The 22 Best Motorcycle Jackets for Men to Buy in 2023

Looking at the best motorcycle jackets for all kinds of weather

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Whether you are an avid biker or not, one thing we can all agree on is that motorcycle jackets are really cool. Not just cooler than cool, but ice cold. The literal definition of cutting edge, motorcycle jackets are a great addition to your capsule wardrobe as they are seasonal pieces that can be worn year round, with the ability to be paired with many different items in your closet such as boots, t-shirts, white sneakers, black sneakers, and more. With us heading towards the fall and winter seasons soon, we thought now would be a good time to drop our roundup of the best motorcycle jackets for men to consider buying right now.

We’ll include a couple of selections for those that are avid riders such as the American Legend First Manufacturing Raider Jacket ($269) as those jackets are far more technical than the ones you wear casually, but for the most part, this round-up is going to be a casual style one with suggestions like the Harley Davidson Men’s Ozello Mesh Riding Jacket ($177). Let's rev up and take off.

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The Best Motorcycle Jackets for Men, at a Glance:

1. American Legend First Manufacturing Raider Jacket

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American Legend

Editors' Pick for Best Motorcycle Jacket, Period

  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Diamond Naked Cowhide Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL

American Legend is known for providing some of the most quality motorcycle jackets on the market. You’ll definitely get the bang for your buck with their First Manufacturing Raider Jacket, which is made with thick Diamond Naked Cowhide Leather to make the jacket durable and suitable for riding if that is your reason for buying. Additional features include: four chest pockets, two slash pockets, eight hidden utility pockets, a scooter style design with a banded collar, zippered sleeves, and plenty more. 


2. Harley Davidson Men’s Ozello Mesh Riding Jacket

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Harley Davidson

The Best Motorcycle Jacket for Hot Weather

  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Polyester Mesh
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Who better to get a biker jacket from other than Harley Davidson? A lighter jacket for warmer weather, the Ozello Mesh Riding Jacket can be worn both casually and for riding, and comes highly recommended. The jacket features abrasion-resistant mesh construction that promotes high-flow air intake while power-stretch zones flex with rapid in-saddle movements. That means that the jacket is sweat-resistant even on the hottest of days. There’s also sewn-in flexible lightweight Dainese Pro-Shape body armor at elbows and shoulders amongst other features, and the jacket is a slim-fit.


3. Venture Heat Men’s Bluetooth 78W Heated Motorcycle Jacket

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Venture Heat

The Best Winter Motorcycle Jacket

  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

Want to talk about a cool jacket? This right here is a cool jacket. The Bluetooth 78W Heated Motorcycle Jacket is a riding jacket that has bluetooth enabled power sports liners within the jacket that both keep you warm and light up. The heat zones are in the right and left chest, right and left sleeve, right and left back, as well as the collar, and comes with a battery harness and fuse kit. As you can see from the picture, this jacket is indeed epic, and one can only imagine what it looks like at night.


4. David Outwear Salvador Leather Jacket

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David Outwear

The Best Armored Motorcycle Jacket

  • Colors - Black, Saddle Brown
  • Material - Premium Crafted Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

You can also opt for the David Outwear Salvador Leather Jacket which is a stylish head-turner. The jacket comes in two colors (black and saddle brown), and is made from premium crafted leather of the highest quality. The jacket also features a detachable hoodie with signature durability, along with being waterproof, scratch resistant, and abrasion proof. 


5. Alpinestars Bionic Plus V2 Jacket

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The Best Mesh Motorcycle Jacket

  • Colors - Black, Black Anthracite Red, Grey/Black, Sand/Black
  • Material - Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Another jacket for the avid bikers, the Alpinestars Bionic V2 Jacket comes in an assortment of colors and sizes that is all about your personal preference. A jacket that is both comfortable and flexible, the Alpinestars V2 is highly technical featuring an all-new Level 2 Cell Technology chest protector for ultra-light weight and optimum ventilation, a super-ventilated Level 2 Nucleon Cell & Flex Hybrid Technology back protector, foam padding, adjustable straps and more. You’ll definitely have all the tools to keep yourself protected while on the road, and you’ll look great while at it.

SHOP NOW AT REVZILLA, $209.95 - $229.95

6. Borleni Motorcycle Jacket

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The Best Budget Motorcycle Jacket

  • Colors - Black, Grey, Red
  • Material - Polyester Mesh
  • Sizes - M, XL, L

Amazon has quite a few motorcycle jackets in their catalog as well, including the Borleni Motorcycle Jacket which is an all-leather jacket that comes in three different colors. The jacket, which is meant for all seasons, is abrasion-resistant and windproof, with a polyester mesh fabric to keep you warm during the winter, and cool during the summer. Additional features include: removable warmth cotton liner that can be worn in both cold and warm weather, a cuff, collar, and hem that provides maximum mobility, two external pocket guards, a reflective strip on the back of the jacket for safety, along with other quality features.


7. Belstaff Temple Black Jacket

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The Best Waterproof Motorcycle Jacket:

  • Colors - Nylon Black, Nylon Dark Navy, Nylon Military Green
  • Material - Nylon
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

A tapered jacket meant for warmer climates and summer weather, the Belstaff Temple Jacket is one that is stylishly built for protection with abrasion-resistant textured nylon, mesh inserts to keep the air flowing, and trademark attention to detail and craftsmanship. The fit is slim, and also has lower jet side pockets closed by zippers, an inside facing jet pocket that is also closed by zippers, and a storm protection gusset at the cuff. As we said, stylish and safe.


8. Aether Mojave Motorcycle Jacket

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The Best All Weather Motorcycle Jacket

  • Colors - Graphite, Dark Sand
  • Material - Cotton Canvas
  • Sizes - S, M, L, 2XL

Another motorcycle jacket for warm weather, the Aether Mojave Biker Jacket can be worn for bikers and casual wearers. Made from 100% heavy duty cotton canvas, the jacket comes in two colors (graphite and dark sand), along with multiple sizes for you to choose from. In addition to the comfortable cotton, the Aether Mojave is also breathable, abrasion-resistant, and super safe with D3O®, which uses unique patented and proprietary technologies to make rate-sensitive, soft, flexible materials with high shock-absorbing properties. Can’t get any better than that.


9. Thursday Boot Co. Roadster Jacket

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Thursday Boot Co.
  • Colors - Black Matte, Black Coffee, Walnut
  • Material - Hand-Finished Full Grain Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL

A style jacket through and through, this Roadster jacket from Thursday Boot Co. comes in three different colors with the option to have the jacket crafted in either a slim, athletic, or relaxed fit. The Roadster was designed with the timeless spirit of the American values of freedom and independence in mind, and is meant to be a jacket that will last you for years. Some of the other cool features of this jacket include a plush polyester Interior with leather trimmings, a long-lasting metal zipper that is guaranteed for life, and twin side pockets for your smaller belongings.


10. REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket

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  • Colors - Black, Silver, Green, Brown, Dark Blue
  • Material - Mesh Polyester
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

The name alone should get you pumped up. This is mostly a riding jacket, but can be used for casual purposes as well. Affordable with a nice tapered fit, the REV’IT! is a simple and effective jacket that is both stylish and comfortable. Features include: sleek and purpose-built mesh for summer riding, durable 600D polyester and mesh chassis that comes with Knox CE Level 1 armor in the shoulders and elbows, premium Euro quality at an unbeatable price, and more.

SHOP NOW AT REV'IT!, $189.99

11. Angel Jackets Racer Lambskin Leather Jacket

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Angel Jacket
  • Colors - Black Cafe
  • Material - Lambskin Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

A laid back casual racer jacket, the Angel Jackets Racer Lambskin Leather is another suitable option for those looking to just purchase a casual biker jacket. Designed simply and classily, the jacket comes with a front zip fastener, and a snap button collar, along with a modern fit, and also boasts four spacious outer pockets and two inside pockets to carry your essentials. Great pricing as well in our opinion for this being lambskin leather material.


12. Harley Davidson Men’s Generations Jacket

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Harley Davidson
  • Colors - Black 
  • Material - Nylon Twill
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Here’s another Harley Davidson selection for fans of the brand. The Harley Davidson Men’s Generations Jacket is timeless, durable, and a cool way to show that you are obviously a Harley Davidson fan. The jacket is designed with sensible riding features which includes secure interior pockets, zippered cuffs, and an action back to name a few. There’s also bold blocks of color and mixed graphic treatments to go along with zippered hand-warmer pockets, and a zippered front and cuffs.


13. FJackets Men’s Distressed Motorcycle Jacket

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  • Colors - Black, Brown
  • Material - Lambskin Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Distressed can sometimes be best. FJackets Distressed Motorcycle Jacket will have you looking so fresh and so clean, with Wax finishing and quilted shoulder padding. Additional features include: soft viscose lining, four outer zipper pockets and two inside pockets, a snap button cuff along with a quilted shoulder pattern, and a zip closure with a snap button collar. 


14. Merlin Edale Jacket

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  • Colors - Black, Olive
  • Material - Cotech Fabric
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

The Merlin Edale Jacket is an excellent choice for bikers as well. While you will have to make an investment, the investment is certainly worth it due to the quality and accompanying features which include, the 80z cotech fabric the jacket is crafted in, Reissa Active waterproof/breathable membrane, Marton Mills Scottish tartan panels, Removable Outlast climate control lining, D30 shoulder and elbow armor and plenty (and we do mean plenty) more. If taken care of properly, this jacket can and should last you some years. 


15. Banana Republic Heritage Suede Trucker Jacket

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Banana Republic
  • Colors - Tobacco Brown
  • Material - Suede
  • Sizes - S - L

The Banana Republic Jacket features classic biker details such as the point collar and buttoned details throughout. The jacket is also lined with Bemberg lining to ensure layering ability, and has chest, front, and interior hip pockets. A simple jacket that comes highly rated will assure you that you have spent your money well, and that is exactly what this Banana Republic Jacket is. 


16. James Men’s Vintage Motorcycle Leather Jacket

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James Leather
  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Leather
  • Sizes - XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

The James Men’s Motorcycle Jacket is a classic custom look that is handcrafted with quality and superior quality. An eye-catching jacket designed to make you stand out from the crowd, the distressed leather gives this a rugged and worn look yet a cool, laid-back vibe to go along with the classic silhouette that is stylish, redefined with a modern smooth feel, and made from 100% genuine leather.


17. Scorpion EXO Optima Jacket

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  • Colors - Black, Grey, Red, Hi-Viz
  • Material - Laminate Fabric
  • Sizes - XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

The Scorpion EXO is a year-round seasonal jacket meant for just about all weather and temperature conditions. The jacket is 100% waterproof and made from breathable laminate fabric that also includes direct core ventilation using waterproof torso zippers with exhaust vents at the rear. There’s also EverHeat thermal liner for cold temperatures, and CE certified armor in the shoulders and elbows for safety with a pocket for optional back armor. Oh, and there’s a double zippered front to prevent leaks as well. Tons of neat features with this one to keep you safe on the road.


18. Joe Rocket Turbulent Jacket

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  • Colors - Black, Black/Grey, Black/Red, Black/Blue, Black/Orange, Black/Hi-Viz
  • Material - Laminate Fabric
  • Sizes - XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

You can rest assured that any jacket that has the word turbulent in it is meant to battle the most turbulent of weather conditions. And the Joe Rocket Turbulent Jacket does just that with a water-resistant treated Rock Tex outer shell for maximum impact resistance, full flex articulated back expansion panels, 6-point Sure Fit custom adjustment system, a variable flow ventilation system, and much more. There’s also a wide variation of colors and sizes so that way you have plenty of options to go with.

SHOP NOW AT REVZILLA, $179.99-184.99

19. Saint Laurent Men’s Motorcycle Jacket

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Saint Laurent
  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Plunged Lambskin
  • Sizes - 34 - 42

As always, we had to include a couple of luxury options for those interested in that department, and nobody does it quite like Saint Laurent. Their motorcycle jacket is made with plunged lambskin, and features three zip pockets, a closure flap pocket, a waistband with belt loops, zip cuffs, and an asymmetrical zip closure.


20. Coach Leather Moto Jacket

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  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Lamb Leather
  • Sizes - 44, 46, 48, 50, 52

Or you could go with COACH, who has their standard Leather Moto Jacket that is epically couture and stylish. The jacket is made with lamb leather, and has zip pockets and zip closures that are inspired by the freedom of the open road. There’s also signature snaps, and a timeless pointed collar that gives this fully lined design authentic biker style.


21. Banana Republic Leather Biker Jacket

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Banana Republic
  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Leather
  • Sizes - S, M, L, XL

You could also rock with the Banana Republic Leather Biker Jacket, which is a designated fan favorite whether on the road or burning rubber. The jacket is classically crafted from soft burnished leather, and has a banded collar, zip front and zip cuffs, and fully lined chest and front pockets to boot.


22. Balmain Zipped Leather Biker Jacket

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  • Colors - Black
  • Material - Calfskin
  • Sizes - 48 - 54

Brand new from Balmain is this Zipped Leather Biker Jacket that is just in time for the fall season. The jacket is a made entirely of calfskin, and features a slim tapered fit that has long sleeves, a silver metal zip fastening at the front, a biker style collar that also boasts two silver metal press studs, and two zipped slanted pockets to complete the look. Details. It's all about the details folks.


Things to Consider When Picking a Motorcycle Jacket

Do you plan on traveling in weather conditions such as rain and heavy wind? If so, you will need a jacket that is suitable for those conditions. Those are just a few of the questions bikers should ask themselves before searching for a jacket in addition to their feature preferences.  On the other hand if you are only looking for a casual jacket to wear, then this is going to be mostly dependent on your personal preferences such as material type, the cut and style of the jacket, and how long you hope for it to last. Additionally, both bikers and non-bikers should also take into consideration their budget, and what is reasonable to spend.


While most motorcycle jackets are made with leather (especially ones meant specifically for bikers), jackets can also be made with textile fabric and waxed cotton. Motorcycle jackets designed for bikers are also known to have specialized fabrics such as cordura or Kevlar.


When you are a biker, safety has to always be something carefully considered when choosing your jacket as well. In fact, we feel it is the most important factor as jackets can protect you from flying sharp objects, and can save your arms and chest area from experiencing injuries while riding. You will ideally want something that covers your entire upper body. We won’t ignore the fact that some choose to forgo this requirement altogether, but it still has to be said as leaving skin exposed can be dangerous. 

You’ll also want to be mindful of your sleeve length as you don’t want the sleeves getting caught on certain parts of your bike. If you purchase a jacket and find that the sleeves are too long, then you can always get it altered. You’ll also ideally want a leather jacket for extra protection, along with a jacket that is water-repellant and windproof.


And lastly, you’ll want to take into account the fit. This is mostly a personal preference thing as you are the one that knows how you like your jacket. Some biker jackets are slim-fit while others are more loose (though not too loose as once again that can be a hazard). The “perfect” motorcycle jacket is one that is mostly snug without being too tight. Now that we have gone over everything you need to know before purchasing a motorcycle jacket, let’s get into our suggestions.

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