Boda Skins Kay Michaels Men’s Leather Jacket Review

Boda Skins Kay Michaels Men’s Leather Jacket Review

It’s time for another review on my mens fashion blog, so for my latest entry I will be looking at the Mens Boda Skins Kay Michaels Leather Jacket in Black. I got it a few months ago and have been loving it!

I have owned the Antique Creased Brown version in my collection for almost a year now (reviewed here) yet I was never 100% satisfied, not because of any negatives with the jacket, but because the black model was always looming in the background, tempting and teasing me! I originally opted for the brown because it was a limited run and that I’ve always preferred tan coloured leathers. But as the year progressed, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the classic black model. Finally, all of my defences were broken down and I made the purchase! But was it the correct decision? Find out in my review!

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Design & Style

The Boda Skins Kay Michaels Leather Jackets have based their design on the classic biker style, something which is seemingly timeless. Ever since biker jackets were first created they have gained legions of fans throughout each passing decade. The Boda Skins team are no fools, adopting this same classic look for their flagship piece, yet adding their own unique additions and details. The most easily noticeable feature is the heavily padded upper arm sleeves, this is what easily sets them apart from rival brands and also what makes Boda Skins jackets instantly recognisable and so attractive to look at! The black leather looks deliciously expensive, almost a matte colour rather then the deep and dark (and sometimes shiny!) leathers usually on offer.

Leather & Details

As mentioned, the leather looks high end, but upon touching, it feels expensive too! Incredibly soft and supple, particularly the iconic arm padding and the overall feel of the fabric. Fortunately the leather doesn’t have the side effect of being delicate, worrying about damaging your newly acquired jacket can play havoc with your outfit choices!

The jacket is covered in little details, Boda Skins logo branded studs, quality zippers with made to last pullers, an internal iPhone pocket, and the unobtrusive English flag patch on one of the arms. These little subtleties are what reassures you that you are witness to a quality product!

Comfort and Wearabilty

Biker leather jackets are an iconic style, one of the few types of clothing which complements almost anything in your wardrobe, the Boda Skins Kay Michaels is no different. Paired dressed down with distressed skinny jeans and sneakers and a crisp white T Shirt or slung over the top of your smart shirt and tie, creating an eye catching combo. Thankfully when it comes to regular wear, this jacket pretty much nails it. With its internal soft padding and buttery feeling leather, you won’t ever feel uncomfortable. It’s a jacket that I can happily wear all day and not feel too restricted.

The Sizing

I chose my normal size of a XS for this Boda Skins jacket (the exact same as my Brown Version) and it boasts an exceptional fit, nice and snug in the arms and shoulder area (without constriction). The sleeve lengths are close to perfect, suitably sitting across my wrists. Compared to other rival brands (like my Allsaints Cargo), the fit of the Kay Michaels jacket is just how an XS should fit. Top marks from me in this section! Regarding the length of it, it also comes in a tall version if you’re on the taller side (see here).

Price & Value For Money

The price of the Boda Skins jackets are very close to stepping into the designer brand price bracket, with yearly increases (just like all brands), this gap will only get smaller. However, despite its admittedly big price tag of £459, I strongly believe this jacket is worth every penny. Smashing past its similarly priced competitors as it’s made to last and comes with a 100 year guarentee.

My Summary

My opinion of this jacket was always going to be a foregone conclusion (after all, I already highly rate the brown model!). Excellent style and design, super soft leather, perfect fit and just beautiful to look at! This leather jacket is one of the best available, it’s no surprise the brand is going from strength to strength! The Kay Michaels has become iconic now and one of the most beautifully designed leather jackets I’ve seen, especially with all the quilting and zip detailing.

What do you think of this leather jacket? Is it something you would wear? Please let me know in the comments below! I can also help with sizing and comparisons if you need it.

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  1. Heitor
    July 3, 2018 / 5:38 am

    You said that you got the XS(UK) right?
    I was thinking about getting the M(UK) according to fhe size-guide, but seeing you on the post, maybe an S(UK) would have a more fitted look…
    Sorry, but how tall are you?

    • Adam
      July 3, 2018 / 11:53 pm

      Hi there,

      Yeah, I got an XS UK size. They are quite slim fit though, particularly in the arms. my height is around 5’9″


  2. Wayne
    August 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Hi I am looking to buy the same boda jacket but looking at the sizing I am not sure what to get I am a 44.5 chest so as the XL is a 44 inch chest I was thinking of going for the XXL which is a 46 inch chest however I know the leather will give by 10% and I like them fitted

    What would you suggest?

    • Adam
      August 29, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      Hey Wayne, honestly since I’ve owned the jacket it hasn’t really stretched at all! I haven’t worn it a massive amount of times, but as a comparison, my Allsaints Cargo has stretched a lot for the same amount of wears. But then on the flipside, these jackets are quite slim, particularly in the arms and shoulder area. Is it an option to order both and return one?

      • Wayne
        August 29, 2018 / 9:00 pm

        Yes I could do that I train a bit so shoulders and arms are areas which could be tight. Are they aimed for guys who workout? I will see if they can accept one back when I get them


        • Adam
          August 30, 2018 / 8:19 am

          Yeah, it is the shoulder and arm area which is the tightest part. They should allow you to return them. I have seen plenty of fitness guys who do wear their jackets though, it’s just trying to get the correct one!

    • Mark Stephenson
      August 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      I am a 44 inch chest and I couldn’t get into an XL I went XXL and even then the arms are very snug and I can just about do it up. An XL I’m guessing would be too small for you especially if you wanted to wear anything other than a t-shirt underneath.

      • Adam
        August 30, 2018 / 8:20 am

        Hey Mark, that is a good point, I’ve never worn mine with anything other than a T-Shirt … I wouldn’t be able to get it on with a jumper!

    • Adam
      September 26, 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Hi Julian, yep, that version is mine 🙂
      Regarding the bordeaux version, usually if they are gone from site, then it’s no longer available. You can always check eBay? Sometimes they do have pop up shops, when they sell a bunch of older stuff.

  3. Anders
    September 13, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Is This jacket the Kay Michaels Platinum version?

    • Adam
      September 26, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Hi Anders, yes, mine is the platinum version 🙂

  4. Matt
    September 16, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    In US my leather jacket size is typically M. Would that mean that in UK sizing I would be S? I like the jacket to be slim fitting, but I also like being able to wear a hoody underneath it sometimes. Just trying to find my best size to order

    • Adam
      September 26, 2018 / 11:52 pm

      Hi Matt, looking at their website, they do recommend a US M is a UK S.
      But they are very slim, particularly in the arms, anything thicker than a T-Shirt and I probably wouldn’t be able to get the jacket on! Maybe if you plan on mostly wearing hoodies or sweaters, you may need to size up one?

  5. September 20, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I cannot agree with you more!… I absolutely love both my Kay Michaels jackets!…. classic motorcycle (gold hardware) and the Queens Guard (black hardware). Both fitting exactly to size (38) I have been stopped dozens of time asking me about my jackets, and tell each one of the admirers where to find and get one of their own!… Thank you for your great review as well!… Cheers mate!😉…. btw.. if anyone has the opportunity to go a Bodaskins “pop-up”… I highly suggest going… fun to try on the entire collection!

    • Adam
      September 26, 2018 / 11:53 pm

      Hi Robin, happy you like the review! Yes, my Bodaskins jacket is my favourite brand for leather jackets! One day I will manage to get to their pop up shops, they look a great place for a bargain!

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