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The French Gendarme serves as a national police force in France that is aligned under the French army. These officers are responsible for everything from front line security at important installations and investigating threats to the French republic. One of the most important divisions of the Gendarme are the motorcycle officers who operate all over France.
These motorcycle jackets are issued to every officer in the Gendarme that is attached to the motorcycle division. Recognizing the important role the Gendarme motorcycle bridge plays, great care and expense was put into designing the very best jacket for these important officers. This level of care includes both features that would be essential to motorcycle mounted officers as well as a look and style that will show the French pride in the Gendarme.
There are two versions of this jacket available for purchase. The first version is the summer jacket, which has a polyester liner to allow you to stay cooler during the hot Summer months while riding your motorcycle. The second version is the winter jacket, which has a thick fleece liner to keep you incredibly warm and comfortable during the cold Winter months. Every other feature on each version of this jacket is the same, so once you try this jacket in one style you'll want to come back and buy the other style for year round riding options.
|Manufacturer||French Army Surplus|
I fully agree and support the previous review. This is a very well made, intelligently designed product! I have received many complements wearing to work or around town.
There are two very useful features that the previous reviewer did not mention. The gray segments found on this vibrantly colored jacket are actually a reflective material. This is crucial feature when cycling at night. The last feature that was left out is that this is a motorcycle jacket. It has padding at the elbow and shoulders for the occasional crash.
This is listed as summer weight jacket, although it is lighter than the winter jacket (my original returned purchase). I think the best description is that this is a motorcycle raincoat. I do not recommend wearing on a hot summer day.
In terms of fitting, my experience mirrors the first reviewer, with one difference. When I ordered a replacement keeping my 5’8” height in mind, I ordered a shorter replacement jacket.
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New condion jacket well made as these were designed to be, you'll like these. Good fabrics made to last, just be accurate when sizing. I ordered 116 L and fits lie xl, but can layer up under well and use belt loops to smarten up fit. Been very happy with French gear so far and top notch quality. No inner pocket, shoulder and elbow padding a nice feature as are recessed knit cuff to accomodate gloves hidden zip pockets, collar can snap down to keep smart or zipped up to keep out wind at riding speed. Great value vibrant color to be seen day/ nite --- ride on!!!