Ten Year-Round Motorcycle Riding Jacket Reviews

Gear Driven

| September/October 2006

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

1. A high performance, all-purpose riding tool, Aerostich’s Darien jacket features 500 Denier Cordura Gore- Tex waterproof outer fabric, removable TF2 foam elbow and shoulder pads, along with a removable fleece liner inside the outer parka. Both liner and shell feature underarm vent zips and plenty of pockets. Available in a variety of colors. Price: $497.00. More info: www.aerostich.com 

2. The Roadgear AirTek Jacket features flow-thru mesh panels that couple with DuPont Cordura Plus to provide maximum comfort with superior puncture- and abrasion-resistance. It has removable armor in shoulder and elbow areas, a removable spine guard, reflective piping, and a full-length windblocker/water-resistant removable liner. Three-year warranty. Available in red/silver or black/silver for men and women. Price: $169.90. More info: www.roadgear.com 

3. The Fox Creek Leathers Vented Racing Jacket is the company’s best selling jacket. Two generous vents front and rear and a tough mesh shell allow maximum airflow. Elbows and shoulders are reinforced with extra leather, and the back is cut long with a padded kidney panel. Two options are available for adjusting the sides — snaps or lacing — and there are two zippered pockets on the front and expansion joints behind the shoulders, along with zippered sleeves and an insulated, removable vest liner. Lifetime guarantee. Price: starting at $369. More info: www.foxcreekleather.com 
4. Joe Rocket’s Sonic 2.0 jacket is made of 1.2mm drum-dyed cowhide and features dual-density body armor in the elbows and shoulders, a removable spine pad with pocket for a spine protector, elastic sleeve adjusters, a removable insulated vest liner, an adjustable waistband, reflective striping and more. Available in perforated or non-perforated black leather. Price: Starting at $299.99. More info: www.joerocket.com 
5. The ladies Fox Creek Leathers Classic Motorcycle Jacket II is cut extra long in the back with a padded kidney panel and has dual front and rear vents for when it’s warm, along with a zip-out liner to complete the climate control package. Side lacing enables you to contour the jacket to your body. Available in men’s sizes also. Lifetime guarantee. Price: starting at $359. More info: www.foxcreekleather.com 
6. Worn by legendary motorcyclists from Steve McQueen to Che Guevara, the Barbour International Jacket is 100 percent waterproof. Extremely comfortable, it’s made of breathable Egyptian waxed cotton with a pure cotton lining and triple-flapped heavy-duty brass zippers and has spacious bellows pockets. Black. Price: $349. More info: www.trophyleathers.com 
7. Fast Company’s Draggin’ Jacket is made of heavy denim with 100-percent Kevlar panels lining the shoulders and sleeves. It features a snap-down collar to prevent flapping, a removable throat closure for chilly night riding, and lots of pockets. The Draggin’ Jacket includes a two button waist adjustment, button cuffs and longer sleeves, and can be upgraded with Draggin’ Armor. Available in blue or black denim. Price: Starting at $149.95. More info: www.dragginjeans.com 
8. The three-quarter length Tour Master Transition Jacket features a 600 Denier Carbolex and Ballistic Polyester shell and a waterproof and breathable Rainguard barrier. Chest, sleeve and rear exit vents and the Pipeline Ventilation system provide flow-through ventilation. The jacket has removable armor at the elbow and shoulders with a Triple Density back protector. It has lots of pockets, a zip-out liner, and a collar anchor snap that eliminates flapping while the collar is open. Available in black, red and silver, and in men and women’s sizes. Price: $149.99 More info: www.helmethouse.com 
9. The patented Air Curtain inside Vanson’s Mark 2 Cobra zips down to let cooling air flow for summer riding or zips up when it’s cool. The Cobra features double leather at the shoulders, elbow/forearm and waistband. Vents in the sleeves zip open for hot weather and close to provide an airtight fit. An adjustable waistband inside the jacket allows you to add clothing without compromising fit, and will accept Vanson Body Armor and the Vanson Streamliner thermal vest. Price: starting at $589.00 More info: www.vansonleathers.com 
10. The Rukka Air Power 3 Jacket features an outer material of knitted cordura AFT (Air Flow Technology). Incredibly breathable, air blasts right through it, and the knitted construction offers unparalleled flexibility. The detachable Gore-Tex inner lining is wind and waterproof. The jacket features Outlast temperature regulation, which allows it to be worn comfortably from cold to hot weather. Rukka’s exclusive “basket weave” armor protects without blocking airflow. Men and women’s sizes. Five-year guarantee. Price: $949. More info: www.trophyleathers.com 


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