View Full Version : Riding Jackets?

06-15-2014, 11:44 PM
What are you guys using for warmer weather or for cold weather?Any recommendations?

06-16-2014, 6:35 AM
I believe the answer to both of those questions is a denim vest.

06-16-2014, 7:05 AM
Definitely a denim vest always works. I just got my hands on a bad ass leather jacket from Sears, Roebucks from the 50's.

06-16-2014, 7:12 AM
For cold weather I wear a well worn leather jacket that my dad used to wear when he rode in the 70s. warmer weather I just wear a hoodie. If its real warm no jacket so chicks can see my guns.

06-16-2014, 10:39 AM
I was just in a skateshop a week ago getting new bearings and I saw this http://www.activerideshop.com/Mens-Jackets/Active/Active-Radiator-Jacket on the clearance rack, which happened to be an additional 50% off that weekend.

It's full HEAVY leather on the sleeves, a nice light breathable denim, a flannel lining, and it has a nice fit that doesn't ride up my back.

with the 50% off I paid 22 bucks for the jacket after tax. so far it's the perfect socal summer jacket if you want/need one. it's warm but you don't sweat unless your off your bike and the arms are still sturdy enough that you feel safe if shit goes down. a number of pockets on the outside, and shit like the ribbed neck and zippered sleeves are really nice touches.

06-16-2014, 12:59 PM
pretty cool jacket. insane sale. too bad they only have medium left :(

i picked this jacket up for $199 (originally $650) and i'm happy with it. solid colder weather jacket. i got it a little bigger so i could comfortably wear a hoody under it if need be.
but now that it's getting warmer out i gotta find something else that'll make me feel like my skin won't peel off if shit goes down...but won't make me sweat my balls off.
http://www.wilsonsleather.com/product/black+rivet+antique+leather+cycle+jacket.do?green= 4DB720C0-717D-5A9D-B780-732FD90F1AFD

06-16-2014, 3:47 PM
Cold = M65 field jacket

Warm = Levis jacket

06-16-2014, 4:01 PM
For cold weather I wear a Fox Creek Classic Motorcycle Jacket.
Warm weather I wear a t-shirt.Thinking of buying a long sleeve
leather shirt from F.C..

06-16-2014, 4:11 PM
In winter I have a Fox Creek jacket that is fucking awesome. It also costs more than I'd ever want to spend on a jacket but I had some extra cash in the account and was feeling ghetto rich.

Summer riding back and forth to work in traffic I have a joe rocket mesh jacket. On weekends when I've got a few million fewer cars trying to run me off the road I just wear a long sleeve t-shirt to keep the sun off my skin.

06-16-2014, 7:22 PM
summertime i have a mooneyes dickies jacket. i like it for summer but the sleeves are kinda big around so it catches wind and slides back some usually. under that i wear a screamin' eagle hoodie i have with little thumb holes so it doesnt slide up. i also have the 70s leather jacket with big gold zippers but its small on me. gotta get something better for cold weather. kinda digging the subtle harley jackets with the faded looking leather, or if you want to spend money you can always get a vanson which is the best leather brand IMO but lots of their shit looks racey

06-16-2014, 7:53 PM
Thrift store... yup best place to get hot weather, cold weather riding crap that you can trash on and not give a shit how much you abuse it. Besides you never know what you'll find for cheap. I've got a Carharrt jacket that cost me exactly nothing and it was brand spanking new, it still had the stickers and tags on it and some nice random old lady bought it for me as a gift just because I'm a super awesome dude. Ask any Marine, cougars dig Corpsmen. It might not be the best for rainy weather but it sure as hell is plenty warm especially if I use my denim vest. The best piece of gear I have for shitty weather is a Gortex rain jacket I got in Germany when I had to fly escort duty all over the middle east for some head case that supposedly was flopping around on the deck like a fish. For some reason I had to have a full clothing kit before I was allowed to fly back and join back up with command. I didn't have to pay for that because both the Army and Air Force love Corpsmen. I grabbed a bad ass Pink Floyd hoodie for about $2.50 and its perfect for hot weather riding, it was on sale at Walmart because they love Corpsmen. It will hold about 1.5 liters of water for evaporative cooling and keeps me from getting sun burned so it's great for desert rides. Sucker did a great job on the way down to San Felipe for last years EDR and it lets everyone know that I really l like the dark side of the moon if I take my denim vest off. Best thrift store find yet was a 3X leather motorcycle jacket that had nuts and bolts to keep the belt held together, cost me $25. That sumbitch took a fall onto the 15 freeway at 55mph when I got hit from behind like a champ, can't say the same about my Wrangler jeans they were ripped to shreds but somehow my denim vest was unscathed. See the general theme here rain or shine everything works better with the denim vest, and it even kept me from having road rash all over my chest and back, it came out of the wreck unscathed. Hell last time I went down I had on my denim vest, my knee road rashed, elbow and upper arm road rashed but my the area the vest covered unscathed, even the vest itself was immune to the effects of sliding over asphalt. My vest is a Lil Joe's, I would have gotten a Biltwell one but my mom, who loves Corpsmen, gave me a gift certificate to the local H-D dealership not knowing any better. The dealership had to special order it for me but they gave it to me for what the gift certificate was for because the hoochie mama clothing girl had a thing for Corpsmen.

So to sum it up (1) DENIM VEST - best piece of riding gear period.
and of course (2) Everybody loves Corpsmen

06-16-2014, 8:00 PM
I have a fox creek commander jacket that I use up into the high 80s if its not humid, has 5 zip open vents plus zippers up the wrist. Works well into the low 50s with its liner. Haven't had a chance to try it in any colder weather.

06-16-2014, 9:12 PM
Yep, denim vest for me too. Got mine at Burlington Coat Factory in the fatty section, I'm too big for the cool shit most bikers get. Mine was actually a jacket but a vest is just a jacket without sleeves so... If it's cooler outside or not terribly humid I throw a hoodie on under the vest.

06-17-2014, 8:29 AM

Firstgear's Mesh Tex jacket, $160 from Revzilla (or $170 on Amazon, might be a better deal if you have Prime). Removable wind blocking liner, CE approved shoulder & elbow armor and back pad (replaceable, matches d30 inserts for Klim jackets). Wind goes right through with liner removed, but throw in the liner and wear a sweater, its pretty warm (down to 45 degrees). Lots of other colors, that one made my wife happy that I wasn't gonna die because people wouldn't see me. Comes in tall sizes, which for me is a must on any jacket I actually want to cover my wrists. Easy to sew patches to, Big Daddy Roth patch not included.

06-17-2014, 8:59 PM
in warm weather i wear sun screen.

in cold weather i wear flannels, because i'm a fucking ass hole who doesn't know how to dress appropriately for the weather.

06-18-2014, 1:00 PM
various hoodies, from normal to a couple with pretty thick linings, then a coat that i think could have been from road construction at the coldest i want to ride (which isn't that low). it has bright yellow patches on it and reflective stitching.

i have three motorcycle specific jackets, but it just doesn't occurto me to wear them. it's always a hoodie.

06-18-2014, 2:06 PM
I am from Canada. I wear my leather 365. even if it is 30 above, 90 for you people down south. you still roll up you're jacket and tie it to the back. weather changes all the time. in Calgary we have a saying. if you don't like the weather. wait 5 minutes it will change.

06-18-2014, 2:11 PM
What is all this shit? Don't you guys know where you are? Flannel and a denim vest...period. If it's too cold put on more flannel,,,if it's too hot take off flannel. God dammit! Rubsy knows.

My favorite jacket is a flannel hoodie that is Sherpa lined. I like to think in my head it is lined with the fur of dead babby bunnies.

06-18-2014, 2:30 PM
Wore leather since forever, like my Fox Creek jacket (praise be to Ebay) but it's too fucking hot/humid this year (SC can literally be worse than Saudi Arabia) so I got a Joe Rocket mesh jacket after reading multiple reviews.


I'm 6"2"/208 and it fits well, is well made and comfortable in SC humid heat.

A few minutes with a pin (to lift stitches which I always cut from the patch side) and an X-acto knife removed the large logos because I'm old and don't like logowear.

I also switched to white/tan TIG gloves and a white helmet. I've heard phase change cooling vests work in humid weather but haven't bought one yet.


I came up with tradition, but just as modern military gear beats the shit out of the old stuff, so do modern riding garments.

For cold weather, leather jacket oversized to allow layering or an oversize M65 with THREE liners (sew the edges together on sleeves, align the button holes, then sew the rest together). Get a scarf (I use my old gray Air Force scarf) and sew the ends together. Loop to preference around neck. You don't have to tuck the result into your collar which makes an air leak when riding and it snugs comfortably against a helmet.

I wore the M65/triple liner/scarf combo for many years working the flightline. I could commute in uniform then go to work the line which was also fucking cold.
Scarfs are normally forbidden there due to FOD, but this stays in place barring decapitation so QA were cool with it.

Many M65 owners, even G.I.s, don't know it has a hood. Unzip da neck zipper and pull it out. It can drastically reduce heat loss from the critical head/neck area and it's thin. You can attach heavier hoods to an M65 if you like but I've not needed them.

Get a can of Scotchgard and drench the fuck (do this outdoors) out of your M65 including under the armpits. It will shed water decently.

The ancient trick of cutting a couple of anti-freeze jugs to fit over your controls to protect your hands does work. Looks like ass, but that's one of the charms.

06-18-2014, 4:09 PM
I wear my likely 30 year old leather if its anything more than my riding vest and a t-shirt. If its warm enough for a jacket, I may as well have a little armour.
If I'm not wearing leather, I dont bother with much of anything, if it aint saving road rash, it aint worth wearing.

Did however get a new riding leather today, buddy of mine dropped it off never woorn, which sucks as my last one I've had for 20 years and it was well used then, so I'll haveto break this one in still..........But Its nice enough, and even if its not what I would normally buy, I'll abuse it as it should be done.

06-18-2014, 7:32 PM
I was thinking about getting a mesh jacket for the summer. I have a heavy leather with decent vents, but it will be too much this summer in Texas (coming from Michigan)

06-19-2014, 7:24 PM
Just clicked on the Clutch Monkey pop up ad and watched the video and for a measly $300 freakin' dollars you too can have a denim vest…unreal.

Levis denim vest and a flannel on chilly summer nights.

06-20-2014, 11:39 AM
thanks for the info guys!