The Best Sportbike Motorcycle Jackets for the 2020 Season

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

 

Recommendations by Segment:

Entry-Level

Priced under $300, these jackets prioritize value for money.

See: Entry Level Jackets

MidRange

Priced under $500, midrange jackets offer a great blend of protection and features.

See: Midrange Jackets

High End

$500+, featuring top-notch construction and materials.

See: High-End Jackets

 

A note about our recommendations:

There’s a lot of fake “review sites” online today. We get it. We aren’t one of them. Founded in 2000, the team at wBW has extensively tested more than 2,500 pieces of gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, accessories, and more. We extensively and exhaustively test gear. We do not fluff reviews. Read our review policies.

 


 

Priced under $300

Best Entry-Level Sportbike Motorcycle Jacket

sedici niccolo

Sedici Niccolo

Price: $300

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Niccolo is a very well-received mid-range leather sport jacket. It features 1.0 – 1.1 mm construction throughout, CE level 2 armor in the shoulders and elbows, and plenty of venting for airflow. Like the Alpinestars Core, the Niccolo has a sport fit out of the box (bag?) that feels natural when in your riding position. If you want to up the ante on protection, you can add a back protector for $50 or so as the Niccolo does not come with one from the factory.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.0 – 1.1 mm full-grain cowhide leather
  • CE level 2 armor in the shoulders and elbows
  • Can be paired to matching leather pants with a zipper connection for a seamless, integrated look

In-Depth Review

To get a sense of what the Niccolo collection is all about, we recommend you have a look at this overview video from Cycle Gear.

 

REV'IT Eclipse

REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket

Price: $179

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The name of the game with the REV’IT Eclipse is comfort and lightness. The Eclipse is a lightweight and stylish sport jacket, with CE level 1 armor in the shoulders and elbows. You can add in a CE level 2 back protector (sold separately). This mesh jacket is ideal for hot summer riding, less so for early spring or late fall riding.

REV’IT avoids unnecessary complexity, instead focusing on strong fundamentals. The result is a basic, but not cheap, mesh riding jacket.

Specs

Specs:

  • Polyester 600D mesh outer shell
  • Available in five colors

Overview Video

RevZilla has done an excellent job showcasing the Eclipse jacket. Watch the video here.


 

Priced $300 – $500

Best Midrange Sportbike Riding Jackets

Dainese Super Rider D-Dry

Price: $499

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Three-season rideability matters for most of us. Unless you live along the equator, you’re going to face temperatures that range wildly. Your gear should keep you comfortable and safe. The Dainese Super Rider D-Dry jacket is a great three-season option, with a textile shell that features leather inserts. It’s water resistant and comes equipped with a removable thermal liner. And, of course, it looks badass. What’s not to love?

Specs

Specs:

  • Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 standard
  • Aluminium inserts on the shoulders
  • Removable light thermal liner with breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane
  • Mugello fabric – think of it as space-age stretch material that is oil and water repellant

In-Depth Review

Ride With Rahul has a great review video on this jacket – be sure to give it a watch.

 

oxford route 73

Oxford Route 73

Price: $325

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Route 73 is on this list because of its effortless blend of retro styling and modern features. It is one of the best looking leather sportbike jackets around in our humble opinion. Made with a goat leather outer shell, and fitted with CE armor in the elbows and shoulder, the Route 73 offers its wearer plenty of protection. A removable 100g thermal liner also makes it great to wear for early morning/late night rides, or whenever the barometer dips a bit. It’s a great piece of kit, and we’ve had strong experiences with Oxford as a whole.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.2 – 1.4 mm buffalo leather
  • SAS-TEC CE level 2 elbow and shoulder armor
  • YKK zippers

Video Overview

RevZilla does a great job in this video overview of the Oxford. Check it out.

 


 

Priced $500 and up

Best High-End Sportbike Motorcycle Jackets

Alpinestars Core Leather Sportbike Jacket

Alpinestars Core

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Price: $400

Why?

This jacket offers great protection without sacrificing any of the comforts that riders want on a long ride or even just a fast trip across town. The Core is definitely designed with a sportbike rider in mind as the ergonomic shape conforms to your body in an aggressive crouch position without any binding or bulging in the arms or torso areas.

Kathy reviewed the core in January 2019 and has great things to say about it. Check it out.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Main construction is 1.1mm thick full-grain leather
  • CE level 1 armor in the elbows, shoulders, optional CE level 2 armor in the back
  • Removable thermal liner

Our In-Depth Review

Kathy noted that the core provides excellent comfort and abrasion protection, as well as leading airflow. Given that she lives in Arizona, that part is particularly important to her. Read her full review…

 

dainese avro 4

Dainese Avro 4

Price: $680

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Replacing the Avro D1, the Avro 4 is an aggressive race jacket. Removable aluminum composite shoulder armor, composite armor in the elbows, and premium Tutu cowhide leather. The Avro 4 also has a removable thermal liner, making this race-centric jacket surprisingly functional in cooler riding. This is a serious leather sportbike jacket that offers top-end features and function to its wearer.

Specs

  • Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 standard on elbows
  • Pocket for optional G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately)
  • Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard on shoulders
  • Thermoformed shoulders with interchangeable aluminum plates
  • S1 bielastic fabric
  • Tutu cowhide leather
  • Removable thermal liner that can be used separately
  • Reflective inserts

Video Review

Have a look at the RevZilla overview video for more details.

Criteria & Methodology

How We Determine "The Best"

At wBW, “Best” Actually Means Something

Remember when you could open up a review of something, and when the publication – magazine, car show, whatever – said “best” they stood behind it? Yea, we remember, and we’re bringing it back.

Here’s how we do things:

  • We disclose our affiliate relationships – We make money via advertising and affiliate relationships on our website. It’s how we pay our team and invest in things like sending Jim to Italy. And Japan. And France… wait… why do we always send Jim places?
  • We obsessively hands-on test – We wear and ride with gear before reviewing it, and we update reviews down the line if our opinions change. We look at real-world situations because that’s the world we live in.
  • We’re objective – Good gear is good gear, regardless of who made it.
  • 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 Sportbike Jacket

Sportbike jackets are made for corner-carving, canyon-careening, fast turns, and aggressive riding. They are formed to a riding position that is ideal when leaning over the tank of your machine. They are going to be down on functionality – pockets/storage, etc. – but up on protection and style.

As with any jacket, look For

  • Material – Cowhide. Buffalo. Goatskin. Mesh. Textile. There are a lot of types of leather, each with their own perks and quirks in terms of look and feel, and the same is true for textile fabrics. While leather is generally accepted to have the best abrasion resistance, textile jackets often have more utility and comfort options – pockets, vents, etc. – and cost less.
  • 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. Consider when you’ll be wearing it and make sure it’s prepared to meet the need.
  • Protection – Most jackets come with elbow and shoulder armor, but not all do. Conversely, most jackets will come with a foam back pad but not proper back armor. Make sure the jacket you’re considering packs enough armor to keep you safe.

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