With the winter fast approaching, it’s time to give your well-rounded wardrobe a second glance. There are a number of essential items that every guy needs when it comes to looking his best, but if you’re one of the many that are trying to take their cold-weather style to the next level, a great-looking leather biker jacket might be just what you’re looking for.
Last Updated: Dec 2019
This Winter 2020 update features some brand new motorcycle jackets that have hit the market since we originally wrote this article. These new jackets are not only hot and trendy right now, but they serve their purpose as one of every motorcyclist’s important accessories.
With motorcycle jackets, you can actually buy safety for yourself. While it definitely requires some research and time. But buying the best motorcycle jacket should not be much complicated.
Although there are many different styles, colors, and options available, however getting the perfect jacket could become tricky. All your individual needs might not be fulfilled by a single motorcycle jacket. Other than your personal taste, you will have to focus on a certain general criterion.
- Made Made of Premium Milled Cowhide 1.2-1.3mm Thick with Full Sleeve Zip Out Thermal Liner
- Side Lace Detailing for Optimal Fit with Half Belt for Easy Adjustment
- Two Lower Zippered Pockets with the Extra Ticket Book
- Snap Close Storage Pocket
- Classic Biker Throw Back Look
This buying guide is all about motorcycling jacket, so what better product to start with than this one? A true motorcycling jacket is as much about the iconic style as it is about safety, and this one fits the bill perfectly in all aspects. Milwaukee designed this to be the ideal choice for motorcycle enthusiasts of all types, and they hit it out of the park. This is an example of a motorcycle jacket style, as evidenced by the offset zippers and cropped waist.
Look like a rebel
Since this was made in the style of a motorcycle jacket, or “Perfecto”, it already has an iconic look. However, Milwaukee wasn’t content with that and went out of their way to make sure everything about it absolutely screams retro motorcycle culture, and it ends up working out perfectly.
This will fit
Most manufacturers would be content with slapping a size in their coat, referring the customer to their sizing chart, and be done with it. This one is different. So many of the features found here are geared toward making sure this coat fits you exactly the way you’d expect it to.
Cost and Value
For a genuine leather option to be this affordable pretty unheard of, but here it is. While this may not be the highest grade of leather, it is by no means of inferior quality, as it provides all of the durability and protection of a much more expensive version.
Cortech GX Sport Air 3.0
For the next selection on this list, I went with a “Cafe Racer” style. This one, by Viking Cycle, is about as stylish an offering as you’re going to get, which is a nice compliment to all of the racer’s unique design elements. As sleek and minimalist as it appears, that is only skin deep, since the interior is bursting with enough pockets to hold all of your most important belongings. It also has a unique weight balancing system to ensure that you never feel out of sorts.
Armored for your safety
For the most part, you’ll only find armor on the more expensive versions of these coats. Viking Cycle, however, doesn’t mess around, and decided to include it in the elbows and holders, along with a designated space specifically for extra spine protection.
Mesh is best
Viking Cycle didn’t even pretend to use leather for this piece, and it turned out to be a great decision. Instead, they used a durable mesh fabric for the shell, ensuring the comfort and wellbeing of the rider on even the longest rides.
Cost and Value
Because this isn’t a leather coat, or even faux leather for that matter, the makers at Viking Cycle were able to reduce the manufacturing cost, and in turn passed that savings on to the consumer, leaving you with an exceptionally versatile piece of gear.
This is the second of two offerings from Viking Cycle to show up on this list, and this one clearly takes its job very seriously. They’ve pulled no punches when designing this one, and it becomes immediately clear just what it is this product aims to do: protect the rider at all costs. Instead of hiding all of the safety features beneath a pretty shell, they’ve opted to bear all, so to speak. All of the padding and extra stitching is in plain view so you know exactly what you’re getting into.
We’ve established that the fabric itself found on this is breathable, but sometimes, on those really intense rides, that just isn’t enough. To fix this, Viking Cycle included zippered air vents that can be easily accessed to offer even more airflow to cool you down and keep you dry.
String fabrics equal dependable quality
The fabrics used in the construction of this product attain a trifecta of vital features. They are durable enough to hold up to a lot of abuse, they breathe, wicking perspiration away and keeping you comfortable, and they are waterproof, keeping the rain from getting in and dropping the temperature.
Cost and Value
This product is all about safety, and spares no expense to achieve that goal. Fortunately, that expense isn’t passed onto the consumer, so that anyone can ride in style and comfort knowing that their well-being is in good hands.
Another true “motorcycling” coat, this product utilizes tried and true aesthetics to bring riders everywhere a fine product that the can be proud to wear. Its milled leather shell is going to keep you safe and looking good for many years to come without wearing out or fading and this piece is bound to become your go to coat anytime you leave the house.
Fits like a glove
Coats can be pretty hard to fit properly, mainly due to the fact that they have to be at least somewhat rigid to protect the rider. Nomad took care to make sure that as long as you’re using their sizing chart, you should always have a garment that will fit you true to size.
Always looking its best
The rust proof buttons found on this jacket go a long way to helping it keep up its sharp appearance year after year. There’s not much worse than taking meticulous care of the leather, only for the buttons to rust and ruin the appeal.
Cost and Value
Another top quality leather coat shows up on this list with a very reasonable price point. Milled leather is going to cost you a bit less than other grades, but it is a staple in motorcycle clothing thanks to its high level of durability and strength. This helps to guarantee that you get the best possible value for your dollar.
This option is going to act as sort of the crown jewel of this buying guide. Not because it’s super pricey, far from it. This is still a very affordable option that has been made from genuine lambskin leather, giving it unmatched strength and versatility. Done in a bomber style, the look and feel of this will leave a lasting impression for hours after you take it off. That right there is the mark of a true masterpiece.
The lambskin leather is going to appear smooth and kind of stiff when you first put on this product. Give it some time to break in, and you’ll start to notice just how supple and soft it really is.
Total comfort throughout
To go along with and complement the high quality lambskin leather outer shell, this product has a polyester interior that is quilted for optimal comfort while riding. The breathable fabric also keeps the rider uncompromisingly dry, which is a must on those long drives.
Cost and Value
As far as this list is concerned, this is an expensive product. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very costly at all, especially when you factor in all the quality and care that went into putting it together. In terms of value, this is priceless.
For all of the fuss I make about only buying motorcycle coats that are made from genuine leather, there are a few exceptions. In the name of variety, I wanted to include some options that are more affordable for the average rider. This one by Tanming is a good choice; because not only is it cost effective, it has a level of detail and style that you wouldn’t think to see in a lower priced version. It’s also one of the warmer options here, making it great for colder rides.
It`s the little things
All of the details in the stitching that went into making this coat give the impression of a garment that costs much more than it actually does. This gives it a high level of versatility so that you can wear it for more than just riding.
The entire interior of this option is lined with just the right amount of a thick faux fur, making sure that the rider stays warm throughout the day without having to load up with bulky layers of clothing. This includes the hood too, which is a detail often overlooked by other brands.
Cost and Value
For all of the abundant features included, it is made from faux leather, so the price is very manageable. It’s still a solid piece that is going to offer a ton of protection, it just costs a lot less than comparable options made from real leather.
This slick number seems to be an amalgamation of a traditional motorcycle style, again known as perfecto, and more streamlined bomber style. It’s still cropped at the waist and looks very much like a motorcycling coat, but it also features cuffed sleeves and more symmetrical zippers. Overall, this is a very fashionable option that can be easily called into action for a night out on the town, or even used as an everyday piece.
Don’t need the hood? Off it goes
I think having a removable hood is just a handy feature. As useful as they can be, sometimes they just tend to get in the way when you do not actually need them. This way, you can just take it off and store it away until the weather gets rough again.
Covers you up just fine
A lot of biker coats on the market are cropped quite high at the waist, which is expected because that is the traditional design. This one though, sits just a bit lower, providing full coverage and extra warmth to your torso.
Cost and Value
As far as faux leather coats are concerned, this particular one does run a bit in the high side where price is concerned. That price is justified, however, by all of the care and attention that went into making it. The only aspect of this coat that is “cheap” was the use of a synthetic material, and even that is of a high quality.
Top grade cowhide leather. That is the first key step to making a top-of-the-line motorcycling coat. After that, it takes high standards and attention to detail to really make a memorable garment, all of which are in abundance with this jacket. It’s another example of a perfecto style coat done the way it should be, and is certainly worthy of the investment.
Immeasurable peace of mind
All of the work that went into making this has resulted in very functional garment. With safety and performance in mind, you can buy, and then wear, this piece with confidence, never second guessing your decision even a little bit.
Beat it up
The makers at Xelement want you to abuse their product, that’s why they pulled out all of the stops when it came to long-lasting performance. It’s one of those options that just get better the more it put through.
Cost and Value
Of all the genuine leather options found in this buying guide, this offering from Xelement is among the most affordably priced. Blending style with a whole lot of substance, this one stands out from the rest of the pack when it comes to pure value.
In this buying guide, there are a few selections that are made from faux leather, and are included here for the sake of value. Each of them is of superior construction, so they are great options. This one goes even further, making it hard to believe that it isn’t made from the highest quality genuine leather. Take a look at the price, and it becomes more believable, but only reluctantly. That just goes to show how well put together it is.
A vast array of color choices
This doesn’t seem like it should be much of a big deal, but when it comes to biker coats, be it faux leather or real, color isn’t normally considered. All of the choices here are well done, and none of them come off as looking tacky in the slightest.
Attention to detail
All of the little touches that were put on this coat show that the manufacturers care about their products, and weren’t just looking to put out another cookie cutter garment for the masses. From the cross hatching to the stitching, everything was done deliberately and with care.
Cost and Value
It’s hard to find a coat of any style that costs as little as this one, yet here it is. This is a high quality product that costs less than some outdoor sweaters. You get a lot for very little here, and that can be a very rare thing to find.
Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0
The Phoenix 5.0 mesh motorcycle riding jacket by Joe Rocket is available with the FreeAir mesh exclusive feature. This is known as the best mesh motorcycle jacket with great cooling capabilities for the summer season. The mesh and polyester shell combinations are RockTex reinforced at the ribs, elbows, and shoulders for extra protection. Elbows and shoulder areas have armor approved by C.E. An additional removable spine armor pocket for a spine pad is available as an option.
The jacket comes with high density sculpted padding at lower back, kidney, and rib area. Removable zipper secured waterproof liner, pant attachment zipper and snap loop option. Two hand pockets to keep you warm in cold, an extended back and a separate eyeglasses pocket. There is an interior breast pocket and reflective stripes on both sides. The summer jacket has eight separate adjustments. It is available in a range of attractive color options.
Xelement Invasion Mesh Jacket
To finish things off here, I’m going to go with a high end option made in my preferred style. This is a cafe racer style, so it has the requisite aerodynamic design, with very clean lines and understated features. What makes it so appealing is the minimalist approach that was taken while building it. As a result, it clings to the body, providing protection and comfort while still giving full freedom of movement to the wearer.
Be seen when it counts
One of the trademark aesthetic features for cafe racers is the racing stripe that is found on many of them. The manufacturers pout this to good use by making them reflective, which increases that chance that you’ll be noticed at night in the darkest conditions.
There are a lot of people that are convinced that you won’t be able to find a high quality genuine leather coat for less than several hundreds of dollars. While it is a difficult task, it isn’t impossible, and this is one of the better examples of that.
Cost and Value
This product isn’t going to innovate at all when it comes to fancy bells and whistles, and because of this, it comes at a fair price. You’re still getting a very good product; it’s just not going to do anything unnecessary to keep you safe and sound.
The Intake Air 4.0 Mesh summer motorcycle jacket by Tourmaster is made for the hot summer days. It can also be used in all other weather conditions as well. The mesh is a combination of armor link and ballistic polyester 1680 Denier material. This ensures high abrasion resistance and good air flow for quality, safety, and great ventilation. Every day is not sunny, so there are two liners for your comfort.
There is an insulated vest liner and another layer of Aqua-Therm waterproofing liner. Both are attached to each other, you cannot remove just one. In addition, there is CE approved elbow and shoulder armor. Then there is triple-density, an articulated back protector for safety. All impact areas are equipped with the ballistic polyester of 1680 Denier capability. The rest of this jacket has mesh armor-link material.
Alpinestars Viper Textile On-road Jacket
Another great option for you is the Viper textile jacket by Alpinestars. Instead of looking for a summer leather motorcycle jacket, go for polyester or nylon. The sleeves are pre-curved with volume Velcro adjustments. Another thing is the adjustable waist fit with V-ring to make this jacket highly customized. Then there is windproof inner removable vest lining to provide comfort. The outer shell is PU reinforced with 600 Denier durable outer shell poly-fabric.
Mesh on mesh construction with removable waterproof and windproof lining for wet weather conditions. There is a wallet pocket with hook & loop closure. Adjustable and removable elbow and shoulder impact protectors with CE certification. The rear profile is elongated as compared to front and the waist size can be adjusted with D-ring. The jacket has pre-curved sleeves with perforated gussets.
Your investment should be such that you do not regret it later.
First of all, do you actually need a dedicated motorcycle jacket? You might not require one if you already have a one piece suit and feel content with it. A one piece suit provides full-body protection and does not flap while you sail through traffic.
However, separate motorcycle jacket and pants are perfect for people who want flexibility. You will be able to just replace with a casual coat when you reach your destination. A dedicated motorcycle jacket has more pockets and enables you to keep all your belongings safe.
You can choose among leather or textile. Both materials offer great performance and protection but you have to choose the manufacturing quality carefully. To recognize premium quality, you should be experienced.
Another thing to consider is the weather you will be wearing this jacket in. Are looking for the best motorcycle jacket for hot weather? Or you want something to protect you from the cold?
- Leather: Good quality leather will keep you safe in case of injury and also provide good abrasion resistance. Goat leather or calfskin should have 1.4 or 1.2 mm of thickness. Kangaroo leather is another option that is equally effective with a lesser thickness of 1.1 mm.
- Textile: Mostly nylon fabric jackets are made. They have a variety of abrasion resistant options such as Cordura (500 – 2000 denier), Kevlar, Dynatec, and Armacor. These materials ensure water-resistance, cold weather protection, and immense breathability.
- Combination: Manufacturers are increasingly offering a combination of both leather and textile. Jackets made of polyester or nylon provides the best comfort and is preferred by touring bikers, weekend riders, and cruisers.
- Leather jackets are sturdier. They are the first choice of sportier riders who prefer safety during racing or traffic. A combination of both textile and leather would also make a sensible compromising jacket choice.
- A motorcycle jacket means ensuring complete safety and comfort of the rider. Leather does not rip apart easily under stress or strain. So if you are opting for a textile jacket, it would be better if all the sensitive areas are fully protected with a stronger and sturdier material such as Kevlar or leather.
- Another thing to consider is the protection of padded protectors. Such integrated padded protectors are placed typically on chest, back and elbow areas. They provide protection from bruises and wounds during an accident or crash. If the jacket has loose fitting it should have inside padding. And, a tight fitting jacket should have outside protectors as padding.
- If you ride your motorcycle mostly during the night, you should know that visibility is low. A motorcycle is not that detectable in dark, a good motorcycle jacket can be of great help here. You could buy a jacket in bright neon or florescent colors. Another great option is to buy a jacket with reflectors.
- Go for bright colors if you are an avid night time rider. You can select dark colors such as black or brown for daytime riding, but they are not easily detected in traffic. If you are opting for a dark colored jacket, select the one with light reflectors. This would help during the day as well.
- While buying a motorcycle jacket, always consider the age of the model. What year was this jacket made? Is it too old? Buy latest editions as the old jackets are not equipped with the best features. The newer jackets provide better protection and latest innovations.
Are you searching for a jacket that can be worn in some particular weather? Now, with the summer season approaching, you could look for a lightweight summer motorcycle jacket.
- The best motorcycle jacket for hot weather will have great ventilation. A summer jacket has strategically placed vents for proper ventilation to avoid sweating and discomfort.
- One more added feature could be safety from rain. If you do not like getting wet, go for waterproof jackets.
What else to think about…
What other features do you need to pay attention to? The thing that is above all is money. What is your budget? How much can you spend? Keep your budget limitation in mind always.
Cuffs, collars, pockets, sleeves and closures also require your attention. Ensure that the collar and sleeves fit well too. The pockets should have proper closures.
Another major consideration is the fit. Are you comfortable in the jacket? Try it once before buying, if possible. Is full required body movement possible? It should not be excessively tight.
The final choice
With the summer season approaching, you might be looking for the best summer motorcycle jacket. We have compiled a list of the best motorcycle jackets that are mostly loved by the people. You can choose one from these or even two depending on your requirements and choices.
The best motorcycle jacket should have all the features that you are looking for. Buy the jacket where you do not have to compromise on the features or quality. A good motorcycle jacket can be your life saver in difficult situations. It is a great safety accessory that all motorcycle riders should own.
I hope this article assisted you by shedding some light on the jacket specifications that you should always consider. If you find this article helpful in any way, do share it with other motorcycle riders. Safety is paramount!
- 1 Cortech GX Sport Air 3.0
- 2 Viking Cycle Warlock Mesh
- 3 Viking Cycle Asger
- 4 Nomad USA Classic
- 5 The Leather Factory Coat
- 6 Tanming PU Leather Coat
- 7 Idarbi Premium Faux Leather
- 8 Xelement B7100 Classic
- 9 Chouyatou Vintage Stand Collar
- 10 Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0
- 11 Xelement Invasion Mesh Jacket
- 12 Track Motorcycle Armor
- 13 Tourmaster Intake
- 14 Alpinestars Viper Textile On-road Jacket
- 15 Motorcycle Jacket Buyer’s Guide
- 16 What else to think about…
- 17 The final choice
- 18 Conclusion