Friday, 8 March 2013

Held Sixty-Six Waxed Cotton Jacket

There's something special about traditional looking motorcycle clothing which is probably why the Held Sixty-Six jackets caught my eye as soon as I saw them.

Retro look with modern technology at a good price - RRP of just £179.99. It's beautifully made, and I'm happy wearing it socially as well, it's got a lot of admirers, it's very cool.

This for me is the ideal jacket for Spring / Summer / early Autumn months. It's not a Winter jacket by any means - but it's not meant to be. First thing I noticed when I slipped it on was how comfortable it was. It's waxed cotton, but not greasy like you get with some waxed cotton jackets. It's also not stiff. 

Held Sixty-Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket
Held Sixty-Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket

With a fleece and thermal layer under it's been great on the bike at 10 degrees or over, but less than that and you'd want to gear up with a heavier jacket. It's very waterproof and breathable - I can vouch for that due to vigorous dog walking in the rain ;)! I reckon for end of March to end of Sept it's going to be the perfect jacket for this season's biking. Why?

All my pics of the Held Sixty Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket
All my pics of the Held Sixty Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket

  • It's robust but not bulky
  • It looks great on or off the bike, combined with the Held Crackerjack Kevlar Jeans it will be awesome for trips out. You could quite happily sit down for some grub in it as it bridges the gap between biking and socialising beautifully
  • Its windproof so will keep the chills out in Spring / Summer
  • Its waterproof so great for those (expected) unexpected showers
  • Its breathable in case we do actually get some sun this year
  • It looks damn nice- got this real Route 66 retro biker thing going on.
  • The armour in the elbows and shoulders is excellent, although I'm going to upgrade to some Held back armour which I prefer to the foam that comes with it. 
Colour wise it comes in black, khaki or a mix of black / off white (shown below)

Held Sixty-Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket
Held Sixty-Six waxed cotton motorcycle jacket

Here's the tech. info:

Waxed cotton outer shell
100% polyester inner lining
Waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane (100% polyester with 100% polyurethane coating)
EN 1621-1 CE-certified soft protectors at shoulders & elbows
special foam padding at back
Optional EN 1621-2 back protector
Hip adjustment
Soft collar
4 external pockets
3 inner pockets
Connecting zip

For more information on Held in the UK please visit Click on 'collection' and you can view our online catalogue!


  1. Hi,

    Is the armour in the shoulders and elbows removable?

  2. Hi, could you wear as an every day jacket?

    1. Hi Neil, very much so! looks like the posh Barbour jackets that people tend to wear and I get a lot of looks in mine. Looks smart with jeans or any trousers. It's not a greasy wax at all (Like the old Belstaffs of the 80s!) and the armour isn't bulky, although you can remove it if you want.

      It's waterproof and windproof as well. Looks good down the pub, shops etc. I've even worn mine out for a meal, looks very 'country set'. All in all a great jacket. And a lot cheaper than the Barbours! You'll get people trying to read the label!

      If you have any more questions, shout!


    2. HI Mark, thank you kindly for your prompt reply, much appreciated. I'm sold, time to purchase one. I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks again, kind regards, Neil.