The Raida Bolt jacket guarantees a satisfying degree of safety, contemplating its place available in the market.

Mesh jackets are a calculated compromise between safety and luxury – for the type of climate that we get right here in Mumbai, they’re the one possible choice for many of the yr, as a result of they’re the one design that gives ample air flow. The compromise is as a result of the mesh panels that present the air flow aren’t fairly as immune to abrasion as textile or leather-based panels.

Level-2 protectors for again, shoulders, elbows.

The Raida Bolt jacket that I’ve been utilizing for the previous few months guarantees a satisfying degree of safety, contemplating its place available in the market. This entry-level jacket options a considerable amount of 600D textile panels in its development (which do job of abrasion resistance), and the mesh panels (which aren’t fairly as protecting) are restricted to areas like the within of the higher arms, and the flanks of the front and back torso, which aren’t more likely to make an excessive amount of contact with the bottom within the occasion of a fall. Impact safety can be moderately nicely taken care of, with CE level-2 protectors for the again, shoulders and elbows. One depend right here the place it does lose out is the chest protectors, that are non-certified foam pads, however that is on-par with what most opponents are providing at this worth. Where some opponents outdo the Bolt is in offering double stitching in any respect the mesh-textile interfaces, which this jacket doesn’t do throughout the board.


Only foam pads for chest.

There are mesh panels on the skin of the decrease arms, from just below the elbow right down to the wrist. This is an space that’s fairly more likely to rub in opposition to the bottom in an accident, however these areas additionally characteristic the level-2 elbow protectors beneath (which prolong roughly midway down your forearm), and these will contribute fairly considerably to abrasion safety as nicely (an usually ignored reality).

The Bolt lacks in terms of consolation. Ventilation is ample, however not wonderful – the chest protectors don’t have holes in them, so airflow is considerably restricted. But greater than that, the jacket fails to really feel plush and cozy in opposition to your physique. The internal lining isn’t fairly as smooth and clean as I’d like, and extra consideration ought to have been paid to areas just like the cuffs and collar, which really feel fairly tough in opposition to the pores and skin. The collar does characteristic a neoprene lip, but it surely isn’t fairly as thick correctly, and the collar itself rises up just a little too excessive, making it uncomfortable to do up the button on the high. The cuffs don’t characteristic any type of smooth lip or lining, and find yourself feeling fairly coarse in opposition to your wrists, particularly when carrying full-gauntlet gloves. What has additionally robbed me of a sense of high quality are issues like the principle zipper changing into sticky and one of many reflective parts starting to come back off, after a moderately brief however intensive interval of use.

The general match of the jacket is respectable for my slender construct, and could be tweaked barely utilizing the velcro bands across the waist and forearms. But there isn’t a scope to tweak the position of the protectors, and I discovered the again protector sitting just a little decrease than I’d like. On the upside, the jacket could be zipped to a pair of suitable pants.

At Rs 5,950, the Raida Bolt is providing an honest degree of safety for the worth, however no extra so than what its greatest rival is providing for a similar cash. If you might have strict finances constraints, this makes for a good first jacket. But consolation is a really massive facet of riding gear, and on this space, there’s room for enchancment. If your finances can accommodate a extra comfy and barely extra protecting jacket, that will be the extra smart choice to go for.


Price: Rs 5,950

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