From Testing Abrasion Resistance to Trying To Look Cool, We Get Hands On to Review Motorcycle Jackets In Order to Help You Pick The Right One for Your Riding Style
Every rider is different and every use case is different so when it comes to finding the perfect motorcycle jacket the goal isn’t trying to find the “best”, it is finding the “right” jacket for your needs. The bad news of course is that with all the options, styles, materials and so on available when shopping for jackets, it takes some real effort to find the right one. At webBikeworld we’ve been reviewing motorcycle jackets for over twenty years so we know a thing or two about getting it right. Read our reviews on the best leather, mesh, textile, adventure jackets and much more below.
Our review process for testing motorcycle jackets normally takes four to six weeks. We will wear a jacket on long rides and short rides (about 10 hours of riding). We are looking for ventilation, comfort and quality while riding. Back in our testing facility (our garage) we will inspect the construction, materials and abrasion resistance as well as look at things like zippers, pockets, vents and all the things that matter from a practicality standpoint.
In terms of types of jackets on the market these days there really are tons to choose from. Leather motorcycle jackets are the traditional choice and the sheer number of recent designs, colors and innovation in leather jackets means they are still the go to choice for most riders who are cruising on a bad boy bike.
From a safety perspective, leather jackets are typically thicker and have superior abrasion resistance to textiles. Textile jackets have advantages too, they are available in many more designs, colors and styles due to the versatility of textiles in manufacturing. Textile jackets are also better in terms of staying dry and well ventilated (important if you mainly ride in warm weather climates where a leather jacket can get hot quickly).
In short, you probably need different jackets for different occasions and uses. Unlike helmets we have found that most of our readers do indeed have multiple jackets, which is why researching the right jacket by diving into our reviews make sense. Don’t settle on a “do it all” jacket and instead find the right jacket for the right situation and consider buying more than one.
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Full List of Jacket Brands
Most riders don’t realize just how many motorcycle jacket brands exist. Over the years we have reviewed a lot of jackets and we can barely keep up with the new ones coming onto the market every year. Below, we have listed all the jacket brands we have tested (and some we haven’t). You can simply click on the link to see all the reviews we have conducted for each brand. We hope this makes finding the right jacket for you a little easier.
Some motorcycle riders love reading our in depth reviews while others want to skip the details and get straight to the best. We created our top 10 lists with the goal of helping you quickly find great jackets we highly recommend. These are the best of the best jackets according to the editorial team here at wbw. Remember, every rider and use case is different so don’t take these lists as gospel. If you’re not sure, dive into the detailed reviews to make sure.
Best Overall Motorcycle Jackets
Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets
Best Leather Motorcycle Jackets
Best All-Season Motorcycle Jackets
Best Winter Motorcycle Jackets
Best Sportbike Jackets
Best Adventure Jackets
Best Cruiser Jackets
Best Cafe Racer Jackets
Best Women’s Jackets
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We have reviewed dozens and dozens of jackets over the years at WBW so we know a thing or two about which brands our editors love. We also see the analytics on the site too so we know which brands get the most views and attention from our readers. Between consumer interest, our editor’s opinions and generally who we think is really innovating in the jacket space, here are the most popular brands at the moment.
Alpinestars makes technical, high performance protective gear for Motorcycle, Motocross, and Auto Racing and more recently for action sports like Adventure/Touring, Mountain Biking and Cycling.
It all started in 1963 when a leather craftsman by the name of Sante Mazzarolo began creating the first Alpinestars branded products. At that time a new sport called motocross was establishing itself.
Alpinestars makes a massive range of motorcycle jackets from traditional leather motorcycle jackets to lightweight mesh motorcycle jackets and everything in between. Their lightweight mesh jackets have amazing venting and cooling for riders in warm weather while their leather jackets have that cool traditional look and sturdy build quality. There’s a reason Alpinestars tops our list in a lot of categories and their R&D and constant innovation plus reasonable prices and great quality are hard to beat.
Motorcycle gloves find the right balance between comfort, control and protection. It is one thing to have a glove that protects you but it is another to have a glove that protects you AND makes controlling your motorcycle easy. That’s where Joe Rocket gloves excel.
The other area of excellence for Joe Rocket is affordability and price point. Their jackets are a fraction of what you can pay for the same look and feel elsewhere. While there are a lot of copycat brands out there you can’t say that about Joe Rocket with their signature cool looking jackets. We love their leather classic jackets the most, perfect for the cafe racer in you.
Klim (pronounced “climb”) is a U.S based designer and manufacturer or cool snowmobile and motorcycle clothing using the same.
Klim is an innovator in the space, focused on designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the snowmobile and motorcycle rider. Clearly with a focus on snowmobile you know that their motorcycle jackets are going to outperform other brands when it comes to waterproofing breathability, durability and comfort in cold weather. Klim really makes the best all-weather jackets.
“Dainese uses innovation and new technology to create protective gear and clothing for motorcycle, bike, equestrian and winter sports” according to the Dainese official website.
Started in 1972 the team there makes not only motorcycle boots but all types of other protective gear (back protectors, gloves, airbags and more). A very focused R&D outfit, Dainese was the first to develop a super cool instant-deployment airbag suit and jacket system – it basically blows up like an inflatable balloon to protect you in a crash.
Dainese does the motorcycle jacket basics really well – from top quality materials, textile and leather jacket choices, top notch protection and loads of choices for any riding style. More than anything else though, we think Dainese jackets are really stylish and look awesome. They look and feel like they are designed by fashionistas who just want riders to look cool. Combine the basics and amazing looks and it is hard to look further than Dainese when buying a quality jacket.
Makers of Helmets, Jackets, Gloves, Pants, Footwear the team at Icon is one of the largest street based protective motorcycle apparel brands in the world.
Founded in 2002, ICON exploded onto the scene with unabashed attitude – maybe that’s why we love them so much. They focus on the modern performance rider who rides in the real world of messed up roads. Their core mission is “protecting riders whenever and however we can, knowing that reckoning day is coming for all of us”.
With a broad set of colors, styles, fits, and functionalities, Icon Jackets are among the most popular in the business. The relative upstart (in motorcycle gear years) knows how to create cool looking jackets with solid functionality and a unique quality. We are big fans.
With a focus on innovation and well designed motorcycle clothing, REV’IT knows how to make cool clothing and gear.
We’ve often described REV’IT as a company that “gets it”. Their focus on motorcycle gloves shows they know riders really well. We love for example that most of the gloves are constructed with seasonality in mind, which most riders know make a huge difference.
We love that REVIT makes a wide range of jackets for both men and women. Available at a broad range of price points it is not hard to find a REVIT motorcycle jacket for every riding style, budget and body type out there. REVIT jackets are some of the highest rated by consumers and it is not hard to see why when you consider the amount of R&D and number of years of experience the team at REVIT has. Looking for a motorcycle jacket? Check these guys out.