Furygan Genesis Claw textile jacket
This is a CE certified textile jacket of high tenacity polyester construction that is highly abrasion resistant polyester outer that also boats a ‘Skin Protect lining’ approved by Furygan’s R&D (Motion Lab) to reinforce the product in terms of tearing and abrasion resistance.
It comes with D30 CE approved protectors in the shoulders and elbows, as well as a pocket for a back protector (the D30 one is a perfect fit), and inside all this is a lovely snug liner that is both warm and waterproof.
I’ve been wearing this jacket on and off for around 18 months now and in my opinion it suits the colder weather better, even with lining out and a couple of vents. It’s a bit much as a summer jacket, the short vents not really offering much in the way of cooling for hot days here in Blighty, let alone Italy.
Put the liner back in and you are truly toasty warm in the winter though, there’s no doubting that. The fleece is lovely and soft, and thanks to the adjustable sleeve fixings you can keep them from flapping and make sure the armour is in the correct place whether the liner is in or out.
The liner is also the waterproof element of this jacket, and sadly that’s where it starts to go wrong I’m afraid. For a start, having a waterproof underlayer is not the best idea in my opinion, and one that a member of the Furygan team agreed with (off the record) at a European show when I mentioned this.
Now, while it is actually waterproof, it’s not so breathable. This means that in warm, dry weather the lining can get damp from you sweating inside. Whatever it’s made of retains the moisture too, so whether it’s sweat, rain or you’ve simply washed the lining, expect it to remain wet for days rather than hours.
So my recommendation on the Furygan Genesis Claw range is that it looks great, the fit is snug and secure and I really do like that, but I really don’t recommend the waterproof version. Instead I’d go for the Genesis Claw Vented summer jacket (with a cooler, mesh outer) and an ancillary waterproof over jacket for the rainy summer days. With online prices of the Vented option at around £105 too (RRP £139.99), it’s a bit cheaper than the waterproof one as well, which carries a RRP of £169.99. www.nevis.uk.com or call 01425 478936. Andy