As we start closing out summer and think of autumn riding, the possibility of some cooler and wetter conditions is more a reality. Quality riding jackets are an essential piece of gear for those who take their off-road excursions serious.
To make the list, a jacket should be at least water-repellant, have ample room for movement, and, of course, look good. Here are five riding jackets that you should consider if you’re looking for something to throw on for a cool-weather ride.
For when you absolutely, positively do not want to get wet, you should consider the Klim Traverse. This is a true all-season jacket thanks to the GORE-TEX construction that is waterproof and breathable. Klim has developed a special840D Cordura overlay in all of the areas you might expect excessive wear, to help keep the jacket from being worn out before you’re ready for it. That’s a good thing, because while these are seriously cool jackets, they are most definitely not cheap, running up to over $400.
Moose Racing XCR
Moose Racing cut its teeth making gear for the rough cross-country racing series and its latest XCR jacket is a prime example of how dedicated the company is to making a durable, comfortable riding jacket to keep you on the trail. These riding jackets will keep you dry with a breathable material that lets you stay cool if the temps are high but the sky is crying. Every part is built to withstand heavy off-road use, from the reinforced wear areas to the oversized YKK zippers. And if the weather changes, the XCR has a big rear pocket the jacket folds into and a belt that lets you carry it at your waist. You can find these for under $250.
Fly Racing Patrol
These riding jackets are very popular and with good reason. They are reasonably priced and are configurable for all-day comfort. With plenty of ventilation, you can keep air moving around all day, and if the temperatures rise a little too high for you, the sleeves zip off, turning the jacket into a vest. It has reinforced elbow pads and a neoprene neck color for comfort. You can pick one up for under $150.
Fox Racing Legion Downpour
Fox Racing makes some of the most stylish gear available and their take on an off-road jacket is like the rest of its lines – a little different and very cool. The Legion is a form-fitting jacket with a TRUSEAL waterproof membrane and a 3L TRUMOTION polyester/spandex blend. This means the jacket will allow full-range of movement and completely keep you dry. The Fox Legioni Downpour riding jackets are cut with a long tail to keep water from invading from the rear, too. Want one? They run around $250.
Frogg Toggs Rage
Now up until now, you’ve probably thought that every jacket on this list was over $100 and loaded with all kinds of features. What about one that is simple, light and extremely popular with motorcyclists and off-roaders, that is also on the cheaper side? Frogg Toggs is the answer. The Rage is a simple, lightweight jacket that keeps you dry thanks to its Toadskinz fabric. It has pockets and a hood, for those times when you’re not riding. At under $60, it’s a steal. Best yet? There are other riding jackets from Frogg Toggs that cost even less.