Richa Daytona jacket

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul ex-BikeSocial Production Editor turned freelancer. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.
Richa Daytona

In a way, there’s not much to be said about the Richa Daytona leather jacket. To use that well worn phrase, it is what it is – a classic biker style jacket that goes brilliantly with jeans and makes a great everyday wear.

I’d call the design timeless rather than retro and along with my Richa Hammer jeans and TCX Urban boots, this has formed one third of my daily riding combo over the last few months.

The label inside the jacket proudly proclaims Richa as the ‘Worlds (sic) best motorcycle gear’ and while Alpinestars, Dainese et al will doubtless have something to say about that, there is no doubt that the Belgian brand has made big strides in recent years.

It’s a very classy, classic design. The Daytona is part of Richa’s ‘Vintage Line’ range and is made from buffalo leather, which is regarded as being both more breathable and more resistant to damage than traditional cow hide. The black buffalo leather has a real shine to it and the brassy zips look like they’ve come straight out of the Sixties, although the tech comes right from the here and now.

There’s also an additional liner made from polyester, which can be removed for summer riding. Shoulder, back and elbow protectors are made from British-developed D3O material and are CE approved.

It feels nice and soft and has a plush cotton liner with two internal pockets. Personally I find it a really comfortable jacket. Being on the shorter side, I often have a problem with the cuffs being a bit awkward on these kind of jackets but I do find the Daytona’s adjustable stud button style items fit well. There are four external pockets (two on the chest and two regular side pockets), with two more on the removable liner and another on the fixed liner.

I can see the Richa Daytona being part of my riding wardrobe for a long time. I’ve been wearing it for around six months now and it’s the kind of jacket that wears well and gets more comfortable with mileage. I imagine that it’ll develop a nice patina over years of wear.

Regrets? I kinda wish I hadn’t gone with the boring black one. In total, there are five colour options for the Daytona, with brown, blue, red and my personal favourite, cognac, also available.

£259.99 for smaller sizes (up to 50) and £285.99 for size 52.

Richa Daytona
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