The classic leather bike jacket has made a massive resurgence in recent years. Here are five of our picks, which will all look just as good in 2070 as they do today.
The leather bike jacket has become a symbol of motorcycling. These jackets combine timeless looks and design with modern standards of protection.
Customers have been very impressed with the quality feel of this jacket, which is constructed from buffalo leather. The jacket features D3O armour at the elbows, shoulders, and back, but customers noted this doesn’t make the jacket bulky, with several happy to wear the jacket casually off the bike. The majority of reviewers were happy with the fit of the jacket, although one taller reviewer found the jacket a little short.
This highly rated jacket is made from milled wavy leather, which many customers found to be incredibly soft and supple immediately, despite the thickness. The jacket comes with armour at the shoulders, elbows, and back, which one customer found unobtrusive both on and off the bike. While most customers have been happy with the fit of the jacket, a couple of them had to order a larger size for a better fit.
Achieving an average of 4.8 stars from the first 27 reviews, Sportsbikeshop customers are impressed with the classic, elegant styling of Merlin’s Alton leather jacket. As it’s quite slim fitting, reviewers say sizing up one from your usual size is recommended. The jacket receives praise for the high quality soft leather outer and for how lightweight the armour is, with customers saying it’s a comfortable jacket to wear.
Sportsbikeshop customers love the Hydra. From the first 47 reviews, it scored an impressive average of 4.8 stars, although some customers recommend going up a size from your usual. As well as a removable waterproof liner, which is unusual for a leather jacket, there’s a removable thermal lining and a full set of CE-approved armour. The short and long connection zips allow the attachment of matching Hydra jeans.
Sportsbikeshop customers have awarded the Oxford Walton jacket 4.83 stars from the first six reviews, heaping particular praise on the build quality of the jacket. Reviewers have noted that the jacket is fairly versatile, and can be used across three seasons - probably not including winter! One customer, although happy with the jacket overall, notes that the arms are a little on the longer side.