Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Motorcycle Jacket
Buying the right riding gear is just about as important as buying the right motorcycle, so you want to get it right. Choosing the right motorcycle jacket for your needs can be a difficult process. It’s no secret that you should buy the best protection that you can afford, but with so many different styles and types to choose from, how can you guarantee that you’re investing your money into the right product? Do you need a winter motorcycle jacket, or a summer one? Do you need something sleek and aerodynamic, or are handy pockets and weather-proof accoutrements more your thing?
While there’s no one motorcycle jacket to rule them all, there are plenty of excellent jackets out there that will probably suit your needs and budgets. We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best motorcycle jackets that we’ve seen, with items selected for different riders and different riding styles. Here’s what we’ve found.
10 Best Motorcycle Jackets For All Kinds Of Riding
#01. Dainese Racing 3 D-Air Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The Racing 3 D-Air leather jacket from Dainese is one of the best motorcycle jacket ensembles available. It’s not a cheap product by any stretch of the imagination – it’s a premium product with a premium price tag, but it’s worth every penny if you’re serious about your safety. It features the celebrated Dainese D-Air technology, but before we get to that, let’s talk about the construction of the jacket. Manufactured from high-quality Tutu cowhide leather and S1 stretch panels, the Racing 3 is tough and durable, with incredible freedom of movement. As for airflow, it features several vents to keep you cool when you’re out on the road.
In terms of protection, the Racing 3 comes equipped with Level 2 composite elbow protectors, Level 2 soft shoulder pads, thermoplastic shoulder protectors with aluminum inserts, and the legendary Dainese D-Air system. The D-Air system is a revolutionary airbag deployment gizmo that uses a series of sensors and GPS technology to inflate an airbag that will protect your chest and neck in the event of an accident. No less than three accelerometers, three gyroscopes, and one GPS unit work together to keep you safe. It’s such an advanced system that all D-Air products have to be registered with Dainese after sale for full factory support. It’s that advanced.
If you want the best motorcycle jacket on the market, we think that this ticks all of the right boxes. It’s safe, it’s element proof, it’s stylish, and it’s worth the money.
- Durable and abrasion resistant Tutu cowhide leather
- Jacket to trousers fastening system
- Reflective inserts for added visibility
- Numerous safe and secure pockets
- Industry leading Dainese D-Air airbag system
#02. Spidi Track Wind Perforated Leather Jacket
In second place, we have the incredible Spidi Track Wind jacket made from perforated leather. This is an ideal summer motorcycle jacket, but if you need something to keep the cold out then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also a full leather version without the perforations. We like the perforated version best. It’s built from a tough and durable full gain cowhide leather with a thickness of 1.2mm, with perforated leather panels to let air flow through nicely and help the jacket breathe. The leather sections work with Tenax Flex joints in the most important places (shoulders, arms, and chest) to increase mobility and make your ride as comfortable as possible.
Since this is a summer jacket, it doesn’t boast much on the inside save for a mesh inner liner, but it can accommodate Spidi’s formidable H2OUT waterproof liner, and the brand’s own Thermo liner for colder weather too. In terms of protection, the elbows and shoulders are equipped with EN 1621 Force-Tech protectors, and there’s room for an optional Warrior Back Protector, and a compatible Warrior Chest Protector too, though these are sold separately. Other cool features include a smart Neoprene collar, and reflective details for better visibility at night time. All in all, it’s a versatile jacket that can hold its own in different seasons – though it is definitely better suited for summer riding.
- Multiple straps for volume adjustment and tighter fit
- 360 degree zipper for mating with Spidi branded trousers
- Full-grain cowhide level with perforations for maximum protection and airflow
- Super flexible Tenax Flex joints
- EN 1621 Force-Tech protectors
#03. Roland Sands Design Ronin Jacket
Not all modern motorcycles have to be covered in reflective piping and feature loud designs. The Ronin motorcycle jacket from RSD neatly bucks the trend by taking the best of modern motorcycle protection and weaving it into a retro-cool café racer inspired design. This hand finished jacket is built from waxed cowhide and looks every bit like a jacket from yesteryear, but it does more than just look the part. The pre-curved sleeves and neatly stitched back of the jacket actually hide clever pockets to accommodate RSD x Forcefield armor, which transforms this fashion-like jacket into a genuinely protective and authentic motorcycle jacket.
While the biggest appeal of this jacket is the fact that you can wear it like a casual jacket when you’re off the bike and ride with peace of mind when you’re on it, there are some other cool features that really take this jacket to the next level. It’s fitted with a number of smart pockets to keep your possessions nice and secure in, such as stretch mesh cargo pockets, a zip-close interior pocket, and a handy electronics pocket with a super soft protective lining. What’s more, it comes in a black or brown leather finish. If you’re looking for a chic casual jacket that doubles up as a really useful motorcycle jacket made by one of the biggest names in the industry, then give this Roland Sands number a go.
- Perforated leather features for excellent air flow
- Zippers for waist adjustment and cuff adjustment
- Comfortable satin polyester lining with custom heat embossed details
- Plenty of practical pockets and storage space
- Accommodates shoulder, back, and elbow armor for serious protection
#04. Dainese Super Rider D-Dry
If you like the sound of a Dainese jacket but don’t want to bankrupt yourself and your entire family in the process, consider the Dainese Super Rider D-Dry jacket. It shares a lot of DNA with the company’s more illustrious race-derived apparel, but it has been toned down and reshaped into a smart and practical sport touring jacket that’s ready for action through spring, summer, and fall. It’s sportier than your average sport touring jacket but it offers the best of both in worlds. It’s a textile jacket that features a nice blend of 3D mesh paneling with sturdy Tutu leather inserts, which makes for a tough and durable, but completely breathable package.
Aside from the formidable outer shell, the jacket also features some outstanding equipment, such as removable composite armor, with separate pockets for an optional back protector and chest protector, aluminum inserts on the shoulders for added protection, adjustable cuff, neck and waist fastenings, a jacket-to-trouser fastening, and an aerodynamic spoiler hump. On the inside, the jacket has a breathable perforated liner, and a removable D-Dry membrane liner with thermal properties. All in all, it’s a great jacket for all weathers apart from winter. The only complaint we have with this jacket is that the zippers could be a little beefier because they feel quite fragile.
- 2 practical outer pockets and reflective inserts
- Pockets for additional protective armor
- Removable D-Dry membrane liner for excellent waterproofing
- Can be fastened to other Dainese garments
- Fully adjustable fit
#05. KLIM Badlands Pro Adventure Touring Jacket
If you’re in the market for a tough, durable, and reliable motorcycle jacket that can take you across continents or across town, and excel at both, then the KLIM Badlands Pro is worth your attention. For real adventure touring, it’s a great choice. This textile jacket is made from an outer shell comprised of SPL200, FPL 400, and Karbonite ripstop, held together with tear resistant Superfabric that offers excellent durability where you need it most. The jacket also features a fully waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro membrane to keep the elements out, but with plenty of ventilation to keep you from overheating.
Talking of which, the interior lining features a mesh lining to increase the overall breathability of the jacket, but also comes with moisture wicking technology to keep the humidity down. What if it gets cold? This jacket doesn’t come with an integrated thermal liner, since the company prefers to lean on a layering policy, which lets the rider decided just how much layering is required. In terms of protection, the KLIM Badlands Pro comes with incredibly advanced D3O Aero Pro protectors which are CE Level 2 approved, an integrated back protector, and a kidney-belt loop that wraps around your middle, taking the weight of the jacket off of your shoulders and back, and on to your hips, making for a more comfortable ride. If you’re an adventure rider, this is what you’ve been looking for: plus it’s compatible with a lot of KLIM’s other products too.
- Gore-Tex Pro shell for maximum weatherproofing
- Smart Tri-Component ventilation system
- Advanced Aero D3O shock-absorbing armor
- Clever hidden pockets for keeping documents safe
- Abrasion resistant Karbonite Ripstop textile
#06. Joe Rocket Atomic Riding Jacket
If you need a motorcycle that offers excellent protection, can withstand the elements, and comes in at an affordable price then consider this gem from Joe Rocket. Now, it’s at the budget end of the spectrum but don’t let the low price tag put you off. Sure, it’s the low price tag that’s the main reason it’s high up on this list, but in terms of value for money it’s hard to fault it. Advertised as an all-weather motorcycle jacket, it really excels in winter rather than other seasons but we’ll get to why in a minute. This is a textile jacket with a number of interesting features. It offers a clever ventilation system, CE approved armor and pockets for extra armor, a custom adjustment system that guarantees a tight fit to any rider, and an insulated full sleeve liner.
Despite being quite an advanced jacket on paper, the reality is that the ventilation system isn’t that great and the liner will leave you drenched in sweat. Now, if you live in a colder climate then this is a very good jacket to get. In wintery conditions it will keep the cold and the wet out, which is great. In summer, however, it will keep all that heat and all your sweat locked in! It’s not as all year ‘round as it claims to be, but for the price it’s very hard to complain about it. It’s comfortable, has lots of pockets, and has room for better armor if you feel like buying some extra bits and pieces. For a new rider, this is a great and cost effective jacket. Just be sure to find a more summer-appropriate one for the hotter months.
- Very affordable price tag
- CE approved armor comes as standard
- Durable liner keeps out the elements
- 6-point SureFit custom adjustment system for a tight fit
- Available in a huge range of sizes and colors
#07. Rev’It Convex Jacket
Next up, we have a versatile riding jacket from Rev’It. Great for both hot and cold environments and perfect for both casual urban riders and those who prefer to live life in the fast lane, the Rev’It Convex jacket has something for everyone. It’s a high-performance jacket from a company known for delivering high-quality and safety conscious products. Borrowing Rev’It’s own race-spec DNA, this jacket features a Monaco cowhide shell, Neoprene, Lorica, and heavy-duty stretch PWRIshell outer layer with a 3D airmesh that offers ultimate protection with the added bonus of excellent ventilation. It’s tough, has plenty of abrasion resistance, and it’ll keep you cool on even the hottest of days too.
For colder days, the jacket also features a removable thermal liner that keeps the cold at bay and offers a snug and comfortable fit on the inside too. The armor that comes as standard features Level 2 rated Seeflex armor for the elbows and shoulders, with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shoulder protection for extra safety. There is a dedicated sleeve for a back protector insert, as well as ample room for a chest protector too. The jacket itself has a tight race fit, with curved sleeves for the ultimate sporting look and feel, along with Velcro fastenings at the wrist and waist, and a sturdy zipper. This is a great all ‘rounder, but it’s definitely a better summer motorcycle jacket than a winter one.
- Reflective details for added visibility
- Localized perforation for efficient ventilation
- Comfort fit cuffs and Velcro waist adjustment
- Race-inspired shape with curved sleeves
- Available in all black or black and white
#08. Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Leather Jacket
This jacket is from the Oscar line by Alpinestars, and it’s the perfect jacket for urban riders looking for a decent motorcycle jacket that offers outstanding protection and a fashionable aesthetic at the same time. Made from tough full grain leather with excellent abrasion resistance that’s durable enough to withstand a crash but comfortable enough to wear on a day-to-day basis. It’s fitted with pre-curved sleeves for maximum comfort, slim-fitting CE-approved shoulder and elbow protectors, has a removable flannel lining for cold weather riding, and featured a pocket that accommodate a number of different types of back protectors. It’s a functional jacket that offers great protection for daily riding – but if you want to kick it up a notch, it has even more to offer.
This Oscar Charlie motorcycle jacket is fully compatible with Alpinestars’ unique Tech-Air airbag system. If you want more protection, simply upgrade to this fantastic airbag protection product and slip it into your jacket. The jacket is cleverly designed to accommodate it, and thanks to well-designed stretchy parts of the jacket, the airbag can fully inflate without damaging the jacket or compromising and of the seam strength. With the Tech-Air system installed, the jacket sleeve also shows an LED display that tells riders the status of their airbag, connecting directly to the airbag’s ECU. But even if you’re not planning on upgrading to the full airbag package, this jacket is still a winner. It still fits great, it looks great, and it offers exceptional value for money.
- Specially treated full-grain leather outer shell
- Removable thermal insulated flannel liner for riding in colder climates
- Full compatibility with Alpinestars’ protection products
- Zipper and snap cuff fastenings for a truly personalized fit
- The understated design makes it ideal for day to day riding and commuting
#09. Scorpion XDR Yukon
The Scorpion XDR Yukon is an off-road focused adventure touring motorcycle jacket that is literally prepared for any situation. If you’re looking for one jacket that does it all, then this may be the one for you. Constructed from 500 denier nylon and 1680 denier denier, with a fully waterproof but breathable membrane, this jacket is element-proof in every single way. When the sun’s out, however, all you have to do is open a few of the jacket’s numerous vents (in over six locations) and you’ve got a smart and air-conditioned jacket. And when the weather’s bad? No worries! Thanks to a Nappa calf leather trimmed collar and neoprene cuffs, and a very cool removable storm collar for extreme cold, you can guarantee that you’ll be warm and dry inside.
Inside, the jacket comes equipped with Sas-Tec CE-approved vicsoelastc armor, which is adjustable in places thanks to a Velcro closure system. There’s a Sas-Tec level 2 back protector, and CE-certified chest protectors too. As for pockets and practicalities, the Yukon boasts four external and totally waterproof pockets, two forearm pockets, and an extra large cargo pocket at the back. There are four mesh pockets on the inside, and a hidden money pocket for your valuables. NightViz reflective details help you keep visible at night, and a series of belts and straps offer support and a tight fit to keep your ride as comfortable as possible.
- Tough YKK zippers with a urethane and Black Oxide coating
- Sas-Tec CE-approved armor for ultimate protection
- Moisture wicking mesh and taffeta liners to resist wear
- Adjustable compression kidney belt for better support and fit
- Heavy-duty Exo-Stich Safety Seams for added durability
#10. Alpinestars GP Plus R v2 Airflow Jacket
Alpinestars’ race suits are the main stay of many motorcycle apparel top lists and for good reason: they set a high benchmark for quality. The same can be said for their jackets, and the GP Plus R Air V2 borrows the very best features from the company’s race suits and translates them into street-riding form. Constructed from an incredibly tough 1.3 mm thick cowhide leather, complimented with perforated leather panels, advanced poly stretch inserts across the chest, zippered vent inlets, and accordion leather panels across the elbows, the GP Plus offers exceptional protection, freedom of movement, ventilation and comfort.
The inside layer is made up of a mesh liner that offers breathability and comfort, with multiple internal pockets with Velcro fastenings, and a waterproof compartment for valuables and documents. In terms of protection and armor, the GP Plus features race-derived, CE-certified shoulder and elbow protectors, external TPU moulded shoulder guards, and pockets and sleeves to accommodate separately sold back and chest protectors, with a special adjustable snap-button system for those looking to upgrade their back protection to an Alpinestars CE-approved Level 2 Nucleon model. Other cool features include 3D mesh collar and cuff edging, reflective details, and Velcro and D-ring fastenings. What’s more, you can zip this jacket to Alpinestars’ racing pants for a full racing suit experience if you need it.
- Large front pockets for practicality
- Tough CE-approved armor and padding
- Advanced Velcro fastenings and D-ring waist adjustments
- Snap buttons and zippers ensure a personalized fit
- Can be zipped with trousers for a full race-suit
Motorcycle Jacket Buying Guide & FAQ
Now you’ve seen what we consider to be some of the best motorcycle jackets currently available, which one would be the best fit for you? At the end of the day, all you really need from a motorcycle jacket is something that protects you, but thanks to modern production standards almost every jacket on sale will meet the minimum safety requirements. Should you be content with the minimum though? And since you’re paying a lot of money for a jacket, you should want it to be the best it can be. Though the level of protection a garment offers you should be the most important feature you shop for, searching for something comfortable, weather-resistant, practical, and stylish should also be high up on the list. Here are a few things you should consider when shopping for a new motorcycle jacket.
Why You Need A Good Motorcycle Jacket
Many motorcyclists are happy to spend thousands on a fast bike, but can be reluctant to spend a couple of hundred dollars on decent protective gear. It doesn’t make any sense but we’re all guilty of doing it in some form or another. It’s a mentality that needs to change. Proper riding gear will help to save your life in the event of an accident. Sliding down a road isn’t that much fun with the right gear on, and it’s a lot worse when you’re wearing sub-standard protection or no gear at all. Falling down onto the asphalt hurts at 5 miles per hour, so imagine what it’s like at 50 and above!
Abrasion resistant fabrics, good padding, and well-engineered armor are essential, but a good motorcycle jacket will do much more than simply protect you if you have a crash. A good jacket can even prevent a crash from happening. If you’re getting wet and cold because you’re not wearing the right kind of jacket, you won’t be concentrating on the road properly which can lead to an accident. A flapping strap from a poorly designed jacket might catch the wind and slap you on the back, surprising you and causing you to swerve by accident. An uncomfortable jacket might have a bad fastening that’s always digging into your side, taking your mind off the road and putting you into a vulnerable situation. These might seem like exaggerations, but anything that takes you attention away from the road is a potential killer – of yourself and other road users.
What Kind Of Motorcycle Jacket Do You Need?
Motorcycle jackets come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes to meet the needs of a wide range of riders. Sports riders, regular commuters, hardcore adventure tourers, and laid back cruiser riders all have different needs, so there’s a jacket out there for everyone. Since protection should be your main priority, you should assess how you ride and what kind of riding you do to find a jacket with the best protection for you. A sports rider who likes to ride fast on the roads and occasionally unleashes hell on the track might want a sports jacket with serious back and chest protection, with aerodynamics in mind, and a 360-degree waist zipper that can attach to a set of leather pants.
A commuter that regularly battles stop start traffic might benefit from something with adequate protection but focuses more on rider comfort, with plenty of vents for the summer months, and significant weatherproofing for when it gets cold and wet.
Similarly, an adventurer tourer will want something that’s dry and comfortable whatever the weather, with plenty of protection for on and off-road environments, with plenty of pockets for the easy retrieval of important documents and papers for crossing borders.
Cruiser riders will benefit from more casual looking attire, with apparel that provides excellent freedom of movement for their arms, chest, and shoulders, but with plenty of protection tucked away in case things go sideways.
Are you thinking of riding a lot at night? Then you might need plenty of hi-viz reflective detailing. Do you live in a hot climate? Perforated leather or mesh jackets might be the best fit for you. How about the cold? Get something with a thermal layer that keeps the chill out. Will you be riding in the rain? Consider something with Gore-Tex technology or a solid waterproof liner. Is this jacket just for riding, or do you need it to double up as a fashion jacket too? There’s a lot to think about, isn’t there? Material, fit, practicality, versatility, climate, comfort – all of these things need to be considered before you part with your hard earned cash.
Different Jacket Materials
One of the most frequently asked questions out there is about the differences between leather and textile motorcycle jackets. They both have strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a brief overview of each type, what they’re good for, and what the pros and cons of each are.
Textile Motorcycle Jackets
Textile motorcycle jackets are becoming more and more popular these days. They’re tough, practical, incredibly versatile, and come in a remarkably wide range of styles. Their strength is measured in the thickness, or denier, of their main construction material, with the higher number denoting a stronger material. The materials choice range from sturdy natural fabrics such as denim and waxed cotton, to more modern marvels such as Cordura and Gore-Tex. Generally, textile jackets offer superb protection, with advanced construction methods, in a huge range of styles, for very reasonable prices – this is why they’re so popular.
Compared with top-of-the-range leather, textile jackets offer similar protection at a much more affordable price point. At the bottom end of the scale, cheap is cheap whether you go for leather or textile, but above a couple of hundred dollars, your dollar definitely buys more protection and features from a textile jacket than a cheaper leather one. The secret to the success of the textile motorcycle jacket is the fact that you can mix and match technologies to create interesting products. Fuse a tough Cordura outer shell with a Gore-Tex waterproof layer, and you have a tough, sturdy, and element-proof jacket. Throw in a mesh textile to make it breathable. Add some Ripstop nylon to make it withstand some serious abrasion. The possibilities are endless.
It’s the weatherproofing that most people love about textile jackets. For the reasons mentioned above, they’re excellent at keeping the elements out, but also keeping the rider cool too. They’re excellent for both cold and hot climates, making them great all ‘rounders.
In terms of safety, high-end textile jackets can match leather in terms of abrasion resistance, but for the most part they aren’t as good. They also don’t offer the same kind of impact and shock resistance either. However, textile jackets aren’t really marketed toward the more vulnerable sports bike crowd.
As for the looks? Well, they come in a million different shapes and sizes, to short and sports, or longer with a ton of useful pockets. Bright colors? Yep. Black? Certainly. There’s lots to choose from, but compared with leather jackets, they don’t offer the same wow factor. There are many leather motorcycle jackets that can double up a fashion jacket that you can wear out to a bar. Textile jackets aren’t really made for that kind of wearing.
Leather Motorcycle Jackets
When you visualize a motorcycle jacket, you immediately conjure up the image of a classic leather motorcycle jacket. And for good reason. Leather has long been the most popular choice for motorcycle apparel, no matter whether you’re riding a Ducati or a Harley-Davidson. Why? Because leather is tough and offers exceptional protection. It has excellent abrasion resistance, it has can soften impact shocks, and it fits nice and tightly to the body. There’s a good reason why all MotoGP riders wear leather racing suits.
For those in colder climates, a leather jacket will offer superior warmth and protection against wind chill. They’re not as comfortable in hot weather, but perforated leather jackets are becoming popular, and they offer the same protection whilst adding in improved air flow and breathability.
While leather jackets offer better protection than their textile brethren, they do lack some of the excellent features that make textile jackets so appealing. Leather can be waterproof, and with the above mentioned perforations they can have better airflow too, but they’re still not as good as textile jackets when it comes to weatherproofing. They will never be as breathable or keep the heat out as well as textile products, and they’re not that great for off-road riding either. If you’re planning an off-road cross-country tour, then a textile jacket will be a superior option. If you want to open the throttle as wide as you can on the race track though, there’s only one type of jacket you want to be wearing: and that’s leather.
Leather jackets also have the added benefit of being stylish. There’s never been a time in the history of the motorcycle jacket that a leather one hasn’t looked the business. Even modern sports jackets with pre-curved sleeves and a hump on the back of them look cool, though they will look more out of place in a bar than a sleek café-racer zip-up or a nice collared Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket. The problem is this though: a good leather motorcycle jacket is expensive. And it should be. High quality leather should be expensive, and advanced construction and design shouldn’t ever be cheap. What this means is that there are a lot of so-called protective leather jackets out there that have no business being worn whilst you’re riding a motorcycle.
These fashion leather jackets are best avoided unless you want to take a car to your destination. If it feels thin – and that’s even if we’re talking about expensive leather – then it won’t protect you from anything in a crash.
In summary: pay more and you’ll get more.
What About Hybrid Motorcycle Jackets?
For those looking for the best of both words, there are jackets that produce textile jackets with leather features, offering the versatility and practicality of a textile shell that’s reinforced with solid leather strips and inserts for increased crash resistance and impact absorption. These can make for great compromise jackets, though they tend to be less good than all textile or all leather motorcycle jackets. While we’re on the subject of alternatives, there’s at least one company out there making vegan leather jackets and racing suits using a leather that’s 100% vegan. We haven’t tested it, but it sounds very interesting.
Important Things To Consider
Apart from the material, level of protection, and weatherproofing, there are some other points you should think about before investing in a new jacket. Does it have enough pockets for you? Can you fit a hoodie or your work clothes underneath it when you’re wearing it? Is there enough high-visibility detailing or reflective piping on there to keep you safe at night? Can you open the fastenings you’re your gloves on? Are the zippers big enough or sturdy enough? These might seem like minor things, but if you’re paying $1,000 for a jacket, you’re going to want it to be the best that it can be for your lifestyle.
Motorcycle Jackets FAQ
Q: How should a motorcycle jacket fit?
A: In short, it should fit well. By that, we mean it should comfortably hug your body. Don’t buy a jacket too small, or too large. The wrong size fit could leave you exposed in an accident. While a close fit is great, if it restricts your movement then it’s no good to you at all. If it’s too large and flaps around in the wind, it will distract you from your riding. Don’t be frightened of getting the tape measure out and measuring yourself properly before placing an order. Follow the manufacturer’s sizing guides to the letter if you want the best fit for your body type. Also, pay attention to reviews from previous buyers for a good idea of how well a product truly fits. The right fit is crucial, so spend time getting it right.
Q: What is the best summer motorcycle jacket?
A: A good summer motorcycle jacket will offer excellent protection with great airflow and breathability. Most textile jackets make for great summer riding jackets, but don’t discount leather altogether. Thanks to new perforated leather designs, it’s possible to have a hardy leather jacket that won’t suffocate you on even the hottest days. Providing that you’re buying a summer riding jacket from a reputable brand such as Dainese, Spidi, Rev’It and others, you will find a jacket that suits you perfectly.
Q: How to care for leather motorcycle jacket?
A: Caring for leather isn’t a dark art as some instructables would have you believe. Simply put, leather is skin. It’s important to keep it well-maintained, moisturized and hydrated in order for it to have a long and healthy life. Luckily, there are plenty of leather care products out there; most of them are a simple chemical solution that you work into the leather with a cloth. It can be as simple as that.
Textile jackets are much easier to take care of in general, and can usually be maintained and cleaned with a wet cloth and a bit of elbow grease. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before taking any risks though!
Q: How long do motorcycle jackets last?
A: A well-made motorcycle jacket that has been well-looked after and properly maintained can last decades. Unfortunately, due to wear and tear many jackets won’t last as long as they should. Zippers get stuck, fastenings become loose, stitching frays, and years of sun and rain take their toll. If your jacket becomes damaged in any way, from loose stitching to a full on accident, it’s imperative that you replace it as soon as possible. A jacket that has been in an accident is no longer effective. A jacket with loose seams is just as much of a risk, and wearing it isn’t a risk worth taking. Even if your jacket is looking pristine, consider upgrading it every five years if you can afford to. It helps you keep on top of the latest technology, giving you a safer riding experience.
Q: Can I wear my leather jacket as a motorcycle jacket?
A: Generally, unless it was built specifically for the purposes of riding a motorcycle then we’d say no. There are many fashion leather jackets in the motorcycle style that call themselves motorcycle jacketsbut in reality they just look like a motorcycle jacket and offer zero protection, and have no business being anywhere near a motorcycle! That being said, it really does depend on the quality of the jacket, the thickness of the leather, and what protection it will honestly offer. Some jackets with thick leather may offer a degree of protection but it’s not a gamble that’s worth taking in our opinion. It’s up to you whether you want to take that risk, but we advise against it.
Q: Why do some motorcycle jacket manufacturers have jackets with pathetic zippers?
A: It’s a question we’re always asking ourselves. It’s all very well having heavy-duty cowhide and advanced padding and protection, but if the zip breaks after two wears, or you can’t unzip it with your gloves on then it’s no good to anyone. Fortunately, we’ve found a workaround Simply put a split keyring on every zipper that’s giving you grief. The wider pull-tag makes it easier to use with gloves on, and the bigger surface area makes using flimsy zippers much simpler. It works, trust us.
Motorcycle Jackets Summary: Our Top Pick
As we said before, there is no magic wonder jacket that is the perfect fit for any rider, all-weathers, and for any type of riding. However, we do have our favorites. For those who like sports riding or commuting, then the Dainese Racing 3 D-Air leather jacket is one of the best you can buy. It offers comfort, ergonomics, aerodynamics and one of the most sophisticated protection systems available in the industry. It’s tough, durable, and incredibly high-quality. Unfortunately, it is a little bit on the expensive side but if you like the sound of it, Dainese offers other exceptional products with a more affordable price tag.
Still, if Dainese doesn’t impress you, any other established motorcycle jacket manufacturer will have a product that suits you and your life and riding style. Ride smart, ride safe!