Motorcycle Jacket Recommendations

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by JM7, Oct 12, 2021 at 10:47 PM.

  1. JM7

    JM7 New in Town

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    Hello all, I hope I'm not posting this in the wrong area, I was looking for some help finding a high quality motorcycle jacket that I can wear off the bike. I really like Aero but not sure if they are more for fashion ? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I'm new to the forum so again, I apologize if this post does not belong here
     
  2. Mr Peabody

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    how much do you have to spend?
     
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  3. Jules Myers

    Jules Myers One of the Regulars

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    Yeah, you'd attract the sort of answers you want if you post this over in Outerwear. This is just for buying and selling stuff.
     
  4. PGSD

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    Fox Creek, Vanson, Langlitz are the names that come to mind for top quality, functional, motorcycle leathers (note, leathers often dont come with elbow/shoulder/knee pads). Aerostich and Klim for non-leather. There are others, of course but, these are all good quality.
     
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  5. Khilij

    Khilij Familiar Face

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    Vanson sells a number of leather jacket designs that include armor as well, such as the Comet.
     
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  6. JM7

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    I can go up to $1300
     
  7. JM7

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    Ok, thank you so much, so Aero isnt ideal for motorcycle use ? I really like the highwayman
     
  8. JM7

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    Ok thank you
     
  9. jglf

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    Not for protection from impact. It will give you a few more seconds of slide time before wearing through compared to a cheap leather jacket. It’s also pretty boxy with poor mobility which isn’t good for riding.

    Can you give us more info on what your looking for in a jacket? Protection, armor, aesthetic, comfort, etc…

    This is my favorite jacket for riding and strikes a nice balance of the above listed priorities.
    https://uniongaragenyc.com/products/union-garage-v7-jacket
     
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  11. JM7

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    I dont really care for the leather jackets they sell at Cycle Gear or Revzilla. I guess I'm looking for a motorcycle jacket that I'll wear off the bike too. I have a cruiser and I'm 53 so Im not out racing all over , mostly in town. I just bought my first motorcycle and am having a great time cruising all over. Armor is def a plus but I wouldn't want to buy a leather jacket with it because Im guessing it would be really hard to move in it
     
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  12. JM7

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    That jacket looks great, btw.
     
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  14. Peacoat

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    Thanks for the heads up. I have moved it to Outerwear.
     
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  15. Khilij

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    One idea for you is to wear an armored undershirt, such as those made by KNOX, and then you can wear whatever jacket you like. Union Garage and RevZilla sell some good ones. That way you don't have to worry about a jacket including armor.
     
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  16. JM7

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    ok thank you
     
  17. MrProper

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    It must be remembered that the jacket must then be large enough to wear the protector jacket underneath. Presumably, the jacket is then too big for only t-shirt.
    Urban Rider, for example, has the Racing jacket made by Lewis Leather with pockets for thin protectors.
    I think only a risk assessment helps here and then just look to what extent the off-motorcycle wearing is important.
    By the way, I found my Café racer from aero not optimal for motorcycling. A jacket from BMW, on the other hand, quite excellent (incl. thin protectors).
     
  18. TheDonEffect

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    So I'm a proponent of wearing armor while riding, but as mentioned an armored under shirt will take care of that. So really you just need something with slide protection and any bovine goat or horse hide around 3oz will do that.

    Any reputable brand will accomplish this you just gotta figure out the style you want.

    Schott Perfecto (crosszip) and cafe jackets are the main two and then gets crazy from there.

    Imo for functional riding vanson is probably the best value without compromise, unless you want more nuanced, niche aesthetic by choosing more unique leather, in which case aero and others are great.

    Of course I'm going to shout-out Johnson Leather, they make jackets for local law enforcement and can make you pretty much anything you want for your budget if they don't have what you want, and they have good leather options too. If you're local they'll tailor make it for you.
     
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  19. barnabus

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    Have a look at Goldtop jackets. Very traditional styling, but built for riding and with provision for armour.

    https://goldtop.co.uk/collections/jackets

    Edit: I should say don't own one myself, but I've been to their bricks & mortar store and tried on many many options. I ride in a Merlin leather jacket, but it's not something you'd wear off the bike.

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  20. Monitor

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    Another vote for Vanson. They got you covered. You can get two of their highest-end jackets for that kinda money!

    Johnson Leathers is another option, though things can get pricey with 'em.
    I personally wouldn't risk wearing a Langlitz on a bike at that kinda price range as even smallest spill will mess up the jacket. Plus they're obsolete as riding gear when compared to Vanson. It's a cosplay jacket.

    Look into Alpinestars, Rev'It, Dainese, too.
     

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