Belstaff Trialmaster, Wax Cotton Motorcycle Jacket: A True Classic

Every rider needs a Belstaff Trialmaster [Classic Tourist Trophy] motorcycle jacket, especially if you ride a classic, vintage or neo-retro motorcycle.
In fact, every biker deserves to have Belstaff’s iconic waxed-cotton jacket hanging in his or her cloakroom.

Not just in an effort to channel the ‘King of Cool‘ or other famous Belstaff ambassadors. Not just because it’s the culmination of over seventy years of expertise in all-weather, outerwear by Belstaff but more so because it’s the epitome of the fusion of style and function. Appearing within Belstaff’s Pure Motorcycle jackets line, the Tourist Trophy is an evolution of the Trialmaster jacket that first appeared in the late 1940s.

Belstaff Trialmaster: Luxuriously Understated

The distinctive brass/gold Phoenix emblem, (introduced in 1969 as the symbol of the Trialmaster jacket), is visible on the contrast black patch on the left shoulder and clearly identifies the heritage of the Tourist Trophy jacket.

In true Belstaff fashion, the emblem is demure. Just enough contrast and stand out – however not so much as to be crass.

Also as subtle, is the embossed branding, on the brass buttons.

Belstaff Classic Tourist Trophy Jacket

In an era that’s filled with shouty people, brands plaster loud logos on anything that stands still for long enough. There’s something refreshingly satisfying, about a Belstaff’s logo.

It forces you to take a closer look if merely to confirm what you already know. Yes, it’s a Belstaff. It’s a dignified silence in a boisterous world.

That, combined with Belstaff’s understated styling, underlines that the Tourist Trophy is an outwear garment made for true ladies and gentlemen. Gentlefolk, who seek peace within adventure and silence away from the deafening crowds, will gravitate towards Tourist Trophy.

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

― Leonardo da Vinci


Pure Motorcycle Belstaff [Trialmaster] Classic Tourist Trophy

Belstaff Trialmaster (Classic Tourist Trophy)

Amelia Earhart [Left], & Amy Johnson - Aviation Pioneers & Belstaff Ambassadors
Amelia Earhart [Left], & Amy Johnson | Aviation Pioneers & Belstaff Ambassadors

Belstaff: Suppliers to Adventurers

Belstaff has a rich tradition of supplying outerwear garments to adventurers, explorers, thrill seekers, men and women in extreme environments. In addition, it provided garments to protect front-line troops from harsh weather in both major conflicts of the 20th century.

In the late 1940s, decades of research and development were consolidated to create Belstaff’s (arguably) most celebrated garment – the Trialmaster.

Belstaff Trialmaster: Developed for Highlands Moto Trials

With Great Britain emerging from the tumultuous and destructive conflict of World War II, attention gradually began to turn to lighter pursuits. 1948 heralded the launch of the distinctive four-pocket, mandarin collared, belted, waxed-cotton Belstaff Trialmaster jacket.

The Trialmaster was developed specifically to endure the grim conditions of the gruelling Scottish Six Days Trial. The highlands moto event that continues to this day. The jacket came to be lauded by riders, for its functional and stylish design. Yet simultaneously allowed plenty of room for freedom of movement while looking spiffing off the bike.

Scottish Six Days Trial

Soon this jacket became the apparel of choice for the tough and brave few who participated each year. A firm favourite of motorcyclists around the world, including Mr Steve McQueen in the 1960s.

You can still purchase the Trialmaster jacket however it appears in Belstaff’s fashion line and doesn’t come equipped with the internal lining, to accommodate CE approved, D30 T5 EVO X back protector, as well as shoulder and elbow armour.

A Classic Investment

Winter is the perfect time to invest in this classic. The word invest is not used lightly. This is a jacket that you should expect to last for many years. Also, it’s not an inexpensive item, well at least in comparison to other waxed-cotton motorcycle jackets. Actually, it wouldn’t be fair to use price as a comparison with respect to this jacket. Belstaff’s Tourist Trophy is really in a class of its own.


All Belstaff jackets have an interwoven modern, seam-sealed, Miporex membrane, between the shell and the lining of the jacket. This makes Belstaff jackets exceptional at keeping out the elements but pleasantly breathable.

The skin of the Tourist Trophy is made from 10oz waxed-cotton, which will protect you in heavy downpours. That’s as long as you protect the jacket. In other words, if buy a Belstaff Tourist Trophy it’ll need regular waxing.


In recent years following the success of Belstaff Tourist Trophy and relaunch of ‘The International’ by Barbour, many new waxed-cotton jackets emerged from a number of brands. And sure, most are of high-specification and look great on and off the bike, but none surpass the specifications of Belstaff’s flagship jacket.

Looking at the finer details of Trophy – it’s clear the quality of materials and construction are superior in all aspects.

An embroidered Pheonix emblem on the belt buckle cover prevents scratching of the tank. Two vulcanised rubber buttons at the bottom of the jacket, do the same and are quite exquisite to touch. A slanted breast pocket allows easy access. All are designed with the motorcyclist at the front of mind.

The King & Queen of Waxed Cotton Motorcycles Jackets

The Belstaff Trialmaster [Classic Tourist Trophy] is, without doubt, the King and Queen of all waxed cotton jackets. All other waxed cotton jackets secretly aspire to be it. As good those jackets may be, surely in the presence of the Tourist Trophy they’re merely would-be usurpers to the throne? Long live the Trialmaster.

Belstaff Trialmaster – Classic – Tourist Trophy [Women]

Belstaff Trialmaster – Classic Tourist Trophy [Men]

Editor’s Note

The Belstaff Trialmaster discussed in this article, was superseded by the CE approved, Trialmaster Pro in 2019. As such, links in this article will redirect to Belstaff Trialmaster Pro.

With variations for men and women found in the Pure Motorcycle collection, the Trialmaster Pro’s silhouette and weight remain true to its predecessor. And reassuringly, as too does price, despite the significant enhancement in its safety.