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Two British Industrial Designers Create The Perfected Motorcycle Expedition Jacket With A 10,000 Mile Research Expedition.
Two British Industrial Designers Create The Perfected Motorcycle Expedition Jacket With A 10,000 Mile Research Expedition.
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 1. What is The Expedition Jacket?

The Malle ‘Expedition Jacket’ is the perfected motorcycle expedition jacket. It’s the culmination of over 2 years of blood, sweat and tears – with a 10,000 mile (37 day) test expedition incorporated into the design process. We collaborated with a designer/engineer for the U.S Navy Seals' jackets to create the most durable and innovative garment, that will only get better with age.

Each Expedition Jacket is made in a workshop in London that’s been producing the finest expedition-wear since 1920. The quality, innovation, craftsmanship and build can’t get any higher.

To make an Expedition Jacket of this quality is not easy by any means and it’s certainly not inexpensive. We’re a very small company – together with your help and support we can produce the first 50 Expedition Jackets, delivering globally in 10 weeks time, in time for summer riding adventures.

2. What makes the Expedition Jacket so unique and innovative?

The Expedition Jacket encapsulates the concept of ‘inspired heritage’ using tried and tested materials that have been used on motorcycle expeditions for over a century, yet we’ve redesigned this with many modern elements and innovative design features for riders of today.

An exceptionally robust and innovative design; 100% waterproof, integrated abrasion resistant kevlar lining, removable CE approved Knox armoured plates, GPS connected, storm flaps, soft interior organic cottons, smart air venting, triple stitched seams, performance suede trim, intuitive storage (10 pockets) and all utilising extra strong British oiled cotton from the oldest waxed cotton mill in Scotland (Estd. 1887).

 

 

3. Have you tested the Expedition Jacket?

After we’d made many prototypes in our London workshop and with the help of an American designer in New York who designs the jackets for the Navy Seals we needed to test the jacket, but we didn’t just want to test it – we wanted to try and DESTROY it!

Crossing a Continent
Crossing a Continent

We set off from New York in July 2015 and set a route that took us 10,000 miles across North America on two Triumph Bonneville’s, from city to desert to mountain tops and beyond. 

After 3 days of riding through rain in the Rockies, under the jacket was the only dry bit on us.
After 3 days of riding through rain in the Rockies, under the jacket was the only dry bit on us.

For 37 days we rode, slept, camped and worked in our Expedition Jackets. We wanted to know what happens in 42 degrees centigrade in the desert, what about riding through tropical rainstorms, -10 degrees in the mountains, how will the jacket perform after days and days of continuous riding through all weather conditions? After 10,000 miles we knew…the good, the bad and everything in between!

Battling hail storms and freezing rain at 14,000ft on Pikes Peak.
Battling hail storms and freezing rain at 14,000ft on Pikes Peak.

 

Testing wasn't always so tough!
Testing wasn't always so tough!

 

From torrential rain in the mountains to scorching heat in the desert.
From torrential rain in the mountains to scorching heat in the desert.

 

Go-Pro footage of Robert getting stuck in sand dunes....for the 14th time!
Go-Pro footage of Robert getting stuck in sand dunes....for the 14th time!

 

After 8.5K miles we finally reached the Pacific, an amazing feeling!
After 8.5K miles we finally reached the Pacific, an amazing feeling!

So we got back to London and set about perfecting any features we weren’t 100% happy with (e.g. the snap on the high collar buzzed in the wind, very annoying after 37 days...it had to be solved) and found the most perfect production partner to make them here in London. Two years later the jacket is finally ready and we couldn’t be prouder.

The project motto became "Design - Destroy - Redesign - Deliver".
The project motto became "Design - Destroy - Redesign - Deliver".

 

4. Tell me about protection and safety?

The Expedition Jacket protects the rider in 4 key ways:

Fully Waterproof

The Expedition Jacket is fully waterproof with triple layered seems throughout. We’ve ridden for weeks through torrential rain in the jacket and while the rest of our bodies may have been soaking wet, the parts of our body under the jacket were bone-dry.

The highest quality waxed canvas in the world, the Mill was Established in 1887.
The highest quality waxed canvas in the world, the Mill was Established in 1887.

Impact Resistance (CE Approved) Armour Plating

We know where to focus our creative energy and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and create our own armour we simply partnered with the best: Knox. Knox are the industry leader in motorcycle safety armour, not only are they the best, but their head office is just across the road from us in London – an obvious partnership. The CE approved micro lock armour is the perfect balance of performance, comfort and safety – we wouldn’t use anything else in our jackets – giving the rider the highest level of safety, technology and peace of mind. Each jacket comes with a removable back protector, two shoulder protectors and two elbow protectors. These can be easily removed when you’re not riding.

Completely Windproof and Vented

We used a really tight weave oiled cotton, that is a fully windproof barrier to prevent heat loss by wind exposure. We then focused on the opposite problem, over heating. We’ve created 2 simple and smart ways of bringing more air into the jacket: the triple layered storm flap front opening can be buttoned up with the zip fully open to keep the jacket closed but enabling air to flow through. The extra long zips on the underarms can also be undone fully to allow more air to flow into the jacket when riding in higher temperatures.

Abrasion Resistance Kevlar

In our own personal experiences on Expedition, most knocks, falls and scrapes occurred at low speeds, where the jacket needed to be the barrier between ground and skin. Our heavier weight 10oz oiled cotton is certainly stronger than a tough pair of jeans, but the kevlar layer means that if the outer fabric layer is compromised by a rough/long skid, the kevlar will prevent skin on ground contact. The kevlar layer is used in the elbows and shoulders, which are the key abrasion points. We’ve made it obvious where the kevlar sections are in the jacket, by quilting the outer sections too, for even more padding.

5. Design Features

Robust Materials 

Our 10oz oiled cotton is the highest quality in the industry, the tight weave makes it fully waterproof and extra strong, with the oil protecting it from UV and dirt. The performance suede that we’ve used on the inside of the collars and cuffs will outlast any competing corduroy by a factor of 10. Our interior lining is made with an organic cotton twill, which is not only strong, but lightweight and breathable.

Fit/Adjustment

The Expedition Jacket is available in all sizes from ‘Small to Extra Large’ but we’ve also added 3 key adjustment points for comfort and extra heat retention. There are 2 cinch flaps on the waist to give a tighter fit and an adjustable storm flap around the neck/collar. The cuffs have dual poppers for a regular and close fit too.

Comfort

The interior of the jacket has been designed with comfort in mind, the light weight breathable organic cotton interior is soft on the skin and easily washable. The performance-suede on the cuffs and collar (the main skin contact/movement points) is velvety soft, yet extremely durable. The armour plating is flexible when riding (hardens on impact) and easily removable if you’re using the jacket in situations when armour is not required (hiking, driving etc.).

The 'Love Handles'

The only jacket in the world designed for the rider and the passenger.
The only jacket in the world designed for the rider and the passenger.

One of our favourite features on the Expedition Jacket are the ‘Love Handles’ – we should probably have a smarter name for this feature, but it was the note written on the first design sketch and it stuck! – two discreet handles engineered into the side chest pockets of the jacket, which ate triple stitched to the structural interior seams of the garment, enabling the motorcycle passenger to hold onto something firmly (in a natural position) and protect their hands from the wind and the rain. Smart, safe and considered.

The Poachers Pouch

There’s never enough storage on a motorcycle, so the jacket needed to solve this too. A large zippered pocket is engineered into the back of the jacket, to hold larger items like maps, papers, a loaf of bread or whatever you might need to quickly stash away behind you.

Storage

There’s something quite satisfying about everything having it’s own neatly organised place. On any long trip (or short for that matter) you will need some tools or accessories: maps, phones, glasses, knife, water, currency, passport, newspaper, food…The Expedition Jacket has 9 large pockets to keep all of this stored, protected and organised. Each of the outer pockets are built into the main body of the jacket, making it more waterproof and streamlined.

Suiting up for speed tests on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Suiting up for speed tests on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

6. How do I get one?

You can pre-order the jacket now and to thank our community for helping us launch this design and believing in many of our projects to date, the first jackets will be available for an exclusive Kickstarter price.

Back the project now and we’ll send you the jacket in just 10 weeks time, hand made in London just for you. There are many other ways to get involved in the project, maybe you want a special custom Malle Expedition Jacket, we have a few Limited Edition custom jackets too..or maybe you want to join the Malle team for 'The Great Mile'? 

Choose a reward level #1 - 8:

 

 

 

Reward #7. Pledge £589 and you'll receive the limited edition Expedition Jacket with custom 'race' branding. Choose your colour:

 

 

 

 

 

Reward #8. Pledge £1999 and you'll receive the custom Expedition Jacket with all of the expedition accessories and you can join the Malle rally team for 'The Great Mile' in September - learn more about the rally here: 

 

7. Where is the Expedition jacket made?

Our Expedition Jackets are made in North London, we ship the Waxed cotton down from Scotland, the red organic cotton lining is from a mill in the Midlands and the zips are all extra large YKK solid brass zips. It takes our team of craftsmen 8 hours to make each jacket – globally perfected, but locally made.

8. Sustainability & Environmental Design

We use all natural fabrics in the Expedition Jacket and organic cotton, all are locally sourced from around the UK and the garment is manufactured locally in London, reducing the jackets carbon footprint. All of the hardware is solid brass which is infinitely recyclable and the removable armour plating and kevlar layers are reusable and recyclable.

One of the best ways of ensuring sustainable design/user practices, is ensuring that the product will last and be used for a lifetime (replacing multiple jackets) and can be maintained easily. We supply a 6×6” piece of the waxed cotton fabric, in case of any necessary repairs over the years and a tin of Malle wax, to maintain maximum waterproofing in this decade and the next.

9. Is the Expedition Jacket guaranteed?

With all of our products they’re designed for an active life and we guarantee every Expedition Jacket against material or manufacturing defect for 5 years. We want this jacket to last you your entire riding life and when you finally hang up your helmet we want this jacket to be proudly passed on to your first born child.

Accidents and rips can happen (usually down the pub), we’ve got plenty of waxed cotton in our workshop, so should you rip something by accident (accidents happen), we’ll help you fix it.

Either we’ll send you the fabric to patch it up or return it to us and we’ll happily patch it up for you. Like on any battered vintage motorcycle jacket – everyone digs the battle scars!

And if you find the jacket is too small or large when it arrives, we’ll simply send you a replacement of the next size up or down, at no extra charge.

Team Malle - Speed tests on the Bonneville Salt Flats
Team Malle - Speed tests on the Bonneville Salt Flats

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project, but we’ve been producing products for some of the best shops in the world for the last 5 years, we’ve had many very happy customers and always make sure we deliver. We don’t want to toot our own horn too vigorously (nobody likes an overly vigorous tooter) but we’ve got some great experience under our belts on how to manufacture the highest quality goods and fulfil orders and deliver on time.

In short, we know what we’re doing and you should be very confident that we will deliver what we say we will, when we say we will. Should unforeseen issues come up, we will handle them with the utmost transparency and care for you, our backers.

Forecasting Risk

If all goes well with our first funding campaign, we’ll end up with some great pre-orders for the Expedition Jacket. Of course we’re trying our hardest to predict our future demand and plan accordingly, it’s far from an exact science, but it’s also not that complicated – if you pre-order now, we’ll make it, we ship it to you, you use it and love it for years and then you’ll pass it onto you first born child… who’ll probably put it on eBay.

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    The Expedition Soundtrack

    Whilst on our 10,000 mile (37 day) Expedition across North America, Jonny pulled together the perfect road-trip playlist from his own record collection and the people we met along the way on Spotify. Pledge £1 and enjoy the playlist on your next road trip!

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    Expedition Tee Shirt

    If you love the project and want to get involved in a small way, we’ve made a series of Malle Expedition Tee Shirts from Roberts photography on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Screen printed and hand made by us in our London studio.

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    Malle Navigator

    Apart from The Expedition Jacket itself, one of the most useful pieces of kit on our 10,000 mile adventure was 'The Malle Navigator', you can put your GPS, iPhone or map directions on your handlebar and it will always keep you on track.

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    The Malle Tool Roll

    On the 10,000 mile test Expedition we had no support teams or trucks carrying our kit, so our tools were essential. Keep your tools close and safe with our tool roll which we’re making specially for this project.

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    The Expedition Jacket – Navy Blue

    Back the project for £489 and you’ll receive the original Malle Expedition Jacket in the dark navy blue (navy blue, the thinking mans black). Available in all sizes - Expected retail price £749. The exterior uses our very dark Navy Blue oiled cotton, with the red organic cotton interior – contemporary and classic at the same time. It comes with all of the additional accessories; removable armour plating, internal kevlar protection and a Malle garment bag.

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    The Expedition Jacket - Matt Black

    It doesn’t get better than Black! Back the project for £489 and you’ll receive the first Malle Expedition Jacket in Matt Black. Available in all sizes, expected retail price £749. The exterior is a Matt Black oiled cotton, with the red organic cotton interior. It comes with all of the additional accessories; removable armour plating, internal kevlar protection and a Malle garment bag.

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    LTD Edition Custom Expedition Jacket

    If you’re looking for something a little more special and custom – we’re producing a Limited Edition of 10 Expedition Jackets in your choice of Yellow, Red, Black or Blue, with the custom ‘Malle Race Branding’ hand embroidery on the back, side and front, with the option of your initials being monogrammed onto the cuffs – very subtle and very personal. You can select the colour and your size and we’ll make it specially for you.

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    The Expedition Package + The Great Mile!

    Pledge £1999 and your reward will be...serious adventure! You will receive the custom Expedition Jacket with all of the rewards and you'll join 'The Great Mile’ Motorcycle Rally with the Malle Team.

    This reward includes the custom Expedition Jacket, made in your preferred colour with the custom branding. The Expedition tee shirt, a Malle Navigator (GPS/iPhone), a Malle Tool Roll and the premium 'Gold Rally Package’ to enter ‘The Great Mile’ on a 2017 Triumph Bonneville (motorcycle included for the event).

    The Great Mile is a 4 day custom/classic 1000 mile motorcycle rally from the tip of Scotland to the tip of Cornwall held on the 31st of August to the 3rd of September, 2017. The Greatest motorcycle rally, through the greatest landscapes in great Britain.

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