When it comes to versatility, textiles are essential for any touring motorcyclist.
Sure, leathers look good. And they’re all well and good as you belt down the Amalfi coast on your Ducati.
But if you’re carting your stuff from one hotel to another through a range of conditions, environments, and road surfaces, you’re probably going to opt for textiles.
Now, if you believe everything you read, you’ll be tempted to go out and spend £1,500 on a premium laminated jacket.
And that’s great. If that’s what you’re into.
Our advice is to save your cash by buying middle-of-the-range textiles, And then spend the money you save on another tour instead!
So with that in mind, here are 5 textile motorcycle jackets with price tags under £300.
1. Oxford Montreal 3.0 Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £99.99
I remember buying an earlier version of this jacket back in the day when I had no cash. It served me so well that a few years later, I replaced it with this version.
And I love it. For the price, it’s exceptionally good value for money.
The styling has been updated since the last version. But it still includes its waterproof liner comprising of Oxford’s Rainseal technology.
As always, it’s incredibly comfortable thanks to Amara lined, neoprene collar and cuffs. And the adjustment straps on the arms and waist allow you to custom the fit.
In addition to comfort, this jacket as CE approved armour is at the elbows and shoulders. And whilst it doesn’t come with a back protector, Oxford have provided provisions for it.
I have a hatred of leaky pockets. But thankfully, the ones on this jacket are water-resistant. As is the hard-wearing, spear-toothed enduro zip.
Finally, the thick, thermal liner is removable. And the jacket comes with a concealed hood which you can wear under your helmet to prevent water ingress.
For the money, this is an all-round, excellent textile motorcycle jacket.
2. Merlin Horizon Outlast Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £199.99
Again, this is a lot of jacket for the money. With its 3-in-1 interchangeable layering system, the Horizon Outlast provides the ultimate in versatility.
The outer layer is comprised of long-lasting polyester. And underneath, you have the removable Outlast Universe ‘Salida’ Temperature Regulating liner.
Underneath that is the Reissa waterproof and breathable liner. And then there’s a fixed breathable mesh lining for comfort and ventilation.
The adjustable neoprene collar and cuffs make for comfortable wearing. And the roll down ventilation panel system (front and rear) do a great job with airflow.
As you’d expect, the jacket comes with CE approved armour at the elbows and shoulders. And whilst a soft foam is provided for the back, this can be swapped out for something more robust.
Furthermore, there is triple-stitching at impact points for further protection.
Lastly, there are a multitude of pockets, adjustable sections at the waist and sleeves, and reflective detailing across the front and back.
3. Held 4-Touring Jacket, £164.99
Thanks to its clever layering system, this 4-season jacket by Held allows flexibility in a variety of conditions.
As a textile jacket, it has everything you need. It’s waterproof and protective. And comfortable in any weather.
The outer shell of this Held jacket is made of ultra-durable, abrasion-resistant Airguard 500D construction.
But underneath, you can find a Reissa membrane which is waterproof, wind-proof, and breathable.
Furthermore, mesh lining promotes ventilation and comfort. And underarm stretch panels ensure comfort whilst riding.
In terms of protection, this jacket has Knox CE approved armour at the elbows and shoulders. Whilst it doesn’t come with a back protector, a rear pocket ensures you can add one.
Lastly, there is a detachable thermal lining for when the weather turns cold. Scotchlite reflective detailing improves visibility. And there is an abundance of internal and external pockets, and an integrated zip to use with compatible pants.
4. Oxford Mondial Advance Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £224.99
This lightweight jacket from Oxford is designed as an antidote to expensive laminates. Not only does it not hold water, but it also dries quickly after being caught in a deluge.
The outer layer is constructed from laminate and incorporates Oxford’s Dry2Dry technology which is bonded to a tough, nylon shell.
Additionally, the WarmDry thermal technology and removable insulation keep you dry and warm, yet ventilated.
There is also a mesh inner layer for comfort and ventilation, as well as direct ventilation.
For protection, you can expect CE approved armour on the elbows and shoulders. And there is also triple-stitching at impact points.
Lastly, the jacket includes YKK waterproof zipping structures, reflective detailing, and integrated connection zips for matching pants.
5. Rev’It Sand 3 Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £299.99
We finish this post with the ultra-versatile jacket from Rev’It.
It isn’t cheap, but it’s still excellent value for money when you consider what you get!
With its tough outer shell made up of polyester and high-grade Lorica, you can expect this jacket to be durable in all conditions.
Underneath, you’ll find a waterproof and breathable Hydrtex membrane to keep you dry and cool. As well as this, you will find a detachable thermal liner to retain/reduce warmth.
In terms of protection, the Sand 3 has Seeflex level 2 CE armour at the elbows, shoulders, and back.
And for comfort, there are various adjustment straps, drawcords, and tabs to personalise the fit.
Finally, there are large stash pockets, membrane storage pockets, handwarmer pockets, as well as secure inner pockets.
At Motorcycle Tourer, we’re big believers in getting value for money. And whilst you often get what you pay for, we believe in buying mid-range kit, and using the money you save to go on another tour instead!
If you’re into premium, top-of-the-range laminate jackets, that’s great.
But if you’re after middle-of-the-road gear that will keep you warm, dry, comfortable, and ventilated, then you really don’t need to stray much past the jackets in this list.
All of which come in at less than £300!
Don’t forget we did a version of this post for women last week. You can catch it here if you missed it.
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