How To Find The Best Jacket For Your Bike

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So you’ve hit the road for your next motorcycle trip and need to find the right motorcycle jacket. There are many different types to choose from but there are a few that should be considered first. Which one you pick could make or break your riding experience. Below are some tips to help make your decision easy. First, let’s look at leather.

Choose Waterproof Jacket

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What Motorcycle Jacket Should You Choose? Leather years has been the most popular textile motorcycle jacket, worn by motorcycle riders across the globe for hundreds of years. Leather is good for resisting abrasion and for keeping the wind out, but after time or a downpour, the leather will begin leaking water. Rainwater will not penetrate through many of the tougher coats of leather, and some leather jackets are waterproof, but they can’t stop all water from coming in.

For people who ride long distances or in areas that have constant moisture, waterproof leather jackets are probably the best option. They provide the ultimate barrier between you and Mother Nature, keeping her far away. And there are now a variety of jackets that combine this protective armor with functional pockets and vents, giving you the right motorcycle jacket for every situation.

Abrasion Resistance

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But another factor in motorcycle clothing is abrasion resistance. While leather will give you the ultimate abrasion protection, other materials will give you an advantage. You will want a good abrasion-resistant textile motorcycle jacket, one that is flexible, strong, and yet flexible enough to be able to stretch without tearing. This will help keep the elements out of your motorcycle jacket.

So which parts of your motorcycle jackets should you pay special attention to? That’s a good question. In this article, we will go over the top two areas to review before you purchase. We will cover the Comfort Factor and the Ventilation Factor. The review guide follows these criteria to show you the best motorcycle jackets to buy according to their performance.

Let’s first discuss comfort. First, if you are going to spend a significant amount of time wearing a leather jacket, you want it to be very comfortable. The last thing you want is a jacket that is hard and uncomfortable on your body. Motorcycle jackets, just like any other apparel, can have a wide range of quality levels. There is no such thing as a cheap jacket. Quality leather jackets are always worth their cost, so don’t skimp on quality if the price is an issue for you.

Second, let’s talk about ventilation. Ventilation is important in motorcycle jackets because you want air to enter and escape your jacket. Motorcycle jackets with full zipper protection are better than others at providing ventilation. Motorcycle textile jackets are also very well ventilated because they often feature a liner and two or three layers of high-quality cotton duck.

Finally, let’s talk about fitment. One of the most important features of motorcycle jackets designed for biking is fitment. A jacket that is too big or too small will not provide the protection that you need. Jackets with full zipper coverage are usually fitted properly and offer a good fit. Jackets with little or no zipper coverage are often fitted and have loose fitment which results in discomfort and an ill-fitting jacket.


High-quality motorcycle jackets have a padding of some sort in the back armor. It depends on the brand. Some high-end brands like Harley Davidson and BMW offer full back armor while others like Icon are okay. Most motorcycle jackets are constructed from thick textile, leather, or carbon fiber. The back armor protects your head and torso and helps to prevent abrasions in an accident.

The first level of protection that your jacket should offer is the thickness of the liner. The thicker the longer the better protected you are in an accident. The level of protection provided by the inner liner is also very important. Some of the better liners function as outer padding and can even help prevent road rash or chafe on your skin.

In addition to the jacket’s fitment and protection, your motorcycle jacket must also meet the standards of DOT and SNELL safety standards. The fitment of your jacket is often a function of the manufacturer, so make sure that you choose a helmet that fits you well. SNELL recommends that the shoulder armor of a motorcycle jacket must be at least one-quarter of an inch thick. SNELL does not recommend that the entire shoulder be covered, but they do recommend that the inner liner be at least one inch thick. If your helmet does not meet the requirements of either DOT or SNELL, then it is not safe enough to ride.

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