The BEST Motorcycle Touring Jackets

Here’s a selection of the best motorcycle touring jackets on the market today. This packed guide explains what to look out for and details the pros, cons, features and our winners to help you find the perfect jacket.

The 10 Best Motorcycle Touring Jackets

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Motorcycle Touring Jackets

A touring jacket is more than just a ‘normal’ motorcycle jacket. Not only does it have to keep you safe in the event of a crash, but it also has to keep you comfortable regardless of the weather you’re riding in. In one word? Versatile.

This is by no means an exhaustive list – there are hundreds of motorcycle touring jackets to choose from – but it does detail jackets we believe should be on your list if you want a seriously good quality jacket.

What makes a good motorcycle touring jacket?

You’re going to be covering a lot of miles in this jacket in various conditions. A good motorcycle touring jacket will be able to keep your body at a comfortable temperature no matter the weather, keep you dry in the wet and be comfortable for long days in the saddle. We’re not asking for much, then!

You’re going to be covering a lot of miles in your jacket, and unfortunately not all of those miles will be in perfect conditions. Reliable waterproofing can make a huge difference on a long tour. If your jacket isn’t fully waterproof and lets in a little water in the morning, the rest of the day will be uncomfortable.

Being too cold while riding is horrible, being too hot while riding is uncomfortable. A good touring jacket should be able to keep your body at a comfortable temperature in a wide variety of temperatures. That means a good quality thermal lining (preferably removable), and good ventilation.

The adjustability of a jacket may sound like a trivial matter, but adjusting a jacket can make all the difference to comfort on longer rides.

What’s the difference between a touring and adventure jacket?

Motorcycle touring and adventure jackets share many of the same qualities. They both need to be comfortable, breathable and protective. The difference between them though, is that touring jackets focus more on all-weather riding and are designed to keep riders warm and dry in the worst conditions as well as those touring around the UK and Europe through multiple climates. While adventure styled jackets lean more towards riders who need a blend of touring and off-roading with added ventilation. For more info on adventure jackets and touring, check out these articles below:

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Oxford Mondial

Quick info: from £189.99, removable thermal lining

The Oxford Mondial Advanced jacket may appear cheap, but it has all the features necessary for a reliable motorcycle touring jacket. That means it’s both waterproof and breathable, with a removable thermal lining for colder rides. There’s plenty of ventilation and pockets, as well as adjustability at the waist and arms, ensuring maximum comfort.

The Mondial jacket also features CE protection at the elbows and shoulders, as well as a pocket for a back protector, and connecting zips for use with trousers.

Rukka Nivala 2.0 

Quick info: from £1,249.98, chest protector included

The Rukka Nivala jacket has been updated to the Nivala 2.0 and it’s a serious heavyweight when it comes to motorcycle touring jackets. The only difference between the 1 and 2 version is the type of stretch material. 

And yes, it’s not the cheapest jacket, but it’s packed with plenty of tech that make it one of the best jackets for wearing over long distances, touring and especially cold and wet weather riding. The jacket is made from a mix of high-tech aramid fibres and Cordura, and features a Gore-Tex Pro stretch laminate layer to keep the water out (one of the best on the market) and allow your skin to breathe.

There’s also a removable thermal liner, removable collar, chest protector, D3O armour, waterproof pockets and added ventilation.

Klim Latitude

Quick info: from £699.99, long distance comfort design

Klim are a well-known brand in the adventure bike market, and for good reason. Their equipment is always practical, versatile, and performs exactly as advertised. The Klim Latitude jacket is no different.

It features two layers of Gore-Tex, instead of a removable waterproof liner, adjustable armour pockets for maximum comfort, plenty of vents, and lots of pockets, including two hidden pockets on the chest and back.The Klim Latitude jacket comes complete with top-spec armour from D3O, including a back protector as standard.

Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar

Quick info: from £197.96, airbag compatible

The Andes V3 Drystar jacket has all the bells and whistles you could want when it comes to a motorcycle touring jacket. The jacket includes Alpinestars’ Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane to offer 100% waterproofing, as well as a removable thermal liner. The Andes V3 also has plenty of storage capacity, with two waterproof pockets on the front of the jacket, a large utility pocket at the back, and an internal waterproof pocket.

As standard the Andes V3 comes with CE protection in the shoulders and elbows, but there are pockets for a back protector and chest protector, and the jacket is even compatible with the Tech-Air 5 airbag system.

Richa Atlantic

Quick info: from £759.99, Gore-Tex laminated construction

Richa have over 10 years’ experience creating high quality motorcycle equipment, and the Atlantic jacket continues that trend. The Atlantic jacket features a laminated Gore-Tex construction, so it’s both waterproof and breathable, as well as large waterproof vents and a removable thermal liner.

The Richa Atlantic jacket has 11 pockets, so you’ll never run out of space for your valuables, and comes with D3O armour as standard in the elbows and shoulders, with a pocket for a back protector.

Rukka Rimo-R

Quick info: from £599, six year warranty

The Rukka Rimo-R has taken this spot from the Rukka Flexius, which is now discontinued. It easily takes over because it shares many of the same qualities. As with most higher end jackets, the Rimo-R features a laminated Gore-Tex membrane instead of a removable waterproof liner. This means the jacket is waterproof as well as breathable.

It comes with more pockets than its predecessor, including two large outside pockets with zips, sleeve pocket and a large rear map pocket as well as two waterproof inner pockets. 

But, unlike many previous iterations of Rukka jackets, the Rimo-R comes with added zipped ventilation along the sides, chest, back and upper and lower arms to make this more comfortable in warmer weather too. 

RST GT

Quick info: from £129.99, external impact shoulder armour

The RST GT jacket has a much shorter and sportier cut than most of the jackets featured on this list, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own when it comes to tours and long rides. The GT features a waterproof and breathable SinAqua membrane, as well as a removable thermal liner for colder rides.

The jacket doesn’t feature any ventilation, but it is reinforced with Maxtex for added durability. The shorter cut of the RST GT jacket means it will be the most comfortable for touring on sportier motorcycles.

Richa Cyclone

Quick info: from £499.99, 3L Gore-Tex lining

The Richa Cyclone has been developed to keep the wearer comfortable no matter the conditions. The Cyclone features a 3L Gore-Tex lining – the only system currently on the market that is guaranteed to be 100% waterproof and breathable. There’s a removable thermal lining and vents on the front to keep the temperature comfortable while riding. CE Level 1 armour from D3O is featured at the elbows, shoulders and back as standard.

Dainese Stelvio D-Air D-Dry

Quick info: from £989, built in airbag

The Dainese Stelvio D-Air is a new jacket from Dainese and takes over from the Carve Master 2 that was previously on this list.

It’s a pricey jacket, but comes with D-Air technology, meaning it has a built in airbag system covering your chest and back. So, as far as safety goes, this is right at the top of the list. This type of airbag differs from the original systems because it works using sensors in your jacket instead of you having to tether the jacket to your bike or adding external sensors to your bike.

Impressive airbag aside, it comes with a Dainese waterproof outer membrane, air vents up front and back, two external pockets up front, a rear map pocket and an internal pocket and hip, waist, arm and wrist adjustments.  

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The Best Budget Motorcycle Touring Jacket: Oxford Mondial

5/5

Oxford have a great reputation for producing good quality products at affordable prices, and the Mondial jacket is no different. Despite the price tag, the Mondial features a Dry2Dry laminated waterproof membrane, ventilation, and plenty of adjustability. Unfortunately there’s no back protector included, but that can be forgiven at this price.

The Best Features Motorcycle Touring Jacket: Rukka Nivala 2

5/5

It’s no surprise to see the Rukka Nivala here, especially with the four figure price tag, which is the only really negative about this jacket. The jacket features plenty of ventilation, a Gore-Tex Pro stretch laminate layer, removable collar and D3O armour – which includes a chest protector as standard.

The Best All-Round Motorcycle Touring Jacket: Klim Latitude

5/5

The Klim comes out on top thanks to its vast amount of features and the practicality of the jacket. The Latitude isn’t a cheap jacket, but it’s also far from the most expensive jacket here, which we think makes it great value if you’re going to be covering huge miles. There are plenty of vents, secret pockets and adjustable armour for ultimate comfort. The only downside? There’s no thermal lining.

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