It’s difficult to find appropriately sized street motorcycling jackets for younger people like my 12 year old stepson. We took a chance on the “Yago” jacket by Duchinni (also known as the Buffalo “Ranger”) and it worked out great. It’s a good deal at $130, but budget for a real back protector.

There are plenty of kids motorcycling — they just happen to be riding dirt bikes, and/or doing motocross. This means that protective gear is oriented towards trail riding, not street riding.

G-Unit, my 12-year old stepson, is big enough to wear an XS adult helmet. Everything else he needed would have to be “youth” sized. Finding a jacket turned out to be a problem.

Motocross / dirtbike safety gear is usually an armored exoskeleton with a lightweight jersey on top. Road rash is not a concern, so ballistic textile or leather aren’t options.

I wound up researching options from Europe. I think more people commute on two wheeled vehicles over there, and that means more options for street riding vs dirt riding. I found a few manufacturers, but fewer who sold in the US. There were some from eBay sellers, which was an additional risk I was unwilling to take.

I chose the Duchinni Jago because it was sold by Amazon, and I could return it easily if it didn’t fit or was junk. This jacket is also sold as the “Ranger,” by a company called Buffalo. Duchinni and Buffalo are both owned by Bifax; it’s same product just marketed under different names in different parts of the world. 

Features

  • Four colors: black, red, high viz yellow, and purple
  • Textile shell
  • Removable quilted thermal liner
  • Waterproof (I haven’t tested this yet)
  • 2 cargo pockets
  • Internal pocket in the textile shell
  • Internal pocket in the removable quilted liner
  • Adjustment straps on sleeves and waist
  • 2 chest vents, 2 arm vents, 2 back vents
  • CE armor in elbows and shoulders
  • Foam back “protector”

Construction and safety

Technical information was hard to find.

I have no idea what kind of textile is used on the Jago/Ranger. It feels like Cordura 600, but who knows.

There is no information about the mechanism used for waterproofing. It could be a spray/coating, it could be a lining in between the layers of nylon.

The elbow and shoulder pads are CE rated according to the manufacturer. The back pad is made out of flimsy compression foam, and we intend to replace it with a more protective shell.

The removable insulated liner is OK; a little on the thin side, and the craftsmanship isn’t as good as the rest of the jacket.

The Jago / Ranger’s primary zipper is YKK. The others (vents, insulated liner, internal storage pockets) are not. They’re still pretty good. These won’t be under frequent use and should hold up.

The Jago’s assembly exceeded my expectations of a $130 jacket. The seams are well stitched, with no fraying or stray edges; something that I see on adult textile jackets at twice the price.

Fit and dimensions

We purchased a size Medium for G-Unit, and it fits perfectly. We measured him before we purchased it, and here are his dimensions for your reference:

Chest: 28″
Sleeve: 18″ from top of shoulder
Height: 58.5″

The diameter and length of the sleeves are adjustable. The sleeve diameter and waist are adjusted via the typical hook-and-loop straps you’re familiar with on other jackets.

Initial impressions

G-Unit loves this jacket. I had to tell him to stop wearing it around the house because it was for riding, not for watching movies with the dogs or practicing Parkour. He stands up taller when he wears it. We went to pick up 5 Guys burgers on the Ural and he walked with an extra bit of confidence.

He’s worn it in 90F weather. He said it was pretty hot, but not so hot that he was uncomfortable. He’s also 12 and tries to demonstrate his toughness in various ways, so who knows. We opened all the vents for him, but they aren’t very long and don’t open very widely.

My hope is that he can tough it out the rest of the year and maybe next ; after that he may be able to wear adult sizes.

Conclusion

There aren’t a lot of options to choose from for youth street jackets, but luckily it’s easy to recommend the Jago / Ranger. The back pad is weak sauce, and due to the diameter of the pocket might be hard to replace.  I wish we knew more about the jacket’s materials, and I wish the vents were better, but otherwise it’s a great deal, especially for less than $150 via Amazon.

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