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2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Jackets

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Why not spoil the motorcyclist in your life with a new riding jacket this year? Whether he or she is a cruiser, an adventurer, a canyon carver or all three Motorcycle USA has a jacket that’s sure to please in the 2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide to Jackets.

Scorpion EXO Ventech II Jacket
Scorpion EXO Ventech II jacket.
Scorpion EXO Ventech II Jacket.
The Scorpion EXO Ventech II Jacket offers a great blend of safety features, versatility and style. It’s constructed of a vented poly mesh that allows for plenty of air flow on hot days, but also has a removable full-sleeve AirGuard windproof liner that instantly ups the weather protection making this jacket perfect for those cool autumn days as well. The fit is comfortable with or without the liner and straps around the elbows ensure that armor stays snug and in place. The EXO Ventech II comes with a EXO-Tech CE approved armor in the shoulders and elbows and features a back protector compartment with PU foam padding. There’s plenty of zippered pocket space and the EXO Ventech II comes with NightViz reflective trim on the front, rear and shoulders for added visibility. - Byron Wilson

MSRP: $199.95-$224.95

Roland Sands Tracker Jacket
Roland Sands Trekker Jacket
Roland Sands Tracker Jacket.
Anything Roland Sands Design makes is bad ass, period. From hard parts to soft good, the attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is second to none. The Roland Sands Tracker Jacket is one of my go-to pieces when I’m on and off the bike. This waxed cotton is waterproof yet breathable, and has more pockets than I know what to do with. The fit is snug and fitted, and when the jacket is first put on the waxed material has a crunchiness to it that softens and conforms to your body. There are pockets for RSD’s Nitrex Evo back, shoulder and elbow protection, and the satin lining is silky smooth. – Justin Dawes

MSRP: $390

O.N.E. Reaper Hoodie
ONE Reaper Hoodie
O.N.E. Reaper Hoodie.
After testing two of its products, there are a few things I admire about the way Outlaw Network Enterprises (O.N.E.) does business. They make things to size and handcraft their motorcycle vests and jackets to order. O.N.E. uses high quality materials, from leathers to threads, and is so confident in its product, they back it up with a limited lifetime guarantee. They also create great looking gear. Case in point, the Reaper Hoodie.

Living in a place that gets cold and dreary one-quarter of the year, we love that the O.N.E. leather jacket has a hoodie. It comes in handy living in Oregon. It is also one of the only high-quality leather motorcycle riding jackets with a hoodie we know of, made from some of the most supple leather around. A durable YKK zipper in antique brass runs up the front while black snaps cinch up the cuffs. It’s a handsome jacket, jet black leather with double-stitched front pockets, thick cuffs, a soft nylon liner and slick drawstring hoodie. If you’re looking for something out of the norm, the Reaper Hoodie is a great present for any biker on your Christmas list. – Bryan Harley

MSRP: $390

First Manufacturing Co. Men’s Vented Leather Jacket
First Manufacturing Co. Mens Vented Leather Jacket
First Manufacturing Co. Men's Vented Leather Jacket.
The First Manufacturing Co. Men’s Vented Leather Jacket is a simple, traditional-looking soft-milled cowhide (1.1-1.3mm thick) jacket that is designed to look cool on and off the bike. It comes with a full-sleeve removable insulation liner to provide extra warmth on cold days and has two chest vents and a horizontal vent across the shoulder blades to flow air on warm days. The Vented Leather Jacket also comes with two zippered outer pockets and two inner zippered pockets for storage and side-stretch at the bottom of the jacket allows for a more comfortable fit. This jacket also has double-sided built-in holster concealed carry pockets. Sizes range from S up to 5XL.

MSRP: $209.99 - $214.99
AGV Sport Element Vintage Jacket
AGV Element Jacket
AGV Sport Element Vintage Jacket.
If you’re looking for a leather riding jacket that is put together solid, offers plenty of protection, vents well and looks good without breaking the bank, then the AGV Sport Element Vintage Jacket is for you. The jacket comes with pre-curved arms and the leather is pliable so it allows for an unencumbered range of motion in the arms and shoulders. The cuffs are adjustable courtesy of Velcro tabs, which come in handy when putting on gauntlet-style gloves because you can easily wrap the sleeve around the glove. Velcro tabs on both sides of the waist help tailor the fit, too. It’s fashioned to sit right at the beltline while the collar is cut low enough that it doesn’t rub.

Protection comes in the form of armor in the elbows, shoulders and back, all of it removable. The shoulder and elbow protection are both CE-grade. The armor is well situated and doesn’t move around during riding. The armor also covers lots of area because the elbow pads extend down the forearm while the shoulder pads wrap around the entire shoulder.

The AGV Sport Element Vintage Jacket circulates plenty of air thanks to zippers up the cuff and vents conveniently placed in the arms, shoulders and back. The jacket is a distressed brown, so it doesn’t attract as much sun as a solid black jacket. Between its multiple panel design and timeless distressed-look of the brown leather, it combines attractive styling with functionality. – Bryan Harley

MSRP: $246.99. Small to 3XL (Distressed Brown Only)

ICON Overlord Resistance Jacket
ICON Overlord jacket.
ICON Overlord Resistance Jacket.
The ICON Overlord Resistance Jacket looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, but if you’re looking to get your hands on a well built and highly protective jacket then the Overlord is a great choice. The jacket features ICON’s D30 certified elbow and shoulder impact protectors as well as the D30 Viper CE back protector. Add to that the external injected plastic protection on the shoulders, elbow and back for even more impact and abrasion resistance. Designed with articulated accordion flex zones and a removable vest liner, the Overlord Resistance jacket is also easy to move in and adaptable to a variety of weather situations. It is available in a variety of color options, from the vibrant red and black option shown to fully blacked-out versions as well for a stealthier look. Additionally, the Overlord Resistance Jacket is available in sizes S up to 4XL.

MSRP: $330.00 - $360.00  

Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket
Alpinestars Durban jacket
Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket.
Alpinestars is known for producing top-quality products and the Durban Gore-Tex Jacket is no different. The Durban is built from lightweight polyamide and features welded, ceramic coated Superfabric reinforcements to improve tear and abrasion resistance. It comes with a lightweight and removable Paclite Gore-Tex membrane with micro-fleece to help you stay warm and dry in all conditions. The external pockets are waterproof as well to ensure your belongings don’t get soaked while splashing through puddles. Zippered air intakes and exhausts on the sleeves, shoulders and chest allow air flow on hot days and if the sun is really shining, both sleeves can be zipped off, turning the Durban into a vest. There is a built in attachment point for Bionic Neck Support, a two-liter bladder storage pocket and a large, removable utility pocket on the back of the jacket as well. CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors absorb impact in the event of a crash and there are chest and back padding compartments for even more impact protection.

MSRP: $699.95 

Joe Rocket Marines Alpha Jacket
Joe Rocket Marines Jacket
Joe Rocket Marines Alpha Jacket.
Joe Rocket pays tribute to the men and women that serve the United States in the Marine Corps with its Marines Alpha Jacket. Constructed of a heavy duty 500DD Hitena outer shell, the Marines Alpha Jacket also has CE certified shoulder and elbow armor and a back pocket for additional spine protection. The VariableFlow ventilation system pushes air through and a removable insulated vest liner adapts the Marines Alpha Jacket to a variety of weather conditions. The jacket has pockets designed to accommodate audio devices and snap loops for attachment to a belt. The Marine Corps moto and Eagle, Globe, Anchor emblem are prominently displayed on this officially licensed Marine Corp product. Sizing ranges from S to 3XL.

MSRP: $249.99 - $262.99
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