Ten Summer Motorcycle Jackets

Gear Driven

| September/October 2009

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    The Cortech GX Air Series 2 jacket has an Armor-Link III mesh shell with a two-stage waterproof and insulated liner.
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    The Tour Master Sonora Air jacket is the only three-quarter-length mesh jacket we know of.
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    The Olympia Bonneville jacket is made of 500-denier Cordura with ballistic mesh panels to offer airflow and excellent abrasion resistance.
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    Z1R’s GP Air jacket has a nylon mesh shell with a perforated nylon lining, but skips the waterproof liner of many of the jackets here.
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    The Joe Rocket UFO 2.0 has a mesh shell with CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, a removable spine pad and waterproof liner, and adjustable straps on the upper and lower arms, plus belts at the waist, for a custom fit.
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    The Vanson Vent Max IV Series jacket is made of 1000-denier Cordura nylon mesh.
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    Icon’s Hooligan Stealth jacket is one of the least flashy pieces the company makes, and we love the black-on-black logos.
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    The REV’IT! Air jacket combines lightweight, abrasion-resistant materials with mesh panels for both safety and summer breathability.
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    The Triumph Raptor Vented #2 jacket has a nylon shell and perforated mesh panels, CE armor in the elbows and shoulders, and a dual-density back protector.
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    The Alpinestars T-Breeze Air-Flo jacket has a 600-denier polyester shell with waterproof heavy mesh panels in the arms, front and back.

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Price and availability confirmed at time of publication. Subject to change, please visit the product website for the latest prices and availability.  

Featuring breathable liners and increased airflow, here are ten summer motorcycle jacket reviews from the editors at Motorcycle Classics:

1. The Cortech GX Air Series 2 motorcycle riding jacket has an Armor-Link III mesh shell with a two-stage waterproof and insulated liner. It features pre-curved and rotated sleeves for a nice riding position, Phoslite reflective piping, adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep, removable CE armor and adjustable waist belts. It’s the most expensive jacket here, but also one of the most useful in changing weather conditions. Price: $299.99. 

2. The Tour Master Sonora Air motorcycle riding jacket is the only three-quarter-length mesh jacket we know of. Made of an Armor-Link mesh material, it features a two-stage waterproof and insulated liner much like the Cortech jacket above. It has Phoslite reflective piping and adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep, removable CE armor and adjustable waist belts. It’s similar to the Cortech, yet wears and looks more touring oriented and delivers the same great comfort in a variety of weather conditions. Price: $199.99.  



3. The Olympia Bonneville motorcycle riding jacket is made of 500-denier Cordura with ballistic mesh panels to offer airflow and excellent abrasion resistance. It features a removable, breathable windproof and waterproof liner, removable CE armor in elbows, shoulders and back, a mesh lining, 3M Scotchlite trim for added visibility, and is adjustable for fit at the elbows and waist. Price: $219.99.  

4. The Z1R GP Air motorcycle riding jacket has a nylon mesh shell with a perforated nylon lining, but skips the waterproof liner of many of the jackets here. It has adjustable straps at the waist and the elbows, removable CE armor in the elbows and shoulders, and though the neck comes up pretty high and can be tight, it is lined with a soft, comfortable material. Price: $129.95. 

Eli Whitney
10/17/2011 2:38:57 PM

The GX-Air jacket is currently going thru a redesign but may be available in stores or on line.The Tour Master Intake jacket is similar, but uses 1680 Ballistic material in place of the leather on the GX-Air.The Intake retails at $199.99.


jeff nach
8/14/2009 3:15:36 PM

Lotsa brand name jackets here but there alre off-market alternatives that are better for less money! Unik does a jacket, style 3417.00 that is a 3 in 1 jacket that I bought a year ago and love love love!







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