Pay attention to the jacket’s cut. Some tops are loosely tailored for a more upright riding position, while others are made for a sportbike tuck.
1. Firstgear Mesh Tex
Made with a 250-denier poly-mesh exterior for maximum airflow, this textile jacket features a zip-out liner, CE-approved armor at the shoulders and elbows, a soft-lined, minimalist collar and zippered pockets on the inside and outside. The Mesh Tex is offered in black, silver and Day-Glo, and in men’s and contour-shaped women’s sizing; matching Mesh Tex pants are also available.
Sizes: Men’s S – 4XL and Tall M – 2XL, Women’s XS – 3XL, Price: $179.95
2. Firstgear Kenya
The Kenya textile jacket combines style with utility, featuring a Hypertex waterproof and breathable shell with zippered vents in the underarm, chest and back areas along with a removable insulated liner for ample environmental control. Straps in the waist and upper and lower arms give an ergonomic fit, while the elbows and shoulders are protected with CE-approved armor. Two front cargo pockets are provided, and the Kenya is available in black, silver and loden.
Sizes: S – 3XL, Tall L – 2XL, Price: $279.95
3. FLY CoolPro II textile
With a multi-panel mesh design to keep you cool, the Coolpro II features 600-denier ballistic nylon in high-impact areas along with removable CE-approved armor in the shoulders and elbows. The jacket is anatomically fitted for the riding position, with three-step upper and lower sleeve adjustments, zippered side gussets and Velcro waist straps for a custom fit. The removable liner is lightweight and water-resistant, and five colors are available.
Sizes: S – 3XL, Price: $149.95
4. FLY Butane
The Butane’s 600-denier nylon outer shell has a durable, waterproof/breathable membrane along with two shoulder and two back vents to keep you cool. Fit can be adjusted via full-length zippered side gussets, the three-step upper and lower sleeve volume control and the waist straps. The elbows and shoulders have removable CE-approved armor, while a comfort pad is found in the back. The full-sleeve quilted liner is removable, and the Butane is offered in four colors.
Sizes: S – 4XL, Price: $159.95
Many gear manufacturers now offer tall size options in addition to standard size options. The longer arms and longer cut through the torso could add that small amount of comfort you were once missing.
1. Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0
Intended for warmer weather, the new Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 jacket features a combination of FreeAir mesh and 1.2mm leather along with CE-approved internal armor at the shoulders and elbows. A full-sleeve windproof liner ensures comfort in cooler weather, while a 6-Point SureFit adjustment system provides proper fit at the forearms, sleeves, and waist. Available in black, gunmetal, red, and blue.
Sizes: S – 3XL, Price: $239.99 – $254.99.
2. Joe Rocket Comet
A hybrid textile/leather jacket, the Comet from Joe Rocket utilizes a Rock-Tex 600 textile outer shell with 1.2mm leather on the shoulders, elbows, and forearms. CE-approved internal armor in shoulders and elbows provides more protection, with adjustable vents in the biceps, torso, and back for summer weather and a removable insulated full sleeve liner for colder climes. Available in black and red/black
Sizes: S – 2XL (black 3XL), Price: $199.99
3. Icon Overlord Prime Hero
Manufactured from 1.2 – 1.4mm leather, Icon’s Overlord Prime Hero jacket sports CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor plus external injected plastic plates on shoulders, elbows and back. Stretch panels allow flexibility, while perforated leather in the upper arms and sides of the torso provide ventilation on hotter days; colder climes are handled by a removable insulated wind resistant vest.
Sizes: XS – 4XL, in black, white/black/red, or white/black/red; Price: $495
4. Icon Prime Jacket Stealth
For a less flashy appearance than the Overlord Hero but with the same basic construction, look no further than the Prime Jacket Stealth. The Stealth has the same CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, external injected plastic plates on the shoulders, elbows, and back, stretch panels and removable insulated liner, plus perforated leather in the chest. The Prime Jacket is also available in other color combos besides the all-black Stealth.
Sizes: XS – 4XL, Price: $460 – $525