About Our Selections

When it comes to recommending gear, we consider everything from safety certifications to armor types and placement, quality of materials used, and everything in between. To make it on this list, a jacket has to provide the best protection for its price above all else, with considerations given to ventilation, intended riding style, natural and/or synthetic materials, and the like.

However, there is no "magic formula" that definitively says "This is the only jacket to use." These selections are made with educated opinions, sometimes even on-bike time with the jacket for a review, but the best way to find which jacket works for you is to is to head down to your local gear shop and try a few on. This is especially important because of the sizing of jackets varies wildly, as we noted above.

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Street & Steel Kickstarter Moto Hoody

Looks like a regular zip up hoody, protects like a fully fledged textile jacket

Dainese Energyca Air

A jacket from the Italians that is designed purely for the sport touring market

Firstgear Kathmandu 2.0

One of the best ADV jackets this side of $500, a constant recommendation on many lists out there

Klim Induction

A jacket perfect for casual adventure touring in warmer climates

Alpinestars Andes V3

A true four-season jacket designed for any riding style where the word "touring" appears

Rev'It! Offtrack 2 H2O

For the adventure tourer that plans on conquering every trail they come across, rain or shine

Scorpion Optima

Designed to be the optimal all-weather budget touring jacket without compromising on features

Alpinestars GP Plus R v3 Airflow

Despite being a mouthful to say, a very worthwhile sport jacket if you can stretch the budget a little