Dainese D-Stormer D-Dry Jacket – $499.95
Dainese recently released news of their new 2014 collection and the D-Stormer D-Dry jacket is a true four-season jacket, with some really cool venting tricks. The D-Strormer D-Dry has the same setup as many of the jackets on this list (CE armor in the shoulder and elbows with a pocket for an optional back protector and a three-layer system), but they say the outer layer has a waterproof treatment as well. The multiple adjustment points on this jacket should help keep cold air from getting in, as will the high fleece-lined collar. We’re lusting over the Tarmac/black/grey one.
ICON 1000 Akorp Jacket – $515
The ICON 1000 Akorp jacket is one of the ugliest in pictures, but most beautiful in person pieces of gear I’ve ever seen. I was legitimately bummed when ICON said they wanted our opinion on it, but I haven’t wanted to take it off since it arrived. The Akorp is definitely only going to be appropriate for us in warmer climates or for people with short commutes who want to look nice when they arrive at their destination. The coated canvas shell, paired with the removable quilted vest liner, does a pretty good job of keeping cold air out and, when paired with smart layering, has kept me comfortable on some chilly nights. The fit is about as good as it gets in the motorcycle gear market currently (still too wide but not enough to look ridiculous), and the finish is absolutely outstanding and the magnetic flap closure is a beautiful finishing touch.
Aerostitch Darien Jacket – $517
The Aerostich Darien may not be the most featured, most technical, or nicest looking jacket, but it does one thing better than any other jacket on this list: keep bad weather out. At $517, its one of the cheapest jackets available that has waterproofing built into its outer layer. Why does this matter? Anything using the interior liner method of keeping water out will soak the outer layer, transferring that water to the places you least want it like the inside of your gloves or boots. The Darien has TF3 armor at the shoulders and elbows, reflective paneling to keep you visible at night, and allows you to pair it with an optional fleece liner or wiring kit for a heated vest. Our own Wes Siler just reviewed the pants and, paired with those and some intelligent layering, the Darien will keep your warm through pretty much anything.
Dainese Carve Master Gore-Tex Jacket – $579.95
The new Dainese Carve Master is another new jacket for 2014 that fits in the touring/commuting/sport category. The Carve Master is similar to the D-Stormer we looked at earlier, swapping the D-Dry for Gore-Tex and adding inserts in the shoulders and using a two-layer system, with the waterproof Gore-Tex finally finding its way into the outer shell. We also love to see that interior thermal liner getting a high collar to help keep our necks, one of the places we lose the most heat, warm while riding. The black on black Carve Master Gore-Tex Jacket is high on our Christmas list.
Aether Canyon Motorcycle Jacket – $750
Want a nice winter motorcycle jacket that you can wear off the bike and will impress your friends? While on the pricier side, the only thing cooler than owning something by our friends at Aether is the tech that goes into the research and development of their products (they have a walk in freezer in their offices in LA just so you can test out their jackets for yourself!). The Canyon jacket is constructed using Schoeller®-Dynatec, a three-layer abrasion resistant fabric tested by Schoeller’s “Sturzsimulator,” which simulates crashes on pavement up to 75 mph to ensure the jacket can take a beating. It’s also completely waterproof, while maintaining the breathable qualities we’ve come to love from Gore-Tex. Sealed seams and weatherproof zippers finish the waterproofing, while D30 armor at the shoulders, elbows, and back will keep you safe in a crash. Matte black, reflective piping helps keep you looking cool during the day while visible at night and their “ergonomic fit” was actually designed for healthy sized humans. You’ll need to pair this jacket with base layers if the temp drops too low, but if you can afford it and it fit’s your temperature needs; the Aether Canyon Motorcycle Jacket is as good as it gets.
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