When I opted to drag Belstaff's new Discovery Jacket on a 10-day tour through the east (north and south), I felt a bit overdressed at first--the thing was armored, triple-layered and strewn with more zippers than a convention of hookers. I shouldn't have bitched though--Belstaff's been in the gear game almost as long as motorcycles have been in existence, and I had the good fortune to test the brawny garment in the midst of the most schizophrenic weather pattern to hit the east coast in decades. Of course, it felt closer to hypothermia than good fortune in Pennsylvania (temps hovered around 30 degrees), but the garment's reinforced, 500-denier nylon shell and waterproof, breathable membrane kept the wind and rain at bay and my innards warm with an insulated inner liner. When the sun finally broke in North Carolina, I simply pulled the liner out and zipped open the spacious underarm and back vents to cool my jets (my only beef was the liner buttoned more than it zipped). A soft, detachable neck-warmer snugged my jugular, and sleeve adjusters sealed out drafts.