Leatt DBX 5.0

When the rain was bouncing off the widows, there was one jacket that consistently excited our testers, the Leatt DBX 5.0. At 680 g (medium) the DBX 5.0 is a heavyweight contender, but also boasts heavyweight protection. The HydraDri 30,000 mm / 23,000 g/m² shell could not be bested, even in a full-bore Scottish downpour, and despite the fitted cut, the jacket has great stretch for dynamic riding. The three-point-adjustment hood fits over a helmet with ease and Leatt have added magnets to restrain the hood either at your back, or to your helmet. Vents sit at the back for spray free cooling on hot days – but do sit under a backpack – and wrist cuffs stop spray migrating up your sleeves.

We love the toughness of the fabric, taking some really big hits with no complaint. A sticky rubber coating on the shoulders keeps your backpack in place, and reinforcing on the elbows helps if you take a trip into the foliage. There is even a silicone patch at the rear to stop the jacket riding up. Our only criticism is that it’s heavy and very warm, so best used in the colder months, and the main zip is not as waterproof as we would have hoped.

The Leatt DBX 5.0 is a formidable suit of armour ready to combat the worst that mother nature can dish out, a jacket equally at home shredding home trails for an afternoon blast as it is clinging perilously to a mountain peak in ‘emotional’ storms.

Weight: 680 g
Price: € 199.99

Info: leatt.com