The Nomad is found in Merlin Bike Gear's Explorer collection (tested in Scotland). Aimed at naked, retro and adventure riders, it blends a retro aesthetic with modern tech.

Merlin Explorer Collection

The Nomad looks great on and off the bike, with lowkey branding and minimalist style. It's indistinguishable from everyday clothing despite its technical nature.

Nomad Style & Looks

Inspired by scramblers and desert racing, this bomber-style short-length jacket fits the cafe racer look too.

Stud snaps, subtly embellished with Merlin branding give the jacket a stylishly utilitarian aesthetic

Semi-fitted, means sizing up rather than down is the way to go. The Nomad is comfortable and forgiving, with panels for flexibility.

Comfort & Wearability

Fit & Sizing

The Cotec material and the Reissa thermal lining protect against wind chill while mesh lining and ventilation zips offer cooling.

Wind Protection & Ventilation

Rear zipped vents, enhance ventilation. Overall the jacket is more breathable than other waxed cotton motorcycle jackets I’ve owned.

A padded neckline constructed of softer inner material with leather trim further adds to rider comfort - no neck rubbing!

Medium to heavy showers are no problem - although some water ingress along the zip line during a sustained torrential downpour.

Water Resistance

The Nomad scores high for protection - it's CE Level AA approved and comes with seven-piece D3O armour including chest protection.

Safety & Protection

Safety & Protection

It also has an inbuilt jacket-to-jean connecting zipper and a Euro hoop jacket-to-jean connector strap for additional safety.

Many thoughtful design features are to be found on the Nomad jacket.

Features & Design

Features & Design

Storage ranks high. With its five external and two internal pockets.

Additional pockets can be found on the removable 125g Reissa®Active waterproof thermal lining.

It’s a nice touch that means you don't need to sacrifice storage for warmth.

Two velcro-backed straps on each arm and a zip at the wrists are easily tweaked to accommodate cold weather base-layers.


The Nomad's waist features snap buttons on either side with two settings for a custom fit.

A longer back protected the lower back wonderfully from drafts.

Merlin's Nomad is packed with features and offers great value at £349.99/ $549.00.  It's a jacket designed by riders, for riders.




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