Cold Weather Textile Jackets to Consider This Winter

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Dainese D-Stormer D-Dry
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
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
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
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
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.

Had any experience with the jackets on our list? Tell us about them. Ready to buy? Tell us which jacket you’d love to have in the comments below.

Related Links:
Gear: Best Winter Mid & Base Layers
Gear: Best Motorcycle Leather Jackets Under $700
How To: Layer for Warmth – Winter Motorcycle Gear Made Easy

  • HunteR

    I notice you guys dont seem to feature Klim gear very often. Any particular reason for that?

    • Scott Birdsey

      It was funny to see this as I was just thinking the same exact thing.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Took KLIM gear to Taste of Dakar last year and it’s absolutely fantastic. They sent me their cheap setup (Traverse) and it blew my mind how nice it was. I was actually thinking about how I needed to do an adventure inspired roundup to get them worked in.

      While some of the jackets on this list do double duty (adventure and general use/touring), the KLIM stuff is a little more specialized and at a little higher price point (which it merits but only if you’re looking for it to do a more specialized job).

      http://rideapart.com/2013/07/taste-of-dakar-seans-gear/

      • Brian

        KLIM actually makes a fair bit of gear for cold usage like snowmobiling, that actually would suit the types of weather condition here for this article nicely. The Badlands Pro jacket would be excellent for Cali winter rain whereas the Adventure Rally jacket would suit other disciplines and conditions across the country.

        • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

          The Badlands Pro is a high tech adventure jacket. Complete overkill unless you REALLY like the word KLIM across your jacket.

          • Bones Over Metal

            One could say the exact same thing about the Rev’it Sand jacket, Only it takes 3 layers to do what most Klim jackets do in one or two.

          • Brian

            at least half of the jackets in this list are overkill. the KLIM fits right in IMHO. Maybe the article should then be “reasonable” winter jackets then and go with jackets like Icon Patrol, Scorpion Commander, Olympia AST2, or things like that.

  • Jay

    Is the Aether insulated? How would it be in warmer weather, or is it winter only?

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      It has vents and would be great for both though we haven’t ridden with one yet, so we can’t attest to how well it vents.

      • Guy

        I’ll wait until you guys ride with one on.

  • Eric Shay

    I recently got the Alpinestars Andes set up. I would say it is completely awesome for the price, but it does let air in right in the center of the chest which kind of bums me out. Otherwise it is really comfortable and fits well even with its limited adjustments. Oh, another negative point. the knee armor velcros from the bottom, so if that opens the knee pad falls down. So maybe it’s not that great.

  • Kevin

    I loved my Dainese D-System D-Dry jacket (circa 2011 in that bitchin military olive color) but was very disappointed to have a minor low side on pavement blow a hole in the elbow. $500+ is too much to spend on a one-and-done, so I’ve moved to leather with a rain suit.

    • Rob

      I’d mention that at the same price you could have had the Darian, had it repaired after your spill for a fair price, then continued to enjoy the benefits of a very nice textile jacket; but you obviously have different priorities.

      • Kevin

        I’ve prioritized protection, yes. Was that the point you were trying to make?

  • Kevin

    I swear, the Aerostich design ethos can be summed up as “F*** it, I’m too fat to care anymore.” Cracks me up. I’ve got friends that swear by it, respect to the company, love that it’s made in America and all that, but… just damn. LOL

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      im actually laughing out loud.

    • Michael Howard

      Most – if not all – of Aerostich’s riding gear is designed and sized to be worn over other layers.

    • 1destroyed_student1

      One of my best riding buddies wears a blue one. He looks like a smurf.

  • E Brown

    I like the Canyon but my favorite Aether is their Skyline and when I win the lottery that’s the 2nd call I’ll make.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      That why you asked for my number in that email?

    • SteveNextDoor

      “Tell you what I’d do with my 1st call, man….”

    • Strafer

      I have the Skyline – use it a lot
      I’m trying to use it year round – it stops all wind so with layers underneath I think I will be fine for the winter. Little hot for the summer if you are sitting in traffic, but if your moving should be ok.

      Aether recently opened up a shop near me so I went for fun and tried on the Canyon
      I was actually not expecting to like it much but was surprised
      I’m 6’4 and most of that is a long thin torso so most jackets sit several inches above my waist but the Canyon has a nice flap in the back that covers down to my jeans

      I have a lot of trouble finding something that fits especially in leather, but I find the Aether jackets to be a little more forgiving fit wise than leather.

  • William Connor

    The Rev IT Sand II is terrible. I was completely soaked wearing one with the liner zipped in and buttoned up tight. Was the most disappointing jacket I have ever owned. Olympia makes some decent gear at price points that easily fit into what you reviewed here.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      I’ve heard nothing but the opposite from plenty of people.

      • dead_elvis

        I can’t address Rev’it stuff, but I’ve owned a few pieces of Olympia gear over the years, and they have all performed admirably under heavy use.

  • Brian

    you guys need to look at KLIM and RUKKA, seriously for this list !!!

    • Beewill

      I was thinking the same thing. No cold weather list is complete with out KLIM or Rukka. Both came from making the best snowmobile gear out there.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Read above. Those wonderful pieces of gear, but they cost quite a bit more because they include a ton of extra tech for adventure and off road purposes.

  • Justin McClintock

    I have a Frank Thomas jacket I got a couple years ago on sale. Don’t remember the model, but it has titanium plates on the shoulders (not why I bought it). It’s got a zip-out thermal liner, and an additional waterproof liner (although the shell is already water resistant). I freakin’ LOVE that jacket. You put both liners in, you are NOT getting cold.

    And….now Cyclegear doesn’t sell it anymore so they can sell some in-house crap instead.

    • Stephen Mears

      Frank Thomas was and in house brand of Cycle Gear to begin with.

      • Justin McClintock

        No. Frank Thomas is a European brand. You can still buy their gear over there. Cyclegear was simply their sole US distributor.

  • Justin McClintock

    I’m confused as to why the Aether Canyon is even on here. It doesn’t sound like it would be good in the winter at all. Why wouldn’t I just zip the liner into my leather jacket and throw on a light sweater underneath instead? And you know what….it’s LEATHER. And it costs LESS. And I already have it! The Aether Canyon just sounds like somebody looking for the answer to a question nobody asked.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Why would you buy anything on this list if you already own a setup that works?

      • Justin McClintock

        Because some day, I’ll need something new. But the point is, most people are going to have a leather jacket anyway. Many leather jackets (most perhaps) come with some type of zip in insulation and vents that can be closed. They’re not as good as a full-on winter jacket (which is why I have both), but most leather jackets with a zip-in liner are probably just as good as a this Aether Canyon. And despite how well it holds up for being textile, leather is still better….and in this case probably significantly cheaper as well.

        • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

          Unless you live in Portland or Seattle anywhere else that stays a little warmer, but get’s real wet.

          You missed the part about winter looking different in different parts of the country and people having different needs.

          • Justin McClintock

            Perhaps, but it just strikes me as more of a “wet weather” jacket, not a winter jacket.

          • dead_elvis

            I’d like a simple “does it work for commuting in Seattle/Puget Sound/PacNW winters?” qualifier on waterproof/insulated gear!

  • Bluesceyes

    I’m really torn between the T-JAWS and Megaton. I would already be riding in the cooler weather but can’t because I can’t make up my mind. I do mostly sport biking and commuting and want something that will fit Astars pants and be good for fall through late spring.

    • SteveNextDoor

      Can’t speak to the T-Jaws, but I took delivery of a Megaton last night. I’m picky and have been on a search for a new jacket for weeks now, and so far this is the only one I have not created any new cuss words for. It’s well-made and well thought out. For the price, I think this is going to be a nice jacket for Fall-through-Spring, and with the venting available, should be usable on all but the hottest Summer days while at least moving (we’ll see). The Revzilla video review covers the features well.

      Since you mentioned sport bike riding in cooler weather, I’ll say that this jacket has a pretty long tail on it; I’m 6-ft 220 lbs with a normal length torso, and my XL jacket covers probably half my butt. It does include a zipper for connecting to A* pants. Collar is tall and has multiple adjusters, doesn’t hit the Adam’s apple too much or cause issues doing shoulder checks (have had both issues on other cool weather jackets I’ve tried lately). Fitment overall is good with and without the liners in, armor doesn’t move around on you; only complaint would be a bit of tightness in the chest/shoulders, but this is not uncommon for me when shopping as I have an athletic build, it isn’t so bad that it annoys me or hinders my movements and I like the fitment everywhere else too much to up size. Hope this helps.

      • Bluesceyes

        Thanks for the input. Sounds like the one for me as long as it doesn’t bunch up too much when I’m leaned over.

  • Jon Cramer

    I’ve got a Belstaff XL500 replica, but that Rev’it hits the same marks for far less $. And you don’t have to pay to get it through customs.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    I’m kind of surprised you’d recommend a shorter jacket like the T-Jaws for winter. I just imagine a nice slice of cold air sneaking right up the hem and into my core. Brr!
    I love that Oxford, though. Who needs a Barbour when you can get this instead?

  • ms

    As a year round rider I obsess over gear. Pretty happy with my Rev’It Ventura jacket, although a heated liner is sometimes necessary. An Eddie Bauer First Ascent down-filled sweater helps on milder-but-still-chilly days. The Scorpion Fury looked great, but I couldn’t find any reviews before it was discontinued and my small size was no longer available :( Picked up an Aerostich Roadcrafter, haven’t gotten accustomed to the more “relaxed” fit so I rarely wear it except in the rain. Just adding my two cents, since you didn’t review anything for women in the article.

  • Linda

    For the ladies point of view – I have a Revit Legacy goretex jacket. I live in Portland and am lazy so really like the built in goretex. This has worked very well for me and is very comfortable

  • Mark D

    I bought the Alpinestars Lucerne drystar jacket, which seems to be functionally the same as the Megaton jacket (lol, these names, jesus.) For ~$250, its a great, great jacket. While baked-in waterproofing can be nice, having a removable liner really helps the jacket breath in dry weather. Adding in bioarmor back and chest armor makes it as safe as anybody needs on the street.

  • appliance5000

    Teknic has gone out of business and I picked up their freeway HP jacket for shortish money.. I love it. 45 F with only a T-shirt – 3+ hours and drizzly -and it was fine. Beautifully made, nicely tailored (ie i don’t look like the michelin man) and very marked down.

    The sprint looks good too but there’s only so much room in the closet.

  • Granite

    I have logged many thousands of miles in my Aether Canyon Jacket here in Colorado. Freaking love it. I dig the fit and performance. You will need to layer up in order for it to be a winter jacket, just as any single layer non insulated shell needs to be. Works in hot dry climates as the venting works really well. I have used it off road riding the high passes of Colorado to cruising on my around town bikes. Rode it through some seriously nasty weather in early Sept this year and never worried about water leaking through. They apparently are working on a pant which I ll buy when it comes out to match.

  • markbvt

    Might want to also consider British Motorcycle Gear’s offerings. Great stuff at a very competitive price point.

  • Vince.L

    Any input on the Icon Raiden Patrol Jacket ? I’ve heard some people say it was great, other told me not so great. As usual, huge bias toward Icon for both of them… One of them swears by it, the other one says it’s a n overpriced piece of gear.
    I’ve decided not to listen to any of them…

    Looking for a friend and an unbiased advice on this one ;-)

  • Slacker

    I personally sprung for the First Gear Kathmandu earlier this summer (going from a Vanson leather) and I love it. Works well for the summer, wear a hoodie under the jacket and liner and you’ll be golden! Heated grips are magical as well.

  • 1destroyed_student1

    < Thank goodness I was able to find a great coat all on my own- because it seems all the moto mags forget that women ride too.