Editors’ Choice: Adventure Motorcycle Jackets

Photo By: Eva Rupert

Whether you’re riding through the summer heat or braving freezing temperatures to get your moto miles in, a quality jacket is critical for comfort and safety. From breathable mesh to bombproof GORE-TEX, there’s a motorcycle jacket to suit your ride perfectly. Here are a few of our favorites, plus some climate-controlling liners, to keep you cruising in comfort even in the toughest terrain.

Klim Marrakesh Women’s Jacket

Klim Marrakesh Women's Motorcycle Jacket

The Klim Women’s Marrakesh Jacket is the go-to jacket when the weather warms up. Combining airflow, abrasion-resistance, and full-body stretch, the Marrakesh is made with KARBONITE Micromesh that breathes easily and moves with you on the bike. The 1000D Cordura chassis and D3O Level 1 shoulder, elbow, and back armor deliver the protection you need to stay safe on the road. It fits like a glove and features brushed micro-polyester at the collar and cuffs for comfort. 

MSRP: $399.99

REV’IT Eclipse Men’s Jacket

REVIT Mens Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket

Stylish and functional, the Men’s REV’IT Eclipse is another purpose-built mesh jacket for summer weather riding. The durable 600D polyester and mesh chassis includes Knox CE Level 1 armor at the shoulders and elbows and is compatible with a CE Level 2 SeeSoft back protector (sold separately). With adjustment straps at the waist, arms, and wrists, you can tune the fit to suit you perfectly. At under $200, the Eclipse gets you into a high-quality jacket without breaking the bank, leaving you more gas money for your next adventure.

MSRP: $189.99

Klim Artemis Women’s Jacket

Klim Artemis Womens Motorcycle Jacket

The Artemis is equally suited for everyday riding and once-in-a-lifetime adventures. The Gore-Tex Performance Shell and the D3O armor at the elbows, shoulders, and back help keep you safe. High abrasion areas are made of Superfabric ceramic print overlays and Cordura, while the lighter inner panels reduce bulk. Ultra-durable and highly waterproof, the Artemis keeps you dry in even the most inclement conditions. Perfectly cut with a comfortable fit, it has plenty of pockets to carry your stuff and vents galore to keep you cool.

MSRP: $749.99

Mosko Moto Basilisk Jacket

Mosko Moto Basilisk Motorcycle Jacket

Mosko Moto’s Basilisk Jacket is waterproof, breathable, and built for long-distance off-road adventures. Unlike any of the other products on this list, this enduro/touring jacket is designed to be worn with a separate armor system. It is made of abrasion-resistant eVent Expedition 3-layer fabric paired with SuperFabric in high-wear areas, like the shoulders and elbows. The fit allows freedom of motion, easy layering, and, because you wear your pads separately, you can stash the Basilisk on your bike when temperatures heat up.

MSRP: $599.00

Aether Expedition Men’s Jacket

Aether Mens Expedition Motorcycle Jacket

Versatile enough for any adventure, the Aether Expedition Men’s Jacket is designed for long-haul touring. It is made from a 3-layer abrasion-resistant and breathable Japanese field nylon with double-layered fabric in high impact areas and D3O EVO XT elbow, shoulder, back, and chest pads. The Expedition is a great choice for varied riding conditions, being fully waterproof while also having excellent venting. Stacked with pockets and storage options, this retro-modern jacket is as good looking as it is protective.

MSRP: $750.00

Klim Badlands Pro Men’s Jacket

Klim Mens Badlands Pro Motorcycle Jacket

The Men’s Klim Badlands Pro Jacket is the industry standard for hardcore adventure touring. Gore-Tex Pro laminate in the shell makes the Badlands waterproof yet breathable even in the harshest conditions. Karbonite ripstop panels and Superfabric reinforce key areas of the jacket, keeping it intact when you fall off the bike, and custom D3O Aero Pro armor absorbs impact energy. Pre-curved arms and rider-designed fitment make the jacket comfortable for long journeys and the ten pockets make it easy to carry your essentials.

MSRP: $999.99 

Aether Chase Women’s Jacket

Aether Womens Chase Motorcycle Jacket

Protection meets style in the Aether Chase Women’s Jacket. It features waterproof zip vents and CE level D3O EVO armor at the shoulders, elbows, and back. Made from 3- layered Japanese field nylon that is abrasion- and wind-resistant, the Chase is seam-sealed for waterproofing. It is trimmed with reflective piping that glows bright white when hit by lights at night. With double-entry hand pockets and an internal pocket, the Chase is functional in addition to fitting like it was custom designed just for you.

MSRP: $550.00

READ MORE: Editors’ Choice: Adventure Motorcycle Helmets and Accessories

Climate Control

Whether you’re cruising through the deserts or dodging snowstorms in the mountains, controlling your core temperature is key for keeping your endurance up while riding. Extend your season into the winter months with a heated jacket or chill out in the blazing summer with a cooling vest and keep riding all year round.

Photo: Eva Rupert

BMW Cool Down Vest


The BMW Cool Down Vest is like an evaporative cooler for your torso. Just like swamp coolers in the Southwest, the Cool Down uses the principle of evaporation. Wet the vest, and the Hyperkewl system absorbs the moisture, stores it for up to eight hours, and keeps you cool on hot days. Re-wet the vest to reactivate and keep on riding.

MSRP: $119.00

Mosko Moto Ectotherm Jacket

Mosko Moto Ectotherm Electric Motorcycle Jacket

Mosko’s Ectotherm doubles up as your campfire puffy and cold weather riding electric jacket. The insulated base is 100g body-mapped synthetic PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core Technology. And when you plug it into the bike, the Ectotherm adds a 6-panel, carbon-fiber 3.5Amps/42w heating system powered. There’s no better way to extend your riding season when temperatures drop than to take the edge off cold-weather touring.

MSRP: $299.00

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