Affordable Motorcycle Jackets Buyers Guide

Aerostich Darien Light

Men’s sizes 36-54.

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Here we compiled a list of affordable jackets from these various motorcycle apparel companies. You can afford personally, the price points range from about $100 to more than $400. Each jacket breathed well enough that it did not become clammy and most of these jackets have a lining or liner that the manufacturer claims is both breathable and waterproof. If you already have a jacket for cold weather, you may wish to select one with a mesh lining and body for hot weather. That may well suit your particular needs, but will not likely prove versatile for overall riding.

Alpinestars Lucerne Drystar

Men’s sizes 32-54.


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Each of these jackets is made of a textile fabric, and most have very similar features in keeping with the concept of affordability. For temperature control, most offer a removable liner that zips or snaps into the shell; a full-sleeve liner has the potential to be warmer than a vest liner. You’re going to need a place to stow it, if you remove that liner. Some of these jackets will accommodate your cell phone or iPhone and wallet, earplug, pocket change etc and they are usually multiple, controllable vents in both the front and rear for flow-through ventilation, and often vents on the sleeves.

Cycle Gear Bilt Storm

Men’s sizes S-4XL.

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Protecting the areas most likely to contact the asphalt should you take a tumble, these jackets have “armor” that is composed of high-density pads usually on the elbows and shoulders and sometimes the back. The European Community (CE) issues standards for approved impact-absorbing materials, and those jackets that are said to have met or exceeded these standards are indicated as having CE-approved armor.

Firstgear Jaunt

Men’s S-3XL, Tall L-2XL.

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Gerbing’s eXtreme Element Jacket

Men’s XS-2XL.


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Olympia Moto Sports Switchback Mesh Tech

Men’s S-4XL, women’s XS-3XL.

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Sedici Napoli

Men’s XL-3XL.


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Tour Master Saber Series 3

Men’s S-3XL.


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Vega Mercury Mesh Jacket

Men’s S-4XL, women’s S-XL, 1W and 2W.


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