Tested – Tu­cano Ur­bano Ermes Coat Time on test: 8 months RRP: £219.99

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The Tu­cano Ur­bano Ermes jacket is a 3⁄4 length tour­ing jacket that fea­tures the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Bri­tish de­signed, soft D30 ar­mour at the shoul­der and el­bow.

There’s also a back pocket to ac­com­mo­date a back pro­tec­tor into which a D30 item fits very nicely in­deed. Any­way, it also boasts be­ing fully wa­ter­proof, wind­proof and breath­able with a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem and loads of tech­ni­cal things such as an ad­justable/re­mov­able lum­bar sup­port pad at­tached by Vel­cro to the in­side, a strap for car­ry­ing your hel­met when walk­ing about and a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of pock­ets for ev­ery­thing and any­thing.

You also get Tu­cano’s Re­flac­tive sys­tem which al­lows you to turn the col­lar and cuffs up or down depend­ing on whether you want re­flec­tive strips for road rid­ing, or a sub­tle look­ing coat for walk­ing into work.

I’ve had this coat since around April, cov­er­ing many thou­sands of miles in it both around the UK (in­clud­ing a wet Kelso) as well as ven­tur­ing into Main­land Europe. The re­move­able ther­mal liner does for me what it’s meant to, that’s keep­ing me warm, while the outer has kept me dry. As with other Tu­cano Ur­bano prod­ucts, I’ve not had prob­lems on that front.

The coat is very smart too, in the usual Ital­ian stylish way. Like an­other Tu­cano coat how­ever, I did make the mis­take of hang­ing it up by its loop, which duly broke un­der the coat’s own weight, which is a bit of a bug­ger as this is also one of the fix­ing points of the lining too.

How­ever, Tu­cano’s war­ranty cov­ers this, and in­deed they in­formed that they’ve since up­graded such loops to make them stronger. Un­for­tu­nately, an in­ner pocket zip also came loose and a cuff tab on the lining broke, the first such in­ci­dents of fail­ure I can re­call on a Tu­cano coat in many years.

The war­ranty how­ever does cover this for im­me­di­ate re­place­ment, which you can’t re­ally ar­gue with. As such, the Ermes (which also comes in a ladies cut ver­sion named the Iris) is an­other from the Tu­cano range that com­bines the smart style of ur­ban cloth­ing with ev­ery­thing a rider needs; pro­tec­tion, warmth, plenty of pock­ets and a wa­ter­proof outer.

Avail­able in sizes Medium to 3XL, in black or beige (the Iris in ladies sizes XS to XL), visit www.tu­canour­bano.com for fur­ther de­tails.

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