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Packed with features - Torben Jacket

By Tina Rowe-Dunn 23 March 2015 No comments

The Torben is a new jacket from Dane, a new name in the UK. And it could be the best jacket you've never heard of!


DANE IS A name new to the UK market. They hail from Scandanaivia, and their range of textile men's and women's clothing stands out because they work closely with Gore-Tex, a company that only works with select partners. This keeps quality up, but normally makes their products notoriously expensive.

Torben Jacket in Black and Signal Yellow However this jacket, the Torben, retails at £599 – several hundred pounds less than Rukka's equivalent jacket, the
Cosmic. The Torben's outer is Gore-Tex Cordura 300, while extra-protection areas such as the shoulders and elbows have Armacor, a Kevlar-reinforced material. Scotchlite provide reflective striping and the outer material is
impregnated with a polymer to prevent water and dirt getting in.

Main waterproof details are taken care of by a three-layer Gore-Tex Pro membrane that has, so far, kept me totally dry in some really awful conditions. I thankfully haven't tested the armour, but CE-approved shoulder and elbow protectors are joined by a substantial Level 2 back protector.

The Torben isn't too heavy, even with the thermal lining fitted. It's classed as a summer jacket, but I've been happy to wear this through my winter commute without any heated garments underneath – a testament to the quality. There is a nifty removeable padded neck liner, which you can wash, or if you prefer to use a thick scarf you
can take it out so you don't throttle yourself. The double-zip arrangement at the front is simple to use with gloves on, and the collar is adjustable but still a little tight with multiple layers.

So it's great in winter – how will it be when the sun comes out? Only time will tell, but there are two large vents at the front, and it feels very light with the lining removed. The signs are good.

The jacket's cut is nice and adjustable, quality feels top-end. Overall, I am very impressed. The rest of the range is equally well thought-out, with keen pricing, so is well worth a look if you're replacing your all-year-round kit.

Article courtesy of Matt Hull, RIDE MAGAZINE, MAY 2015