Spidi Fandango Jacket- Review

Spidi's top-of-the-line leather refines classic moto style

Spidi Fandango Jacket
Editor Morgan Gales in his Fandango Jacket and Spidi Avant-Garde Gloves. Morgan is a lanky 6'4" and wears a size 54 in Spidi's jackets.Spidi Fandango

When reviewing Spidi gear, there is one word I always find myself repeating: simple. And I mean simple in the most complete way. Simple meaning, everything I need and nothing more. If you look at our Editors' Picks, you'll see that this is my favorite jacket of 2016, and for good reason. Blending the classic perfecto, v-twin biker look with a modern and refined cafe racer vibe, the Spidi Fandango Jacket has been seeing a lot of road time lately.

Stiff and restrictive pads are something I simply don't mess with. I know a lot of riders that won't ride without impact protection, but we all choose our own risks and I just won't spend hours in an uncomfortable jacket, even if I will be safer in the case of an accident. Spidi's pad systems vary in fit and form from jacket to jacket, but the Fandango has some of their thicker, CE certified pads in the shoulders and elbows. While you can feel that they are in there, they're not uncomfortable or imposing in any way. Especially not when you're on a bike with your hands on the handlebars in a riding position, like the jacket was designed to be worn.

Spidi Fandango Leather
Spidi Fandango Leather Jacket - FrontSpidi

Fit wise, Spidi tends to be on the slimmer side. I am a tall, lanky guy and their gear tends to fit me very well. Nothing is too snug, I have some room to move around, but there is also no bulky excess of fabric flapping around in the wind. The leather on the Fandango is a little different than most other jackets I have worn from them. I have always described their leather as being top quality, but this one is even nicer. Smooth grain, even tone, the Italian heritage really stands out here.

The design of this jacket was born from a collab with the French magazine Cafe Racer, and it stands out as one of the more fashion-forward jackets in the Spidi lineup. Embossed patches on the arms and chest seem ready to have a name and race number painted on them. The large pockets with single-snap closures work well, and are easy to access with gloves on. The liner is simple and classic looking, but is a comfortable stretchy fabric. You don't have a lot of thermal insulation in this one, but that comes back to the perfect simplicity that I am so fond of. I'd rather just wear a flannel or something decent looking underneath that can still function as a layer outside of the coat.

Spidi Fandango
The glove pocket on the back of the FandangoSpidi

With the lack of thermal insulation, it can safely be said that this is not a winter jacket. It would not be my selection for the rain or snow. I did, however, recently take it out to Spain and wear it in 35 degree weather. With an Under Armour thermal shirt and flannel underneath, as well as a thick scarf around my neck, I was good. I had to provide my own insulation, but the jacket cut the wind well. If you plan on wearing it in the cold, you'll probably want some gloves that provide a bit of a seal around the end of the sleeve, as it does zip down to fit snug, but still lets a little air through.

With a price tag right under $700, you're looking at the higher end of the price range for a good leather motorcycle jacket. If you consider the design collaboration, and accept that you're paying for the higher quality leather and CE padding as well as an exceptionally designed jacket, you can justify it. The fact is, if you want a leather jacket for $200, you can find one; but Spidi has thrown a lot of their expertise and high-quality materials at this jacket, and I would actually call this a fair price.

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