The Best Dirt & Off-Road Jackets for 2021

Entry-Level

Priced below $225, entry-level jackets are for the budget-conscious rider, or for someone looking to get into the sport of motorcycling and need to build a set of starter gear.

See: Entry Level Jackets

Mid-Range

Priced between $226 and $325, mid-range jackets are for the rider that wants the best value-for-money picks and will be riding more than just a few days a month.

See: Mid-Range Jackets

High-End

Priced over $326, high-end jackets are for those that are wanting the best of the best, price no object, or have a very dedicated use such as long-distance touring or adventure riding.

See: High-End Jackets

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Priced under $225

Best Entry Level Dirt & Off-Road Jackets

Thor Terrain Jacket

Thor Terrain Jacket

Price: $149.95

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla

Why?

While the Qualifier DLX has been a favorite of the entry-level market for years, Bell has improved it for 2021 with the addition of a Multi-dimensional Impact Protection System, or MIPS. This safety feature allows for rotational energy from impacts to be displaced away from the neck and head of the rider, decreasing injury rates. When you add a safety feature that originated in MotoGP to an already best-selling entry-level helmet, you have a sure-fire winner of a helmet!

Specs

Specs:

  • YKK zippers, taped seams, and Hipora coating for increased water resistance
  • Lite-prene lined collar for comfort
  • 2-way front zipper adapts to riding position
  • Full mesh liner for breathability
  • Front intake chest vents and rear exhaust vents
  • Hook and loop gaiter cuff, collar, and zipper flap
  • Rear storage pocket
  • Jacket packs easily into a pouch with a belt for storage while riding
  • Zip-off sleeves
  • Reflective trim for increased visibility

Protection & Safety

  • High visibility reflective trim for nighttime safety
  • YKK zippers keep the jacket done up in high wind or rough weather conditions

Alpinestars Venture R Jacket

Alpinestars Venture R Jacket

Price: $219.95

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla Buy this Jacket on Amazon

Why?

The Venture R from Alpinestars is squarely aimed at the enduro and scrambler riders. With removable sleeves, it can adapt to hot weather and is well ventilated, water-resistant, and abrasion-resistant. It is designed to be used with armor worn under or over it and is 100% compatible with the Bionic Neck Support by Alpinestars. For long-duration rides, it also has a built-in hydration pocket on the back of the jacket, compatible with most hydration bladders.

Specs

Specs:

  • Rip-stop Nylon and Polyester fabric construction for excellent abrasion resistance
  • Zippered air intake and exhaust vents are strategically positioned for optimized airflow
  • Main shell with water-resistant treatment for improved weather performance
  • Two fastening front hand cargo pockets
  • One zippered waterproof chest pocket
  • Large back utility pocket offers secure and convenient storage
  • Cuff adjustment closure system for a snug fit
  • Elbow and shoulder PU reinforcement for additional abrasion resistance
  • Stretch panel on forearms to increase flexibility and movement
  • Reflective insert to increase the visibility of the rider
  • Slim collar construction with stretch main fabric and microfiber comfort inner lining
  • BNS loops fastening to seamlessly incorporate neck supports
  • Pre-curved sleeves construction reduces riding fatigue
  • Detachable sleeves allow the jacket to be worn as a vest
  • Inner water hydration compartment
  • Inner pocket compartments for convenient storage
  • Microfiber comfort edge on collar and cuffs

Protection & Safety

  • Nylon and polyester main fiber is at least 500D ripstop rated
  • PU reinforcements on elbows and shoulders for extra abrasion resistance

 


Priced $226 and $325

Best Mid-Range Dirt & Off-Road Jackets

Moose Racing XCR Jacket

 

Moose Racing XCR Jacket

Price: $249.95

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla

Why?

Taking it a step above what one normally finds with off-road jackets, the Moose Racing XCR is designed for long-duration, variable weather off-roading, such as a desert rally or a weekend trail ride and camping trip. Fully waterproof and windproof, it still provides excellent breathability to allow hot air to escape from your torso. It also features highly abrasion-resistant nylon panels on major slide areas. As with most other off-road jackets, the XCR is designed to be paired with armor worn under it.

Specs

Specs:

  • Waterproof, windproof DWR stretch nylon chassis
  • Waterproof seam sealing
  • Rated to 10,000mm waterproofness and 5,000gm breathability
  • Breathable fabric performs in all conditions
  • High denier nylon panels in wear areas
  • The jacket can be packed into a back pocket and worn around the waist with the included webbing belt system
  • Zippered vents for maximum temperature regulation
  • Two underarm zip vents and two back vents
  • Ergonomic stretch shoulder fabric creates a comfortable, no-bind fit
  • Magnetic double front zipper-flap for an ultimate barrier against weather
  • Micro-fiber lined collar is adjustable
  • Adjustable cuffs and bottom hem
  • Full YKK zippers
  • 3M Scotchlite™ retro-reflective graphics
  • Two front hand pockets
  • Oversized back pocket

Protection & Safety

  • High denier abrasion-resistant nylon in important sliding areas
  • Fully waterproof and windproof for when unexpected storms blow in to interrupt your trail ride
  • YKK zippers keep the jacket closed in even the most extreme weather

 Leatt 5.5 Body Protector

Leatt 5.5 Body Protector

Price: $289.99

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla

Why?

A lot of our recommendations so far have been all “designed to be worn over armor.” This, then, is some of the best armor you can get to wear under all those jackets, and it counts as a jacket all on its own as well. Armor covers your front, back, flanks, shoulders, and elbows, all of it CE level II rated. Built on a moisture-wicking liner covered in abrasion-resistant textile, the armor is articulated to allow you the greatest protection with the greatest freedom of movement.

Specs

Specs:

  • LEATT maximized protection
  • Front, back, shoulder, flank, and elbow safety
  • Multi-layer multi-plate articulating design
  • Great fit and very comfortable 3D design
  • Ventilation slots for maximum airflow
  • MoistureCool wicking fabric keeps you cooler
  • BraceOn neck brace fitting system
  • New FlipFit front and rear function allows over and undershirt fitting with a Leatt neck brace
  • LEATT HDPE High-Density Polyethylene hardshell outer protective shield
  • LEATT 3DF foam for impact absorption
  • CE certified for impact protection: CE EN1621-2 level 2 back, CE EN1621-3 level 2 front, CE EN 1621-1 elbow + shoulder

Sizing:

  • SM-MD: Height 63″ – 67.75″
  • LG-XL: Height 67.75” – 72.5″
  • 2XL: Height 72.5″ – 77″

Protection & Safety

  • Fully enclosed torso in full CE level II articulated polyethylene shells over 3DF impact foam
  • Mild abrasion resistance from the textile chassis and wicking inner liner, however, works best with an abrasion-resistant jersey or jacket over top

Priced $326+

Best High-End Dirt & Off-Road Jackets

Knox Urbane Pro II Utility Shirt

Knox Urbane Pro II Utility Shirt

Price: $329.99

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla

Why?

Building on the discontinued Urbane Pro utility shirt, the new Urbane Pro II utility shirt is so new that it’s only available for pre-ordering at the time of this writing. Designed specifically to be worn on local trails and adventure rides, it features a chassis of high-strength nylon mesh, with partial canvas coverage on slide and impact areas, and arrownet mesh for cut resistance. CE level I rated elbow and shoulder armor, with a CE level II rated back protector, protects the rider from impacts. All pockets are Duck Canvas brand, highly abrasion-resistant.

Specs

Specs:

  • Includes Knox Micro-Lock CE approved back, shoulder, and elbow body armor
  • Low profile Shoulder and elbows – EN 1621-2 Level 1
  • Full CE approved Back protector – EN 1621 -2 Level 2
  • A separate removable Micro-Lock chest protector can be added as an optional extra
  • Constructed using High tenacity stretch nylon, combined with tough breathable arrownet mesh selected for abrasion, cut, and tear resistance
  • 5 Duck Canvas pockets, 1 chest, 2 patch pockets on the front, a 1 large back pocket and 1 sleeve stash pocket for even greater functionality
  • 2 handy low profile interior pockets
  • Stretch mesh panels added for flexibility and comfort
  • YKK zips throughout
  • Discreet Knox branding on the chest, front hem, and back
  • A new patch on the sleeve highlights Knox’s heritage and design
  • Improved security belt loop system is highlighted on the inside to secure the shirt to trousers
  • Thumb loops for added security

Protection & Safety

  • CE level I elbow and shoulder armor
  • CE level II back protector
  • High strength nylon mesh combined with arrownet mesh provides full abrasion and cut resistance

 

KLIM Induction Jacket

Klim Induction Jacket

Price: $349.99

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla Buy this Jacket on Amazon

Why?

Despite being around for a couple of years, there isn’t much out there that can beat the KLIM Induction jacket as one of the best off-road & dirt jackets you can buy. KLIM’s proprietary Karbonite mesh provides superior abrasion resistance with high airflow and is supported by 840D abrasion-resistant nylon at the shoulders and elbows. Included D3O CE level I armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back complete the protective shell around you while letting you enjoy the trail ride.

Read our review here: Klim Induction Jacket

Specs

Specs:

  • Heavy abrasion and tear-resistant mil-spec-derived Klim Karbonite nylon mesh
  • Built with Klim Rhino-Stitch construction technology
  • Abrasion zones at elbows, and shoulders 840D hi-tenacity 6.6 nylon for outstanding abrasion resistance and durability
  • UV-resistant treatment on the main mesh material
  • Fleece-lined soft collar
  • Adjustable D3O EVO XT Level 1 armor at elbows, D3O EVO Level 1 shoulder pads, D3O Level 1 back pad
  • Klimatek cooling stretch mesh in elbow and shoulder pad pockets
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective on upper/lower arms and upper back
  • Reflective positioning designed for maximum biomotion perception
  • Articulated fit with a slightly longer body length
  • Stretch material inside elbows
  • 2 quick-adjust forearm straps
  • Breathable moisture-wicking internal mesh comfort liner
  • 1 external upper chest pocket, 2 lower zippered hand pockets, 1 inner chest pockets
  • 1 forearm emergency ID pocket
  • Hypalon zipper pullers
  • YKK zippers throughout

Protection & Safety

  • D3O CE level I shoulder, elbow, and back armor
  • High tensile Karbonite nylon is minimum 500D abrasion resistance
  • 840D nylon at shoulders and elbows for additional abrasion resistance
  • Reflective strips and panels positioned for the best visibility from all angles
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Mini-Buyers Guide

What To Look For In A Off Road Jacket

Off-road and trail jackets are quite often not the primary source of rider protection, unlike almost every other style of riding. Instead, jackets in this segment are more for weather protection, additional abrasion and impact resistance, or to add to and enhance protective garments worn underneath.

Also, don’t forget that off-roading also requires other specialist equipment, such as dedicated helmets, boots, protective pants, and of course, real dirt biker gloves!

Dirt & Off-Road Jacket Sizing Guide

Most, if not all, dirt and off-road level gear has a decently tight fit, as the objective is to keep any armor in the jacket in place. Some jackets, especially enduro jackets, will have a slightly looser fit, to allow for extra layers underneath and to allow the rider to control the bike both while standing and while sitting. Rather than being heavyweight leather jackets, off-road gear tends to be lighter and often features mesh and other breathable materials.

As always, if you can visit a local powersports gear store and try on a few jackets to get an idea of how they fit, first-hand experience is always best. If not, consider ordering one size up from the recommended fit for European branded jackets, as they are generally tighter fitting.

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