Jacket (motorcycle)

Belstaff

Trialmaster jacket (1948)

Founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and Harry Grosberg, Belstaff is a British garment manufacturer best known for producing waterproof jackets. Specialized in all-weather jackets for motorcyclists, Belstaff later created weather-protective jackets for other uses, goggles for the aviation market and gloves.

The brand’s most iconic outerwear piece is the Trialmaster (1948), a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket with four bellowed pockets, a belted waist, plaid lining, reinforced shoulders, high arm holes and a zipper and button front closure. The fitted Trialmaster bundled everything a motorcyclist could possibly look for in a jacket, and was an instant success. Steve McQueen had a Trialmaster and Che Guevara wore one during his motorcycle journey across Latin America. The manufacture of the Trialmaster has been shortly discontinued due to change of ownership, but is now back in production as the Belstaff Tourist Trophy jacket.

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