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Review: Luscious Brown Leather Jacket from Indian

Stand out in a sea of black

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
1/13/2015

Our review of the Indian Motorcycle Scout was so well received by our readers, we thought we'd review the jacket from Indian Motorcycles that complements the motorcycle so well, the ladies brown leather Benjamin jacket. And you don't have to ride an Indian to appreciate this soft, supple brown leather jacket—with minimal Indian logo-ing—that is a nice break from the black leather that's so common in motorcycling gear.

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WRN reader Leigh McDaniel rides her Honda Rebel wearing the Benjamin jacket. Leigh is also wearing the new EXO-CT220 helmet from Scorpion, to be reviewed soon on WRN.


review luscious brown leather jacket from Indian scout
The brown leather Benjamin jacket was made to complement Indian motorcycles and their signature brown leather covered saddles. This woman is riding the Scout.


review luscious brown leather jacket from indian leigh mcdaniel
The Benjamin is a luscious leather jacket for those who appreciate high-end, super comfortable leathers.
The heavyweight leather is extremely supple requiring
no break-in period.

review luscious brown leather jacket from indian benjamin jacket
You don't have to ride an Indian to wear this as the Indian Motorcycle logo is subtly stitched in brown across the upper back of the jacket. The jacket falls just below the waist to prevent it from exposing your back when reaching your
arms to the bars.


review luscious brown leather jacket from indian benjamin jacket back
There are three airflow vents. The rear one runs across the upper back. It expels hot air that comes in from the front two vents. This photo provides a close up of the richness of the supple brown leather.



review luscious brown leather jacket from indian venting
Leigh is showing the vent that is on each sleeve of the jacket. You'll want to open these as the heavy leather can get quite warm when temps heat up. Also notice the reinforced leather on the elbow that cushions the CE-approved elbow armor that comes with this jacket.

review luscious brown leather jacket from indian wrist cuffs
The wrist closures give you the option to open or close a gusseted zipper that allows air to flow through your arms on warm days. We really like the long leather zipper pulls that make it easy to grasp the zippers when wearing gloves.


review luscious brown leather jacket from indian liner
The inside of the Benjamin features a thin, quilted cotton sleeveless zip-out liner that when kept in basically acts as a barrier to the cool black mesh lining. I needed to wear a fleece layer to really make a difference in keeping me warm.



review luscious brown leather jacket from indian benjamin jacket pocket
I like that Indian thought to put a cut-out in the liner so you can access the one interior pocket, a thoughtful feature you'd expect on a jacket of this quality. The pocket is very deep so it can hold a cell phone, money, lip balm and face powder compact. One snap closes it.

review luscious brown leather jacket from indian armor
You can see the extra reinforcements on the shoulder that cushion the CE-approved shoulder armor, and the accordion panels at the waist that allow for a flexible and a shapely fit. The mandarin style neck has two snap closures.

review luscious brown leather jacket from indian outside pockets
There are four outside pockets, all generously sized. Leigh shows that the breast pockets snap closed and the two hand-warmer pockets zip shut. We really like the cut and detailing on the Benjamin that you can see in this close-up photo.


review luscious brown leather jacket from indian rear on bike
Perforated panels at the underarm and shoulder areas provide more ventilation. And the "action back" allows for your arms to reach forward to the handlebars without that "pull" on the shoulder area.

review luscious brown leather jacket from indian mesh lining
When the zip-out liner is removed, you'll find
a silky black mesh fabric that lines the entire inside
that's soft against your skin.


I ordered a size medium, my regular size and it fit just right for me—and Leigh who also wears a size medium—allowing room for an extra layer underneath. CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor come with the jacket and are removable, but they're the kind you can hardly feel and don't restrict movement so I'll be keeping them in. 

Indian has pretty much thought of everything in terms of functionality and detailing on this jacket. At $449.99, it better have! This jacket is one of those that you'll have for years and will continue to look better with age. 

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