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.

Klim Traverse

Klim Traverse Riding Jackets

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.

Check out your own Klim here.

Moose Racing XCR

Moose Racing XCR Riding Jackets

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.

Get your own XCR here.

Fly Racing Patrol

Fly Racing Patrol Riding Jackets

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.

Check one out here.

Fox Racing Legion Downpour

Fox Legion Downpour Riding Jackets

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.

Get your own here.

Frogg Toggs Rage

Frogg Toggs Rage Riding Jackets

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.

Check out some Frogg Toggs for yourself. Ribbet!



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