visibility.

Fit and Sizing

I’m 5’10” and 175 lbs with a 40” chest and tested a size large. The McGregor Pro runs very small, so size up one or even two sizes.

The jacket fit snugly layered over a hoodie. Arms were slightly long, but overall, the size large was a good match for my proportions.

Ride Experience

With no direct vents, airflow through the McGregor Pro is restricted. It’s comfortable from around 50° to 70°F. In warmer weather, heat builds up inside.

The waxed shell blocks wind and light precipitation for cold and wet rides. In heavy rain, a separate layer helps.

The D3O armor provided impact protection during testing without limiting mobility. The jacket looks great on and off the bike with its vintage wax cotton vibe. The flannel lining also feels great against the skin.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Sophisticated waxed cotton style
  • Water-resistant natural shell
  • Scottish flannel lining
  • D3O CE-rated armor

Cons:

  • No vents or airflow
  • Only Level 1 armor
  • Runs very small
  • No back protector

A Lavish Look with Limitations

As alluring as the McGregor Pro may be, no product is perfect. Without direct vents, airflow is restricted. Riders in hot climates will likely overheat.

I’d recommend it for 50° F to 70° F temps. Extended downpours may also overwhelm the wax cotton exterior. Persistent rain calls for a separate rain layer.

Given the lofty price tag, many riders expect protection extras like a back protector. Upgrading the D3O armor to Level 2 would also suit the premium positioning. Sizing comes in decidedly small, so order a size up, even two for some body types.

Conclusion

The Belstaff McGregor Pro brings together refined materials like waxed cotton and Scottish flannel for a premium aesthetic.

It’s stylish on and off the bike but offers limited airflow and basic armor. As an urban cruiser or lightweight four-season option, it excels, but technical protection is lacking, given the price.

The McGregor Pro delivers a luxurious experience for riders who prioritize heritage styling. Just don’t expect modern venting and the highest level of safety.

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