When it’s Just You and the Road: The Best Motorcycle Jackets for Every Season

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The best motorcycle jackets for men depend upon the rider and the road.  This article is going to touch on the different types of motorcycles out there and a roundup of our best picks.

Say you’re an avid off-roader, you want an adventure jacket. The best motorcycle jackets for men for off-roaders are jackets that are made for both on and off-road use. Look for jackets that are ventilated, have pockets, are wind and waterproof. Off-road jackets either come with armor or have pockets to place armor within them. Many off-road or adventure motorcycle jackets use technical fabrics because they offer ease of movement, protection and are lighter in weight than leather jackets.

If you believe that motorcycles should be on the road all four seasons, then you’re looking for an all-weather jacket. The best motorcycle jackets for living on the road have thermal linings that can be zipped out when the weather gets warm, and of course, are water and windproof.

If you like to hit the road at the stroke of 5 PM Friday and not return home until Sunday, then the cruiser motorcycle jacket is your road buddy. The best motorcycle jackets for long trips are ones that afford ease of movement, have lots of pockets to hold stuff and are a bit longer in the back.

Motorcycle driver riding in Alpine highway, Nockalmstrasse, Austria, Europe. Licensed from Adobe

If you like sleek, minimalistic tailoring, then opt for the cafe racer motorcycle jacket. It has a round collar with a neck strap, front zipper and two front pockets.

If you like going up and down hills and playing in the mud, then the dirt motorcycle jacket is what you need.

When the weather dips below zero, but you hear the siren call of the road, you’re looking for a motorcycle jacket that can let you enjoy the ride while staying warm; the snow motorcycle jacket is your best bet.

Armored motorcycle jackets have hi-tech fabrics, reinforced sections and armor built into the jacket. They’re a plus for any rider.

Amateur racers know that the sport motorcycle racer jacket will protect them from road rash and other issues when chasing the finish line. If the faster you go, the happier you are, you need a speed motorcycle jacket.

Leather motorcycle jackets may be the epitome of cool, but when riding during warmer months, you need a jacket that will let you breathe. Mesh riding jackets with all their ventilation will keep you cool.

Now that we’re done outlining the best jackets for each and every rider, scroll down to find the best motorcycle jacket that’ll fit your driving and street style.


1. Leatt Moto 5.5 Enduro Jacket


Made for off-roading, but because it has Spandura stretch panels, this motorcycle jacket is also comfortable to wear while commuting. The pre-curved sleeves zip off, which allows you to turn this jacket into a sturdy riding vest. This motorcycle jacket is tailored to be worn with or without body armor. It has an internal hydration pocket with a bladder suspension system that can carry up to three liters of liquid. It has Brush Guard protection over the elbows. It has nine pockets — five of them are water-resistant.  It’s a lightweight, water-resistant shell whose neck collar can be worn with or without a neck brace. There’s a reflective stripe on the back. It comes in other colors too.

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2. Harley-Davidson Men’s Trenton Mesh Riding Jacket


Riding in the heat can create a host of issues for a rider, which is why when it comes to warm weather, we look to the OG of motorcycle gear, Harley Davidson. They’ve created a lightweight mesh jacket that lets in a cool breeze. There are pockets for body armor on the shoulders and elbows. Those elbows and shoulders have reinforced construction too. The jacket also has Scotchlite Reflective Material stripes on the back.

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3. AETHER Mojave Jacket


Aether is a young outdoors brand. We’ve highlighted them in many of our outerwear articles because they combine style and durability. Their motorcycle jacket is as cool as their peacoat. Made with 100% heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant cotton, and lined in a poly mesh, this is a durable, yet light jacket. There are zippered vents on the chest, arms and back that keep you cool and the jacket has removable D3O armor at the elbows, shoulders and back.

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4. Decrum Real Lambskin Motorcycle Jacket


Made from supple lambskin, this cafe racer motorcycle jacket combines fashion and function. It has a round collar with a snap closure. Sleekly tailored, there are zippered chest and side pockets. The waistband has snaps on the side to adjust for the perfect fit. It also comes in dark brown and tan. If you’re a fan of the more streamlined look, this is definitely the jacket for you.

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5. Schott 118 Perfecto Jacket


Schott created the very first motorcycle jacket. This is why whenever there’s a motorcycle roundup, there’s a place for them. Made with heavy protective leather, this motorcycle jacket, many times called the best of the best motorcycle jackets, is a classic any way you look at it. Often imitated, there’s nothing like a Schott. Is it expensive? Yes. But if you’re looking to go with a true classic, it’s worth the price.

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6. Knox Logan Jacket


If you’re going on a long road trip, you’ll need a jacket that will last the miles. Knox’s Logan Jacket is made for settling into the groove. Details include a long cut and a fit that can be adjusted to sit over layers of clothing. The exterior is made with high performance 100% waterproof fabric and the whole thing is lined in breathable cotton.  It has four large outside pockets, and one interior pocket to hold important items.

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7. Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v3 Air Jacket


First thing is first, this is one handsome-looking motorcycle jacket. Made for sport, it’s made with abrasion-resistant 600D fabric and there are extended mesh panels on the sides and arms. The sleeves are pre-curved, and the jacket is lined in mesh. Among its many features, the jacket sports Nucleon Flex Plus CE Level 1 elbow and shoulder protectors, pockets for optional Nucleon KR-Ci chest and back protection, and GP Lite shoulders with dynamic friction shield for enhanced abrasion-resistance. If you’re likely to hit the dirt or the road, this is the jacket you want. For the more extreme riders out there, this jacket truly has your back.

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8. Wilson’s Brent Leather Moto Jacket  


This buttery soft leather moto jacket from Wilson’s Leather can be worn on the bike or not. The jacket has a distressed, worn look with contrasting stitching throughout. This jacket has two chest and two side pockets. While a lot of our motorcycle jackets are made to be worn riding first, and off the bike second, this is one of those jackets that takes the opposite approach. Hell, even if you don’t own a motorcycle, this is an amazing leather jacket.

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9. FXR Adrenaline Jacket


Need to ride in the snow? Meet the motorcycle jacket that works best during the winter months. Made with lovers of icy weather in mind, the motorcycle jacket features an Advance Climate Management Technology (ACMT) System combined with the brand’s F.A.S.T. advanced Flotation Assistant Closed-Cell Foam Insulation System. In other words, wherever you ride (and in whatever weather) you’ll be protected with this thing.

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10. Fox Racing Legion Jacket


When dirt biking, you want a jacket that can keep up with the hills and your energy. This is the Fox Racing Legion motorcycle jacket that can handle foul, cold weather and endurance riding. It has pockets for additional armor and is made with Ripstop Cordura with heavier 850D reinforcement at impact areas. There are mesh panels, and the sleeves zip off. It also comes in black.

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11. BILT Max Speed Leather Jacket


So they call you “speed racer,” eh? Meet your jacket. Made of light, supple leather, it has CE level armor at the shoulders and elbows. The 360 connection zipper allows you to connect it to racing pants if need be. The jacket also features pepper punch perforation and an airflow lining to keep you cool. It also has a removable memory foam back pad in case you take a tumble while maxing out the speedometer.

BILT-Max-Speed-Leather-Jacket Courtesy of Cycle Gear

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