As winters set in, hoodies, coats and the leathers come out of storage! The winter chill makes it necessary to be geared up appropriately, and that’s as true for bikers as anyone else. The right gear that’ll insulate, protect and look cool at the same time can make winter riding a fun experience. Here are Team HNP’s top picks for winter riding jackets this season. Read along and decide which one’s the best fit for you-
1. Rev’it! Ignition 3 jacket: The combination of leather and mesh makes the Rev’it! Ignition 3 one of the most versatile jackets. In terms of looks and protection, the Ignition 3 provides the same performance as a leather jacket.
This 3-season jacket comes with a thermal liner for insulation and a breathable waterproof liner. Its C-flex CE level 2 armor is a huge step up from previous versions. And the huge mesh panels on front, back and inner arm allow airflow and breathability. The Ignition is a sport-touring jacket and isn’t overly baggy or too euro. Two positioned spring-loaded snaps help in a comfortable fit around the neck. Similar snaps at the arms allow for a perfect fitting and ventilation as per requirement.
2. Rev’it! Stewart Air Leather jacket: If clean and classic is the look you are going for this winter, then the Rev’it! Stewart Air is the perfect fit. The perforated front panels allow airflow and breathability, while the detachable thermal liner offers insulation as the temperature drops.
The jacket has Seesoft armor that flexibly flows with your body and almost feels like one isn’t wearing any armor. It comes with belt loops to attach comfortably to any riding pants or jeans. With its sleek look and all-leather style, this is one jacket that you can totally wear to your local pub without feeling bulky or out of place.
3. Rev’it! Jupiter 2 jacket: If leather’s not your thing, then the all-textile Rev’it! Jupiter 2 is the right pick for you this winter. Amongst Rev’it! best-sellers, the Jupiter 2 offers the aggressive lines found in racing suits but in a more affordable textile base. The detachable thermal liner makes it perfect for when the mercury drops, while the VCS zippers under the arms and at the back open up for ventilation, expanding the temperature range in which the jacket can be worn.
The Hydratex® membrane makes the Jupiter 2 waterproof and CE-rated armor at the shoulders and elbows complete the whole package. The sleek and sharp look of the Jupiter 2 makes it suitable for almost any motorcycle and riding style.
4. Oxford Toledo 1.0 jacket: The Oxford Toledo 1.0 is one of the most pocket-friendly all-weather jackets, filled with features that keep you warm, dry and comfortable. A removable waterproof and thermal liner allows for the jacket to be as comfortable to ride in winters as in warmer conditions.
CE-approved armor at shoulders and elbows, multiple adjustment points ensue a snug fit. The jacket has a waterproof membrane throughout and allows no water to seep in. Adding to this are the waterproof zippers that in all make the Toledo a solid and resistant jacket to wear in the cold months and through the rest of the year.