10 Best Summer Motorcycle Jacket Review Guide

Updated May 2022

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AETHER Mojave Jacket

The Mojave Desert is the transition from the blistering hot Sonoran Desert to the cooler Great Basin. The Aether Mojave would be right at home here, with zippered vents at the chest, arms and back to cool you off. Lined in the body with a mesh poly fabric for breathability, the sleeves are lined in a solid poly fabric for ease of entry and exit. The donut style closures at the front pocket and front placket team up with thumb loops so the Mojave is easy to close one-handed, even in gloves. Aether hasn’t forgotten protection in the Mojave Jacket, featuring D3O’s low-profile and most breathable CE Level 1 armor at the shoulders and elbows and D3O CE Level 2 back protection. When the days warm up, the Aether Mojave is ready to roll.

Features:

  • 100% heavy-duty abrasion-resistant Halley Stevensons cotton canvas shell
  • 100% poly mesh liner in body
  • 100% poly lining in sleeves
  • Padded top edge of collar
  • Zippered chest, underarm, sleeve and back vents
  • Zippered back stash pocket
  • Dual-entry hand pockets
  • Two-way center front zipper behind snap placket
  • Thumb-loop detail at center front snaps
  • Interior zippered pocket with exterior shadow-stitch detail
  • Removable D3O armor at elbow, shoulder and back (shoulder and elbow have LP1 series D3O)
 
 

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Olympia Dallas Jacket

The aptly named Olympia Dallas Mesh Jacket is the lightest jacket in Olympia’s lineup for maximum hot weather airflow. Heavy duty textile reinforcement at the elbows and shoulders are backed by CE level 2 armor for a summer jacket that still provides abrasion resistance and impact protection. Custom fit adjustment at the collar, cuffs, elbows and waist keep the jacket from flapping in the hot summer breeze.

The Olympia Dallas Mesh Jacket makes hot weather riding comfortable and safe.

Features:

  • Outer Shell constructed in 600 denier abrasion resistant Evo Thread fabric
  • Removable CE level 2 approved Smooth Ways padding at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable CE level 2 approved Smooth Ways  back protector
  • Cool mesh airflow lining
  • Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist
  • Comfort neoprene framed collar
  • Reflective details at front, sides and back
  • Two side zipper pockets and a large interior storage pocket
  • YKK zippers
  • 8” connection zipper for attachment to pants
 
 

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Motonation Dominator Jacket

The Motonation Dominator is a leather jacket ready for the heat of the summer and the cool of the shoulder seasons. Made from 1.2mm to 1.4mm leather, the Dominator is perforated at the chest, arms and along the sides. Open the zippered rear vents and let the air flow, keeping you cool. When the temperatures dip, the thermal liner zips in easily. The arms are pre-curved, and the waist has stretch panels, for a personalized, comfortable fit.

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Features:

  • 1.2mm (body) to 1.4mm (impact areas) premium leather construction for optimum protection, durability and comfort
  • Removable and washable thermal insulating quilted liner with pocket
  • Mesh lining
  • CE Level 1 approved shoulder and elbow protectors
  • 10mm thick memory foam back pad
  • Extra padding is also provided via padded panels throughout the jacket
  • Zip open air vents are positioned on the back of shoulders
  • Sleeves feature 2-way zippers for additional air flow
  • Moisture wicking Neoprene in the collar for maximum rider comfort
  • Pre-curved arms for a perfect look, fit and for maximum riding comfort
  • Multi stitched for maximum abrasion and tear resistance for outside of arms and back seams
  • Triple stitched for abrasion and tear resistance at chest and other high impact or abrasion areas
  • YKK zippers with long zipper pulls
  • Two front hand warmer pockets with zipper closures
  • Two inner pockets; one with zipper closure.
  • Accordion leather-Spandex stretch panels are located on the sides/waist and armpits for a non-binding fit
  • Two waist connection zippers for jacket-to-pant attachment

Note: Black/Red image does not show perforated panels.

 
 

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Belstaff Temple Jacket

The Belstaff Temple Jacket is a no-frills summer jacket constructed of technical nylon and mesh meant to provide comfort and protection in hotter temperatures. The jacket features mesh inserts at the sleeves for airflow, removable CE armor at the shoulders and elbows and includes a pocket for an optional back protector (sold separately). The main zipper is covered on both ends with snapped closures using rubberized snaps.

Material:

  • Textured heavy nylon
  • Mesh panels at sleeves
  • Mesh lining 

Protection:

  • CE removable armor at shoulder and elbows

Features:

  • Lightweight nylon main zipper
  • Cuff adjusting gusset with snaps
  • Adjusting side latch
  • Rubberized snaps
  • Reflective detail on cuffs
  • Reflective logo on back
 
 

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Merlin Cambrian Jacket

The Cambrian Jacket from Merlin was designed to be your go-to lightweight, everyday riding jacket during the warmer months of riding. The perforated leather paneling and fixed mesh lining ensure air flows freely to your chest, while the included D3O elbow and shoulder armor help keep you protected at a CE AA level. Timeless patterns combined with color matched accessories from YKK ensure this jacket is as stylish as it is protective.

Features:

  • 1.0-1.1mm waxed cowhide leather
  • Perforated leather panels
  • D3O LP1 elbow and shoulder armor
  • D3O Viper L back protector pocket (back protector sold separately)
  • 2 side pockets and 2 chest pockets
  • Fixed mesh lining for improved breathability
  • Color matched YKK zippers / toggles
  • Jacket to jean connecting zipper
  • CE AA certification
 
 

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REV’IT Eclipse Jacket

Simple and effective in both its function and its style, the REV’IT Eclipse Jacket is a sleek and purpose-built mesh jacket for summer weather riding. The durable 600D polyester and mesh chassis comes stock with Knox CE Level 1 armor in the shoulders and elbows and prepared for a CE Level 2 SeeSoft back protector (sold separately). With REV’IT premium Euro quality at an unbeatable price, the Eclipse jacket very well may live to its name, eclipsing all other mesh jackets in its class.

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Fit:

  • Size up one size from what the size chart suggests

Protection Features:

  • Outer Shell: mesh, polyester 600D
  • Protection:
    • Knox Flexiform CE protection at shoulders and elbows
    • Back Protector (sold separately):
      • Seesoft Back Protector -Type RV
      • Type RV / Size 04 fits SM-MD
      • Type RV / Size 05 fits LG-2XL
      • Type RV / Size 06 fits 3XL
  • Visibility: Laminated reflective logo

Ergonomic Features:

  • Fit: tour fit, regular
  • Adjustability: adjustment straps
  • Ventilation: ventilation panels
  • Features: double jeans loop
  • Pockets: slit pockets, inner pocket
 
 

7

BILT Blaze 2 Jacket

The BILT Blaze 2 Jacket uses ultra flow mesh is reinforced with 600D textile panels to create a hot weather jacket that will flow air and keep you protected. CE rated rated elbow and shoulder armor soak up impacts. Complete the suite of impact protection by adding CE rated back armor (sold separately).

Features:

  • Ultra-flow mesh shell
  • 600D protection panels
  • Airflow mesh inner lining
  • Reflective details
  • Pocket for back protector (sold separately)
  • Zippered cuffs
  • Neoprene comfort rolled collar
  • Hook & loop closure at waist adjustment points
  • YKK zippers
  • Sleeve adjustment system
  • Zip entry front pockets
  • Inside zipper pocket
  • Short connection zipper
  • CE approved shoulders and elbow armor
 
 

8

BMW Rallye Jacket

Previous generations of this iconic BMW jacket have circumnavigated the globe in the Long Way Round. It’s no question that the BMW Rally Jacket has a pedigree for hardcore adventure touring.

The BMW Rallye Jacket uses quick drying and breathable ProTechWool for the main body with heavier duty textile at the elbows for extra abrasion protection. The included waterproof liner can be worn on the inside or outside of the jacket depending on preference. No need to fumble attaching an internal liner on the side of the road when it can be simply worn over the jacket. Large vents on the chest and arms make the BMW Rallye Jacket at home in moderate to warm temperatures. CE level 2 protection at the elbows, shoulders and back safeguard against impacts. There is plenty of room to stow your gear directly on your body with 10 pockets of storage. 

Features:

  • Functional ProTechWool material comprising polyamide and wool with a carbon finish
  • Quick-drying, climate-regulating
  • Suitable for high to moderate temperatures
  • Windproof and waterproof thanks to an insert/outsert made from 3-layer, abrasion-resistant fabric
  • Double layer of material in areas most prone to impact
  • 6 front pockets, of which 2 are waterproof
  • 1 large pocket and 1 small pocket on the back
  • TrinkPak Hydra pocket on the back, reachable from the outside and integrated in the Airnet fabric on the back (TrinkPak sold separately)
  • Large-area vents on the chest and arms
  • Perforated mesh lining breathable and elastic
  • 2 inside pockets with zippers
  • 3D spacer fabric on the back for ventilation beneath the back protector
  • NP2 protectors at shoulders and elbows
  • NP Pro long back protector
  • Hook and loop fasteners and snap buttons allow a variety of width adjustments
  • Reflective material on the sleeves and back and pant
  • Regular fit
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Note: Pants sold separately.

 
 

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RICHA Cool Summer Jacket

Comfortable and safe summer jacket! Richa Cool Summer is, as the name implies, a jacket designed for the summer. The jacket is made of durable 600D polyester for safety, and heavy duty mesh fabric for good ventilation. The CE-approved D3O shields on the back, shoulders & elbows help keep you protected in case of an accident, at the same time as they’re comfortable to wear.

Features:

  • 600D abrasion-resistant polyester & heavy-duty mesh panels
  • Soft mesh lining
  • D3O CE level 1 protectors at back, elbow and shoulder
  • Full mesh panels allow maximum ventilation
  • 2 side pockets in the jacket
  • Retro Reflex technology on sleeves, back
  • Collar has a soft neoprene border
  • Press button closes the collar firmly
  • Short connection zipper on jacket to connect with Cool Summer Pants (sold separately)
 
 

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Spidi Women’s Summernet Jacket

The Spidi Women’s Summer Net is a light and comfortable mesh jacket, ideal for street riding from sport touring to everyday urban use. The external mesh allows excellent breathability while also offering a good level of abrasion resistance. Includes internal CE protectors in arms and shoulders and back inner pocket for optional Warrior CE back protector. Comes also equipped with reflective areas, wide waistline adjustments, and Clip Stop for connection to pants.

Features:

  • High strength outer fabric
  • EN1621-1 certified Multitech protectors on shoulders
  • EN1621-1 certified Force-Tech protectors on elbows
  • Pocket for optional Women’s Warrior Back protector (sold separately)
  • 2 outside pockets
  • 1 inside pocket
  • Zippered gusset on hips
  • Adjustment straps at waist
  • Fixed mesh lining
  • Snap system for connection to riding jeans
  • Optional H2Out liner (sold separately)
  • Optional thermal liner (sold separately)
  • Reflective details