Top 10 Jackets For Warm Weather

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Top 10 Warm Weather Jackets

Riding season is finally starting to relinquish winter’s grip and as the temperatures rise the gear you choose to ride in will need to breathe a little more. Here are our top 10 jackets for warm weather.

Icon Overload Sportbike SB1 Mesh Motorcycle Jacket

Icon Overload Sportbike SB1 Mesh Jacket ($169):
The Overload SB1 mesh jacket is a solid summer option with great value offering breathable mesh outer wear with protective CE armor.

Icon Sizing Chart

Icon Women's Overload Sportbike SB1 Jacket:

Icon Women’s Overload Sportbike SB1 Jacket ($169): 
The women’s version of the SB1 offers the same breathable mesh material with the built-in, CE-certified protective armor but in a cut more appropriate for the female riders.

Icon Sizing Chart

Icon Anthem Mesh Jacket

Icon Anthem Mesh Jacket ($180-$190 based on color/design): 
The Anthem jacket is similar to the SB1 but offers slightly more protection with ballistic impact panels as well as stretch side panels for increased mobility. High-vis colors are also offered to remain visible on the city streets despite the weather conditions.

Icon Sizing Chart

Icon Citadel Mesh Jacket

Icon Citadel Mesh Jacket ($300-$330 based on color/design): 
The Citadel jacket is Icon’s top-tier summer option featuring iron weave mesh outer construction, full D30 protective armor, removable “thermolite” liner, accordion side panels for maximum mobility, 3M reflective striping, double stitching all around and strap connections to attach to Citadel mesh pants.

Icon Sizing Chart

Tour Master Intake Air 3 Jacket

Tour Master Intake Air 3 Jacket ($179.99): 
The Intake Air 3 jacket combines a mesh-hybrid material with ballistic polyester in the critical impact areas. The jacket also sports reflective piping, removable water-proofing liner and zipper attachment for pants.

Tour Master Sizing Chart

Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket

Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket ($215.99): 
The Sonora Air jacket is very similar to the Intake Air 3 with all the same features but a more rugged construction and aggressive fit.

Tour Master Sizing Chart

Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket

Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket ($199.95): 
The Viper Air textile jacket is A-stars’ answer to the summer heat without breaking the bank. The breathable yet protective combination of Denier poly-fabric and CE-approved bio-armor is complemented with Velcro adjustment straps/pockets and reflective accents to increase viability.

Alpinestars Sizing Chart

Alpinestars T-GP Plus-R Air Textile Jacket

Alpinestars T-GP Plus-R Air Textile Jacket ($229.95): 
The T-GP Plus-R Air jacket adds an assortment of materials such as 2D Tech air mesh, polyester, stretch polyamide and soft touch mesh with neoprene wrists/collar and accordion panels for increase comfort.

Alpinestars Sizing Chart

Firstgear Mesh Tex Jacket

Firstgear Mesh Tex Jacket ($161.96): 
Firstgear’s Mesh Tex jacket is an all-around summer solution featuring polyester mesh outer-shell, CE-certified armor, removable wind/waterproof liner and hand-warming pockets.

Firstgear Sizing Chart

Fieldsheer High Temp Mesh Jacket

Fieldsheer High Temp Mesh Jacket ($269.99): 
The High Temp jacket by Fieldsheer is made up of Polytitanium and Denier Maxtena-Pro materials designed to resist very high-abrasion situations. Add the reflective piping, removable waterproof/insulating liner and a mobile phone pocket, and an extremely versatile jacket is the result.

  • Koczk

    No prices listed here, which is unfortunate. Still, helpful piece.

    I have a Joe Rocket Phoenix 11.0 mesh jacket, which is also a great jacket designed for the summer sun. Available for less than $200. Highly recommended.

    • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

      Good point on the prices

  • Alex

    Save money, put jacket in freezer. Works best with leather.

    • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

      Interesting, how long does that stay cool on a hot day?

      • Alex

        Depends on thickness of jacket. Thick jackets work best.

        • BobasBounty

          Assuming this works for more than 10 minutes in summer heat, would it not be super stiff? I know there is already a vast difference in thick leather movability between 50 degrees and 80 degrees… I can only imagine how rough 20 degree leather would be.

          • Alex

            Cattle breed is the determining factor here. Randall Linebacks work best.

            • BobasBounty

              I guess I’m not to the level of checking my jackets breed yet lol. Where the heck would you even find that information on anything but crazy expensive gear?

              • Alex

                Whole comment about saving money. Call manufacturer 1-800 (it’s free), and ask.

  • becauseMotorcycle

    Needs notes on sizing. Aside from Alpinestars, all those jackets are going to have an American cut.

    • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

      Agreed, I added sizing charts

  • BobasBounty

    Great article! Might have preferred a bit more variation in brands, but what the hey. Seems to me that above 90 degrees, anything with vents tends to cool about the same (aka not a lot). It all feels like riding through a hair dryer at some point!

    • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

      We might do a sequel, there are so many more and Bruce’s mind is an encyclopedia

      • BobasBounty

        Hah! I’ve been in the market for a textile jacket (really I’m just a serial gear researcher) and the sheer scale of what’s available is staggering. Tons of brands offer quality jackets across the price spectrum. It almost comes down to preference more than features since the top ten brands tend to have so many options.

  • Garblicks

    I switched from a mesh Joe Rocket to a Icon last yr and Icon by far is way more breathable

    • BobasBounty

      I know dianese has several “closed micro mesh” jackets this year, and I’m sure others do as well. I can’t stand the look of see through mesh jackets. Supposedly the higher priced micro mesh flows as well as open hole mesh…. If that’s true, I may force myself to get away from all leather all the time.

  • deuce_sluice

    I’ve had the Sonora Air, in Hi-Viz, for a few years. It’s a really nice do-everything jacket due to the two zip-in liners. I used it year-round in Wisconsin when I lived there (I rode unless there was snow on the streets,) and now that I’m in the Bay Area I just leave the thermal liner in and I’m good for all but a couple days a year.

    The good: 3/4 length; versatile from super hot to super cold; has enough straps to deal with the different configurations; hi-viz is BRIGHT.

    The not as good: I wish it had a taller collar; waterproofing via liner means that the outer mesh shell gets soaked and takes a bit to dry out; was kind of inbetween sizes and went larger than I normally would to fit with all the liners plus something warm underneath, so without the liners in I need to strap it down substantially and it looks dumpy; hi-viz is DORKY.

  • gleite311

    I have a Joe Rocket Sonic jacket which has leather on the front and back as well as along the back of the arms (where you’d likely impact). The inner arms and the sides of the torso are textile which zips off to reveal mesh underneath. I find that it works pretty well on hot days and gives me some peace of mind that I’ve got some leather between me and the road in the important places rather than mesh.

    • BryonCLewis

      I had a super Ego which is similar except the whole back and front unzips. Like the jacket a lot but now it is too big on me and I wanted something waterproof so I could ride in inclement weather.

  • Matthew Ryan

    I grabbed an Icon Compound Fighter Mesh jacket at christmas. Im really pleased with it. It offers the protection of leather in the impact zones and the comfort of fighter mesh in warm weather. Its a cold jacket to wear in spring, so the lack of an insulated liner option may deter some riders from buying it. I purchased a swiss arms thermal vest which is intended for skiing to wear underneath. It works great! I was actually surprised to not see the compound on this list, as it offers more protection than the other mesh options

  • Lee Scuppers

    Yeah like im gonna wear them jackets that dont match my flipflops.

    • PaddingtonPoohBear

      LOL

    • Alex

      I have yet to see anyone ride in flip flops… maybe that’s because I haven’t been to Florida.

  • Bluesceyes

    In my second year with an Alpinestars Viper Air for when it gets stupid hot outside. Really nice jacket for the price and it sure flows some air even with the liner in. The mesh is very tightly woven and doesn’t even look like mesh unless you look closely at it. Definitely upgrade the back protector and chest armor. my oinly complaint was that they didn’t have the all black version available when I bought mine.

    • Sucker

      I have the Viper Air jacket as well. I added the bio armor chest and back protectors which made it feet a bit more snugly (which is a good thing). I ride all summer in Arkansas heat (90′s regularly, 100′s some) and as long as i’m moving, it makes riding comfortable! Stoplights and traffic are another story, if i stop for more than a few seconds i’m always worried my bike and i will overheat! Just added some Dianese new drake air pants into the mix, i’m looking forward to see how they handle the heat!

  • http://batman-news.com Aaron

    Alpinestars Jaws Perforated. AWESOME jacket, leather/textile, upgrade to bionic chest and back protector…

  • Michael Howard

    None of those jackets allows for a beer gut.

    • BobasBounty

      It looks like several of them have velcro expansion straps on the sides. There may be some ADV jackets that are more generously proportioned, but, aside from just getting the size that fits your “beer gut”, I can’t think of any jacket made with smaller shoulders and a wide bottom… Maybe a maternity riding jacket?

      • notfishing

        Nah just change bikes

        • PaddingtonPoohBear

          That must be a depiction of how those two guys -imagine- themselves. The reality would be the exact opposite in my experience.

          • BobasBounty

            It’s actually funny, I saw my first BMW with panniers yesterday (as in not online). This area is so cruiser oriented, I feel like a special butterfly on my CB500F :p

            • Piglet2010

              Around here (Eye-Oh-Wuh) it is mostly doo-rag wearing H-D riders – with my Deauville and ‘Stich, I might as well be an alien.

    • Dennis Hightower

      I think Icon recognizes the value of beer gut.

    • dinoSnake

      My experiences:

      Try Joe Rocket, historically they have the loosest cut around the middle. Icon is typically cut for some extra space but overall somewhat less roomy than Joe Rocket. Both Tour Master and Firstgear are cut about ‘neutral’, they assume an average physique of proportional height/weight (read: less than 3 inches of gut over those old weight charts in the doctor’s office). Forget Alpinestars, they don’t fit regular people never mind ‘big boned’ (I’ve got an athletic build and even I find their fit questionable).

      You can, pretty much, take an approximate determination to see what I’ve experienced IRL by looking at the product pictures – the area to look at is from the underarms to the top of the waistline. You will either find: straight line (Icon Anthem/Citadel), loose fit; slight curve (Tour Master Intake 3 / Firstgear High Temp Mesh), average fit; strong taper (Alpinestars Viper), athletic fit. For beer gut, look for a mesh 3/4 / touring / adventure jacket, they are almost always the most roomy cut; the sport cut, just below waist level, leaves very little additional room for play beyond the design parameters.

  • Ayabe

    I would add the Dainese Super speed and Spedio D-Dry to the list, both are very high quality, move a ton or air, offer good protection, and have a removable water/wind proof liner.

    • Adrastos34

      I can also recommend these jackets. I use both for commuting every day. Dainese also came out with the Air Frazer (they have a pant to go with it that have sliders) this year. It has a bunch of mesh everywhere with leather in the impact zones. The Air Crono looks pretty good as well.

  • LS650

    That’s a great press release, but are you going to post a real comparison, and tell us which jackets are best and which are not worth buying?

    • BobasBounty

      Weird, I’ve never seen a press release with five different company’s products…

      • LS650

        No – but now you’ve seen five press releases in one ‘article’. ;-)

        • BobasBounty

          Lol, I agree that I’d like to see some reviews after actual use. Only so much time and money though!

        • Dennis Hightower

          …or a screen print of a RevZilla “mesh jacket” search

    • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

      LS650, almost all of our writers aren’t professionals and write for us for fun (yes they get paid, but it’s per article on their time). We take a pretty hands off approach which is why you often see big variations in style and ideas. If any of you feel like your style is more in depth or can engage a different audience we’d love to add you as a new voice! Hit us up at info@rideapart.com. Yes there is free gear available if you want to review it! We want the voices of hobbyist riders.

      • taba

        Yeah, but I don’t want the voice of the hobbyist rider. What’s the value of some unknown’s voice to me? Do you imagine I credit someone’s opinion simply because you’ve published it?

        Jaysis, I want to read the voice of someone who knows more than I do. If this really is your new business model, you’ll lose to forums whose respected members can volunteer better long-term reviews than this.

        Or do you imagine I’m fooled by the editorial voice? “Here are our top 10 jackets for warm weather.” What does “our” mean?

        This site was valuable because I knew something of the people (Wes, Sean, Adey, etc.) and so had reason to believe their offered opinions were informed.

        Other than Pete Hitzeman on track days and Tim Watson on cruisers, why should I believe any author here knows what they are talking about?

        • http://batman-news.com Aaron

          I want the voice of someone like me, someone who rides a bike and wants protection and comfort. I don’t need someone giving a jacket and 2 star review because the 1200 jacket they reviewed before hand was just better. Regular people want the best for the money, not the best. Professional reviewers find the best, which is fine, but not for me. Think Top Gear reviewing a toyota camry vs your friend tim who uses a car in a similar fashion as you.

          • taba

            Wes and Sean identified only the best? Really? Were they not regular guys?

            Without a known voice, how do you know any author is someone like you? Weighs protection vs comfort vs price as you do?

            Professional reviewers, because they are familiar with more than one jacket, help you to determine the best for you by letting you know how any jacket stands relative to others.

            How is this article any different than filtering revzilla for Summer jackets and then reading the jacket’s description, watching the video review, and reading buyer’s feedback?

            • http://batman-news.com Aaron

              I would say they did. 300$ gloves, 800$ jackets…..That is not regular joe territory. Yes, this review was lacking any real substance but if the person has worn an item of clothing and scratched words about it does it make that persons opinion more valuable? I want to get information from someone who rides as I do or at least similarly, not for that person to make my decision for me based off the way they ride. If that is what you want than so be it.

              • taba

                Yeah, if only they’d have done pieces like “ATGATT On A Budget,” “Best Value One-Piece Motorcycle Race Suits,” “Essential Riding Gear For Commuters (Budget Gear)” just since the new year.

                • http://www.rideapart.com/ Nolan Zandi

                  Hey I totally respect your opinion and I still got nothing but love for wes and sean and we do use professional writers all the time (wes and sean, hit me up!). Really exciting for me is that some of the advertising deals we’re close to bringing in for this summer (peak season) will help our budgets a lot and let us afford some top tier talent as well as more voices. All I’m saying is that we’re totally into passionate riders who maybe don’t make a living writing checking out some gear and giving their opinions. We want to grow all voices and opinions on rideapart, professional and amateur. If you’re interested hit us up: info@rideapart.com.

                • taba

                  Thanks, Nolan.

                  Professional or amateur, it would help if you’d share with us the bio that convinced you to give someone a voice. If you are going to go with a revolving staff, create an author’s page that lets us know something about them.

                  Experienced riders have probably learned seemingly expensive gear is actually less expensive in the long run, riders who’ve gone down might dismiss anything but leather, older riders and jaded professionals might overlook budget options, etc, etc.

                  Who’s Bruce? He may be especially qualified to speak to warm weather jacket choices, but how would I know?

                • Martin

                  This. Repeated comments by multiple readers in favor of published background information on the site’s contributors, and improved contextualization of the “Gear Picks” and other reviews seem to have been ignored. The old pay-walled HFL site was of far more interest to me than the new version.

                • taba

                  Top 10 lists generate hits, Martin, regardless the content.

                  I don’t believe it’s a sustainable business model (if my first site visit was this article, I’d feel had), but ride apart seems to be betting on it.

        • BobasBounty

          I assume rideapart doesn’t just send gear to any Joe schmo that asks to review something. As long as someone is forthright about their riding experience, I hope most readers have the ability to compare that with their own and come to a personally valuable conclusion.

          • taba

            But how many have experience with *different* gear?

            GIve me a Rukka to review, I’m sure I’ll love it.

            WIll I be able to compare it to a Halvarsson or Weise? No.

        • Heather McCoy

          Hey…

          • Piglet2010

            But you do need to review some Aerostich gear, style be d*mn*d.

            • Heather McCoy

              I think I could have fun with this…

          • taba

            Sorry, Heather, I should have included you with Pete and Tim.

            But “just so you know” is *the* reason to read you. The medical background you shared in your concussion article should be made known to any reader of your reviews.

            • Heather McCoy

              Well thank you. I did not mean for that to sound so defensive…it’s one of many (ok, several) mortal flaws of mine. Will endeavor to step up to the plate.

      • LS650

        I think I’ll take you up on that offer.

  • FreeFrog

    I still think the American cut Olympia Motorsports AirGlide 4 is brilliant (especially in the hi-vis) and includes a full rain/thermal liner you can bring “just in case.” http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olympia-airglide-4-jacket

  • eddi

    I’m still using an Intake 2, white with black trim. It’s about four years old and still going. The inner liners are great, especially the rain liner. It’s still around (Intake 3 now) and cheaper than the Sonora ($180) Goes up to 4XL for those of us who have been defeated by gravity. I’ve worn it on 100(F) days and survived with lots of water and a soggy neckerchief.

    Also the Sonora color choices are too dark, dark and hi-viz. At least that’s my take on it. Dark colors kind of defeat the purpose of a summer jacket by soaking up IR and roasting you.

  • Tom Gabriele

    The Icon Citadel and Fieldsheer High Temp look pretty BA

  • michaelse

    Thank you for the links to the inexpensive Firstgear and Tour Master jackets. Can anyone comment on how they might do in the Arizona summer? My current jacket is an Icon Compound, which doesn’t move quite as much air as I’d like, even with the vents open.

  • Piglet2010

    What about Motoport? An extra $300-400 is not a big deal considering the custom fit, as long as the jacket lives up to their claims (do they?).

  • charlie

    *Sigh* I wish manufacturers would stop thinking that I want to look like a Power Ranger swimming in a ball pit with an extra dose of Skittles.

    • FreeFrog

      Charlie… most of these textile/mesh jackets come in ALL BLACK versions too. It’s just that all black is kind of boring in textile/mesh; ALL BLACK really looks best in badass leather. ;)

  • Faysal Itani

    No Klim/Rukka?

    Also,a bit too much Icon for godsake