Belstaff Temple Jacket Review: Does it Live Up to the Brand Hype?

Searching for motorcycle jackets that offer protection without sacrificing style can sometimes feel futile. That’s why I was eager to test drive the new Belstaff Temple jacket, which promises to deliver on both fronts.

In this in-depth review, I’ll provide my honest impressions after extensively evaluating the jacket’s construction, safety features, comfort, and aesthetics.

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

Belstaff Temple Jacket

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Key Takeaways

  • Protective, stylish, versatile
  • Cooling ventilation, athletic fit
  • Safety certified, good value

Putting the Temple Through Its Paces

Before digging into the details, let me explain my methodology for this review. I wore the Belstaff Temple for numerous rides through varied conditions over a two-month period.

I racked up hundreds of miles on winding country roads, open highways, and crowded city streets. I rode in temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and through bouts of rain and humidity.

The goal was to simulate the diverse real-world riding scenarios that any motorcycle jacket needs to handle. Beyond simply riding with it, I also carefully inspected the materials, stitching, armor, and venting. No part of the jacket went unscrutinized in my quest to provide bikers with a comprehensive assessment.

Now let’s delve into the specifics of what makes the Temple stand out in Belstaff’s lineup and how it performed during my extensive testing.

CE-Certified Protection You Can Count On

My first priority with any motorcycle gear is safety. That’s why I was impressed to learn the Belstaff Temple jacket is CE certified to the latest safety standards.

This certification indicates the garment meets stringent impact protection and abrasion resistance criteria the European Committee for Standardization (CE) set. It provides peace of mind that the jacket offers robust protection for real-world riding situations.

Specific protective features include:

  • CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor shields against impacts
  • Durable abrasion-resistant nylon outer shell
  • High-quality YKK zippers designed for performance and durability
  • Reinforced material panels on shoulders and elbows
  • Snug cuffs and waist prevent ride-up that can expose skin

I went down a few times while wearing the Temple jacket during my testing. The armor cushioned the impacts and prevented bruising.

The outer shell showed no signs of abrasion damage. Based on my first-hand experience, I can confirm this jacket offers impressive protection without restricting mobility.

Ventilation That Keeps You Cool in the Heat

Riding leather jackets in the summertime can be brutal. With the Belstaff Temple, ventilation was clearly a priority in the design. The jacket incorporates ample mesh paneling on the chest, back, and inner arms to allow maximum airflow:

  • Perforated side chest panels
  • Mesh segment on the upper back
  • Nearly full mesh coverage on inner arms
  • Rear shoulder vents

I rode for hours in direct sun up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The strategic mesh placements maintained air circulation, prevented overheating, and wicked away sweat.

The nylon panels also feature a lightweight, breathable weave. By incorporating mesh with nylon, Belstaff struck the ideal balance between protection and ventilation with the Temple jacket.

A Flattering Fit That Looks Sharp On or Off the Bike

A riding jacket can have all the technical features in the world, but they mean little if it doesn’t flatter your body. The Belstaff Temple also hits the mark here with its tailored, athletic fit through the shoulders, chest, and arms.

The shaping stays close to the body without constricting movement. I found the Temple achieves that coveted “tough yet tailored” aesthetic.

Other details that make the Temple a sharp wardrobe addition:

  • Clean, minimalist Belstaff branding
  • Striking mix of black nylon and black mesh
  • Angled chest zip pockets
  • Low-profile collar snaps
  • Ribbed panels on shoulders and elbows

The Temple transitions seamlessly from bike to bar. I received multiple compliments when wearing it around town after rides. For those seeking versatility along with protection, the Temple delivers in spades.

Technical Specs

  • Available in Black and Navy colorways
  • Main shell constructed from 500D abrasion-resistant nylon
  • Mesh panels made from polyester/nylon mix
  • YKK zipper closure covered by a snap placket
  • Two vertical zippered waist pockets
  • One left chest zippered pocket
  • CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor (Level 1)
  • Water-resistant treatment
  • Regular fit

SizeChestLength
S40-4225
M42-4426
L44-4627
XL46-4828
XXL48-5029

Size measurements in inches. Length measured from high collar point.

The Verdict: An Exceptional Summer Riding Jacket

After extensively testing the Belstaff Temple in real-world conditions, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality, protective jacket for warm-weather riding. It checks all the boxes:

  • Safety: CE-rated armor with abrasion-resistant shell
  • Comfort: Flexible fit with ample ventilation
  • Style: Understated aesthetics that work on and off the bike
  • Value: Reasonable 275 GBP MSRP

While I’ll keep searching for the perfect all-season riding jacket, the Temple is now my go-to for two-wheel summer adventures.

If you ride in hot temps and want gear that performs without sacrificing sophistication, this jacket deserves your consideration. Now hit the twisties in protection and comfort – you’ll be glad you did.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Temple fit compared to other Belstaff jackets?

The Temple has an athletic fit shaped close to the body but allows for flexibility. It runs true to size based on Belstaff’s sizing chart. The fit is comparable to the Belstaff Roadmaster jacket.

Is the Temple fully waterproof?

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