10 Best Winter Motorcycle Gear Review Guide

Updated May 2022

1

Alpinestars T-GP R v2 Drystar Jacket​

The Alpinestars T-GP R V2 Drystar Jacket laminates a Drystar waterproof membrane right to the heavy duty textile shell so you’ll never forget to pack your rain gear. Zippered air vents help moderate temperature as the skies clear and sun shines. A removable thermal liner is a welcome feature that holds in warmth during cold wet rides. Adapt to varying conditions with the multi-season Alpinestars T-GPR V2 Drystar Jacket.

Features:

  • Multi-fabric shell construction with abrasion resistant material in strategic areas
  • CE-certified Level 2 Bio Air shoulder and elbow armor
  • Pockets for optional chest and back protection (sold separately)
  • Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) external dual density TPU sliders on shoulders
  • Accordion panels on back and elbow
  • Stretch panel on cuff for comfort
  • Hook-and-loop closure on waist adjustment
  • Snap adjusters on chest and sleeves
  • Zippered air intake vents are strategically positioned for optimized airflow when opened
  • Two zippered hand pockets
  • Printed logos with reflective details
  • 3D injected white reflective PU logo on the chest plus 3D injected PU logo on upper back
  • Low profile collar construction with 3D textured comfort fabric on inner collar lining
  • Pre-curved sleeve construction reduces fatigue
  • Padded areas on the front and back of the sleeves
  • Microfiber comfort edge on collar and cuffs
  • Front inner waterproof pocket
  • Fixed waterproof membrane
  • Removable thermal liner with insulated front flap for extended body coverage
  • Waist connection zipper
 
 

2

Scorpion Tempest Gloves

You can have your favorite motorcycle all set up with all the custom parts you want and have the best riding gear, but if your hands are cold and wet from water running down your sleeves you won’t be enjoying your ride. That’s why Scorpion came up with the Scorpion Tempest Gloves –  waterproof insulated gloves with a unique double gauntlet that prevents water from running down your sleeve and getting your hands wet. One gauntlet goes inside your sleeve, and the other goes over your jacket, creating an effective barrier to water ingress. The Scorpion Tempest Gloves are insulated with 100g of Thinsulate to make sure your hands stay warm as well as dry. Now you’re ready to ride through a tempest.

Features:

  • Unique double gauntlet with dual drain holes
  • Waterproof Hypora lining
  • 100g Thinsulate insulation inside the waterproof liner
  • Palm does not have insulation to allow heated grips to be felt
  • Goat leather palm
  • Reinforced areas on gripping area with silicone gripping areas
  • Fully bonded palm for secure grip
  • 4 way stretch materials on back of hand for excellent fit and comfort
  • Dual wrist closures
  • Hard knuckle protectors
  • Dual visor squeegee
  • Reflective piping
 
 
 

3

Hotwired Heated Jacket Liner Evo

When you feel cold, it is often because your core is cold. The body’s natural defense is to draw warmth to vital organs at the expense of your hands and feet. Combat the discomfort of cold weather by warming up your torso and arms. Carbon fiber heating elements warm up panels at the back, chest, sleeves and collar with 3 levels of temperature control. Just hook up the included battery harness to you bike’s battery, clip in the Hotwired Heated Jacket Liner Evo, turn on the integrated temperature controller and bask in the warmth.

Features:

  • Lightweight nylon outer shell
  • Carbon fiber heating elements
  • 6 zone heating elements (1 on the back, 2 on chest, 2 on sleeve and 1 on collar)
  • Integrated smart soft touch temperature controller with 3 temperature settings
  • Thermal protector with automatic temperature cut off
  • Connects to Hotwired gloves via integrated connector wires
  • Requires Y-splitter (sold separately) for connecting to Hotwired heated pants
  • Two year warranty
  • Includes battery harness and fuse
  • Power consumption: 74 Watts (6.2 Amps)
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4

Firstgear Thermo One-Piece Suit

Designed to get in and go, the Firstgear Thermo One-Piece Suit is the one and done solution for commuters to tourers and everyone in between. The 100% waterproof and breathable Hypertex lining keeps you bone dry while the one-piece design and 120-gram polyester insulation maximize heat retention. Don’t let cold weather end your riding season and hop into a Thermo One-Piece suit for that chilly commute.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof, 210 denier Hypertex
  • 120-gram polyester insulation
  • Full storm flap closures on zippers, pockets and cuffs
  • Cargo storage pockets
  • Elasticized ankle closures and adjustable waist
  • 1-year limited warranty

Note: Silver has a greenish tinge.

5

Scorpion Yosemite Hi-Viz Jacket

The Scorpion Yosemite Jacket is an amazingly versatile jacket. It is a windproof textile jacket for cool days, but fold down the windproof panels on the chest, and back, open the full-length arm vents and side torso vents, and you have maximum air flow on hot days. An additional removable zip out Airguard waterproof liner means you can handle wet weather, and the included removable thermal EverHeat liner keeps you warm when it gets cold. All nylon exterior construction, with heavy duty 1680 nylon abrasion zones, lots of pockets, and ample use of NightViz reflective material, make this jacket useful for a wide range of climates and riding applications.

Sas-Tec armor at shoulders and new infinitely adjustable elbow pads mean you can set the armor exactly where you want it for a perfect fit. Back pad pocket with PE foam can be upgraded to Sas-Tec Level 2 CE certified back protector for extra protection. This jacket is also compatible with Scorpions’ optional kidney belt for additional support and lower back protection.

From touring in cold wet climates, to commuting in hot humid places, the Scorpion Yosemite Jacket will handle it all.

Note: We have found the Scorpion Yosemite Hi-Viz Jacket runs small and suggest going up if you are between sizes.

Features:

  • 500 denier nylon main body material
  • 1680 denier nylon abrasion zones
  • Exo-Stitch Safety Seams at critical seams with heavy bar tacking at high stress areas
  • Heavy duty mesh ventilation areas on chest and entire back panel
  • Zip-down wind blocking panels, torso vents and full-length arm vents can be adjusted for optimal air flow
  • Two large cargo pockets on lower front, two chest pockets, one large cargo pocket on rear and one internal waterproof pocket in liner
  • Adjustment straps at waist, biceps and forearm for perfect fit
  • CE Level 2 certified Sas-Tec armor with molded VELCRO® brand fastener at elbows for adjustability
  • Sas-Tec CE Level 2 certified armor at shoulders
  • PE Foam back pad in back protector pocket can be upgraded to Level 2 Sas-Tec protector (sold separately)
  • Ample use of NightViz reflective on front and rear of torso, arms and elbows for increased nighttime visibility
  • YKK exterior urethane zippers coated with Black Oxide sliders
  • VELCRO® brand adjustment tabs at wrists, and YKK Fold Lock zippers for easy on and off
  • Removable full sleeve AirGuard waterproof / windproof liner
  • Removable full sleeve EverHeat thermal liner
  • Compatible with optional Kidney Belt (sold separately)
  • Comfortable Neoprene collar
  • Accordion stretch panels at elbows for easy range of motion
  • 8” #5 YKK zipper and elastic panel for connecting jacket to pants 
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6

Hotwired Heated Gloves

The Hotwired Heated Gloves are the complete package. Combination leather, 600D textile fabric and a waterproof membrane provides abrasion resistance and guards against the wind and rain.

Standalone heated gloves have the advantage of fewer layers than heated liners under gloves, allowing you to keep your finesse on the controls. A built-in three level heat controller means you don’t need to purchase a temperature controller separately, and that if you combine these gloves with the pre-wired Hotwired Heated Jacket Liner 2.0 and its designated controller, you have independent control over the level of your gloves in relation to the jacket liner.

Features:

  • 600D abrasion resistant fabric and leather combination
  • Waterproof breathable membrane
  • Brushed fabric lining with comfort insulation
  • Use independently with direct harness or use in conjunction with a Hotwired Jacket Liner with pre-installed wiring system
  • Built-in temperature controller with 3 push button settings
  • Automatic temperature cut off
  • Reflective piping
  • Pull through wrist strap
  • Cuff adjustment tab
  • Two year warranty
  • Power consumption: 22 Watts (2 Amps)
 
 

7

REV’IT Kryptonite Gore-Tex Gloves

The REVIT Kryptonite GTX Gloves are premium waterproof and breathable short cuff gloves that are perfect for nearly any type of riding. The drum dyed goatskin leather palms provide an abrasion resistant connection to your bike while a ripstop stretch shell and Thinsulate G liner and Gore-Tex membrane keep you warm and dry. 

Protection Features:

  • Outer shell: goatskin drum dyed with WR finish, PWR|shell ripstop stretch, PWR|oxford, connect finger tip fabric, synthetic PU leather, flock PU
  • Insulation: Thinsulate G, high loft poly fur liner
  • Lining: tri-fleece liner
  • Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Gloves + Gore grip technology
  • Breathability: Gore-Tex Gloves + Gore grip technology
  • Composition:
    • outer shell: 55% goat leather, 33% polyamide, 7% polyester, 5% polyurethane
    • lining: 100% polyester
    • insulation: 100% polyester
    • membrane: 100%  Gore-Tex membrane (ePTFE)
  • Protection: PWR|shell ripstop stretch covered hard-shell knuckle, Temperfoam at thumb and palm, PWR|shield knit at palm, PU injected finger knuckles
  • Visibility: laminated reflection at back hand and little finger

Ergonomic Features:

  • Fit: tour fit
  • Adjustability: adjustment strap at wrist
  • Features: stretch lips at fingers, connect finger tip at index finger and thumb, visor wiper, knitted cuff, short cuff
 
 

8

First Mfg Vendetta Jacket

Pop up the hoody when it is chilly outside if you wish to remain incognito, or remove it entirely. The Vendetta is a leather jacket with hints of that denim jacket you loved back in the day. Two chest pockets have flaps, and the hand pockets are thoughtfully arranged for ease of entry. Slap in some optional armor (sold separately) for impact protection. The Vendetta Jacket from First Manufacturing is there when you need it. Family first.

Featu​res:

  • Generous American cut
  • Lightweight distressed sheepskin
  • Mandarin collar
  • Removable zip-out hoodie
  • Chest pockets
  • Two chest vents
  • Fully vented
  • Two snap slash pockets
  • Zipper on each sleeve
  • Permanent mesh liner
  • Action back
  • Full sleeve, zip-out, insulated thermal liner
  • Concealed carry pockets with tapered holster for a more stable fit
  • Pockets for optional CE 1 armor (sold separately)
  • Lifetime warranty on hardware and zipper

Note: We recommend going down one size from your typical jacket size e.g. if you are usually a size LG, we suggest a size MD in this jacket. If you are unsure which size you typically wear, we recommend going up one size from what the manufacturer’s size chart suggests e.g. if your chest measurement is 45in, we suggest a size MD in this jacket.

 
 

10

Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket

A serious jacket for serious Adventure Touring, the Kathmandu has enough features to satisfy even the most serious rider. The adjustability of the Kathmandu Jacket allows for a personalized fit, such as the collar using a slider snap with up to 1.5″ of play and the straps at the waist, biceps and forearms proving a body-hugging fit, no matter what base layers you are wearing. The multiple large vents help to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter the temperature fluctuations.

Features:

  • Dynamic fit: Athletic, dynamic, out-of-the-saddle fit
  • HYPERTEX waterproof and breathable outer shell, constructed of 420 denier rip-stop nylon and 300 denier high density nylon, durable and lightweight for ease of movement
  • Fully adjustable D3O T5 CE Armor in the shoulders and elbows delivers the same protection as standard CE foam armor, but is thinner and more flexible, resulting in a more comfortable fit
  • EVA dense foam back pad included
  • Collar closure utilizes a slider snap that allows up to 1-1/2” adjustment for a personal fit
  • Integrated into the collar is an under-the-helmet rain hood to keep water from running down your neck
  • 1.5 liter hydration bladder included in removable backpack
  • Front left and right restraining loops for bladder tube make access easy
  • Achieve maximum air flow with two – 8” vertical chest intake vents, two – 9” armpit intake vents and two – 9” vertical rear exhaust vents.
  • Double storm flap front with snap and hook/loop closure that covers a #8 YKK Vislon two-way main zipper to keep out the elements
  • Dry Pockets will keep your stash dry – four front ones with flaps, protected by YKK #5 rubberized zippers on the chest and envelope closures on the bottom pockets.
  • Large rear dry pouch with 14” mouth to stow insulated liner or personal property, protected  by waterproof zipper and flap with spring snaps and hook/loop closure to keep it all intact and safe from the elements
  • Reflective taping front and back increases nighttime visibility
  • Adjustable waist belt with hook and loop closure
  • Elbow and underarm waterproof and breathable stretch material for increased flexibility also diminishes binding
  • Compression straps on the bicep and forearm adjusts to fit you
  • Adjustable cuff uses hook and loop closure for a custom fit
  • Removable, fully insulated, thermal liner with wind blocking, adjustable, neoprene cuffs to block out the cold
  • Interior pocketing in all Firstgear jackets are in the same location, whether the liner is in or out. On the left side, chest high is a mobile device pocket with  flap closure using hook and loop to secure – On the right side is a cargo pocket that is 12” wide and 8” tall to hold whatever you need for the adventure ahead
  • Jacket- to-pant 10”  full zipper; fits easily through liner portal and attaches to overpants
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Note: Pants sold separately. If you are between sizes, we recommend ordering one size smaller.