In an effort to defend against Mother Nature Icon has designed a waterproof shell which you can wear over riding gear.
Besides a helmet, one of the most important tools in a rider’s arsenal is their jacket. Tasked with being both versatile and protective, jackets can vary widely in price and style. To help our editors have compiled a brief list of recommended threads in the Holiday Gift Guide to Jackets:
Icon PDX Rain Jacket
When your HQ is based in Portland, Oregon , you learn a little something about rain. The best testing grounds for rain gear happen to be right outside your front door. Maybe that’s why Icon’s PDX Rain Jacket is so effective at keeping the wet stuff out. The PDX is made to go over your normal riding jacket. It has a tightly-woven waterproof shell that repels even the strongest rains. A double closure system featuring a small overlying flap down the front Velcros into place and ensures water doesn’t seep in between the teeth of the zipper. The sleeves have a narrow elastic band at the wrist which cinches down courtesy of its own Velcro strap to keep wind and rain from racing up your arms. It zips up high so that the straight-cut collar covers your neck and comes with a drawstring to tighten it up further against the elements. It also has a built-in hoodie that riders can unroll from its Velcro loop inside the top of the jacket to keep your head dry when you step off the bike. Order it in DayGlo Orange or High-Visibility Yellow and you’ll practically glow-in-the-dark. Hang it up after you’re done riding and in 10 minutes it feels dry again. A reliable set of rain gear should be in every biker’s gear bag and Icon’s PDX Rain Jacket is one of the best out there. – BH
Read more about the jacket in our Icon PDX Rain Jacket and Bibs Review.
Stylish for the ladies yet protective for the road, the Venus Leather Jacket features top grain leather construction.
The Icon PDX Rain Jacket is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $105 -115
AGV Sport Women’s Venus Leather Jacket
Whether your riding pleasure is sport or touring, the AGV Sport Women’s Venus Leather Jacket fits the bill. It’s cut to be snug, tight in the waist, squared off in the shoulders and is feminine without being overly girly. The soft, top grain leather is thicker in the elbows and shoulders while these high impact areas are reinforced with removable CE-approved armor padding to go along with its foam back protector. Intake and exit vents keep the air circulating during warm weather rides. An extra neoprene pad around the collar helps insulate the back of the neck and the Venus jacket doesn’t ride up in the back thanks to an extended flap. It has plenty of pockets, including two hand warmers in the front as well as horizontal and vertical pockets inside. It even has a cool waterproof media pocket that’s perfect for cell phones or iPods. Pre-curved arms expedite the break-in process. It’s combination of attractive styling, durable leather and comfortable cut make this a great all-round women’s riding jacket. – BH
Outlaw Network Enterprises Outlaw Motorcycle Vest
Leather vests and cruiser riders go hand-in-hand. They’re also standard attire for most patch-wearing club members. Only thing is, most of the vests you find at motorcycle rallies are cheaply made, one-size-fits-all and won’t last more than one riding season. Fortunately, the guys at O.N.E. Leather pride themselves on quality. They handcraft all of their vests and don’t start stitching them together until you tell them specifically what you want. Riders get to pick out whether they want it with or without a collar, pocket style, liner color, material, length and size. Only then will they get to work based on your input. Every detail, from the quality of the leathers to the strength of the thread down to the buttons they use is top of the line. Everything’s handcrafted here in the good ol’ USA and every vest comes with a lifetime guarantee. The Outlaw Vest I’ve been wearing is the same one you see on the guys from the show Sons of Anarchy. It fits me like a glove and is styled with plenty of machismo. – BH
Although a bit pricey, the Rainier Jacket is kevlar reinforced and contains six vents for those toasty summer days.
Troy Lee Designs Blais Jacket
Off-road riding jackets have a tough job. They’re supposed to accommodate a wide range of aggressive movement, stay dry inside while keeping wet outside, provide storage without being bulky and keep a rider both warm and cool. If that wasn’t hard enough, they also have to fit riders who wear neck
The Blais Jacket presents dirt enthusiasts with a fully waterproof shell in addition to excellent ventilation.
protection and those that don’t. The Troy Lee Designs Blais Jacket does it all. This waterproof outerwear has a removable collar that makes room for a Leatt brace. Eight pockets make room for all your extras and zippered vents to keep airflow moving. The zippers are waterproof as well and an adjustable waist belt and wrist cuffs keep the jacket fitting properly. – JC
Read more about the jacket in the Troy Lee Designs Blais Jacket Review.