Best Summer Motorcycle Jackets

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By Motorcycle.com Staff

Summer, as in hot weather. So hot it’s tempting to take the car and turn up the AC. Don’t fall into that trap. From there it’s a short trip to sloth and gluttony, followed shortly by despair. It’s always going to be tough to stay cool when you’re stopped, but the miracle of convective cooling means you can remain reasonably chill even when the temperature starts climbing into triple digits – if you’ve got the right gear. The key is being able to adjust your airflow and keeping hydrated. Here’s a quick sampler of the right stuff.

Beat the Heat: Riding Gear for Hot Weather

Dainese Stripes D1 – $300 – $420

Yes you can wear a nice leather jacket when it’s hot; the key word here is perforated, as in shot full of tiny holes. Done correctly, it doesn’t make the leather any weaker, and we can tell you from firsthand experience that jackets like this one flow enough air to be downright chilly when the temperature drops below about 65 F. Like everything Dainese makes, this is a quality jacket, full grain cowhide in a soft natural finish accented by suede paneling and very little Dainese branding. There’s composite CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, an optional back protector – and a removable thermal liner in case there’s a change in the weather.

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Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 – $170

Perhaps something in a mesh? Nothing flows more than mesh to keep you cool, and the JR 5.0 protects you at the same time with CE-rated armor in the elbows and shoulders. This one also comes with a waterproof liner to keep out wind and water when necessary. The downside of mesh is that when temps get …read more

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