It’s nice to have just one on the shelves, but seeing three 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 2021, 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 if you want to investigate the style further.
The three key players in terms of the scooter smock are produced from three very different sources. The first is via the Italian label Connection, the second is by Brighton’s Jump The Gun and the third is a new design, courtesy of the popular Real Hoxton. In regard to the first of those, you might recall Connection from the interview I did with Connection label owner Daniele Savare.
Let’s deal with the pricier Connection version first, which is the Mick GT. The Mick GT is a Ventile smock, based on the traditional pull-over jacket of the 1950s and 1960s and as a result of its construction, the jacket is lightweight and weatherproof.
It also has a drawstring hood, a large front pockets, two lower pockets, a zip collar, storm cuffs and more drawstring at the waist to protect against the wind and the rain when you are out and about riding.
How much? Various colours are available (five in total) with each one selling for €260. I have picked up a Ventile jacket from Connection in the past, so can vouch personally for the quality of its garments.
It isn’t cheap though, which is where the second option comes in. The Jump The Gun Scoot Smock, at first glance, doesn’t look massively different. But like everything in life and Mod, it’s all about the detail.
This take on a scooter-riding smock is another overhead coat, but is made of a mid-weight poly/cotton drill rather than the more weather-resistant Ventile. So not a waterproof garment.
As for details, you are looking at toggles around hood and waistband, 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 this one is massively cheaper. The Scoot Smock from Jump The Gun is also available in four colours and sells for just £40. So on the face of it, a stark choice between budget and premium? Not quite.
It currently offers a design in three colours and with a design sitting somewhere between the two above.
Made with a cotton shell (so again less water-resistant), it has a 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, 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.
As I said, Real Hoxton tends to offer good value and at £95, it sits nicely between the other two contenders. All good options, you can buy all three via the links below.