Buying a Motorcycle Jacket? Get the best one that suits you as a rider


Riding a motorcycle is a passion of many people, however it is common place to find riders not wearing a motorcycle jacket, often forgetting that safety is a concern, sometime choosing a fashion item over a safety option, wearing a motorcycle jacket is the most important item of riding gear after a motorcycle helmet. safely notwithstanding the jacket can be a very versatile tool in your riding kit.

Though accidents don’t come announced, being sensible and wearing the appropriate riding kit can potentially save us from serious injuries.

Apart from a helmet and other wearables, buying motorcycle jackets is one of the wisest things that people can do to safeguard themselves from the potentially fatal consequences of an accident if at all it occurs. So, why not choose the best motorcycles jacket for you, the rider.

Here is a checklist that will help you better understand what you are looking at before buying a motorcycle jacket helping you the rider get the best biking experience. Read on


1) The jacket material matters

When you are buying a motorcycle jacket, the first thing to look out for  out for is the material that the jacket is made from. The most common and regarded as the strongest is the traditional leather jacket, however as technology improves you the rider has a great choice of technical materials to choose from; Cordura Nylon is the most common textile material however it is often mixed with different liners to aid in keeping you either warm or cool and importantly waterproofing for example: Gore-Tex®, Sinaqua® or Thinsulate®. Other popular materials in recent years have been denim with either Kevlar® or Covec® linings for protection.


2) But one according to your biking habits

So you ride a sports bike, the likelihood is you aren’t going to want a full off road style jacket or a traditional cruiser jacket.  So choosing a jacket according to your riding habit is something you must look out for while buying one. You can often opt for a jacket and trouser combination to fit your riding  in the best way.


3) The colour and age of the jacket are also important

Older motorcycle clothing is like a nice pair old of slippers a comfortable friend. However is this old friend going to protect you in the event of an accident…possibly not in the way you would like it too. A new modern jacket in whatever style has too meet certain safety standards. As of January 2019 all new clothing will be CE certified to better help you the customer understand the level of protection offered by the kit you are looking to purchase. Colour is also a factor in making a purchase of your new jacket with more people steering towards brighter colours in the attempt to be seen by other road users there is a vase array to choose from.  Here art S&D motorcycle clothing Essex, You can find the best jackets in a myriad of styles and colour combination to suit your taste and requirements


4) Materials and safety standards

As the whole purpose of buying a motorcycle jacket is primarily for safety purposes looking for it while on the hunt to buy a jacket should be carefully considered. You should take into account the type of bike you ride, are you a fair weather rider or an all season trooper. Your not going to want a full one piece leather race suit to ride your Harley or Maxi scooter, likewise a pair of kevlar jeans and denim jacket might not be suitable for your race bike or commuter rider. With the range of materials available falling into three main categories Leather, Textile and Denim with then a massive range of styles from racer, tourer, adventure, commuter and cruiser with the every popular scooter rider now being well provisioned.  It would be our advice to look for CE approved clothing and also clothing which has armour fitted or can have armour fitted giving a greater degree of safety.  All new 2019 riding kit should be CE approved and marked with the appropriate label to what standard it has achieved.

5) Armour protectors

It is common place to have armour protectors integrated into the jackets shoulders and elbows and on some a back protector.  Some of the more casual range of motorcycle jackets dont have protectors fitted but do have pockets that will allow you to upgrade them. Armour protectors have various levels of quality and standards it is highly recommended that CE approved armour is used and that it is either level 1 or 2 (2 being the higher spec) Some jackets are fitted with foam insert instead of a back protector these are not a protector and should be replaced with one that conforms to the CE standard.  Also, you should check out for “CE approved” jackets which signify that the jacket has met safety tested criteria and has been give a rating as to  the level of protection that the jacket offers (Eg AAA, AA, A rating with the AAA being the strongest in test)


6) Comfort and Fit are essential to

When buying a motorcycle jacket, you must not overlook the fact that a good fitting, comfortable jacket is also essential to a pleasurable riding experience.  The last thing you want is to have ill fitting or tight clothing that distracts you from the rather important task of riding your bike.


And, to conclude

At S&D motorcycles purchasing your new Motorcycle Jacket is made easy with a full range of styles and sizes available for both men and women, all our products comply or exceed current CE requirements. Our experts in the clothing department can aid you in finding the perfect setup for you riding style and tastes.