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best adventure motorcycle jackets

Entry-Level

Priced under $300.

Scorpion EXO Optima Jacket

Mid-Range

Priced $300 - $500.

Rev’It! Sand 4 H2O

High-End

Priced $500+.

Dainese D-Explorer 2 Jacket

Key Specs

• Lightweight and durable 600D chassis

• Karbonite micromesh on back and in stretch zones

• Karbonite ripstop overlays on shoulders and elbows

• 500D 4-way stretch zones

• Zip-off sleeves (store in rear pocket)

• 3M Scotchlite reflective material

• Bio-motion recognition

• Two large, adjustable wrist vents with dual zippers

• Two bicep vents

• Two sleeve-hole vents

• Two rear exhaust vents

• Hidden stretch-straps allow collar to be pulled open for increased ventilation

• Two chest pockets

•Two hand pockets

• One rear pocket for storing zip-off sleeves

• Two inner chest pockets

• Comfort collar

• D3O compatible back, shoulder and elbow armor pockets (armor sold separately)

Protection & Safety

• Lightweight yet surprisingly durable

• Built for harsh off-road or dual sport conditions with a 600 Denier shell

• Micromesh included on the back and in all stretch zones to maintain maximum breathability

• Karbonite ripstop reinforces the shoulders and elbows

• Features multiple vents, making it ideal for all but the coldest season

•No armor included—you will need to wear your own armored compression/mesh shirt or add armor into the included back, shoulder and elbow pockets

• Reflective panels help with the chances of being seen at night with other road users nearby

Scorpion EXO Optima Jacket

Key Specs

• Fully seam-sealed waterproof and breathable laminate outer fabric

• Double zippered center front to prevent leaks

• Two waterproof zippered Direct Core Ventilation vents on upper torso

• Two rear exhaust vents on lower back

• Hook and loop closure tabs at wrists

• One waterproof Napoleon pocket in upper torso, two internal storage pockets and one internal media pocket

• Removable EverHeat thermal liner included

• Comfortable micro fleece lining at collar

•YKK zippers

• 8” jacket-to-pant zipper as well as belt loop fastener

Protection & Safety

• Exo-Tec CE rated armor

• PE foam backpad

• Ample use of NightViz reflective on torso and arms for increased nighttime visibility

Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Jacket

Key Specs

• Advanced reinforced poly-fabric textile and Drystar waterproof and breathable construction

• Direct Ventilation System (DVS) zippered chest air intakes and back exhaust ports

• Internal impact protection provided by removable CE-certified elbow and shoulder protectors

• Pockets for optional back protection (sold separately)

• Reinforced polymer-printed texture in critical elbow and lower arm areas for abrasion resistance

• Reflective graphic details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions

• Upper chest zippered hand pockets

• Push-tab closures inside the vents hold them open for full airflow

• Front waterproof cargo pockets for convenience and peace-of-mind closure

• Large external utility pocket on lower back plus waterproof internal pockets and insert wallet pocket

• Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction for comfort over long distances

• Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows

• Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure offer adaptable and secure convenience

• Removable long-sleeve thermal liner (100g body/80g sleeves) ensures comfort on hot or cold days

• VELCRO® brand waist adjustment fastener for highly customizable fit

• External zippered pockets for safe peace-of-mind storage

Protection & Safety

• Waterproof Drystar membrane allows for exchange of heat and moisture during the colder 3 seasons

• Highly efficient direct venting creates ideal conditions in the summer heat

• Insulated liner and durable textile chassis make the Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket a true 4 season garment for both adventure and touring riders

• Shoulder and elbow armor is included, but back and chest protection will need to be purchased separately

• Reflective panels help with the chances of being seen at night with other road users nearby

Key Specs

• 500 denier nylon main body material

• 1680 denier nylon abrasion zones

• Exo-Stitch Safety Seams at critical seams with heavy bar tacking at high stress areas

• Heavy duty mesh ventilation areas on chest and entire back panel

• Zip-down wind blocking panels, torso vents and full-length arm vents can be adjusted for optimal air flow

• Two large cargo pockets on lower front, two chest pockets, one large cargo pocket on rear and one internal waterproof pocket in liner

• Adjustment straps at waist, biceps and forearm for perfect fit

• YKK exterior urethane zippers coated with Black Oxide sliders

• VELCRO® brand adjustment tabs at wrists, and YKK Fold Lock zippers for easy on and off

• Removable full sleeve AirGuard waterproof / windproof liner

• Removable full sleeve EverHeat thermal liner

• Compatible with optional Kidney Belt (sold separately)

• Comfortable Neoprene collar

• Accordion stretch panels at elbows for easy range of motion

• 8” #5 YKK zipper and elastic panel for connecting jacket to pants

Protection & Safety

• CE Level 2 certified Sas-Tec armor with molded VELCRO® brand fastener at elbows for adjustability

• Sas-Tec CE Level 2 certified armor at shoulders

• PE Foam back pad in back protector pocket can be upgraded to Level 2 Sas-Tec protector (sold separately)

• Ample use of NightViz reflective on front and rear of torso, arms and elbows for increased nighttime visibility

Rev’It! Sand 4 H2O

Key Specs

Protection Features:

• Outer shell: 3D air mesh | polyester ripstop

• Insulation: detachable thermal liner

• Waterproofing: detachable Hydratex | 3L (5000mm H2O)

• Breathability: detachable Hydratex | 3L (7000g/m2/24hrs)

• Composition: 100% Polyester

• Protection:

​ •Seeflex CE Level 2 protection at shoulders and elbow

•Back Protector (sold separately):

• Seesoft Back Protector – Type RV

•Type RV / Size 04 fits SM-MD

• Type RV / Size 05 fits LG-2XL

• Type RV / Size 06 fits 3XL-4XL

• Liner: 3D mesh

• Visibility: laminated reflection at chest and back, reflective logo at upper arms and pocket flap

Ergonomic Features:

• Fit: tour fit, regular

• Adjustability: adjustable elbow protection | adjustment drawcord | adjustment strap | adjustment tabs | flexisnaps

• Ventilation: ventilation panels

• Features: short and long connection zipper | short connection zipper at detachable waterproof liner | soft edge at collar | two-way Collar Snap Closure System | separate wearable Hydratex® G-liner | prepared for Segur neck brace | prepared for vest connector

• Pockets: internal pocket within thermal liner | slit pocket | inner pockets | waterproof stash pockets | waterproof inner pocket | Waterproof internal pocket at waterproof liner

Protection & Safety

• Seesoft CE level II armor in the shoulders and elbows included

• Back protector pocket in liner

• Polyester ripstop fabric is minimum 500D abrasion resistant

• High viz laminated reflectors on chest and back, and on arms, for 360 night time visibility

Firstgear Kilimanjaro 2.0 Jacket

Key Specs

• SAS-TEC CE Level 2 protection on the shoulders, elbow and back

• Two-way CNTB YKK zipper gauntlet closure with garage

• Removable waterproof liner

• Adjustable collar

• 2 Position magnetic collar closure

• 5 Intake and exhaust zip vents to regulate body temperature

• Adjustable hook-and-loop attachments on waist, forearm and biceps

• Two interior chest pockets and four exterior pockets

• Huge, vertical back panel vents

Protection & Safety

• SAS-TEC CE Level 2 protection all around

• SAS-TEC CE Level 2 protection on the shoulders, elbow and back

• Adjustable pockets allow fine tuning of armor placement

• Reflective patches front and back

Klim Carlsbad Jacket

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex performance shell

• FPL400 main chassis fabric

• 630D Cordora twisted yarn overlays in abrasion zones

• SCOTCHLITE™ C790 carbon black material in bioform

• YKK zippers

• Glove-friendly zipper pulls

• D3O CE Level 2 adjustable shoulder and elbow armor included

• D3O CE Level 2 back protector included

• Klimatek™ cooling mesh liners at armor pockets

• CE AA prEN 17092-3 garment certification

• 2 forearm vents and 2 chest intake vents

• 2 vertical back exhaust vents

• Cargo, Comfort and Support Systems:

• 8 external pockets (1 waterproof chest pocket)

• 6 internal pockets

• Emergency information card pocket

• Backpack compatible

• Forearm quick-adjust straps

• Collar back function

• Bottom hem cinch

• Jacket-to-pant zipper integration system

Protection & Safety

• Maintains Klim’s highest abrasion resistance and durability standards

• Specifically designed for both street and off-road riding

• Carries Klim’s Crash Protection Guarantee

• Main chassis is constructed of FPL400 fabric, with impact zones further reinforced with 500 Denier Karbonite Ripstop

• Can be worn as a standalone jacket or can be zipped directly to the Klim Carlsbad pants, assisting further with abrasion resistance

• A full suite of D3O CE Level 2 impact protection comes standard in the elbows, shoulders and back

• Also includes an advanced venting system, keeping riders cool in even the hottest temperatures

• Reflective panels help with the chances of being seen at night with other road users nearby

• Light weight and mobility help with decreasing rider fatigue

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Laminate technology Guaranteed To Keep You Dry

• SPL 200 3 layer Pro Gore-Tex on main body

• FPL 400 3 layer Pro Gore-Tex

• Custom-engineered variable-density Superfabric on shoulders, elbows and forearm

• Highly abrasion resistant 500D Karbonite ripstop panels in key impact and wear areas

• Pre-curved arm and rider positioning construction

• Action back on shoulders

• 3M Scotchlite reflective material on panels and trim for increased low-light visibility

• VELCRO® brand fastener adjustable wrist closures

• YKK Vislon water resistant zippers

• Adjustable wrist gaiter

• Klim Aero Pro D3O shoulders and elbows

• D3O Viper Pro back protection CE level 2

• Adjustable armor pockets for refined armor placement

• 2 sleeve adjustment straps

• Klimatek cooling stretch mesh in elbow and shoulder pad pockets

• Improved internal moisture-wicking mesh Polygiene odor fighting for long trips

• 6 external pockets: 2 chest, 2 core, 2 hand, 1 SPOT pocket, id/license pocket on left forearm with hidden stash pocket, 1 large dual access storage pocket on exterior back

• 4 internal chest pockets, 1 hidden pocket behind backpad, 2 hidden stash pockets, zippered mesh chest pockets

• Easy access hydration bladder compartment and internal hose route dual routing options (bladder sold separately)

• Integrated jacket-stabilizing, removable and adjustable kidney belt support system

• Collar cinch

• Bottom hem adjustment

• Standardized jacket-to-pant zipper integration system

• Lined comfort collar

• Water resistant pocket

• Custom TPU zipper pullers

• Zipper end sealing system

• Improved venting easier to access while riding

• Collar can hook back to allow for more ventilation improved usability of entire collar tab back feature

• 4 front torso, 2 forearm, 2 bicep intake vents

• 2 back, 2 tricep exhaust vents

Protection & Safety

• Engineered to take all the abuse hardcore adventure touring can dish out

• Gore-Tex Pro laminate in the shell is waterproof yet breathable—an essential feature for this type of riding

• The textile chassis is extremely durable, boasting abrasion and tear resistance.

• Karbonite ripstop panels and Superfabric reinforce key impact areas of the jacket for abrasion resistance

• Can be worn as a standalone jacket or can be zipped directly to any pants with a standard zipper, assisting further with abrasion resistance

• A CE Level 2 D3O Viper back protector offers the highest level of impact protection available

• Custom D3O Aero Pro armor in the elbows and shoulders absorb a large amount of impact energy and offer exceptional protection

• Klim’s Crash Protection Guarantee helps cover your investment and offers repeated crash protection

• Venting helps in the warmer temperatures, but this heavy jacket is a bit much for extreme summer heat. Finally, reflective panels increase your chances of being seen at night with other road users nearby.

Dainese D-Explorer 2 Jacket

Key Specs

• Anti-floating sleeve adjustment

• Elasticated inserts

• Jacket-pants fastening system

• Neck adjustment

• Quick fit zip sleeves adjustments

• Sleeves adjustment

• Waist adjustment

• Wrists adjustment

• Composite CE Level 2 armor on elbows and shoulders

• Pro-Armor CE Level 2 back protector included

• Pocket for double chest protector (Pro-Armor only)

• Other Features:

• Duratex™ fabric

• Mesh fabric

• QuickDry fabric

• TRIXIOR D-TEC Engineered Textile on high impacts areas

• 1 inner pocket

• 2 front outer pockets

• 2 in 1 removable GORE-TEX insulated destination jacket

• prEN 17092 certified motorbike protective jacket

• TRIXIOR reflex threads

• Cargo Pockets

• Air vents on sleeves

• Dainese modular flap system on chest and back

• External fabric with water-resistance treatment

• Liner in breathable and perforated Sanitized® fabric

• Massive Ventilation

Protection & Safety

• Multiple configurations allow ultimate versatility in any terrain and time of year

• Main shell made from rugged and durable Duratex fabric with Trixior D-Tec Engineered Textile reinforcing the high impact areas, which provides both protection in a crash as well as reinforcement against regular wear and tear

• Mesh panels on the chest and back can be exposed for massive air flow, or covered to hold in body heat during colder weather

• The insulated Gore-Tex liner increases the warmth factor, and also doubles as an off-bike jacket/layer

• Waterproof and breathable layer can be removed when not needed to allow for a highly vented and lightweight jacket that can still take a beating

• CE level 2 rated back, elbow and shoulder armor are included

• Also features pockets for Dainese pro-armor in the chest if you want to level-up the already fantastic impact protection suite