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Five of the best... touring jackets

24 Aug 2020
Updated: 21 Jan 2022 Versatility is everything on a bike tour as you could be facing all kinds of weather. These jackets are designed to cope…
If you’re embarking on a tour, you need to know your kit will keep up with you.
A versatile motorcycle touring jacket will help you tackle all weather conditions, and our guide to five of the best can help you find the one that’s perfect for you…

Oxford Montreal 4.0 Textile Jacket

Sportsbikeshop customers loved the previous version of this jacket and the fourth generation follows up neatly. It has a waterproof drop liner and a removable thermal liner, while a short connection zip allows for the attachment of matching Oxford trousers and the fit can be adjusted at the wrist, forearm, bicep and waist. The Montreal 4.0 took the Best Buy crown in the latest independent test by RiDE magazine, repeating the Montreal 3.0’s success.

Price from: £159.98 (RRP £169.99)

Richa Cyclone Gore-Tex Textile Jacket

Sportsbikeshop customers highly rate the Cyclone’s fit, saying it fits perfectly and is so comfortable it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a jacket at all. The first 65 buyers to leave a review gave a mighty average of 4.89 out of five. The Gore-Tex liner means you’re guaranteed to stay dry, and four vents across the chest and back make it suited to touring in hot or cold weather. The long connection zip allows the attachment of the matching jeans, and a full set of D3O armour is included.  

Price from: £499.99

Oxford Mondial Advanced Textile Jacket

Receiving a 4.77-star average from the first 165 reviews, Oxford’s Mondial Advanced jacket is hugely popular among Sportsbikeshop customers. They hail it a “great four season jacket”, complimenting the laminated waterproof membrane for keeping them dry and the large chest vents for keeping them cool on hotter rides. Reviewers also say it’s comfy and well-fitting, but it loses marks from some for the collar being a little low on the neck.

Price from: £242.99 (RRP £269.99)

Richa Phantom 2 Textile Jacket

Richa’s textile jacket was a hit with the testers at RiDE magazine, collecting a Recommended award. This is for riders on a tighter budget and it combines a 600-denier outer with a breathable waterproof membrane to keep rain out and let sweat out. The thermal liner comes out, giving flexibility to suit warmer or cooler conditions, and there are zipped vents to let the jacket run cooler in summer. It comes with a strong suite of armour as well - shoulders, elbows and back, which is a strong selling point for a jacket of this price.

Price from: £179.99

Rukka Nivala Gore-Tex Textile Jacket

“Expensive? Yes. Worth it? 100%” – Rukka’s Nivala jacket seriously impresses Sportsbikeshop customers, who give it a perfect five-star average from the first 39 reviews. Customers say it’s warm and comfortable, and praise the laminated Gore-Tex lining for doing a great job in keeping them dry. They also note how lightweight and well ventilated the Nivala is, and say the build quality of the jacket is second-to-none.

Price from: £999.99 (RRP £1249.99)