So maybe this is never going to be something you can tour in, but Weise have just released a classic check shirt with an abrasion-resistant lining, five-piece CE-approved armour and an A-rating for protection.
The Redwood has the classic look and feel of an outdoor lumberjack check shirt, but with impact and abrasion resistance for protection while riding on the road. It’s made from super-soft brushed cotton, with a mesh lining inside, making it comfy on and off the bike, particularly on warmer days, so it might just be perfect for local riding on a dry day.
For impact protection, Level 2 CE-approved shoulder and elbow protectors are fitted in pockets in the mesh lining, plus a Level 1 back protector. Sandwiched between the outer material and lining is an abrasion-resistant Aramid Fibre liner and the whole shirt is A-rated under the latest EU safety standard.
Other practical features for riding include a full-length central zip behind the press-stud closure and two settings for the press studs on the cuffs to accommodate different styles of glove.
In addition to the two patch pockets on the chest, there is a handy pocket on the inside designed to hold a smartphone, so all you need to do is grow a suitable beard! I’ve started growing mine and hope to do a full review soon.