Oxford Route 73 2.0 Jacket Review: A Timeless Cafe Racer Style

The Oxford Route 73 jacket has been a staple for cafe racer-style riders since its debut in 2016. Oxford recently released the Route 73 2.0, a revised version of this classic motorcycle jacket.

I had the chance to check out the new Route 73 2.0. Here is an in-depth review of this jacket’s key features, updates, and performance.

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

Oxford Route 73 2.0 Jacket


Key Takeaways

  • True fit, heavy-duty feel
  • No vents, cold weather use
  • Classic style, upgraded leather


The Oxford Route 73 2.0 retains the iconic styling of the original Route 73 but gets upgraded with a full cowhide leather construction for added abrasion resistance.

The jacket has a classic cafe racer look with quilted shoulder panels, zippered cuffs, a snap-down collar, and an adjustable waist. Protection comes from CE-rated armor at the elbows and shoulders.

Key features:

  • Full cowhide leather construction
  • Quilted panels on shoulders
  • Zippered sleeve cuffs
  • Snug collar with snap closure
  • Waist adjustment zipper
  • Gusseted lower back for flexibility
  • CE armor at elbows and shoulders


The Oxford Route 73 jacket Sizing

The Route 73 2.0 fits according to Oxford’s sizing chart. The jacket is available in sizes ranging from S to 4XL. I’m 6 feet tall with a 44-inch chest, and the size XL fits me very well, with room for layers underneath.

The full cowhide leather feels thick and durable. The jacket lacks vents, so airflow is limited, but the leather does resist water fairly well. The interior lacks a thermal liner but has ample stash pockets.


Protection and Safety

The Oxford Route 73 jacket Armor

With CE-rated armor at the elbows and shoulders, the Route 73 2.0 offers impact protection in key areas. The thick cowhide leather resists abrasion nicely in a slide.

The jacket lacks ventilation, so it would be too warm for summer riding, but it provides good wind resistance for colder weather.

Reflective piping on the back adds visibility at night. An inside pocket allows you to add a back protector for spinal protection.

Comfort and Convenience

The Oxford Route 73 jacket Lining

The Route 73 2.0 remains comfortable even when riding in a tucked position thanks to gussets at the back waist.

The leather breaks in overtime for improved comfort, and the snug collar protects against wind. No thermal liner is included, which helps keep the cost reasonable.

The asymmetrical chest pocket and two side pockets give you places to store small essentials. Stash pockets and belt loops inside the jacket enhance convenience as well.


For riders looking for a durable, protective leather jacket with timeless vintage styling, the Oxford Route 73 2.0 is a great choice. The full cowhide leather construction and cafe racer aesthetics make this a very stylish jacket.

Just don’t expect ventilation for warm-weather riding. Overall, the Route 73 2.0 updates this classic with improved durability and protection.


Here are 5 sample FAQs with answers for the Oxford Route 73 2.0 jacket review:

What sizes is the Oxford Route 73 2.0 available in?

The Route 73 2.0 comes in sizes ranging from Small to 4XL. Be sure to reference Oxford’s size chart to pick the size that fits you best. The jacket fits true to size.

Is the Route 73 2.0 waterproof?

While not fully waterproof, the full cowhide leather construction is fairly water-resistant and will withstand light rain. For heavy rain, you’ll want to wear a separate waterproof layer.

How is the Route 73 2.0 different from the original Route 73?

The key updates are the switch from goatskin to cowhide leather for greater abrasion resistance, raised quilted shoulder panels, and reflective piping on the back. The styling remains very similar to the iconic original.

Is the Route 73 2.0 jacket suited for cold or warm weather?

This jacket is best suited for colder weather riding since it lacks vents and airflow is fairly limited. You’ll likely overheat in warm conditions unless you are moving at higher speeds.

Does the Route 73 2.0 have armor for impact protection?

Yes, CE-rated armor is included in the elbows and shoulders. An internal pocket also allows you to add a back protector (sold separately).

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