Riding in Summer vs. Winter
While dressing for a ride throughout the rest of the year is mostly about withstanding winds and wet conditions, one aspect of summer motorcycle jackets stands out in its importance: breathability.
When the outside temperatures soar and the sun bakes the blacktop beneath you, you’ll need a jacket that’s lightweight and lets your body get some air. So, you need a jacket made from the right materials to enhance breathability.
What are the right materials for the summer months? Lightweight leather options offer classic style in a manner that suits the warm season. Riders who opt for a leather motorcycle jacket can still enjoy the timeless look (not to mention protection) afforded by high-quality leather, and modern features like advanced ventilation systems and moisture-wicking liners can help them stay cool.
Aside from leather, many of the best and most popular summer riding jackets utilize textile and mesh materials that feature top-notch breathability and versatility. Thanks to layered liners that can be added or subtracted (along with optional body armor for extra protection) these jackets can be adapted to changes in the weather—and be kept around even after a change in the season. Many of these jackets also feature reflective elements, such as 3M Reflective piping, to help increase visibility when you’re still out on the roads on warm summer nights.