Buffalo Ranger kids’ motorcycle jacket

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Sullen teenager slump perfected already Picture: Alan Dowds From: Buffalo Price: £59.99 Sizes: XS (6-7yrs) - XL (13-14yrs)

Transporting small kids round the big city is a faff. Public transport or the car is the usual option, neither of which are much cop. But mine are old enough now to go on the back of a bike, so drop-offs (via my mighty Burgman 650) at parties, scouts, school and the like is now much easier.

I’ve had to sort out some kit for them though – easier said than done. Enter Buffalo, the entry-level brand from UK firm The Key Collection. Buffalo does a full head-to-toe kit-out in kids’ sizes, and this Ranger jacket is part of the range. It’s a pretty conventional budget textile jacket, with tough polyester shell, waterproof lining, and a removable quilted thermal liner. There’s plenty of pockets and adjusting straps, and it’s even got a set of cooling air vents for summer use. Protection-wise, there’s CE armour in the elbows and shoulders, and a pocket for a back protector (with some foam padding in there).

It’s a solid-feeling little coat, the thick outer material in the small size making it feel even tougher somehow. The kids’ verdict? Cool – but a bit uncomfortable to start off with. I’ve assured them that it’ll bed in quickly, and they’ll get used to the armour. I’ll let you know how they get on once we’ve piled on the dropping-off miles a bit…

Back vents open for summer wear
Back vents open for summer wear
Also available in fluoro yellow/black
Also available in fluoro yellow/black
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