It’s nice to have just one on the shelves, but seeing two scooter smocks available to buy is quite something.
A scooter smock, you say? Well, contrary to popular belief, the parka wasn’t the only means of protection when out riding a scooter back in the day. If anything, the scooter smock has perhaps aged better than the military-style Mod parka.
Just look at these things. In 2023, this kind of jacket is incredibly popular – and not just on the Mod scene. The vintage smock has had something of a resurgence of late as traditional outdoor clothing makes a comeback. You can see a top 10 round-up of vintage smocks on the His Knibs site (albeit a little out of date now) if you want to investigate the style further.
The two key players in terms of the affordable scooter smock are actually fairly similar. The first is by Brighton’s Jump The Gun, and the second is a more recent design courtesy of the popular Real Hoxton.
The good news is that both are fairly affordable designs, too.
The Jump The Gun Scoot Smock, at first glance, looks like more of a premium piece. But like everything in life and Mod, it’s all about the detail.
This take on a scooter-riding smock is an overhead coat made of a mid-weight poly/cotton drill rather than the more weather-resistant Ventile you might see on a premium smock. So not a waterproof garment if that’s what you want for your scooter-riding or a walk in the winter weather.
As for details, you are looking at toggles around the hood and waistband, a velcro opening at the front above the large map pocket and around the cuffs, as well as side pockets that are connected inside as a hand warmer area.
But as I said, this is an affordable piece of kit. The Scoot Smock from Jump The Gun is available in four colours and sells for just £45. So, on the face of it, a no-brainer Well, not quite.
Real Hoxton has come along and joined the market, offering the kind of quality and value for money it offers for its budget monkey jackets, vintage trucker jackets and Harrington jackets plus plenty more. Yes, they do have quite a developing range when it comes to Mod outerwear.
It currently offers a design in three colours and with a design sitting not hugely different to the one above. But enough differences to stand apart.
Made with a cotton shell (so again, not hugely water-resistant), it has a nice satin lining inside, three snap-buttoned pockets on the front and another large snap-buttoned pocket on the back. There’s also an adjustable drawstring waistband as well as adjustable cuffs on the sleeves.
From personal wear (yes, I have one of these), I find it’s also quite a slim fit too. Not massively, but just don’t expect a ‘baggy’ fit as you would on some smocks. Saying that, the fitted look is actually a flattering one if you can carry it off.
As ever, Real Hoxton tends to offer good value, and at £99, it costs more but has a few extra refinements that might well make it worth the extra cash. Even at that higher price, it’s still strong value.
Note also some new colours too – including a couple of limited editions. The white version looks pretty cool if you can keep it clean.