One of my great finds walking among the vendors at Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale in April was Lycaon Custom Leathers. The high fashion stylish nature of the leather jackets hanging on the rack catches my eye. These are no ordinary riding jackets.
I learned that each jacket is tanned with hydrology tanning technology, which has revolutionized the leather tanning process. This allows the leather to be cleaned by putting it in the washing machine.
The special tanning process allows the leather to maintain its tough and durable quality, but be soft and supple at the same time. Even after multiple machine washings, the jackets keep their shape, color, suppleness, and scent with their ability to breathe and dry quickly. When your jacket gets muddy or stained from bug juice, just throw it in the wash.
While I actually haven’t tested one of these jackets, I can attest that by just looking at them they are well made: generous zipper pulls allow you to grab zippers with gloves on; high quality durable zippers and seams, and a high collar around the neck. Some of the styles have accordion panels at the elbow for flexibility, and low backs so the jacket doesn’t ride up.
While there are several off-the-rack styles, Shawn prefers to do custom work so each woman gets a jacket that fits her perfectly and will last a lifetime. Since these jackets incorporate such high end leather, they are a little pricier than your average riding jacket, but considering you’ll get a custom jacket that will last a long time, I could see where it’s worth the investment. Plus, theyre 100 percent made in the USA.