If there is one piece of riding gear that separates the biking men from biking boys, it is a riding jacket. All serious riders have one, and a good one at that. They don’t depend on flimsy elbow guards to protect them during a slide. We took a relatively new jacket, the DSG Triton, on our ride to Ladakh. We had a few choices in this field, brands like Cramster, Alpinestarts, Rjays, Joe Rockett and DSG have many different offerings in this department. After careful comparison, we felt that only the DSG Triton fulfilled our requirements and didn’t pinch the wallet a lot too. Here is our DSG Triton review, and we love this red and black little thing.
DSG Triton review: Is it waterproof?
Absolutely. We rode through incessant rains at Tanglang la pass and on the way to Nubra Valley and Pangong lake too. The jacket kept the insides perfectly dry. Even the 2 outer zip pockets at front are waterproof, we kept our camera and phone in there and they are still working, so job well done!
The front of the jacket is extremely well packed, with a zip, a waterproof liner and then buttons, so there is no chance of any water seeping in. The wrists are also nicely protected with a zip and velcro strap, which is especially useful in case you need to shove a glove in there for a complete seal.
Is it cold proof?
It is as good as it gets. You get a removable thermal liner which lives up to its name. We drove through snowfall at Khardungla, world’s highest motorable pass, and it protected us extremely well. The liner is easy to put in and take out, with a zip and 4 buttons that complete the task.
Is it comfortable to wear?
Very. The jacket feels well built and feels very nice on the body. The back, shoulder and elbow protectors don’t move around at all. It isn’t as heavy as some of the jackets that Spartan makes, so it’s not a load to carry on your shoulders. The velcro at the neck doesn’t dig into your throat. Everything works nicely.
Does it provide protection?
The jacket comes with back, elbow and shoulder protectors, which are all removable. The protectors themselves are just pieces of hard foam, not like a CE approved armor. Having said that, the tear resistant material of the jacket combined with these protectors should provide adequate protection in the event of a mishap. But don’t expect to come out unscathed if you flip your ride doing a 100kmph.
Can you wear it in summer?
DSG Triton comes with 4 zips for ventilation, 2 at the front and 2 at back. On a hot day, this is not enough at all. We drove from Jammu to Chandigarh with the full force of the Sun, and it got pretty uncomfortable. You can in this DSG Triton review that we love this thing, but riding in summer is something you just can’t do with this jacket. Having said that, there isn’t any jacket out there that you can wear in extreme cold, rain AND summer.
Keep in mind that the rain liner is NOT removable, unlike what the website says.
Should you take it to Ladakh?
By all means, yes! It is the perfect jacket for that place and it is rather easy on your pocket too. Take it and you won’t regret it.
DSG Triton review: Verdict
We love it. It is very well built, looks awesome, fits nicely and does what it is expected to do. Sure you can’t waltz around in summer, but that isn’t what this jacket is for. If there was one riding jacket specifically made for Ladakh, DSG Triton would be it. For 6,499 rupees, it is awesome value for money (price has gone up now). The only grouse we have with the PlanetDSG team is that they are very careless about the sizes of their products, Medium feels like XL and XS feels like L.
So if you are going to buy any DSG product, try it before you buy it.
RiderZone recommends DSG Triton as an awesome winter and rain jacket.