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Touring Motorcycle Jacket Reviews: Touring Booster Top Picks

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

While the motorcycle jacket should be considered a necessity for all types of motorcycle riders, it is especially important for the touring enthusiast. All genre of rider will appreciate the jacket’s safety specifications, but the tourer requires the added elements of comfort and adaptability.


As tourers, our time on the “two-wheeled companion” is not limited to a few laps around the track or 10 seconds on the drag strip; we live on the road – only stopping to refuel our bikes and our bodies (and as soon as someone comes up with a way of refueling while riding, we’ll be able to limit our stops by half). That being said, our jackets need to be able to provide the type of comfort that seeks to eliminate pressure point fatigue, and is adaptable to sudden changes in weather.


Please see the article: Motorcycle Touring Gear: Making the Right Purchase (Motorcycle Jacket section)” – as this will provide an exhaustive list of evaluative criteria for the touring motorcycle jacket.


As with anything, a larger investment will yield higher functionality, but there are plenty of high-quality jackets available at each price level (so there’s no need to dip into the kid’s college fund). Below, please find Touring Booster’s top pics:

 

Oxford Spartan Touring Jacket
















The Oxford Spartan touring jacket offers great value for the price point, and offers plenty of functionality that will enhance the touring experience for novices and experienced riders alike.


Pros:


Material: Full Textile – combining abrasion resistance with comfort and resistance against mild weather conditions

Weather Resistance: Waterproof Membrane

Insulation: Removable thermal liner – insulation for colder climates

Fit Adjustment: Adjustable waist, biceps, neck and wrist – providing fit that prevents sliding during a crash, keeping safety features in place

Armor: CE approved shoulder and elbow protective armor

Visibility: Reflective piping for night visibility

Price: Price point below $100


Cons:


Sizing: Reports that this product runs small

Ventilation: No vents – poor airflow – does not allow for proper venting at high temperatures

Other:

  • Waterproof liner does not absorb perspiration well

  • Only a 2-season jacket (spring & fall) – not ideal for extreme heat or extreme cold riding

  • Is not equipped with back protective armor


Tour Master Koraza Jacket



















The Tour Master Koraza Jacket is another quality option, offering a slightly enhanced group of features, but still maintain a price point below $100.


Pros:


Material: Textile -- 500 denier polyester shell

Weather Resistance: Waterproof barrier

Armor: Removable CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor

Fit Adjustment: Adjustable waist belts, sleeve cuffs, and collar (improving fit & safety functionality)

Visibility: Reflective piping on jacket front and rear (night visibility)

Other:

  • Horizontal chest pockets & vents

  • Hand warmer pockets


Cons:


Insulation: The liner is NOT removable

Storage: Only one storage pocket

Other:

  • Only 2-season weather protection (not ideal for extreme heat or cold protection)

  • No back protective armor


Olympia Hudson Jacket

















For those looking to invest slightly more, The Olympia Hudson Jacket is a stand-out choice. This jacket comes standard with a few more integrated features that are not available in the economy models – mostly related to an upgraded outer shell material and enhanced airflow functionality.


Pros:


Material: Textile -- 600 D EVO Thread poly fabric & 1000D poly reinforcement panels

Weather Resistance / Ventilation:

  • Mesh airflow lining

  • Over or under rain jacket & removable insulation layer with interior storage pocket

Armor: Removable CE level 2 approved armor at elbows, shoulders, & back

Storage: Two exterior pockets plus interior storage pocket

Visibility: Reflective piping at front, sides, & back

Other: 8 inch connecting zipper for pants


Cons:


Miscellaneous:

  • Velcro fasteners for the waterproof and insulation lining (zippers would be more ideal)

  • When the water-resistant liner is installed, the airflow through the vents are hindered


Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0
















The Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 jacket is an excellent mid-range priced jacket. The added expense is attributed to the fact that this is the first true 4-season jacket introduced on this list – it has enhanced waterproofing features for use in heavier rain, and both – making it an ideal choice for those of us that choose to ride all year around.


Pros:


Material: Textile -- Rock Tex and Hitena outer shell -- maximum impact resistance

Armor:

  • CE approved Armor for elbows, and shoulders; optional spine protection armor

  • External armor pockets -- more convenient removal

  • Full flex-articulated back expansion panels (back & shoulders) – armor sold separately

Weatherproof:

  • 4 Season jacket

  • Waterproof (heavy rain)

  • Removable full-sleeve thermal liner

  • Variable Flow ventilation system -- waterproof zippers, large intake vents, two exhaust ports (cool air in, hot air out)

Fit Adjustment: 6-point custom sure fit

Visibility: 360-degree reflective panels & logo (night visibility)

Storage: Pockets -- 2 outside, 1 inside

Other: 8-inch zipper / 2 belt loops for attaching pants


Cons:


Common Criticisms:

  • Does not come standard with back/spine protective armor – only a foam pad

  • No bicep fit adjustment; only adjustable in the forearms

  • Athletic slip, European fit – may have to order at least a size bigger than normal


Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar

















The Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar is another extremely well-made touring jacket, including a multitude features expanding on the basic functionality previously introduced models, accounting for the price point jump. The value is found in its advanced weatherproofing features (ventilation, insulation, and waterproofing) and comfort additions that will help provide more of a pleasurable, uninhibited, uninterrupted touring experience.


Pros:


Material: Poly fabric textile -- Reinforced polymer-printed texture in elbow & lower arm areas for increased abrasion resistance

Weatherproof:

  • Waterproof

  • Waterproof cargo pockets & internal pockets

  • Direct Ventilation System - zippered chest air intake & back exhaust

  • Removable long-sleeve thermal liner

Armor:

  • CE certified elbow & shoulder protectors

  • Pockets for optional chest & back protection (sold separately)

Visibility: Reflective details & logos for night visibility

Comfort Additions:

  • Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows

  • Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction for comfort over long distances

Fit Adjustment Features: Velcro waist adjustment

Storage: External zippered pockets for safe peace-of-mind storage


Cons:


Criticisms:

  • Reports of arms being too snug;

  • Reports of being heavy without liner

  • At this price, it is less than ideal that chest & back protector not included

  • Waterproof liner is non-removable – can affect ventilation ability during riding in higher temperatures


Tour Master Transition Series 5
















The Tour Master Transition Series 5 also stands out as a highly functional touring jacket, inclusive of premium structural, weatherproofing and safety features that touring enthusiasts covet. At roughly the same cost as the Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar, it offers slightly more venting features, and reports of the waterproofing functionality are slightly more favorable.


Pros:


Material: Textile – 600 denier Carbolex Polyester, 1680 denier ballistic polyester elbows

Weatherproofing:

  • Pipeline venting -- ventilation when open, waterproof when closed

  • 11 intake & exhaust vents

  • Waterproof rain guard barrier

  • Removable thermal liner

  • Under-the-helmet hood

  • Waterproof front cargo pockets

  • Durable ESO two-way zipper closure with dual wind flap

Comfort:

  • Accordion stretch panels in back and elbows

  • Microfiber lined collar and cuffs

Visibility: Phoslite reflective protection

Fit:

  • Adjustable sleeve take-up straps helping secure elbow armor

  • Adjustable waist belts

  • Protective Armor: CE approved armor at elbow, shoulders & foam back pad

Storage:

  • Zippered chest map pocket

  • Fleece lined hand-warmer pockets

  • Internal pouch

  • Mobile media pocket

  • Dual zippered fanny pack

Other: 8" jacket/pant zipper


Cons:


  • Foam back pad: At this price point, one would hope that back armor would be higher quality; consumers are skeptical of the level of protection the stock pad would provide

  • Weight: A common criticism is that this jacket is a bit heavy, due to the liners




REV'IT! Safari 3 Jacket















The REV’IT Safari 3 Jacket offers a more simplistic design, in terms of its weatherproofing features, making them more accessible to the touring rider. The waterproofing liners are permanently attached and there are two large front vents supplying airflow throughout the jacket. Additionally, this outer shell textile material offers premium strength and abrasion resistance features, enhancing rider safety.


Pros


Material: 600D Polyester ripstop outer shell

Weatherproofing:

  • Detachable thermal liner

  • Hydratex waterproofing

  • Mesh G-liner

  • Front zipper air outlet

Protective Armor: CE level 2 shoulder and elbow protection armor (back armor sold separately)

Visibility: Laminated reflective logo

Storage: stash, back, and inner pockets


Cons:

  • The back armor is not included – at this price point the consumer would hope this would be standard

  • With only two vents, the jacket’s cooling performance in hot temperatures is limited

  • This jacket is a little light on features for the price point


Scorpion Yosemite Jacket

















The Scorpion Yosemite Jacket offers premium value to the touring rider. This touring jacket offers reinforced strength at the areas characterized as “high abrasion” zones, and its stitching seams are reinforced as well. This jacket is inclusive of CE level 2 armor, offering the touring rider sufficient protection. Weatherproofing is also enhanced with superior features, increasing its versatility and allowing for year-around usage.


Pros:


Material:

  • Textile -- 500 denier nylon; 1680 denier nylon at abrasion zones

  • Exo-Stitch safety seams with heavy bar tacking @ high stress areas

Weatherproofing:

  • Vents: Zip down wind-blocking panels, torso vents, full-length arm vents

  • Removable waterproof/windproof liner; removable thermal liner

  • Internal waterproof pocket

Storage: 2 large cargo pockets on lower front, 2 chest pockets, one large cargo pocket

Fit Adjustments:

  • Adjustment straps -- waist, biceps, forearm

  • Accordion Panels @ elbows for ease of motion

Protective Armor:

  • CE Level 2 armor with Velcro closures elbow

  • CE level 2 armor at shoulders

  • PE foam back pad

Visibility: Reflective material @ front/rear torso, arms, elbows


Cons:


Consumer Criticisms:

  • Jacket is a bit heavy and runs a little small

  • Stiff - requires break-in;

Weatherproofing: Only inner liner is waterproof, outer shell is not


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