Ob­ject of De­sire

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Get on your bike with the iconic Bel­staff Trial­mas­ter jacket — as worn by McQueen and Gue­vara

As mo­tor­cy­cle icons go, you couldn’t name two more rugged or more en­dur­ingly cool than Steve McQueen and Che Gue­vara. And the pair have at least one thing in com­mon: both wore Bel­staff Trial­mas­ter jack­ets. The for­mer was a fan of the Bri­tish brand’s out­put, wear­ing his Trial­mas­ter when­ever he got on a bike, while Gue­vara put his trust in the coat’s pro­tec­tive pow­ers for his epic odyssey across South Amer­ica. Both men, and count­less more over the years, have re­lied on the belted jacket to keep the el­e­ments at bay and pro­tect them should they come a crop­per, and now, 70 years since it was first cre­ated, the Trial­mas­ter is back. True to its orig­i­nal form, it keeps the wind and rain out with its waxed cotton con­struc­tion and of­fers im­proved com­fort on (or off) bikes with its pre-shaped sleeves. But best of all, it makes its wearer look a bit like Steve McQueen, and that’s still all a man could ever wish for.

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