2011 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Jackets

November 28, 2011
By Motorcycle USA Staff
Blacked-out leather, ballistic nylon, Gore-Tex, nylon mesh – MCUSA has seen it all when it comes to motorcycle jackets. While choosing the right jacket largely depends on weather and the occasion, there are some so comfortable and stylish they never see the closet. In honor of Cyber Monday and the upcoming holidays, we present a breakdown of some of the best threads our editors have sampled in the Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide to Jackets.

Dianese Racing Pelle   

Dianese Racing Pelle
Dianese Racing Pelle

Dainese’s Racing Pelle leather jacket became my favorite jacket the moment I zipped it up for the first time. Made from high quality Italian cow hide, it is a tight fitting jacket that, when attached to a pair of leather pants, can protect you from rigors of the track or street. Molded shoulder protection with aluminum inserts, composite elbow padding and a pocket for a back protector keep you safe while looking good. The leather is insanely soft and smooth – so much so that my wife would do unspeakable things to have a purse with bovine skin this buttery. I’ve resorted to locking this jacket in my office lest the other guys from work try to use it. When this jacket finally does get borrowed and never returned I will be very upset, bordering on heartbroken. It’s gonna happen. Nothing this good can last. – Justin Dawes
 
MSRP: $599.95

Fly Racing Terra Trek Jacket

Fly Racing Terra Trek Jacket
Fly Racing Terra Trek Jacket

For the free spirits out there who can’t be contained, Fly Racing’s Terra Trek Jacket offers great protection against Mother Nature. Advertised as a ‘do-all’ jacket, the Terra Trek features ballistic nylon with removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows and back. Two zippered side gussets allow for a more customizable fit, and four waterproof cargo pockets have easy to pull tabs, making them easier to open while wearing gloves. The design also includes a large rear storage pocket as well as two shoulder intake vents and two back exhaust vents to help keep you cool in the summer.
 
MSRP: $161.96

Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket   

Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket
Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket

Leather ain’t cheap, but it’s hard to beat for the ultimate riding jacket. I’m generally not a huge fan of overt ‘sportbike/squid’ styled riding gear, preferring plain and standard looks… That said, I really dug the Icon Overlord Leather Jacket as one of my favorite riding jackets in 2011. While there are no zippered vents, the Overlord’s numerous perforations in the chest and arms do a good job venting air. As a leather jacket, we had total confidence in abrasion resistance, and CE armor inserts enhance the protective package. Fit is on the trim side, but it’s well contoured for a riding pose. It looks good and performs well, a solid all’rounder. Check out more in our Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket Review.  – Bart Madson

MSRP: $430

Speed and Strength Run with the Bulls Jacket

Speed and Strength Run with the Bulls Jacket
Speed and Strength Run with the Bulls Jacket

One of the coolest aspects of the Speed and Strength Run with the Bulls Jacket is its removable hooded liner that can be worn on its own. The sweater is designed to work in tandem with the jacket and includes thumb holes for a snugger fit. Adjustable zippered cuffs lock to ensure proper fit and a removable CE approved spine protector headlines the list of impact protection. The jacket is water-resistant and features several zipper-controlled vents for cooling. Also, the design includes belt loops for pant attachment.

MSRP: $179.99

Icon Women’s Hella Heartbreaker Jacket    

Icon Hella Heartbreaker Jacket
Icon Women’s Hella Heartbreaker Jacket

You’re a Heartbreaker, Dream Maker, Love Taker Don’t You Mess Around with Me!  OK, maybe Icon wasn’t channeling their inner Pat Benatar when they fashioned their Women’s Hella Heartbreaker Jacket, but it’s tough and edgy, the same way Benatar came across back in the day. Icon went all-in on the styling of this jacket with brass knuckle pull tabs for the jacket pockets, daggers on the belt tabs, a lucky Number 13 patch on the left arm and an even larger 13 superimposed succinctly across the back. The elbows get a double layer of protection with both leather swatches and CE impact protectors. The shoulders have CE field armor as well while a dual-density foam backpad rounds out the list of protectors against road rash. Plenty of ventilation is provided by zippered shoulder intake vents and long vertical zippered exhaust vents running down the back. Tailored to comfortably hug female riders, custom buckles on both sides allow the fit to be dialed in further. This street savvy jacket with its fresh styling, snug fit and armor package is Mrs. Harley’s favorite. – Bryan Harley

MSRP: $230

River Road Basic Motorcycle Jacket
River Road Basic Motorcycle Jacket

River Road Basic Motorcycle Jacket
Cruiser riders looking for comfort and durability won’t be let down by River Road’s Basic Motorcycle Jacket. Featuring full-grain, imported leather, the jacket is available in sizes 38 through 65 and includes nylon stitching for added strength. All the zippers are made to last on this classis cruiser jacket, which features an adjustable waist belt and solid snaps. A lightly-quilted comfort lining also adds a bit of insulation during the colder months. At only $204.95 the design is a great option for those wanting classic leather apparel at an affordable price.
 
MSRP: $204.95

Firstgear 90 Watt Heated Jacket Liner

Firstgear 90 Watt Heated Liner
Firstgear 90 Watt Heated Liner

Riding in cold weather isn’t fun if you’re on the brink of hypothermia. That’s where heated equipment comes in. The Firstgear 90 Watt Heated Jacket Liner taps into your bike’s power supply to provide a consistent temperature that’s safe to ride in. Available in sizes for both men and women, the jacket liner comes in either 65- or 90-watt versions depending upon power supply and whether you have a passenger. Featuring dual-zone heating within a lightweight nylon shell for minimum bulk, the liner has heating pads on the front, upper and lower back in addition to the sleeves and collar. Glove and pant plugs are also equipped to handle added accessories. The entire liner packs nicely into its own included zipper pouch for easy travel.
 
MSRP: $199.95

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket   

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket
Klim Badlands Pro Jacket

Klim introduced the Badlands Pro Jacket this year and it brings high-performance adventure touring apparel at a more palatable price point than the top-end Rally gear. At $900 there isn’t anything cheap about this motorcycle jacket, but it is loaded with features that help make it one of the most impressive pieces of AT gear I’ve worn. As with all Klim components, the materials list reads like a military combat handbook. All types of GORE-TEX are spliced together for complete waterproofing and offer a durable barrier against the outside world. It has 12 pockets to carry all of your gear and it features D30 protective armor, integrated kidney belt, multiple intake and exhaust vents and is ready to accept a hydration pouch. This jacket does it all. – JC Hilderbrand
 
MSRP: $899.99

Need more ideas? Check out more jackets in Motorcycle-Superstore.com‘s Holiday Gift Guides.

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