The world of motorcycle gear can be daunting for new and veteran riders alike, with advances in safety technology and the ever-changing needs of consumers leading to hundreds of different products each specializing in a certain area. Although this gives riders more choice than ever on what gear to go with, you might get lost in a sea of marketing buzzwords and vague statements if you don’t know what you’re looking for. To clear things up a little, we’ve gone ahead and highlighted the four major categories of motorcycling jacket as well as some standout options we have for sale, which will hopefully point you in the right direction when looking for your next riding outfit.
Street- Held Tropic 3.0
Street jackets offer protection and practicality for riding on paved roads, and are a necessary piece of gear for any regular rider. Typically created with slim and fitting designs, these jackets conform to the body to maximize maneuverability and comfort. Constructed with everyday riding in mind, they are often made from durable textile materials that are both lightweight and protective, and will hold up to the regular wear and tear of frequent use. Street jackets also incorporate functional features needed for safe street riding, such as adjustable vents for airflow, multiple pockets for storage, and reflective elements for visibility in low-light conditions. A street jacket is a safe choice for riders who don’t need specialized gear and just want to experience the thrill of the road.
Everyone loves a summer ride, yet thick and heavy gear can quickly turn a pleasant cruise into a sweaty nightmare. The Held Tropic 3.0 stands strong as a breathable, unrestrictive road jacket that still offers uncompromising protection. Its lightweight 600D fabric construction keeps you cool and maneuverable without sacrificing safety, providing ample slide resistance in the event of a crash. Its CE rated shoulder and elbow armor further increases its impact resistance, with the optional addition of a back protector. Riders looking for a breathable, no nonsense street jacket should look no further than the Held Tropic 3.0.
Casual- Alpinestars Chrome Sport Hoodie
Casual motorcycling jackets blend style with functionality, offering a seamless transition between a comfortable, everyday piece of clothing to a road-ready riding garment. This category of gear takes the appearance of a traditional jacket or hoodie, with soft exterior fabric that keeps the item lightweight and comfortable, a necessity for any practical piece of clothing. Underneath lies a durable interior liner equipped with conforming body armor, keeping you protected during an accident. Although compromises in durability must be made to maintain the casual feel, these jackets are a popular choice for city commuters.
On the surface, the Alpinestars Chrome Sport Hoodie presents itself as a typical everyday jacket, but a closer look reveals the well-hidden armor and storage options expected with motorcycle gear. Its soft knitted fabric shell maintains its casual aesthetic, and its interior aramidic reinforcement on the shoulders, elbows, and back adds the protection needed for street riding. The jacket comes standard with CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, with the option to accommodate for back armor too. For added convenience, there is a waterproof interior pocket best suited for phones or small valuables. The Chrome Sport Hoodie is best suited for riders who intend to wear their gear long after getting off their bike, being a lightweight and stylish jacket that also happens to be motorcycle ready.
Adventure- DriRider Vortex Adventure 2
Thrilling journeys demand resilient and functional gear, and adventure jackets fill that gap. During long distance tours and off-road exploration, riders often face conditions not commonly met during everyday street riding. For this reason, their gear needs to be able to adapt to whatever environment they find themselves in. Made from thicker, stronger fabrics, these jackets shield riders from the harshest of weather. They often have modular designs with removable inner liners, exterior accessory attachment points, and quick integration with riding pants. More storage is always appreciated on any trip, which is why extra pockets are often included. Typically being bulkier than traditional motorcycling gear, the added size is needed for their increased functionality and durability.
The DriRider Vortex Adventure 2 jacket has specific functions that long-distance riders would appreciate. Constructed with 900D polyester and 1200D reinforced shoulders and elbows, and featuring CE rated elbow, shoulder, and back armor, your safety is assured. It can quickly cater to any weather condition with its removable waterproof and insulated layers, concealed vents, removable throat coat, and arm and waist adjusters for a customizable fit. For added comfort, the jacket is also equipped with a hydration bladder pocket and handwarmer pockets. The DriRider Vortex Adventure 2 is the perfect piece of gear for any upcoming tours or adventures you’ve got planned.
Leather- Merlin Hixon II
Leather has been a staple material in motorcycle protection for many years, and for good reason. It offers excellent slide resistance and defense during an impact, and happens to be durable and sleek looking too. Leather motorcycle jackets are used everywhere from the track to the street, speaking for their performance and reliability. When sized correctly, these jackets conform to the rider’s body, keeping them maneuverable and agile while remaining safe. Even though they are often priced higher than other alternatives, it is hard to beat their efficiency and distinct aesthetic.
Blending classic styling with modern protection, the Merlin Hixon II leather jacket turns heads even before your bike would. Made from genuine naked cowhide leather and coming equipped with D30 shoulder, elbow, and back armor, your safety is in good hands with this jacket over your shoulders. The material comes with the bonus of being completely waterproof, leaving you dry in the harshest weather. This jacket is both stylish and practical, featuring fixed internal storage and pockets (waterproof of course) with a removable thermal lining for those warmer days. Classic enthusiasts and cruisers riders alike should take note, as this jacket perfectly complements a sharp and sleek looking bike.