10 Best Armored Leather Motorcycle Jacket Review Guide

Updated May 2022


BILT Alder 2 Leather Jacket

The BILT Alder 2 Leather Jacket is a modern take on a vintage motorcycle jacket. Matte buffalo leather and YKK zippers receive a light finish so you can look old school cool in a new jacket. A removable thermal liner provides warmth on those colder rides. Inset reflective elements ensure everyone on the road sees you even if you don’t see them.

Outer Materials:

  • 1.0 – 1.1mm Matte Buffalo Leather
  • Pull-up Aniline “Look” with Light Hand Finish

External Features:

  • Chassis made of leather
  • Perforated panels in the front and rear torso and inner arms
  • Zippered hand warmer pockets
  • YKK zippers
  • Inset reflective elements

Internal Features:

  • Snap back to hold open collar
  • Internal zippered chest pocket
  • Moisture wicking mesh liner
  • Removable thermal liner 80-100gm
  • 2 elasticated straps with snap to attach to the riders belt or jeans loops


Rukka Yorkton Jacket

The Rukka Yorkton Jacket is a vintage style jacket with modern features. Abrasion resistant cow leather gives the iconic look and feel of a motorcycle jacket. Quilted stitching on the shoulders and elbows provide a style that is at home on any modern classic. D3O shoulder and elbow armor absorb impact energy. Add a back protector to complete the armor set. Elastic panels on the back let you reach for handlebars or clip-ons without feeling constrained. 


  • Abrasion-resistant cow leather
  • Adjustable hem with snaps
  • Adjustable cuffs with snaps and zippers
  • Two external pockets
  • Two inner pockets
  • Rukka D3O LP1 Shoulder and Elbow Protectors CE Level 1 EN 1621-1 2012
  • Pocket for optional Rukka D3O Air All-Back Protector (sold separately)
  • Elastic accordion panels on back
  • The Rukka warranty is valid for 5 (five) years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship


Helite Leather Airbag Jacket

The Helite Leather Airbag Jacket is designed for street riders that want the ultimate in unobtrusive protection. With a built in Helite Airbag Vest that is set up on a tether trigger, Knox elbow and shoulder armor and a SAS-TEC CE level 2 back protector you are completely covered. Deployable in just 0.1 seconds, the Helite Leather Airbag Jacket protects you like no other jacket. Designed to support your neck and spine, it provides critical protection to you vital organs and stabilizes your body in the event of a crash. The supple 1.3 mm cowhide leather has a classic cafe style cut and comes with FreeAir mesh vents and a removable thermal liner.


  • Runs small, order one size larger than the size chart suggests


  • Airbag fully inflates in less than 0.1 seconds
  • Jacket-style body-worn protective air bag system
  • Removable Sas-Tec Level 2 back protector
  • Knox CE certified shoulder and elbow protectors
  • 1.3mm cow leather
  • FreeAir mesh vents in armpits
  • Wrist fasteners
  • Comfortable open soft collar
  • Removable 100% polyester thermal liner
  • Integrated CO2 cartridge with tether (60cc for MD-2XL, 100cc for 3XL-4XL)

Note: This jacket does not include waist adjustment straps.



Sedici Corsa Perforated Leather Jacket

The Corsa Jacket from Sedici combines the perfect blend of sport performance, comfort and protection. A full grain leather chassis with strategic perforated panels allow excellent airflow for those warmer days, and CE-Certified level 2 armor in the elbows and shoulders ensure maximum protection. With an adjustable waist and a performance sport fit, the Corsa jacket is ready for some quick laps or aggressive canyon carving.


  • 1.1mm-1.3mm race grade cowhide construction
  • Double and triple safety stitching with an aggressive sport fit
  • Localized perforation at shoulders chest, torso and back for maximum air flow
  • Aramid reinforcement at forearms and elbows
  • Neoprene and amara suede inner collar for comfort
  • Pro racing derived printed logos and graphics keep weight to a minimum and keeps leather flexible
  • CE level 2 certified armor at elbow and shoulders
  • Pocket to add CE back protector (sold separately)
  • Moisture wicking anti-microbial mesh liner with 3D air mesh panels
  • Vented ergonomic shoulder protector with leather insert
  • Reinforced 4-way stretch inserts at arms and chest
  • 2-piece ergonomic TPU elbow protector with replaceable low friction polyurethane slider
  • Tapered neoprene wrist cuff with autolocking YKK zipper
  • Elasticated leather stretch panels at the shoulders, upper arms and elbows to reduce fatigue
  • Short and full connection zipper to attach to leather riding pant to form 2-piece suit
  • Dual adjusters at hips
  • Reflective details
  • YKK zippers used throughout




Belstaff Trialmaster Pro Leather Jacket

The Trialmaster is the flagship jacket that everyone imagines when they think of Belstaff. The 4 pocket configuration with a slanted map pocket has endured throughout the years, making utility and style one in the same. Bovine leather replaces waxed cotton to offer a different color palette and feel in hand. Cotton check lining with corduroy on the neck and cuffs finish the jacket with extreme attention to detail. CE rated armor at the shoulders and elbows disperse impact energy, but are still low profile enough to hide in the classic lines of the jacket. 


  • Hand waxed bovine leather 1.0mm-1.1mm thickness
  • Cotton check lining on body and inside pockets
  • Corduroy lined collar and cuffs


  • CE removable armor at shoulders and elbows
  • Safety standards of protective inserts: European directive 89/686/CEE & CE Technical Standard EN 1621-1:2012
  • Pocket for optional back protector (sold separately)


  • Reinforcements on shoulders and elbows
  • Underarm metal air vents
  • Four patch style pockets on with double snap closures and internal pocket
  • Cuff adjusting gusset with snaps
  • Buckle cover to prevent scratching
  • Embroidered logo on left sleeve
  • Adjustable neck closure


Olympia Bishop Leather Jacket

Fate doesn’t roll the dice – it’s a game of chess. Take the reigns and capture your fate with one of the most versatile and powerful pieces in your arsenal, the Olympia Bishop Leather Jacket. Retro style meets modern utility – the Olympia Bishop Jacket is as functional as it is fashionable.

Cut from wax-finished 1.1-1.2mm top grain leather and complete with CE approved Motion Flex armor at your back as well as elbows and shoulders, the Olympia Bishop Jacket touts premium protection right out of the box. The relaxed fit allows space for the full sleeve thermal liner on cooler rides. With the thermal liner removed, the casual cut allows plenty of airflow through the perforated underarm panels and zippered vents at the upper arm and lower back, making the Olympia Bishop Leather Jacket one of the best values in seasonal versatility and quality leather construction.

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  • Outer shell constructed in 1.1mm-1.2mm top grain cowhide with Lux waxed finish
  • Cool mesh airflow lining
  • Airflow ventilation zippers at upper arms and back panels
  • Removable CE Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector
  • Comfort neoprene collar insert
  • 8” connecting zipper for pants
  • Four exterior zipper pockets and two interior Napoleon pockets
  • Full sleeve zip out Insulex thermal layer with two storage pockets
  • YKK brass finish zippers


BMW BlackLeather Jacket

Casual style. Reliable protection. It doesn’t have to be either-or. After all, the cool BlackLeather leather jacket with its wear-resistant and tear-resistant outer material made from water-buffalo leather and standard protectors for the shoulders and elbows has everything that safe motorcycle clothing needs. Making sure that BMW Motorrad fans really are at home wherever the journey takes them.


  • Abrasion-resistant and tear-resistant water-buffalo leather (1.0mm–1.2 mm thick)
  • Removable NPL protectors at shoulders and elbows
  • Pocket for NPL back protector (sold separately)
  • Padded quilted inserts on the shoulders, upper arms and sides
  • Adjustable waist
  • Raised collar
  • Zippered sleeve cuffs
  • 2 hand pockets, 1 chest pocket
  • 2 inside pockets
  • Unpolished metal zippers with antique look
  • Ride Wild print on back lining
  • BMW logo on the upper arm, BMW Motorrad inscription on waist at the back
  • Regular fit


Pando Moto Tatami Leather Jacket

Vintage styling and premium features come together to create the Pando Moto Tatami Leather Jacket. The matte black oil-tanned cowhide leader, channel quilted shoulder paneling and classic band collar create a classic cool look sure to turn heads on and off the bike. Discrete stretch panels allow for waist and chest size adjustment and perforated armpit ventilation ensure you’re comfortable while you cruise. 


  • 1.1-1.3 mm thickness matte-black oil-tanned cowhide leather
  • Channel quilted moto-inspired shoulder paneling
  • Classic band collar with snap closure
  • Discrete stretch panels under the armpits for waist and chest size adjustment
  • Perforated armpits for ventilation and comfort
  • Inside waterproof storage pocket with a zipper
  • Detachable quilted padding for thermal insulation
  • Inside polyester/viscose lining with motorcycle print
  • Jacket-to-trousers connection loop
  • Embossed PANDO MOTO logo on the sleeve
  • Matte black YKK zippers with leather pulls
  • Matte black YKK zip closure on the side and chest pockets
  • CE approved to EN 17092 as a Class AA garment
  • Includes D3O Ghost CE Level 1 (EN1621-1:2012) approved elbow and shoulder armor
  • Pocket for optional Quatroflex CE Level 2 (EN1621-1:2012) approved lightweight back armor (sold separately)

Note: This is a European fit jacket. Per the manufacturer, consider sizing up especially if you wear layers underneath.



Icon Contra 2 Perforated Leather Jacket

Pushing the boundaries of what you come to expect from a leather jacket, your favorite features of the Icon Contra 2 jacket can now be found on a durable leather and textile chassis. The Icon Contra 2 Perforated Leather Jacket comes equipped with precurved arms, combined with a ratchet waist closure, provides a tailored fit. The front, back, and cuff vents along with the anti-flap arm straps are just a few of the creature comforts in this feature-rich jacket. A removable insulated liner adds modularity, and the TPU chest badging provides classic Icon steeze. Industry-leading D3O shoulder, elbow, and back impact protectors come standard.

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  • Durable textile and leather construction
  • Sport fit
  • Tested and certified according to FprEN 17902-4 Class A
  • D3O removable back, elbow and shoulder impact protectors 
  • Pre-curved arms
  • Front and back zipper vents
  • Removable insulated liner
  • Ratchet waist closure
  • Jacket to pants connection zipper


Rukka Aramos Corium + Platinium Jacket

No need to worry about your leathers the next time it rains. The Rukka Aramos Jacket uses perforated aniline leather Corium+ laminate to make the Aramos Jacket windproof and waterproof without giving up the comfort and look of leather. Zippered vents along the sides of the torso control air flow. Thoughtfully designed stretch panels allow freedom of movement. Connect the jacket to matching pants with the connecting zipper for a full suit that can take on inclement weather. A removable thermal liner uses 60g of insulation to keep you warm during cold rides. Remove the liner as the mercury rises so you can stay at a comfortable temperature. A complete collection of D3O armor protects the shoulders, elbows and back. A detachable collar makes sure no skin is exposed to wind chill when you’re on your winter ride. The Rukka Aramos Jacket is the leather jacket that doesn’t mind getting wet.


  • Breathable, wind- and waterproof 3-layer fully perforated aniline leather Corium+ laminate
  • Soft neoprene in collar
  • Ventilation openings with zipper and mesh inserts for maximum airflow on sides
  • Elastic panels on sides, bend of arm, armpit and on back
  • Stretch panels above elbow and lower back
  • Adjustable hem with snaps
  • Jacket-to-pants connecting zipper
  • Two waterproof external pockets
  • One inner waterproof pocket including a mobile phone pocket
  • One pocket in detachable liner
  • Rukka D3O LP1 shoulder and elbow protectors CE Level 1 EN 1621-1 2012
  • Rukka D3O Air All-Back Protector CE Level 2 EN 1621-2 2014
  • Pocket for optional Rukka D3O Air Full Back Protector (sold separately)
  • Detachable collar of stretch material
  • Detachable inner liner with 60g insulation
  • Sleeve cuffs with zippers and snaps
  • The Rukka warranty is valid for 5 (five) years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship