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Old 09-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #1
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Review Knox Leonard wax jacket quilted layer and armoured shirt 38997

Turns out Leonards as wet as he sounds

Luckily it wasn't raining when this picture was taken.

The Leonard wax jacket outer.

The quilted lining.

And the armoured shirt.

On a model.

I GAVE this jacket a positive review some months ago, adding that I’d update you when I’d established whether or not it’s waterproof.

That time has come and the answer is: it’s not.

By chance it wasn’t exposed to a single persistent downpour in the first few months of use. That all ended a couple of weeks ago, when it rained solidly on my 50-minute commute across London.

Taking the jacket off, indoors, I found my shirt sleeves were wet around about the inside of my elbow. The jacket lining was wet there too. There was another wet spot on my shirt near the top of my stomach. There’s no way this could have been the result of ingress from cuffs, collar or waist, unless the water was somehow able to leap to those wet patches, leaving elsewhere dry.

This was leakage, and quite disappointing in a jacket costing £250 for the wax outer alone.

A week later, the same thing happened again. This time the rain wasn't quite so heavy and not as much water got in, but there was still an unmistakable wet patch, and in the same spot, in the middle of my arm.

Shoulder, elbow and back armour goes in a zip-vest costing £99.99 and the quilted lining (which can be worn separately) is another £39.99.

I still think it’s a good-looking jacket, and the separate armour is an innovate idea which means it can be an everyday coat too. But this development basically rules it out for hardcore winter commuting.

For several years I did an 80-mile motorway commute, sometimes through December and January. For that, waterproof has to mean waterproof. And this just isn’t.

Tested: Knox Leonard Men's Wax Jacket (£249.99); armoured shirt (£99.99) and quilted jacket (£39.99)

Total price: £389.97

Colours: brown, black


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