【RAL】Tonbo Jacket

“What is nature, that is…just what is it?” Asked the boss. “Isn’t it beautiful?” He suddenly didn’t know what he was doing, but pretending to be calm, he replied as normal.

“No, nature is violence.”

….Hmm, is that the story? Alright, I love listening to this kind of story. I interrupted the work of compiling the delivery slips and turned his body toward the boss to urge him to continue.

“We can’t beat nature. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes- you’ll perish easily if you encounter them. Resistance is disregarded and nothing remains behind. Yeah, do you do mountain biking? “” Only messengers. “” Yeah, well, anyway, the taxi or truck on the street where you always ride for work, that kind of thing is natural. It’s just like that. If you hit it hard, you’ll die easily. “

Oh, I see, there was an order that I couldn’t get because I bumped into a taxi twice today. So that’s what I’m saying

I’ve received an email from RAL about a new jacket, so let’s quote it.

Cycle jacket with dragonfly motif

The field of view of the dragonfly exceeds 270 degrees from stereoscopically, and its remarkable time resolution captures the world like stop motion. Choose to fly for sudden diversions and hovering, and for small movements. Our new winter jacket is a cycle jacket with the dragonfly motif.

The wool socks here are in good shape and I have many pairs. The chambray shirt was also a favorite of mine. But after all… socks. “If you don’t have anything to buy at a clothing store, buy socks.” As a senior at a second-hand clothing store said; socks are important consideration for messengers who spend their days outside.

Indeed, when riding a bicycle, many insects hit my face and body somewhat regularly, but the dragonflies never do. How is that so? Amazing dragonfly.

Let’s continue to quote…..

Purpose constructed cut for cycling

With a clean silhouette, an articulated arm for positioning on the bike, and a range of thoughtful features and functions- the Tonbo jacket plays a seamless part in your everyday scene from daily use in the city to cycling on holidays.

Material with water repellency and heat retention

Since the outer material is DWR treated, it has water repellency and water resistance. In addition, it has excellent antifouling properties and durability, so it can be used confidently in light rain or snow. The material can be spot cleaned easily.

Lining for Tonbo jacket uses high-density micro-fleece offering excellent heat retention- providing warmth even on the coldest and windiest days. The fabric offers ease of layering as well.

Long easily articulated sleeves

Although the sleeve is slender, it has a three-dimensional structure so that you can naturally grasp the handlebar while riding.
In addition, the sleeves are also set to be long, so even when you are in a riding position when you reach for the handlebar, you can sufficiently cover your wrists without the sleeves riding up.

Sewn in to the cuffs are a soft polyester thumb hole yoke. For days when gloves are a little overkill, the added coverage on your wrists and palm area can make a world of difference in helping to keep warm. 

Dropped back hem

When you lean forward, the cold will be felt when your hips roll up. The Tonbo jacket has a long back length and is cut slim to fit around the waist so as not to bunch when bent over.

Adaptable double zipper

Primary zipper uses a double zipper that can slide from above and below- it can be adjusted so that stress is less likely to be applied to the waist and abdomen when on the bike. The double zipper also comes in handy when wishing to dump heat trapped in the garment. Pit zips are a feature of the Tonbo jacket as well and offer an additional point to help increase air circulation and prevent the build up of warmer air inside the jacket during spirited rides or especially climbing. 

Cleanly shaped hood

The hood is shaped to help maintain peripheral vision while sufficiently covering the head. A draw cord provides an additional point of adjustment for securing the hood even more. 
Tonbo offers a high collar and a clean silhouette around the neck- helping to prevent drafts from entering and inflating the jacket while riding. 

Pockets that are active in every situation

The hand warmer pockets offer a welcome respite on colder days, while a chest pocket allows a point of isolation for objects you wish to keep close at hand. Perhaps a highlight of many a purpose built cycling jacket is a substantially sized back pocket- an excellent place to secure additional personal items. 

The overall clean silhouette matches not only casual outfits, but also racer-style outfits such as bib tights.

I see, I somehow understood.

Click the “Order” button at the end of the email to place an order. By the time it arrives, autumn will be deepening.

…My 18th winter of messenger service is coming soon. People cannot see the world in ultra-wide-angle stop motion like dragonflies. But people have better eyesight than they do. Our processing speed should continue to increase over the ages, and undistracted, our visibility is about 180 degrees. Don’t forget your jacket, gloves, wool cycling cap and weather preparedness. Let the lesson flow without going against it.

Thankfully, the city’s bustling business still leaves room for messengers to roam. The future is unsure. See you all over the city.


Text by Izuru (Daisy Messenger, Daisy Print Works)