Spada Hairpin 2.0 review | Women’s textile motorcycle jacket tested

Spada Hairpin review_17

 

Date reviewed: August 2023 | Tested by: Sophie Utley, BikeSocial Test Team  | Price: £79.99 | https://spadaclothing.co.uk

The Spada Hairpin 2.0 women’s motorcycle jacket is a supple softshell jacket that meets the AA level within the CE standard, has a full set of armour to the superior Level 2 within CE and a fixed waterproof membrane. I’ve worn it for up to 10 hours a day in everything from warm sunshine to a four-hour ride in the pouring rain.

 

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight and easy fitting
  • Comfortable, soft armour
  • Waterproof for around two hours
  • Too warm in hot weather
  • Tricky main zip
  • Uncomfortable neck design

 

Construction and fit

The Spada Hairpin 2.0 is a jacket made from softshell material that has a female shape. I’m 5ft 5in tall and usually wear a size eight or 10 top – I wore this jacket in a size small and it fitted me just right. The waist is nicely tailored, however I would prefer more space around the neck because it feels claustrophobic when zipped up, though with the collar unzipped it is comfortable. I would welcome a more flattering shape to the arms, as I feel as if I am sporting a pair of bingo wings at times. Having said that, room around the arms is welcome when pushing bikes around.  The cuffs are neat, adjustable and have strong seams.

 

 

Protection and certification

The protection level of the Spada Hairpin is higher than you might expect for a jacket that is quite casually styled and made from softshell fabric. It meets the middle level within the overall CE standard, which is AA, when most jackets of this type will be approved to the basic single-A level. The armour also has impressive ratings as there is a full five-piece set of protectors that meet the higher Level 2 within the impact protection standard. I found the armour to be soft and comfortable. The back protector can dig in slightly at the base of the spine, but it is comfortable enough despite this. I found the armour for the shoulders and elbows to be well positioned.

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Pockets

The Haripin’s pockets at each hip are secure and waterproof, which I found a pretty safe place to store a small phone or wallet. Unfortunately, there are only two pockets, so there’s not much choice and there’s no inner pocket. They are in a good position to stick hands in there to have a rest or keep them dry though.

 

 

Fastening

The Spada’s zips are sealed against water, which I found effective to a point,

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