Your jacket is one of the most important pieces of gear. It keeps you clean, warm and protects you from the elements and anything else you come in contact with. Make sure to get all the information you can when purchasing. Read reviews and look at sizing charts when available. Leather is the preferred choice of material for many riders, although there are plenty of good options out there that are made of textile materials (we'll have a post on those later). Personally, I prefer leather and if you're going for a classic biker look and feel, you probably will too.
Finding a good motorcycle jacket can be tough, you want it to fit right, be durable and look good. To make your search easier, here are some leather motorcycle jackets I recommend. There are plenty of other jackets out there and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0 Leather Jacket
The Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0 features a streamlined, attractive design that will look good for years to come. Other than a couple of Joe Rocket logos on the shoulders, behind the neck and on the lower back the jacket looks pretty simple. Looks, though, can be deceiving. The jacket has removable panels that help direct air inside the jacket and keeps you cool. For cold weather, there is a removable vest liner. Subtle jacket fitting adjustments can be made easily on the wrists sleeves and waist so that the jacket can easily fit you if you're just a little in between sizes. It also comes with some back, shoulder and elbow padding as well as an optional C.E. Spine protector, which can really help to keep you safe. This is a good choice for riders of all styles and Joe Rocket is a trusted brand that I feel comfortable recommending.
Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
Roland Sands has been on of my favorite gear companies since I came across them a few years ago. They make some of the best products out there. The only issue with their products is the price. It's high. But that doesn't mean the products are overpriced. Some of the best craftsmanship in the business comes from this company. Case in point, the Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket. It features a classic style that will make you feel like a badass motorcyclist, pre-curved sleeves that are comfortable when riding, sleeve vents, waist adjustment, a specially lined pocket that keeps your phone safe, armor pockets on the shoulder, elbow and back (armor not included) and much more.
In my opinion, the Roland Sands jacket is the best on this list in terms of looks, protection, and function. However, I completely understand if it's out of your price range. Still, if you can front the money, you'll get a jacket you can wear for a lifetime.
I hope this helps you find the best jacket out there. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments section below.
ScorpionExo 1909 Leather Jacket
Somewhat in line with the Sonic 2.0 jacket featured above, the ScorpionExo 1909 features a classic, streamlined look that's a little slimmer than the Joe Rocket jacket. This jacket has a distressed look so you won't have to break it in to look good. It features Sas-Tec C.E. armor in all the same places as the Joe Rocket jacket and has zippered vents to help keep you cool when the weather warms up. It also features four external pockets. In my opinion, this is a better-looking jacket than the Sonic 2.0, but I'm a sucker for an old school style and this jacket has old school cafe racer styling all over it. If that's what you're going for, though, you might have a hard time finding a better-looking jacket. It will also do a good job of keeping you safe should you take a spill thanks to its leather construction and use of C.E. armor.