The Best Leather Motorcycle Jackets for the 2022 Season

We’d Know: We’ve Hands-On Tested 200+ Jackets Since 2000

 

Recommendations by Style:

Sport

Sport jackets prioritize riding ergonomics, protection, and “the look”.

See: Sportbike Jackets

Cruiser / V-Twin

The classic cruiser look, with maximum protection and comfort built-in. Let’s ride.

See: Cruiser Jackets

Adventure/Touring

Comfort and utility is the name of the game when it comes to touring jackets.

See: Touring Jackets

 

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For maximum ergonomics & protection

Best Leather Sportbike Motorcycle Jacket

Alpinestars Missile V2 Ignition Leather Jacket in black/red

 

Alpinestars Missile V2 Ignition Leather Jacket

Price: $649.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Packed full of the latest tech from Alpinestars, the Missle V2 features the newly developed level 2 Nucleon Flex Pro armor. This jacket fits like a second skin and moves beautifully with the rider and is Tech-Air® ready and can accommodate the new Tech-Air® 5 Airbag System.

Performance, protection, and style an excellent offering from Alpinestars.

Specs

Specs:

  •  DFS armor delivers optimal resistance against impacts and abrasion, and offers exceptional friction control.
  • HRSF stretch inserts for optimal abrasion resistance while ensuring enhanced freedom of movement.
  • Dedicated ‘Ignition’ graphic for a striking racing-inspired aesthetic.
  • Sport fit – highly pre-curved body and arms for enhanced performance.
  • Premium bovine leather for superior abrasion resistance.
  • Chest compartments can accommodate the Nucleon chest inserts (available as an accessory upgrade).
  • Back compartment can accommodate the Nucleon back inserts (available as an accessory upgrade).
  • Snap connection system allows integration of the CE-certified Nucleon Race Back protector.

Protection & Safety

  • Protective and comfortable Nucleon Flex Pro armor is highly flexible and breathable and has a thin profile for optimum rider comfort.
  • According to European statutory law, the CE mark is a conformity requirement for the marketing of this product.
  • Fully CE-certified riding garment to CE – Category II prEN17092 standards – AAA class.

Sedici Corsa Perforated Leather Jacket

Sedici Corsa Perforated Leather Jacket

Price: $300

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Corsa Perforated Leather jacket from Sedici brings the combination of street and race track closer together than ever before. On the street, you have 1.1 to 1.3 mm thick race-grade cowhide leather, perforated at high heat zones to allow airflow to keep you cool. For the track, you have removable PU elbow sliders, aramid fiber reinforcement for the elbows and forearms, CE level II armor at the elbow and shoulders, and space for a back protector provided. For both, you have a moisture-wicking mesh liner, tapered wrists to fit inside gauntlet gloves, and all zippers are the highest quality YKK. For $300, you really can’t do much better!

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.1mm-1.3mm race-grade cowhide construction
  • Double and triple safety stitching with an aggressive sport fit
  • Localized perforation at shoulders chest, torso, and back for maximum airflow
  • Aramid reinforcement at forearms and elbows
  • Neoprene and Amara suede inner collar for comfort
  • Pro racing-derived printed logos and graphics keep weight to a minimum and keeps leather flexible
  • CE level 2 certified armor at elbow and shoulders
  • Pocket to add CE back protector (sold separately)
  • Moisture-wicking anti-microbial mesh liner with 3D air mesh panels
  • Vented ergonomic shoulder protector with leather insert
  • Reinforced 4-way stretch inserts at arms and chest
  • 2-piece ergonomic TPU elbow protector with replaceable low friction polyurethane slider
  • Tapered neoprene wrist cuff with auto-locking YKK zipper
  • Elasticated leather stretch panels at the shoulders, upper arms, and elbows to reduce fatigue
  • Short and full connection zipper to attach to leather riding pant to form 2-piece suit
  • Dual adjusters at hips
  • Reflective details
  • YKK zippers used throughout

Protection & SAfety

  • Race grade cowhide is designed to survive slides at speeds over 160 MPH
  • Removable PU pucks on the elbows give you both track day slide protection, and everyday comfort when removed
  • CE Level II armor for elbows and shoulders
  • Aramid (Kevlar) reinforced lining for forearms and elbows, the most likely slide and tumble zones for the upper body on a track

Dainese Racing 3 Perforated Jacket in black

 

 

Dainese Racing 3 Perforated Jacket

Price: $579.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Dianese has made their own perfect mashup of street and track with the Race 3 jacket. Available in multiple versions including a model with an airbag, the Racing 3 jacket here is the Perforated model.

Tough Tutu leather with air intakes and perforated cooling zones (perforated versions only) keeps body climate at best. Microelastic 2.0 stretch zones in dedicated versions for men and women ensure a perfect fit. CE level armor and replaceable aluminum inserts will certainly keep you safe.

Light, flexible and agile to live the freedom of the road.

Specs

Specs:

  • Tutu cowhide leather
  • S1 bielastic fabric
  • Full leather collar
  • Inserts in elasticated fabric
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Microelastic 2.0
  • Waist adjustment
  • Air vents on chest and sides
  • Nanofeel liner with silver ion treatment
  • 2 outer pockets
  • Pocket for double chest protector (sold separately)
  • Pocket for G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately)
  • Reflective inserts
  • Soft inserts

Protection & Safety

  • Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard
  • Co-injected shoulder with replaceable aluminum insert
  • Jacket certified to CE Category II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • Thermoformed shoulder covered with Tutu leather

REV'IT! Quantum 2 Pro Air Jacket in white/red/black

 

 

REV’IT! Quantum 2 Pro Air Jacket

Price: $749.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Loud, proud, and loaded with aggressive MotoGP energy, the Rev’it Quantum 2 Pro Air performs even better than it looks.

Behind the colorful graphics and aggressive design, one of the most striking features is the new PWR|Fuse air mesh technology. This fabric construction provides ample airflow and has been applied to the top panel of the speedhump, going all the way over the shoulder. It’s like you’re wrapped in a blanket of air.

SEEFLEX™ CE-level 2 elbow, shoulder and back protectors easily surpass the new norm without sacrificing wearer comfort.

Specs

Specs:

  • Fit: race fit | tight
  • Adjustability: adjustment strap
  • Ventilation: ventilation panels | partly perforated outer shell
  • Features: comfort cuffs | jeans loop | short and long connection zipper | comfort collar | speed hump | stretch fabric | stretch lips
  • Pockets: inner pockets | slit pocket

Protection & Safety

  • SEEFLEX™ Level 2 CE protection
    Dual compound protective parts at shoulders
    Safety seams
    TPU protection at shoulder
    Prepared for Divided Chest Protector SEESOFT™ CE-level 1 (sold separately)
    Prepared for SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 back protector insert – Type RV (sold separately)
    Type RV / Size 03 fits 46-48
    Type RV / Size 04 fits 50-54
    Type RV / Size 05 fits 56-58
    Visibility: laminated reflection | laminated reflective logo

 


 

Focus: pairing safety and style

Best Cruiser / V-Twin Style Riding Jackets

Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket

Scorpion 1909

Price: $515

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The 1909 is one of the best examples of a classy, modern take on vintage style. The 1909, as you can plainly see, is a good-looking leather jacket that features distressed top grain leather. It pays homage to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909 and helped cement America’s love for auto racing.

The 1909 comes with Sas-Tec CE level 2 armor in the elbows a shoulder and a removable inner-liner that makes the 1909 very comfortable for 3-season riding.

Specs

Specs:

  • Top-grain leather construction
  • Removable EverHeat internal liner
  • Pant zipper/belt loop attachment tab
  • YKK zippers

In-Depth Review

RevZilla did an excellent overview video on the 1909 when the 1909 was released in 2014. Watch it here.

Merlin Gable WP Jacket in Black

 

Merlin Gable WP Jacket

Price: $549

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Merlin refers to the Gable jacket as their “most innovative leather jacket yet!” This claim stems relates to their use of laminated waterproofing on a traditionally-styled leather jacket. The waterproof membrane is laminated directly to the outer shell of the jacket to stop water soaking through, leaving the leather (and the rider) completely dry.

A removable 125g thermal full-sleeved liner is included too for when the temperature really drops.

A five-piece D3O armor set is pre-fitted, and the Gable overall receives the top-level triple-A CE rating.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.3-1.4mm Tape Seamed Single Layer Waterproof Two-Tone Cowhide Leather
  • Fixed Mesh Inner Lining To Aid Breathability
  • Detachable 125g Thermal Full Body Lining
  • YKK® Zippers Used Throughout

Protection & Safety

  • D3O® LP1 Shoulder And Elbow Protectors Pre-Fitted (CE Compliance To EN1621)
  • D3O® Viper Large (CE Compliance To EN1621)
  • CE EN17092 AAA

Roland Sands Clash CE Leather Jacket in Tobacco

 

 

Roland Sands Clash CE Leather Jacket

Price: $750.00

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

I love the way RSD does modern, retro, classy, and badass all in a single garment. I guess that just makes sense when the CEO is a former racer and design whiz.

Made from premium grade cowhide, the details in the Clash jacket are everywhere. Beautiful quilting at the shoulders and lower back, unique coffin stitching area on the elbows and the asymmetrical designed front zipper keeps that unmistakable rocker look.

Don’t let the looks of the Clash fool you, underneath that rocker styling is a true performance riding jacket. All seams have been double, or triple stitched and include innovative, low profile CE level 1 armor by SAS-TEC. The Clash CE looks the part and performs even better.

Specs

Specs:

  • GT Racer premium full grain cowhide leather (1-1.2mm thickness)
  • Detailed rocker style with shorty snap collar and offset zipper
  • Aggressive riding fit with rotated, pre-curved sleeves
  • Dropped back length and relaxed collar opening
  • Quilted shoulder and lower back accents
  • Reinforced riveted elbows
  • Perforated leather interior trims
  • Zip sleeve pocket, side waist adjust, front pockets and interior chest pocket
  • Satin poly lining with custom RSD repeat “numbers” heat embossed branding
  • Soft lined electronics security pocket
  • Stretch mesh cargo stuff pockets

Protection & Safety

  • Includes CE EN 1621:2021-1 certified SAS-TEC flex elbow and shoulder armor
  • Armor ready back protector pocket (back protector sold separately)
  • CE approved to CE EN 17092:2020 as a Class AA garment

First Manufacturing Vendetta Jacket in black

 

 

First Manufacturing Vendetta Jacket

Price: $289.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Is there a better classic casual look than a well worn leather jacket over a hoodie? No – there’s not, and First Manufacturing has that look nailed with the Vandetta jacket.

Lightweight distressed sheepskin makes the perfect shell over the full sleeve, zip-out, insulated thermal liner. The jacket is fully vented with zippered chest vents. Concealed pockets keep phones and wallets safe, and optional CE 1 armor (sold separately) can provide added rider safety.

It just looks totally right – to wear this jacket when you are gripping some mini-apes.

Specs

Specs:

  • Generous American cut
  • Lightweight distressed sheepskin
  • Mandarin collar
  • Removable zip-out hoodie
  • Chest pockets
  • Two chest vents
  • Fully vented
  • Two snap slash pockets
  • Zipper on each sleeve
  • Permanent mesh liner
  • Action back
  • Full sleeve, zip-out, insulated thermal liner
  • Concealed carry pockets with tapered holster for a more stable fit

Protection & Safety

  • Pockets for optional CE 1 armor (sold separately)
  • Lifetime warranty on hardware and zipper

 


 

Focus: utility and comfort, weatherproofing

Best Adventure & Touring Leather Motorcycle Jackets

Joe Rocket GPX Jacket in black and yellow

 

 

Joe Rocket GPX Jacket

Price: $349.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Made from heavy 1.2-1.4mm cowhide the Joe Rocket GPX is a durable and comfortable jacket for the adventure touring rider.

The sport cut styling is well paired with perforated leather panels at the chest and back to help pull air through the jacket keeping you cool. Included back, elbow, and shoulder armor is mirrored on the exterior by hard shoulder sliders. Joe Rocket has many styles of pants that can easily connect via the 8″ zipper to complete the package.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.2 to 1.4mm race grade drum-dyed cowhide
  • Panels of perforation at upper chest and sleeves for improved airflow
  • Variable Flow rear ventilation system
  • 3D liner helps aid breathability
  • Reinforced stretch panels at elbows, back and underarms for improved mobility and fit
  • Zippered cuff closures
  • Soft touch neoprene covered collar and cuffs
  • 8″ jacket to pants connection zipper

Protection & Safety

  • Injection molded TPU exterior shoulder sliders
  • CE approved armor at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable back protector (included)

Helite Leather Airbag Jacket in black

 

 

Helite Leather Airbag Jacket

Price: $1049.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This could be the ultimate leather jacket!

Hiding under the 1.2mm cowhide is the lanyard activated Helite Airbag Vest, plus Knox elbow and shoulder armor and a SAS-TEC CE level 2 back protector. Helite has you completely covered.

Helite claims their airbags offer the biggest protection volume on the market between 17L and 28L, and deploy within 100ms. In case it ever does get deployed, you can repack it and just add a fresh cartridge to be ready to use again.

Safe and stylish, it just may be the ultimate leather riding jacket.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.3mm cow leather
  • FreeAir mesh vents in armpits
  • Wrist fasteners
  • Comfortable open soft collar
  • Removable 100% polyester thermal liner
  • Integrated CO2 cartridge with tether (60cc for MD-2XL, 100cc for 3XL-4XL)

Protection & Safety

  • Airbag fully inflates in less than 0.1 seconds
  • Jacket-style body-worn protective air bag system
  • Removable Sas-Tec Level 2 back protector
  • Knox CE certified shoulder and elbow protectors

roland sands walker

Roland Sands Walker

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Price: $400

Why?

Leather is not an ideal material for adventure/touring riding, but if you’re doing less “adventure” and more “touring,” you’ll find this Roland Sands Design option a good fit. First, it does not come with armor so if you want it you’ll need to add it after the fact (around $100 or so all-in). The fit is more relaxed, making it comfortable for long-term wear and riding. This is a two-season jacket, suitable for spring and fall riding. We picked it because it’s a solid no-frills option with extra length on the back, which helps with riding in “weather.”

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.0 – 1.2 mm buffalo leather
  • Classic riding fit with lower back length

Video Overview

RevZilla has done a good overview video on the Walker. Check it out here (especially if you’re a Chuck Norris fan).

First Manufacturing Street Cruiser Jacket

First Manufacturing Street Cruiser

Price: $289

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This one is a pragmatic choice. The Street Cruiser includes a removable interior liner and hood, both of which add to the Street Cruiser’s 3-season disability factor. It’s also got a more relaxed “American” fit, with more material around the waist, back, and arms. On long rides, you can choose your level of comfort: liner in/hood on, one or both removed, and so on.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.0 mm cowhide leather
  • Chest and back vents
  • YKK zippers

Video Review

RevZilla has another excellent overview video that outlines the Street Cruiser. Check it out.

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  • We’re value-focused – Why pay $500 if something for $250 is just as good? Our review scores and recommendations reflect best value. Brand only goes so far – the gear has to stand on its own.

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Look for in a Leather Jacket

Leather requires more care than a textile material, but its abrasion resistance is top-notch and the small tradeoffs are worth it. However, not every jacket is made equally and there are a few considerations you’ll want to look for when making your pick.

Look For

  • Material – Cowhide. Buffalo. Goatskin. There are a lot of types of leather, each with their own perks and quirks in terms of look and feel. We recommend Cowhide or Buffalo.
  • Grade – Not all leather is created equally. “Genuine leather”, for example, is the lowest form of leather that is allowed to be called leather. Look for top or full-grain leather, which will be a bit softer to the touch but uncompromising in terms of durability and abrasion resistance.
  • Use case – A jacket that you intend to wear in the spring or fall is going to need to be warm, while the inverse is true if you spent your seat time underneath the hot Arizona sun. If you are going to be hot when riding, make sure you have adequate venting.

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