What got me starting to think about this topic was the "Adventure Jacket...that doesn't look like one?" thread on the site. I am a gear nut and get completely caught up in studying and testing new types of gear on the market. This is what I do for a living so I am surrounded by motorcycle apparel at least 40 hours out of my week. I love all types of gear from modern super technical pieces all the way down to the classic Belstaff Trailmaster my dad wore back in the 60's that is hanging in his closet to this day and everything in between. I have been waiting to buy my own Trailmaster but I just haven't found a vintage example that fit me yet. I started thinking about it and the Trailmaster by today's standard isn't all that much of a motorcycle jacket. It's not fully waterproof, the armor isn't much more than stitched in padding (many don't even have that), pockets of the type can be found on garments of all kinds, and waxed cotton is not very abrasion resistant compared to modern materials. All that being said this jacket and many others like it have stood the test of time, I think they are still great for fair weather type riding, look amazing, and dagonit I just don't feel right wearing my Klim jacket on my vintage bikes for short backroad riding! So I got to thinking about it and decided I am going to try and make my own Trailmaster style coat out of something I recently bought and really love the fit of, a Carhartt Chore coat. The Chore coat has similar look with four exterior pockets as well as one interior, is blanket lined for a decent amount of cool weather protection, is approximately the same length as the Trailmaster, and is made of 12oz Duck material which by my guess has about the same abrasion resistance of the waxed cotton of the Belstaff. What I am lacking is impact protection and a bit of water resistance that I am not concerned about since this will be more of a fair weather jacket to wear on my vintage bikes on shorter backroad trips. So for protection what I have decided to do is buy some 1000D Cordura and sew it externally in a hatched pattern to the impact points, shoulder and elbow, of the jacket with some padding in between the Cordura and Duck material. This will give the coat a look much like the classic vintage motorcycle jackets I love and serve as a bit of impact protection and abrasion resistance as well. The protective panels should look like this: So, after all that, the purpose of this thread is to see if anyone else had modified any "everyday" garment to become more motorcycle specific. I know that a lot of people wear off the shelf Carhartt's and that sort of thing but has anyone else tried adding things for more of a motorcycle purpose like water proofness, impact protection, abrasion resistance, visibility, etc.?