5 Best Adventure Motorcycle Jackets

Best Adventure Motorcycle Jackets

Adventure motorcycle touring requires your gear to be versatile enough to handle a wide variety of environments.

The best adventure motorcycle jackets are designed to handle dry and wet weather riding, hot and cold temperatures, and give you protection from the elements both on and off the road.

They should also be comfortable, armored, have plenty of pocket storage, and should easily transition between the different types of terrain.

Adventure motorcycle jackets typically come in two types: ‘All-in-one’ or ‘Bring-your-own layers’:

The ‘All-in-one’ jacket usually comes with a thermal inner liner that is removable and a waterproof outer shell. They are designed to handle several seasons by modulating the one jacket to handle the varying conditions throughout the year.

The ‘Bring-your-own layers’ option gives you an armored shell with waterproof protection and vents for warm weather, but no additional layers for dealing with the cold. The idea is that you invest in your own base or mid-layers depending on the conditions you are riding in.

The outer shell of both options is highly abrasion-resistant and impact armor is normally included.

Quick Summary

Here’s a quick look at 5 of the best adventure motorcycle jackets reviewed here:

  1. Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket – Top Pick
  2. Klim Dakar Jacket – Best Entry Level  
  3. Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket V2 – Best Bang for Buck
  4. Klim Carlsbad Off-Road Motorcycle Jacket
  5. Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket

Prices range from $230 up to $580 so I have focused on the lower to mid range multi-season jackets, all excellent jackets in their own right, depending on what your needs are.

How To Choose An Adventure Motorcycle Jacket

Top 5 Features To Look For :

1. Waterproofing: A waterproof jacket is a must for adventure riding, and street riding for that matter. No matter where you ride, sooner or later you’re going to get wet.

2. Ventilation: Adventure and Dual Sport riders are looking for a jacket outer layer that is both breathable and waterproof. The two are almost a contradiction in terms, but both are required. Waterproof zippered vents to help increase airflow when things heat up is a must. The more the better. A removable inner liner is a bonus, although they tend to restrict the ventilation to some extent.

3. Protection: If you’ve ever come off your bike on the road, you know that impact and abrasion resistance is vital in an adventure riding jacket. Not so critical on the dirt – speeds are slower, and dirt is softer than tarmac but still important. A jacket with CE certified body armor inside for protection is something to look for.

4. Versatility: An adventure riding jacket must be adjustable and customizable, depending on the environment you are encountering that day. Look for removable liners, adjustable waist, collar, wrist, and compression straps to prevent flapping in high wind.

5. Storage: A good adventure jacket should have plenty of secure pockets to stash your valuables without having to worry about losing them. You may be traveling for a few days or more, so plenty of waterproof pockets is vital. They need to be easy access, waterproof, and extra handwarmer pockets are a bonus when you’re off the bike.

Here are my 5 top choices for the best adventure motorcycle jackets available today, compiled from my 30 plus years experience of Dual Sport, Enduro and most recently Adventure riding.

1. Firstgear Katmandu Jacket

Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket

The Firstgear Kathmandu is a four-season jacket that has everything you could want in an adventure or dual sport jacket while still being at an affordable price. It has an extraordinary array of vents, is fully waterproof and breathable.

The shell is constructed from ‘Hypertex’ waterproof and breathable 420 Denier rip-stop nylon and 300 Denier high-density nylon.

It features a removable insulated liner with controlled venting in the chest, armpit and back for extra warmth in colder temperatures.

Even with the inner liner removed, the outer shell is going to give you a waterproof jacket due to the ‘Hypertex’ waterproof lining on the inside.

In wet weather, the under helmet rain hood can be removed from the collar and worn to prevent rain from running down the back of your neck. The double storm flap over the main zipper at the front keep the driving rain out.

There are plenty of waterproof pockets, four at the front and a massive 14″ rear dry pouch with a waterproof zipper and flap for storing your inner liner.

D30 armor at the shoulders and elbows is CE rated and state of the art, and there is an EVA dense foam back pad.

A great feature I especially like is the 1.5-liter hydration bladder with a removable backpack which is included. Saves you buying one if you don’t already have one.

Ventilation is great on this jacket with two 8″ vertical chest intake vents with waterproof zippers, two 9″ armpit intake vents and two 9″ vertical rear exhaust vents on the back.

There is plenty of adjustment to allow a customized fit with the bicep and forearm compression straps, stretch panel at the inner elbow and velcro closure at the wrist so you can cinch it down really well.

The waist also has velcro adjustment, and there’s even a sliding snap closure on the collar to adjust a comfortable fit around your neck.

Plenty of reflective panels make sure you are seen by other vehicles at nighttime.

The Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket has been a very popular choice for a number of years, and for very good reason. It has enough features to satisfy even the most serious rider.

Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket back

Features:

EXTERIOR

  • ‘Hypertex’ waterproof and breathable outer shell constructed of 420 Denier rip-stop nylon and 300 Denier high-density nylon
  • 1.5-liter hydration bladder in a removable backpack with front left and right restraining loops for the bladder tube
  • Double storm flap front with snap and hook/loop closure that covers a #8 YKK Vislon two-way main zipper to keep the elements out

SAFETY

  • Fully adjustable D30 T5 CE Armor in the shoulders and elbows which delivers the same protection as standard CE foam armor, but is thinner and more flexible
  • EVA dense foam back pad included

CARGO

  • Large rear dry-pocket with 14″ mouth to stow insulated liner or other personal items. It is sealed with a waterproof zipper and flap with spring snaps and hook/loop closure to keep it safe from the elements
  • Dry pockets to keep your small items dry – four at the front with flaps, protected by #5 YKK rubberized zippers on the chest pockets, and envelope closures on the bottom pockets

VENTILATION

  • Maximum airflow is achieved with two 8′ vertical chest intake vents and two 9″ armpit intake vents
  • Two 9″ vertical rear exhaust vents

FIT/COMFORT

  • Adjustable waist belt with hook and loop closure
  • Collar closure utilizes a slider snap that allows up to 1-1/2″ adjustment for a personal fit
  • Integrated into the collar is an under-helmet rain hood which keeps water from running down your neck
  • Breathable and waterproof stretch material to the elbow and underarm for increased flexibility
  • Compression straps on the bicep and forearm to adjust to fit your arm
  • The adjustable cuff uses hook and loop closure for a custom fit

OTHER FEATURES

  • Removable fully insulated thermal liner with wind blocking adjustable neoprene cuffs to keep out the cold
  • Interior pocketing in all Firstgear jackets are in the same location, whether the liner is in or out. On the left side chest high is a mobile device pocket with a flap closure using hook and loop to secure. On the right side is a cargo pocket that is 12″ wide and 8″ tall for your larger items
  • Jacket-to-pant 10″ full zipper which fits easily through liner portal and attaches to overpants
  • Reflective taping front and back to increase your visibility at night
  • 5-year manufacturers warranty

Sizes: Small, Small Regular, Medium Regular, Large, Large Tall, X Large, X Large Tall, XX Large Tall

Pros:

  • Removable inner thermal liner
  • CE certified armor
  • Hydration pack included
  • Excellent ventilation and adjustability

Cons:

  • Back protector is only a dense foam and not CE certified

Firstgear Kathmandu pants are available to match your jacket. Refer to my post: 5 Best Adventure Motorcycle Pants

Firstgear Kathmandu pants

Features:

  • ‘Hypertex’ waterproof and breathable outer shell constructed of 420 Denier rip-stop nylon and 300 Denier high-density nylon
  • Overpant is sized to fit over your clothes; simply buy the size you normally wear
  • Fully adjustable D39 T5 CE armor in the hips and knees
  • Back of waist yoke, crotch, inner thigh and knee back features a waterproof and breathable stretch fabric that adds flexibility and reduces binding
  • Chamude suede knee patches minimize tank scratches

Sizes: 32, 34 Tall, 38, 40, 42 Tall

2. Klim Dakar Jacket

Klim Dakar Jacket

The Klim Dakar Jacket is a lightweight multi-season jacket designed for the harshest off-road conditions. It has been a popular jacket for dual sport riders and adventure riders for several years.

Klim has gone back to the drawing board and fully redesigned it for 2019.

Most of the fabrics weren’t even available when the first version came out. Karbonite Micromesh stretch woven nylon makes up large parts of the shell, which makes for excellent mobility and air permeability.

Karbonite Micromesh allows more airflow than solid woven fabrics but less than fully open mesh, which makes it great for warm weather. The Ripstop overlays for durability in hard wearing areas are still there.

The zip-off sleeves and tail pouch storage is also there for when temperatures get up.

Ventilation has been improved in the upper and lower sleeves. When combined with the Micromesh panels you now have more options between fully closed sleeves and the sleeveless vest.

The whole jacket is significantly lighter than the previous version, which is great for off-road mobility, without compromising protection.

The armor pocket system for optional D30 armor has also been upgraded. The pockets now hold the armor in the shoulders as well, and they remain with the sleeves when you remove them.

This now gives you the option for a fully D30 armored non-Goretex jacket if you choose. However, the jacket is still designed to fit over an off-road pressure suit and the armor pockets remain low profile when not in use.

The 3M Scotchlite Reflective material has been upgraded to Scotchlite C790 Carbon Black Reflective material which offers a black low-profile appearance until illuminated. It provides reflectivity when needed, but maintains a clean look until then.

The Klim Dakar is an affordable entry level jacket that has the versatility and quality of a lot of the top end jackets, without the top end price tag.

Klim Dakar Jacket backFeatures:

EXTERIOR

  • Highly Durable Lightweight 600 Denier Chassis
  • Karbonite Micromesh Back And In Stretch Zones
  • Karbonite Ripstop Overlays On Shoulders/Elbows
  • 500D 4-way stretch zones
  • Zip-Off Sleeves Store In Back Pocket
  • 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material Shell/Construction

ARMOR

  • D30 compatible (not included)
  • Includes Back, Shoulder and Elbow Pad Pockets
  • Shoulder armor pockets are functional even with zip off sleeves (No shoulder armor while sleeves are removed)

CARGO

  • 2 Chest pockets
  • 2 Hand pockets
  • 1 rear pocket for storing sleeves
  • 2 Chest liner pockets

VENTILATION

  • 2 Large adjustable wrist vents with zippers
  • 2 Bicep vents
  • 2 sleeve hole vents
  • 2 back vents
  • Collar tab back

FIT/COMFORT

  • Improved athleticized overall fit and comfort
  • Comfort collar
  • Fit compatible with D30 L1/L2 armor od Klim Tactical shirt (optional)

OTHER FEATURES

  • 3M Scotchlite C790 Carbon Black Reflective material
  • Bio-motion recognition
  • 3 season off-road/dual sport ready

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large.  Refer to the chart below or go to Klim Sizing Chart

Pros:

  • Good price
  • Durable construction with zip-off sleeves
  • Plenty of pockets and ventilation

Cons:

  • Armor not included. Available as optional extra

Klim Dakar pants are available to match your jacket. Refer to my post: 5 Best Adventure Motorcycle PantsKlim Dakar pants

Features:

  • 840D Cordura integrated into knees and seat
  • Genuine leather on inner knees which add grip and protection
  • New breathable stretch woven panels at the back waist, above the knees, back of legs and in the crotch
  • New printed fabrics on abrasion-resistant high tenacity 600D Cordura
  • Karbonite Ripstop Cordura nylon on cuffs, with Velcro adjustment
  • Adjustable zippered thigh vents for airflow
  • DWR treatment for water resistance
  • Billowed cargo pockets on thighs
  • Silicone waistband to keep pants up and jersey tucked in
  • Side waist adjustments
  • D30 compatible armor pockets in the hips and knees
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective material on the back of the leg
  • Moisture-wicking breathable liner with stretch zones
  • Vented TPU accents on the knees
  • Embroidered Logos

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 30, 32, 32 Tall, 34, 34 Tall, 36, 38, 38 Tall, 40, 40 Tall. Refer to the chart below or go to Klim Sizing Chart

3. Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket V2

Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket

The Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket V2 is a 3/4 length waterproof multi-season jacket that features a removable Thermolite warmth liner.

Pilot is a reputable motorcycle equipment brand known for its high quality and durable designs. Pilot has taken an already excellent jacket and updated it without spoiling what was already present, added just $15 to the price of the original.

It features a level of craftsmanship and quality materials that you would be lucky to find in a jacket twice the price.

The biggest change in the Trans.Urban V2 is the addition of CE rated Core Force Active armor in the shoulders and elbows. This armor remains flexible and forgiving when worn, but stiffens, absorbs and disperses forces on impact.

While the back pad is not CE approved, it can be upgraded if you choose, and there’s even a removable CORE chest protector that can be purchased separately if you are seeking even more protection.

The shell is made from what Pilot refers to as ‘Pilotex NPF’ which is a relatively thick weave of nylon/poly fabric. Most of the outer shell is made from a 600 Denier weight, with the impact areas getting an additional overlay of a 1680 Denier material for additional abrasion resistance.

This adventure Touring jacket has ample storage pockets, all of which are marked with Pilot’s exclusive ‘RedTab’ visibility system. The ‘RedTab’ system is a convenience feature that makes it easy to find openings and connection points inside the jacket.

All of the snaps on the outside of the jacket are covered with a soft coating to prevent scratching the paint on your bike.

The widely adjustable sleeve cuffs have large pull tabs terminating on the top of the wrists. A nice feature is the ‘at hand’ pocket on the left forearm for placing small items like ID/credit cards etc.

Venting is always a challenge on a jacket which uses a waterproof mid-liner. The REISSA liner is breathable, but like most waterproof liners, it can only let so much air through. There are large vents in the sleeves that start near the neck and run down to mid-bicep. Between the shoulder blades is a large horizontal exhaust vent.

The cargo pockets provided are more than adequate, both exterior and interior. The two chest pockets have vertical access openings. Vertical zipper openings make it much easier to access the pocket than top loading pockets, which force you to put your arm in an awkward position. Side-loading pockets are easy to access by using either hand.

Pilot has duplicated the three lining-based pockets in the thermal liner so whether you are using the liner or not, the pockets are still in the same place.

Sizing seems to be more accurate than the first version and the Trans.Urban gives you a wide range of adjustment to accommodate any differences in sizes.

Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket back

Features:

EXTERIOR

  • Constructed of Pilotex fabric including 600D NPF, 1680D ballistic NPF overlay panels at the shoulders and elbows and two-way stretch 1000D FlexDura on the inner elbow for ease of movement with triple and double stitched seams for increased strength
  • Overlay panels on shoulders and elbows have no center seam for increased strength and abrasion resistance

SAFETY

  • Removable CE approved Core Force Active armor technology in the elbows and shoulders that flexes and conforms to your body for comfort but hardens and disperses force upon impact
  • Back pad can be replaced with upgraded Pilot Core CE level 2 micro-cellular polyurethane back pad (sold separately)

CARGO

  • Long vertical zippered chest map pockets with key clip
  • Lower snap-down envelope pockets and hand warmer pockets
  • ‘At-Hand’ zippered left wrist pocket for quick access to small items like garage door opener, credit cards, ID, etc.
  • Lower back zippered storage pass-through pocket can store warmth liner when not in use
  • Internal zippered chest pocket with Velcro hook-and-loop cell phone and drop pockets on both zip-out liner and jacket shell
  • Cable assist loop near the collar to hold cable for MP# players, phones, etc.
  • Cable pass-through in the lower left pocket allows for heated clothing controls or other devices to be at hand while riding

VENTILATION

  • Waterproof zippered air intake and exhaust vents on the upper chest, arms, and back for total airflow

FIT/COMFORT

  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable REISSA membrane allows moisture out, not in
  • Heavy-gauge two-way main zipper with three-layer wind/rain flap for total protection from the elements
  • Zip-out sleeve length Thermolite warmth liner
  • Rolled neoprene collar and cuffs with microfiber lining
  • Hidden snap-down collar keeper allows air in while preventing collar flapping
  • Adjustable snap-down sleeve straps for the perfect fit, with or without warmth liner
  • Adjustable Velcro hook-and-loop waist straps with elastic pulls to dial-in your fit

OTHER FEATURES

  • RedTab visibility system allows pockets and attachment points to be easily seen in low light conditions
  • 3M Scotchlite stripes on chest, arms, and back for 360-degree visibility
  • Elastic thumb loops to keep sleeves in place when using cold weather gloves
  • Rubber head Pilot snaps which will not scratch your bike
  • Available Pilot Core chest protector (sold separately) attaches in jacket, is easily adjustable and secures in place
  • 8″ double-sided attachment zipper included allows for attachment to any pair of pants
  • Two-year warranty

What’s new for the V2 over the outgoing model?

  • All new CE approved Core Force Active armor technology which is made of polyurethane foam and is soft and flexible and conforms to your body for comfort but hardens and disperses force upon impact
  • Newer low sheen Pilotex 600D NPF material is used
  • Neck height has been lowered 1cm for a more comfortable fit
  • All new Pilot TRIAD logos used on upper arms, inner woven label and snap heads
  • Zipper pulls added to the main zipper, upper chest pockets, and air intakes
  • Neck flap uses new micro male Velcro hook-and-loop
  • Removed lightweight material on wind flap and replaced with stronger 600D
  • Larger cell phone pocket to accept new size phones on the market
  • TPU pulls on waist straps replaced with elastic
  • PPSS System – Panel to Panel/Seam to Seam sewn in Velcro hook-and-loop for high strength

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large, 3X Large, 4X Large

Pros:

  • CE approved armor
  • Waterproof
  • Lots of pocket storage
  • Removable Thermolite liner for cold weather
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Thermolite Warmth liner tends to reduce ventilation

The Pilot Motosport Dura Over Pants are a good match with this jacket. Refer to my post: 5 Best Adventure Motorcycle Pants

4. Klim Carlsbad Off-Road Motorcycle Jacket

Klim Carlsbad Jacket

The Carlsbad is a new addition to Klim’s ADV lineup for adventure riders looking for a lighter less bulky option.

Klim now has an ADV section for riders who spend most of their time off-road and a Touring section for riders who spend the bulk of their time riding on the road.

The Carlsbad is designed to replace the Klim Latitude as an ADV/off-road jacket, with the Latitude now being part of their Touring line for riders who spend more time riding on the road.

The Latitude has a few features geared towards street riding, where the Carlsbad’s overall cut and feature list favor the adventure/off-road rider.

The overall cut and fit are a bit more free to allow for the extra movement required for off-road riding. The torso doesn’t taper much and this jacket doesn’t have side waist adjusters which makes for a simpler, lighter design.

The jacket is fitted with D30 armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. It is fully tested and rated to CE standards.

There are plenty of pockets for storing all your gear and the four front pockets are all waterproof. The two front cargo pockets with top flap openings are easy to access with your gloves on, and the side access pockets behind are great for keeping your hands warm when off the bike.

The multi-season Carlsbad is perfect for riders looking for good protection and premium features but don’t want the weight and bulk normally associated with those types of jackets. It fills the gap between Klim’s bombproof Badlands jacket and the lightweight Traverse jacket perfectly.

While it does have a higher price tag, it represents great value with all it has to offer.

Klim Carlsbad Jacket back

Features:

EXTERIOR

  • Gore-Tex Performance shell which is guaranteed to keep you dry
  • 500D Karbonite Ripstop Fabric in the shoulders and abrasion zones
  • YKK zippers
  • Glove-friendly zipper pulls

SAFETY

  • D30 CE Level 1 armor to the elbows, shoulders, and back pad

CARGO

  • 2 Front water-resistant pockets
  • 2 Front handwarmer pockets
  • 2 Chest pockets
  • 2 Internal pockets
  • 1 Emergency Info card pocket on the forearm

VENTILATION

  • 2 Forearm vents and 2 Chest/abdomen vents
  • 2 vertical back vents

FIT/COMFORT

  • Backpack compatible
  • Forearm quick-adjust strap
  • Collar hold back function
  • Bottom hem cinch
  • Jacket to pant connector
  • Glove-friendly zipper pulls

OTHER FEATURES

  • Compatible with upgrades (sold separately): Klim backpacks, Kidney belt
  • Headphone routing port
  • Black 3M Scotchlite Reflective material

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large, XXX Large.  Refer to the chart below or go to Klim Sizing Chart

If you are planning on wearing the jacket over a pressure suit and removing the armor from the jacket, you may need to go up a size.

 

Pros:

  • CE rated armor
  • Gore-Tex shell
  • Plenty of pockets and ventilation

Cons:

  • Chest protector option would have been nice

Klim Carlsbad pants are available to match your jacket. Refer to my post: 5 Best Adventure Motorcycle Pants

Klim Carlsbad Pants

Features:

  • Guaranteed To Keep You Dry Gore-Tex performance shell
  • 500 Denier Cordura Ripstop fabric in abrasion zones
  • D3O CE Level 1 hip and knee armor included
  • Leather inner knees with DWR (durable water repellent) treatment, overlaid on inner leg panels for wear and heat resistance
  • Black 3M Scotchlite industrial grade reflective materials for increased low-light visibility
  • YKK zippers
  • Glove-friendly zipper pulls

Sizes: 34, 36, 38, 40.  Refer to the chart below or go to Klim Sizing Chart

Klim Pants Sizing Chart

5. Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket

Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket

The Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket is a two to three season (Fall, Winter, Spring) light adventure, touring and commuting jacket.

Alpinestars has upgraded their popular Andes Drystar jacket in 2017 with a focus on styling adding a handful of refinements to the Jacket.

It still has a non-removable waterproof liner, and the removable thermal liner inside the jacket, but on the outside the styling is new and a bit more refined and streamlined look.

There are new heavy fabric overlays on the shoulder area, a simplified collar with a soft edge, and improved chest venting that flows directly to the body past the waterproofing.

The ventilation of the jacket is improved thanks to the new Direct Ventilation System. It incorporates two wide air inlets in the chest, with heat-sealed zippers which direct airflow directly to the body. The air exits through two vertical zippered openings in the back.

Detachable shoulder and elbow armor is CE certified. It does not come with a back protector, but you can upgrade the jacket with the Nucleon back and chest protector from Alpinestars.

Comfort features include a soft neck lining to prevent chafing, adjustments to the sleeves, cuffs, and waist and the main zipper flap at the collar even has a hook to hold it in the open position on those hot days.

Alpinestars has made a jacket that is superior in many aspects to the previous model without an increase in price. Overall it’s the same reliable Andes jacket with some extra features that raise the bar even higher.

Features:

EXTERIOR

  • Advanced reinforced poly-fabric textile and Drystar waterproof and breathable construction
  • Reinforced polymer-printed texture in critical elbow and lower arm areas for abrasion resistance
  • Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows

ARMOR

  • Internal impact protection provided by removable CE-certified elbow and shoulder protectors
  • Pockets for optional chest and back protection (Nucleon chest and back protector available)

CARGO

  • Upper chest zippered hand pockets feature internal cord which works in tandem with ventilation opening to ensure personalized levels of ventilation
  • Front waterproof cargo pockets for convenience and peace-of-mind closure
  • Large external utility pocket on lower back plus waterproof internal pockets and insert wallet pocket
  • External zippered pockets for safe peace-of-mind storage

VENTILATION

  • Newly developed Direct Ventilation System (DVS) zippered chest air intakes and back exhaust ports

FIT/COMFORT

  • Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction for comfort over long distances
  • Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows
  • Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure offer adaptable and secure convenience
  • Removable long-sleeve thermal liner (100g body/80g sleeves) ensures comfort on hot or cold days
  • Velcro brand waist adjustment fastener for a highly customizable fit

OTHER FEATURES

  • Reflective graphics details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large, XXX Large, XXXX Large

Pros:

  • CE rated armor
  • Plenty of pockets and ventilation

Cons:

  • Chest and back protector not included

Summary

A lot is required of an adventure jacket, versatility is the key factor here.

Top Pick: Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket

This jacket has all the features you’d expect in a top end jacket, but at a price that won’t blow the budget. With CE rated armor, removable thermal liner, plenty of pockets, good ventilation, and waterproof. Sure, it’s not Gore-tex, but for a lot of riders, that’s overkill. What’s not to love about this jacket.

Best Entry Level Jacket: Klim Dakar Jacket

An already great jacket now made even better for 2019. Has the versatility of adding the armor, or wearing it over your armored pressure suit, or zip off the sleeves and use as a vest. At the mid $200 price range it is affordable, and it’s a Klim.

Best Bang For Buck: Pilot Trans.Urban Jacket

At the bottom end of the price range, this jacket is loaded with features you get in a jacket twice the price. CE rated armor, removable liner, waterproof and from a well known and respected brand.

The Klim Carlsbad Jacket and pants deserve a notable mention. For the rider who spends the vast majority of their time off-road in extreme weather conditions, the super-lightweight Gore-Tex Carlsbad is an excellent choice. It is less than half the price of the bombproof Klim Badlands which is in the over $1000 price bracket.

Widely regarded as the best of the best, I have not included the Klim Badlands here because, for the vast majority of riders, you are paying for features that you will never use. For the full-time round-the-world adventurer, there is none better, but for most it is overkill.

If you can’t justify spending $1000 on an adventure riding jacket, all of the jackets above do an excellent job of providing the features you need, depending on the conditions you ride in for an affordable price.

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2 thoughts on “5 Best Adventure Motorcycle Jackets

  1. A great post on what to look for in a motorcycle jacket and you have even listed the top 5 that are available in the market now. I happen to be shopping for a replacement for my trusted but worn jacket at the moment, which is how I came to be here and looking through your reviews if these top jackets.

    I consider this an important accessory (along with the helmet) for my riding, as the one I have has protected me from injury more than once, and I want something that will do as well or better. All of the considerations you mention like waterproofing, ventilation, protection, etc. are factors for me.

    Of the options you have reviewed, the one that catches my eye the most is the Firstgear Kathmandu. I like the design, the protection and vents, and even the colors. That is the one I will go with. The others are also nice, but I can only buy one, so I will go with my gut on this. Thanks for your efforts pulling this review of the top 5 motorcycle jackets together, you have made my shopping easy today!    

    1. Hi Dave. The Firstgear Kathmandu is my top pick also. They are all great jackets, but the Kathmandu has everything for a reasonable price, and it sure looks cool.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Greg

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