With the scrambler market on the move, companies are jumping on the band wagon with classic, retro-styled gear to fit the look. Scorpion is no exception; a few years ago they brought to market their spin on the traditional-styled waxed-cotton riding gear, with the Birmingham jacket and pant.
The problem with the old-style waxed cotton was that it didn’t offer much on the protective side of things. Scorpion kicked it up a notch by creating their own 53% cotton/47% nylon EXO wax-coated outer material (waxed cotton) fabric that is made stronger by weaving in nylon for additional abrasion resistance.
Waterproofing comes from a laminated/breathable membrane. A total of seven pockets with four external, two large inner, and one large rear pass-through pocket provide plenty of stash places. YKK zippers and snaps are used for carefree zipping and snapping.
To keep you protected in the event of a spill Scorpion added SAS-TEC CE-certified armor in the elbows and shoulders. The back pad is PE foam and can easily be upgraded to Level 2 armor. Elbows and shoulders use heavy-duty reinforcements for added protection.
Overall, the jacket and pants have a traditional fit. Be warned that it takes a bit for the jacket to break in and feel more natural. The collar is extra stiff and takes a bit longer to break in, too.
The pants fit like your favorite pair of Levi’s and use a 23% cotton/77% nylon EXO wax-coated outer material that’s 100% waterproof with heavy-duty reinforcements at the knees, shins and seat, and SAS-TEC CE armor at knees and hips for added protection. Pant storage isn’t an issue, with a total of six external pockets.
All in all, I’ve been pleased with the Birmingham jacket and pant combo. I would like to see Scorpion use a less stiff collar material for more comfort. And the pants don’t incorporate a zipper on the leg for the ease of getting them over the boot. This could be challenging, depending on the boot.
MSRP: Jacket—$299.95−$314.95 | Pants—$179.95−$194.95
PROS:• Affordable pricing for high tech gear
• Classic look
• Three-season ready
• Stiff collar
• No pant leg zipper