Most people undertake their long journeys in the summer. Our man on the Café Racer argues you only need lightweight wet weather gear, and he reckons Tucano Urbano Nano suits perfectly.
The Italian company Tucano Urbano rose to fame with their line of scooter apparel, particularly the wet weather gear.
I’ve been using their Nano rainproofs for years. I’ve ridden with them through heavy storms, on days of all-day rain, and I wore them when the Buran wind howled across Kazakhstan, because they’re windproof too.
I’ve had other waterproof suits; seemingly heavier duty, thicker material, but inevitably the internal waterproofing layer peeled off leaving a flaky mess around your feet. And many have been decidedly non-waterproof.
But Nano? Nary a problem. So I thought I’d revisit the jacket and pants in a review to encourage everyone to look at them seriously.
First off, the jacket weighs in at 200 gms, the over-trousers at 170gms. As you’ll see from the pics, you can put them in your pocket with ease so there just isn’t an issue finding space for them.
The material is 100% polyamide, feels light and silky to the touch, and rolls up quickly into the tiny pouches.
On the front of the jacket is a waterproof zip which, when zipped you cover with one inch overlay – there are seven Velcro patches to hold it secure including that on the stand-up mandarin collar. There’s a hood attached; normally it’s rolled up under the collar with a piece of Velcro to keep the collar neat but you can unroll and pull the hood up and put your helmet on top. Perfect.
Even better of course is that a light jacket with a hood is just what you sometimes need when you’re off the bike, so it’s perfect for that too.
The cuffs will fit over most gloves and are secured with Velcro. There are neat reflective inserts on the edge of the cuff. I also noted that all the seams are double stitched.
The trousers are roomy enough, with a gusset and waterproof zip, plus Velcro to hold them tight to your leg. However, I’m not terribly long in the leg and I know that the editor had to get a pair larger than he normally would to ensure adequate leg length.
Order at least one or maybe two sizes up in jacket too. I’m 38 inch chest, I wear Large in these which are then adequately sized to cover my leather jacket. The trousers come well up over my waist and there’s a drawstring around the jacket to cinch the jacket tight. Snug and dry!
Manufacturer’s tech reads:
– Breathable, windproof and waterproof outer shell made from Polyamide
– Taped seams
– Waterproof seal on central zip (neck included)
– EN 14360:2004 – RAIN TOWER TESTED
– Reflective inserts
– Adjustable hem
Available in black or dayglo yellow
This Tucano Urbano Nano rainwear jacket and trousers set are perfect for three seasons; I think of them as my secret weapon in the war on weather. As it says on the pack: 100% imperturbable
Review by Derek Mansfield.