We met the Aether boys shortly after they first launched. We were at Aspen Fashion Week and while other brands took us to lovely dinners or hosted quaint cocktail parties, Jonah and Palmer took us on a Gonzo inspired snow mobile ride that was so incredible, inspiring and hysterical it still ranks as one of the best outdoor experiences ever.
If that experience didn’t cement their coolness it also showed us that they are serious about outerwear and their new motorcycle jacket is no exception. Moving away from the bulky Tron looking jacket we see flying down the highway, these jackets could easily be worn off bike. But the design is no joke. The Canyon is abrasion resistant using Schoeller® Shell and built-in pad inserts (lower back, elbow and shoulder). To make a ride even more comfortable the jacket is designed with breathability and anti-bacterial paraffini dot lining, along with chest and back vents.
The Skyline is made with a 3-layer abrasion resistant shell and built-in pad inserts which are removable, and includes functional features such as zippered chest pockets and zippered cuffs.
We spoke with the boys to get a bit more background on their two new pieces.
What inspired a motorcycle jacket?
Being active riders ourselves, we felt there was a functional and aesthetically pleasing void in the market for motorcycle jackets. After a ride, we wanted to be able to wear the jacket into a restaurant without looking like we just got off our bikes.
What are some of the technical details that set this jacket apart from the rest?
The Canyon and Skyline jackets are waterproof, seam sealed and abrasion proof. They both include D30® EVO XT shock-absorbing elbow and shoulder pads and JCR Reflex® Matte Black reflective strips at the collar and back of the jackets. The Canyon jacket has a Schoeller® Dynatec 3-layer “crash rate” fabric, while the Skyline features a 3-layer abrasion resistant field Nylon® shell.
Where are some of your top favorite places to ride?
Yosemite is our favorite place to ride.