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I like high-quality protective gear, since I don't like abrasions and broken bones. In the past I'd had some Alpinestars stuff but when I quit riding for a while sold it off.

When I got the R3 I immediately got a few things used off eBay and Craigslist, figuring I'd keep what fit and what I liked, and sell the rest. Cheaper than buying new, even when sellers have a generous return policy (though I did buy my Shoei helmet new and at a shop in-person.)

Liked the Dainese gear pretty well, and the fit was good if not perfect. But I wanted leather pants with armor that were not full-on race pants (bent knee and pucks.) A guy on eBay was selling Triumph H2 Sport leather pants in my size, worn once, cheap so I pulled the trigger. Loved 'em and so I just got the matching jacket. Selling the Dainese.

OVERVIEW
The Triumph H2 Sport jacket and pants are designed for touring/sport-touring, with snug tailoring but cut for a more upright seating position than full-on race kit. You can wear it not look like a Power Ranger, though it's definitely bike gear. Their first aim is for maximum protective qualities via 1.2 to 1.4mm leather and Knox armor in knees, shoulders and elbows plus hip padding and back padding. The second aim is for true all-weather capability, which makes this stuff kinda complex.

COMPLEXITY
The jacket is leather with a water-barrier treated nylon liner. Each has a zipper to close it. Inside the nylon liner is a zipped-in quilted thermal vest for cold weather. Finally the insides of the arms and underarms are breathable elastic fabric and there are ventilation zips: two on the front and two on the back as well as the usual zippers at the cuffs. Add a couple of outer pockets and an inside one and you have a pretty elaborate rig that can go from fully zipped with liner for cold and wet, to all vent zips open and no liner for warmer weather. There's even a soft knitted collar with Velcro closure. It's not as big a mess as it sounds to put on, but it's not a "slip it on, zip it up, out the door" jacket.

The pants also have a water-barrier liner and ventilation zippers, as well as the usual long zips up the calves and a very sturdy waist closure. Again, softer elastic fabric in the bendy bits that don't need armor: backs of knees up the inner thighs to the crotch.

Oh, there are also sections that are made of Scotchlite reflective stuff. A lot of different materials in these.

FIT
On the slim side, and I found they fit a little tighter than you might expect. In other words, perfect for leather. I wear a 40R or 40L sport coat and the 42 in the Triumph left enough breathing room for comfort. I might have been able to wear a 40, but the torso and sleeves are PERFECT on the 42, withe sleeve giving enough coverage when my arm is bent, and no exposed backside when leaned over.

I wear a 32W and 32 or 33 inseam in street pants and the 32 Triumph leathers were so tight on the first wearing I had to suck in my gut and wriggle into them. Crushingly tight at first but a few hours of wear and they they are starting to feel good. Long in the leg, kind of a straight cut, not super-skinny but far from American baggy.

QUALITY
They're made by (in some overseas factory) the UK company Knox. The materials appear to be very high grade, from the heavy, even-grained leather to the YKK zippers to the (duh) genuine Knox armor. Comes with spare zipper pulls and snaps. Stitching looks good and the labeling is not so huge you look like a Triumph billboard. I'd put it right up there with Alpinestars or Dainese in terms of quality. For all I know they all come from the same huge Ukrainian leather shop.

IMPRESSIONS
Heavy, sturdy. Warm but on a nice day the ventilation zippers did work pretty well. My wife thinks my butt looks good in them. Have not ridden in more than a sprinkle of rain but I didn't get wet. A really nice, if lesser-known alternative to the bigger brands even if you don't ride a Triumph and well suited for the practical, not-a-racer, not-a-long-haul-tourer nature of the R3.
 

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Well that was a thorough review. I have a Triumph sweatshirt and t-shirt. :) Love them. The sweatshirt is heavy duty. Made by FactoryEffex which does a lot motorcycle centric graphics stuff. I like a lot of their Yamaha gear. Great for casual wear, and layers.

While window shopping at RevZ or STG, or some other place, I was looking for some Astars or Icon casual boots-they boot have some nice ones, but really liked the Triumph boots that I saw. Looked great for riding and wearing around town.

FactoryEffex Yamaha Gear I am not affiliated with nor work for FactoryEffex-just simply a fan of their casual wear.
 

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Triumph gear is great stuff.

However, I think you'll find that this gear isn't made by KNOX, but was most likely made by Alpinestars, from original Triumph designs, using an Asian manufacturer and Brazilian leather.

Only the armor that's in the jacket is actually made by KNOX. KNOX makes armored products, including gloves and base layers, but NOT jackets and pants.

Prior to forming an association with Alpinestars in 2011 or so, most Triumph gear was made in Vietnam (specifically: Leather jackets in Vietnam and leather pants in The Phillipines). Much of the Alpinestars self-branded gear is also currently made in Asia, as is the majority of available motorcycle gear.

I've owned two Triumph jackets and one was made in Vietnam and one was made in the Phillipines. Both were very high quality kit. Triumph maintains very tight quality control over their products no matter where they are made, so as to maintain the brand's reputation for premium quality products.

Also, some of Triumph's boots are made by SIDI. And the Triumph Waxed Cotton Jackets are made in the UK (probably by Belstaff, who also make their own branded motorcycle jackets, or by Barbour).

NOTE: you do have to make sure you're buying GENUINE TRIUMPH gear since there are several companies in Pakistan that make knockoffs that are very difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
 

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Triumph gear is great stuff.

However, I think you'll find that this gear isn't made by KNOX, but was most likely made by Alpinestars, from original Triumph designs, using an Asian manufacturer and Brazilian leather.

Only the armor that's in the jacket is actually made by KNOX. KNOX makes armored products, including gloves and base layers, but NOT jackets and pants.

Prior to forming an association with Alpinestars in 2011 or so, most Triumph gear was made in Vietnam (specifically: Leather jackets in Vietnam and leather pants in The Phillipines). Much of the Alpinestars self-branded gear is also currently made in Asia, as is the majority of available motorcycle gear.

I've owned two Triumph jackets and one was made in Vietnam and one was made in the Phillipines. Both were very high quality kit. Triumph maintains very tight quality control over their products no matter where they are made, so as to maintain the brand's reputation for premium quality products.

Also, some of Triumph's boots are made by SIDI. And the Triumph Waxed Cotton Jackets are made in the UK.

NOTE: you do have to make sure you're buying GENUINE TRIUMPH gear since there are several companies in Pakistan that make knockoffs that are very difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
That's interesting! I was on the Knox site and they do advertise themselves as making leather jackets though, branded as Knox, and they also make a point of saying they make Triumph gear. In an international world "making" can be designing, manufacturing, labeling or warehousing though. In the end, whatever contract factory made this stuff it is top-shelf, and I was pleasantly surprised. Could be DaiAlpineFieldKlim, for all I know :)

I've seen the Pakistani stuff on eBay. Looks good from a distance but is a very different beast.
 

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You are correct. The European Planet-KNOX site does show KNOX-designed jackets in their "Studio Collection Outerwear": the "ROSCOE" leather jacket for men or women, the "LEONARD" and "LEA" waxed jackets for men and women and the "ALL SPORTS" waterproof jacket for men.

They're a 3-part system where you pick the armored shirt, then the mid-layer, then the jacket. Pretty coll!

KNOX USA site doesn't list them so you'd probably have to purchase from Europe, possibly direct through the Planet-Knox site

https://www.planet-knox.com/product-category/outerwear/

I did find this on the site:

"Knox is the brand of choice for many highly respected motorcycle clothing brands in the world that choose Knox Original Equipment for their garments.

Brands like, Triumph Motorcycles- Victory Motorcycles, ReVit - Ixon – Bering - RS Taichi - Spyke - Teknic - Racer – Draggin Jeans - Stadler – Held and many more."

What they're referring to there, though, is that these brands chose KNOX armor to use in their product lines.
 
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