The 10 Best Motorcycle Jackets
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So, let’s start by finding out what you ride and where you ride? Are you a Harley rider or do you ride crotch rockets at high speeds? Maybe you like to take your Hog off road and take it up trails, or maybe you are a long-distance rider who enjoys endless hours on your two wheels of love. No matter what kind of rider you are there is always a bike that matches your needs and a jacket to go with it, so let’s explore what kind of biker you are.
To categorize what you need lets first look at when you ride. Do you ride night or day?
If you ride at night you will want to look for something that is bright colored or at least has a reflective agent attached to the jacket, so that drivers can see you at night. What season to you prefer to ride? This will help you decide if your jacket needs to be light and filled with good air flow, or warm for when it’s cold outside. How fast do you like to ride? I know this is a scary question, but knowing how fast you like to ride will determine how safe your jacket needs to be in case of an accident. What kind of rider are you? Do you only ride at a certain time in certain weather? Do you ride in the rain and snow and whatever else mother nature throws your way? Are you inexperienced and this is your first bike, and all you want to do is not look goofy riding? Once you have answered these questions we can then find that perfect jacket for you.
Now that you know the type of rider that you are you can then look at the different materials. Each year there are new jacket materials in the works. The most common materials are, leather, mesh, polyester, and a mixture of all three. Leather is proven to be one of the toughest materials and can withstand all kinds of climates and damage, it is generally warmer, stylish, and lasts forever. They can be a little more expensive but well worth it. Mesh is the opposite of leather, it is cool, light fabric, flexible, and not the strongest of materials. Mesh is perfect for warm weather riders who don’t experience a lot of rain and like to stay cool without riding with no protection. Polyester is the perfect middle between leather and mesh. It is flexible and breathable like mesh and durable and heavier like leather. Polyester is middle in price and performance. Now that you know what kind of rider you are and what materials fit your riding life style, let’s look at the dimensions to fit the jacket to your body. Keep in mind that different brands have different fit styles. There is European, American, Large, Loose and Racing fit styles that each company makes. Each company will have a size chart to better fit the jacket to your needs.
First you want to look at sleeve length. You don’t want your hands down at your waste and your jacket to look like you put on your tux from prom and have the sleeves half way up your arms. You want them to fit comfortably on your wrists. If you like to wear your watch and bracelets while you ride or have bigger gloves, consider jackets with adjustable wrists to fit your style. Next look at the width of the sleeves, if you are a big body builder with 20 inch arms, it’s going to be a little difficult fitting into little sleeves. Look for sleeves that allow a little mobility. You want the jacket to be snug, not tight. Next you want to look for the length of the torso. Some jackets have the snap loops that allow your jacket to snap right into your belt. If you bend over you probably don’t want to be showing your butt crack to everyone behind you while you ride. The front should go just past the belt or lower depending on how you ride. And lastly you want to look at the neck of the jacket. You want it to be looser than a tie but snugger than a collared shirt.
Now let’s look at what products are recommended by buyers and different prices. If you are looking for something light and comfortable without breaking the bank, sub $200.00 it is suggested that you look into a mesh jacket. They are dependable, look great, will last you through the warm dry seasons and won’t break the bank. If you are a more experienced rider and ride all year, but want to stay under the $400 range, polyester is right for you. It will last you for 8+ years, they are generally made with extra interior liners so you can ride in the warm and the cold, and they are the most adjustable to multiple types of riders. If you picked leather, you picked the toughest, longest lasting, don’t care what it costs, don’t every need another one as long as I live jacket. You invested on a jacket that you can wear every day, look good and be comfortable. This jacket will protect you during almost anything and you won’t ever regret purchasing an authentic leather jacket. These jackets can get up to $2000.00. When you want the best, money isn’t an issue.
There are hundreds of brands of jackets for riders to choose from, but there are a few that stand out. If you are looking for flash, style, bright colored, light jackets, then you would like the brands of Icon, Scorpion, Speed and Strength, and Joe Rocket. If you want dependability and customization then look for Dainese, Alpinestars, or Spidi. If you are looking for the best of the best, high end leather, one of a kind jacket, then look for the brands Belstaff, Schott, Dainese, and Rukka. Good luck and enjoy your new jacket!
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