The quality of an Adventure Motorbike Jacket is essential for comfort and safety when riding in the summer heat as well as braving freezing temperatures to complete your moto miles. There’s a motorcycle jacket to match your ride.
It will be much more difficult to get through the day if your jacket does not circulate enough air.
You’ll also notice that we discuss each jacket’s protective features, such as crash-tested materials and high-quality internal armor as well as padding. Here are a few of our favorites, as well as some climate-controlling liners, to maintain you comfortable even in the most difficult terrain.
Here are a few of our favorites, as well as some climate-controlling liners, to maintain you comfortable even in the most difficult terrain.
Klim Carlsbad Jacket
The Carlsbad is Klim’s entry-level four-season Adventure Motorbike Jacket, and it’s unquestionably one of the best buys in the segment.
It will cost you about $100 more than the other “low-cost” jackets on this list, however, the features you get for the money are quite impressive.
For starters, the same three-layer Gore-Tex protection also as Badlands Pro is well worth the money.
Furthermore, the Carlsbad contains D3O armor in the shoulders as well as elbows, as well as a free D3O back protector.
As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a stow-away collar system, 14 total pockets, including hidden “stash” pockets for shady border crossings, as well as Klimatek mesh backing at the armor points to help maintain the jacket cool.
No, it doesn’t vent as well as the Badlands, and it lacks any ceramic-infused SuperFabric, but it’s the best entry-level jacket out there.
REV’IT! Dominator GTX Jacket
I have no idea where Rev’It will go after this Adventure Motorbike Jacket.
The list of capabilities is ridiculous. Rev’It created it into the Dominator GTX Adventure Motorbike Jacket if you can imagine it.
Head-to-toe Gore-Tex protection, CE level 2 armor throughout, flexible waterproof panels at the back of the shoulders, and high-tech SuperFabric in the slide-prone zones,… I’m not even going to attempt to list everything here.
It’s just as bombproof, watertight, and protective as that of the Badlands Pro jacket above, but with a few extra features: To name a few, there’s a removable monkey-paw system and massive “VCS AquaDefence” air circulation ports with super-slick magnetic fasteners to keep them open.
Rev’itother !’s selling point to explain spending the extra $250 on the Dominator so over Badlands Pro is that it is created to accept all of Rev’Itin-house !’s modular add-ons as well.
If you want their high-visibility vest attachment or the Rev’It Challenger cooling vest, both will fit your Dominator GTX.
The same is true for Rev’ItSegur !’s neck brace, which has devoted attachment points on the Dominator jacket’s chest and back.
Aside from the exorbitant price tag, we have no complaints about this jacket. This may be worth the money if you prefer to maintain your armor attached to your jacket and want the best protection money can buy.
Alpinestars Revenant Jacket
Alpinestars’ premium offering differs slightly from the other brands on this list.
Yes, there’s still Gore-Tex weatherproofing, direct ventilation front and back, and premium abrasion-resistant fabrics in crucial sectors throughout the jacket.
The Revenant’s claim to distinction is its compatibility with the Tech-Air system.
If you’re unfamiliar with Alpinestars’ Tech-Air systems, they’re computer-monitored airbag systems that are worn inside your jacket. The vest detects a crash situation using Alpinestars’ proprietary algorithm and deploys airbags in a fraction of a second to protect your shoulders, chest, back, and collarbones.
And the Tech-Air system is truly amazing. It’s pricey, but if you value safety above all else, know that there’s a reason why every Moto-GP rider wears airbag technology in their suits.
The problem with the Revenant is twofold:
For starters, it has a long list of premium features, but aside from being “Tech-Air compatible,” it doesn’t offer anything that the Klim Badlands doesn’t, yet it costs the same.
Second, each jacket on this list is “Tech-Air compatible.”
Alpinestars claims that any jacket with roughly 4cm of internal space can use the Tech-Air system.
Given the construction of your average adventure motorcycle jacket, every other jacket on our list, both top-shelf and low-cost, falls into the “Tech-Air compatible” category.
Having said that, I can’t think of a single compelling reason to choose the Revenant over other “top-shelf” adventure motorcycle jackets for the same price.
Which Adventure Motorbike Jacket is best suited to you?
It all comes down to making the best investment possible in the motorcycle world.
Spending $1,000+ on a capable adventure bike with guaranteed four-season comfort, all-weather performance, and the best safety features that money can buy doesn’t seem nearly as expensive.
However, for motorbike riders who are new to adventure and dual sport riding, or for the average weekend warrior, you likely don’t need the latest technology to stay safe and have fun.
Every “bottom dollar” jacket on this list offers a lot of protection as well as technology for the price and would get you around the world just fine in an emergency.