"Much has been written on this and many other sites about “The Quest for the Holy”…..err, sorry….”Perfect Jacket” – the one that does everything well, all the time. While we’d hate to preempt anything that Monty Python may come up with on this subject, we may have an answer to a topic that is dear to all our hearts? I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; a location that is famous for its scenic beauty, outdoor lifestyle, twisty roads through stunning mountain and sea-scapes, militant unions, heart-attack-inducing property prices, the western world’s worst drivers….and its “temperate climate”. But I grew up and spent a lot of time riding in Central Africa. There, the term “temperate climate” meant about 340 sunny days per year, fresh highveld* air struggling to vary as much as 50 F in temperature between midsummer and midwinter, a total absence of snow, and warm rain that was only allowed to fall for 1-2 hours per day during a specific three months a year. Much like Camelot, really, but without the constant irritation of clanging armor and all those indecipherable Welsh accents The “temperate climate” outlined above does not describe Vancouver. Nor does it describe any other part of “Beautiful, Super Natural British Columbia”. Seasons here are simple. There are Two. For 5-7 months (6-9 in a lousy year) it pisses with rain, is grey, miserable, depressing, and blessed with that damp, bone-chilling cold that can only be appreciated by living right on the beach of a Northern ocean. Add the occasional decent dump of snow and a north wind that can freeze the lips off a carbon-fibre duck decoy in under three nanoseconds, and you have Season One: Winter. Season Two, Summer, is a relative blessing. Especially if it doesn’t turn back into Season One - like this year. Temps soar from -10 Celsius (that’s about 14F at the current US exchange rate) to the mid-40s C – about 110F or so – inland and away from the water. As a year-round BC motorcyclist, then, good versatile gear is important to me. As a confirmed pauper with a proud Scottish heritage, so is not having to buy any more of it than absolutely necessary. And, after 43 years of riding in Africa, Europe, Britain, the Far East, the US and the Great White North, this Belstaff Mercury textile unit is as close as I’ve come to finding that Holy Grail of Motorcycle Jackets". WebBikeWorld.com
"The Belstaff Mercury was designed by bikers, for bikers. The numerous unusual details in this jacket are abnormally well thought out, abnormally well executed, and flat out work. Let’s take a look then... The bomber jacket style shell is mainly Cordura, but with a tighter weave than most. Belstaff describes it as “waterproof, breathable and windproof high tenacity (sic!) Teflon coated nylon.” Whatever it’s called, it’s light enough to be comfortable; substantial enough to provide solid abrasion protection; long enough at the back to stop drafts; elegantly styled by Italians; beautifully finished; and works better and looks far more expensive and classy than a lot of gear I’ve seen at four times the price. The lower sleeves and upper chest, irrespective of jacket color (it comes in Blue, Red and Gunmetal in addition to the 'Gold' shown here), use a matte silver, reflective material and the shoulders are covered in “illumiNITE” reflective fabric. The latter is a gunmetal grey matrix of material that looks ever so stylish during the day but, when viewed from behind a car’s headlights at night, gives the impression that the driver is warping the Starship Enterprise into a meteor shower. Along with the 3M Scotchlite piping and reflective Belstaff logos on the front, back and upper sleeves, it also kills any excuse a cage driver might have for not seeing you after dark. This is without doubt one of the safest and most visible jackets you can wear without signing on as a police officer. The main closure is by a beefy, high-quality YKK zipper, with a tough, well-stitched textile pull tag attached that makes opening and closing easy for even winter-gloved hands. In fact, all zippers are YKK, and all have sturdy textile pulls with reflective Belstaff logos – something often overlooked on far more expensive kit. A double storm flap that folds back on itself provides a triple-layer gutter system that completely covers the zipper, and a full-length Velcro strip secures this most waterproof of arrangements. Once you have the thing Velcro’d closed, four rubber-coated press studs (can’t have any marks on the bike now, can we?) secure the whole shebang. Belstaff’s been using this system since Noah used their first waxed cotton jacket on the Ark and, believe me, it works. I rode a naked bike through a two-hour downpour in a Washington State rain forest last year and not one drop of rain found its way through this jacket (my pants and gloves were a different story). Consequently, I’ve since purchased Belstaff over-trousers, too, but more of that another day. Two reflective-surrounded hand-warmer pockets provide the only external storage. Their zippers are protected by a double-cover system where the outer layer’s leading edge folds back on itself and keeps out water as effectively as the main closure. These pockets can also be left open in summer to provide additional cooling – hence the lack of Velcro. As experienced riders know, it’s all in the details - and a lot of thought went into these details. Belstaff knows motorcycling. Two mesh-backed, zippered upper chest vents provide primary front cooling. On cold days, the vents are not only covered by the waterproof jacket material but also hidden under outer storm flaps and secured by yup, fabric pull zippers. Twin rear kidney vents let the grungy air out, this time with just one covering on the zips. Cooling is good as long as you open up the jacket’s front a bit, too, but it could be improved dramatically by the addition of forearm vents – one of only two complaints I have about this garment. Your arms get sweaty in a real scorcher, and that heats the rest of you. Sleeves have three adjusters: at the cuff, forearm and bicep. The cuff is a typical British storm cuff, features natty Union Jacks on the tabs, and can be secured either under or over gloves. Forearm adjustment is by rubber-coated press stud, and loose upper arm material is gathered with a Velcro strap. Torso adjustment, found under the armpits, is also provided by tabs with rubber-coated press studs. Together these adjusters make sure the Mercury stays streamlined at speed and you don’t end up impersonating a Michelin-man-shaped airbrake. A stretch panel inside the lower back supports a 9” zipper attachment for trousers. Adjusters are included on the middle side (ribs) of the jacket body. The neck closure is lined with soft, flexible neoprene at the rear, and has a similar insert under your chin where most of the nodding/chafing takes pace when the jacket is fully closed. Neck size is adjustable through a rear strap. My second, and last, complaint about this jacket concerns the utterly useless hook-and-loop closure for the neck band. The hook system is rubber, and is one of Nature’s great irritants as it will not stay attached in a gentle breeze and needs constant fiddling to stay closed while on the move – never a good idea! Just turning your head will unstick this thing. The good news is that the cure is simple: replace that rubber abomination with a similar-sized piece of Velcro. Why Belstaff didn’t do this in the first place escapes me – they thought of everything else? Crash protection is by extra material in impact zones, covering European race-quality Knox CE armor at the elbows, shoulders and forearms. A pocket is sewn into the liner for a back protector. All armor is easily removable for washing. The inside lining is as lush as 007’s dinner jacket and interior storage holds far more than a silver cigarette case and a Walther PPK. A large, vertical zippered left chest pocket is about a foot deep by 6” wide and holds everything but the kitchen sink. Mine holds bike docs, an auto-answer cell phone/inline headset, glasses and a baseball cap. There’s a smaller passport pocket on top of this, also zippered, but with a see-through mesh panel and an adjustment strap to keep everything in place. There’s a pen/penlight/tire gauge pocket, too. The right side offers a single 6” square net pocket with an open elastic top. Another interesting detail is that the nylon lining does not cover the full depth of the jacket, but incorporates a 3” deep panel of strong mesh around the bottom. This enables air to circulate freely between the lining and the outer shell, allowing the jacket to “breathe” where others would “sweat”. Warmth – and this thing is toasty down to about 20F – is provided by a zip-in, padded Thermolite liner that doubles as a personal sauna in anything above about 60F. I have yet to buy or need an electric vest despite all the cold, foul-weather riding we suffer through up here. My hands, feet and legs may freeze on occasion, but my carefully cultivated fat has never been wet or cold in this jacket. I’ve now had my Mercury three years and, when clean and apart from the inevitable odd scuff mark, it shows no significant signs of wear. I’ve ridden about 50,000 kms in that time. So, is this the only jacket I have? No. I use a FirstGear mesh jacket for hot summer day rides but if I’m on the bike for a weekend or a week, sunshine notwithstanding, it’s the Mercury that travels – not the mesh. That Belstaff can produce a jacket of this quality and functionality with all this careful thought built in for a measly US$249 amazes me. It’s two small details away from perfect. Buy two now and put one away before they discontinue it. I have. Rick's Notes: I recently acquired a Belstaff Mercury and I have to agree with Richard that this is probably one of the best all-around jackets available. The quality of the construction and the details are first-rate, and I especially like the many tab adjusters on the lower and upper arms and on the sides of the jacket body. These are important to keep the jacket from billowing when riding and also to help keep the armor located in case of a crash. The Mercury goes great with a pair of motorcycle jeans (like the Sliders or Joe Rocket Steel Jeans) as a nice minimalist solution for riding gear. I'm actually fond of the neck closure, because it seems like one of the few jackets that actually fits comfortably around my bulldog neck. I haven't experienced any problems with the Velcro. The double front flap closure is actually very clever. It's hard to describe, but the single flap folds back on itself and secures with Velcro and then the jacket's outer flap buttons over the top. This provides a double seal to keep out wind and water without having to use extra layers of material. I think this actually makes the jacket slimmer in the front than it might be otherwise, and that's a good thing. My feeling is that the size large Mercury fits about one size big. British Motorcycle Gear (the U.S. importer and distributor for Belstaff) lists the size large Mercury as a 41-43, but based on my example, it fits more like a 44-45. Other than that, this is a very nice jacket and an absolute steal at $249.00. The Mercury is treated with "Stormshield" hydrophilic membrane between the liner and the outer fabric. This is designed to transfer moisture (i.e., sweat) away from the rider. Richard mentioned the "illumiNITE" reflective coating and the Mercury also uses 3M's Scotchlite piping. And finally, Belstaff uses Knox armor in the shoulders and elbows of the Mercury jacket. " WebBIkeWorld.com
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Mercury Jacket is Awesome. Review by L. Buck
I have had my jacket for almost 3 years and it performs as described. It is really waterproof and the Thermolite liner does an amazing job of keeping you warm. I ride year 'round to about 40 degrees F. I took an hour ride at freezing and was still comfortable. My only regret is that I bought a size up because I always had to put on a fleece under my other jacket WITH the liner in and was still not warm enough. Love the product and the customer service at the shows and over the phone have been phenomenal! By the way, you will like the Pioneer pants as well to go with this jacket. Bought a pair this year and they perform great! (Posted on 8/18/2013)
Great Jacket Review by Monte
I haven't had the jacket too long but the first outing with the jacket was outstanding. The jacket kept me warm and was extremely comfortably. I couldn't ask for more...
(Posted on 2/24/2013)
Great Jacket Review by Bill
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I've had my jacket for 2 years and love it. It's comfortable through a wide range of temperatures. It is truly waterPROOF as a number of wet adventures have proven. Also survived a couple of 'upsets' with excellent protection for my old bod. When I bought mine I was unsure of the size and got good advice from BMG so it fits beautifully. (Posted on 5/1/2012)
Best buy and value... Review by Ron
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BMG, I just want to thank you for your time at the Charlotte IMS. I received my Mercury jacket on Friday, and the fit is perfect. I've taken it on a 200 mile 45-50 degree trek over the weekend and the comfort and warmth is the best from any of the other jacket I have owned. I think that this will be a perfect fit for NC an mountain riding. Thanks again Cheers Ron
(Posted on 3/4/2012)
Fantastic Jacket Review by Gazza from NZ
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Would give it 5 stars but haven't tested it in the rain yet. Fit and quality is excellent. Very pleased, better than I expected. Ordered it on Friday and it arrived in New Zealand on the Wednesday!! (Posted on 8/23/2011)
awesome jacket Review by Pete
Ordered online Sunday, jacket was here Friday. Picture does not do it justice....extremely comfortable and quality workmanship and attention to detail through out
(Posted on 4/7/2011)
Brilliant Jacket Review by Bernie
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Ordered by mail and was a tad nervous, but this jacket is superb. Very pleased with both the quality and performance.
Keep it up BMG,
Bernie (Posted on 12/2/2010)
feels custom made Review by Kristi
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when I tried this jacket on it immediately felt custom made. I have an Olympia jacket that was costly but rarely used as it was so stiff and with my full face helmet restricted my neck movements. this jacket feels like a million bucks and will be great for riding all winter in west Texas and New Mexico on my BMW! (Posted on 11/17/2010)
Crash tested, outstanding product Review by Samuel Garcia
I crash tested my Mercury Jacket a little over a yer ago. It protected me very well. It suffered a little scuff on the right sleeve, but damage is so minor, I still use it instead of the new one (same model, and color) I purchased to replace it. We survived together, so we will both keep enjoying motorcycling together, as well. (Posted on 1/30/2010)
Crash tested Review by Kim
I was recently in a crash wearing the mercury jacket with the added back armor. While I was going 45 mph someone pulled out in front of me and I went flying over the vehicles hood and landed on my back. I didn't have one bruise on my back and the jacket didn't have one scratch on it. This is an excellent jacket and I highly recommend BMG products. (Posted on 11/4/2009)
Almost flawless! Review by ToddtheSquid
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I have being using a Mercury for many years now. Living in Vancouver, I need a jacket that is totally waterproof and warm, yet flexible enough to provide ventilation in hotter conditions. This jacket works well on both fronts. The only flaw? The Velcro on the throat closure is not strong enough in windy conditions and continually releases. I have had other users make the same comment.
BMG Response: We include extra snaps for this purpose. The new Production now has a hidden neck snap as well as the Velcro so this problem has been resolved. (Posted on 6/6/2009)
Great Jacket Review by Kim
The quality of this jacket is excellent. I live in Oregon and use it as both my winter and summer jacket. Thanks BMG for a great product. (Posted on 4/15/2009)
Crash Tested The Mercury Myself. Review by Nicole
To whom it may concern,
I am writing in regard that I had a BMG Mercury textile jacket that I used when riding my motorcycle. I recently wrecked within the last month and I was very impressed with how well it held up. The jacket was great. From what paramedics said it looked like I slid about 100 feet, and I was pretty much on my front side. There was very minimal damage to the jacket up until the point of the paramedics having to cut it off. :) I have attached some photos to show how well it did. The front turned black from the road, but the only real damage I could see was near the ends of the sleeves at the end of the the elbow protectors some slight holes in the jacket. As a result of the jacket getting the worst of it, I got a very minor scrape near my right wrist.
I would like to say thank you for making such a good quality jacket. I am planning to get a couple more, one for myself and one for my dad now as he rides too.
Thanks for your time,
(Posted on 11/28/2008)
Mercury Jacket saved our hides! Review by Jim & Kris Rogers
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Last Friday, our 1996 Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing had an unfortunate meeting with some street pavement (and so did we). Jim slid for about 50' on his back, and I tumbled next to the bike. The Mercury Jackets had shoulder, arm & back armour. We were also wearing the EZ-on pants. When the dust settled and we started taking stock of the damage, Jim's coat was ripped out at the back left seam, but it definitely saved him from road rash and the elbow pad did it's job of protection...he had a small bruise instead of road rash and a probable broken bone. My jacket was amazining unharmed with just a small scuff on the shoulder. We travel all over the U.S. with the Great Lakes Wings Motorcycle Drill Team and with the Gold Wing Touring Association and have been promoting the Belstaff products to all of our friends (many of which purchased Belstaff items after comparing to other brands). Now - fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it - we have a great example of how well the Belstaff equipment works! Thank you Belstaff for saving our hides!!
Jim & Kris Rogers
GWTA Region F Directors
www.gwtaregionf.org (Posted on 10/7/2008)
Can't beat it Review by Don
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I've had this jacket almost two years and have worn it in temps from 32-100 degrees. The yellow is highly visible and the jacket has held up very well. Lots of storage, good ventilation. (Posted on 9/22/2008)
Almost perfect, needs to breathe Review by sailthenet
This is a great jacket. The quality is top notch. I have owned it now for a couple of years. You can not beat it for visibility (mine is yellow, and I have a yellow bike), the reflective panels are fantastic. The neck closure does like to come loose, but the reason I dinged it by one star is the ventilation. I have never ridden without being wet underneath due to moisture collecting inside the jacket. I am not uncomfortable while wearing it, but it needs better ventilation. I have ventilation problems with all my jackets except my mesh jacket, so perhaps this is the price we pay for a waterproof jacket. This would be a perfect jacket with better ventilation. (Posted on 8/22/2008)
Mercury jacket Review by Helmut Imberger
I'v had this jacket now for over a year, it is functional, light, very comfortable and also looks good. I've worn it in all day rain and it kept me dry.
There is one particular fault however; the velcro collar closure is ineffective; it easily blows open in wind. I have remedied this somewhat by installing the spare press stud button that came with the jacket. BMG Response. We include the extra snap for this purpose.. In Europe many riders wanted the snap as an option or more velcro...so we included both.. We have now added the snap closure to the neck in the USA since most riders seem to prefer it.. (Posted on 7/11/2008)
Mercury Jacket performed flawlessly Review by Jon McKay
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I purchased a Mercury Jacket from your company and I would like to pass on a few comments about this jacket.
First, it is an outstanding piece of gear. It is very well made and the quality is apparent. The neck closure is the one notable failure of the design but even that is not too annoying. I was caught in a thunderstorm the other day at the mid-point of my journey and had no opinion other than to push on. My Mercury jacket performed flawlessly. No water reached the interior, despite the heavy rain. I've worn the jacket in mild weather, without the liner, in temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and it is comfortable. It is not a hot weather jacket but is a very useful piece of kit. In addition to the comfort provided there is a high level of safety features built into the jacket.
Second, the jacket is fairly priced. I looked at dozens of jackets before settling on the Mercury. There are cheaper jackets on the market but few superior ones.
Jon McKay (Posted on 7/6/2008)
The Holy Grail of all Motorcycle Jackets Review by Mark in Vancouver
This jacket lived up to the press. I read the webbikeworld.com review calling it "The Holy Grail" and I must say I agree.. Great Job in the Cold, Wet and Heat of B.C. Canada... (Posted on 7/5/2008)