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Find the right motorcycle jacket. The right leather jacket is a combination of style, comfort and protection, and it will make the perfect companion for any adventure. There is nothing quite like slipping into a good quality leather motorcycle jacket and getting ready to take on the open road.
Before you get swept up in thoughts of adventure, however, you need to make sure that your leather jacket isn’t just for show and this means taking the time to pick out one that will protect you, while making you feel like the next James Dean.
The fit. The fit of a leather jacket might seem like the easiest aspect in the world to get right, but you might be surprised at how many people get this wrong. Since the jacket is going over your everyday clothing, you’ll want to make sure it’s large enough to have you covered, but snug enough that it will do its job in the event of a fall.
While the jacket should be snug, it shouldn’t be too restrictive. Leather usually starts to “give” somewhat after a bit of use, so expect this when you’re selecting the size. It’s also usually best to choose something with triple or overlaid stitching, as this is less likely to rip in the event of an accident.
It’s all about protection. Most premium riding jackets will have some sort of armour integrated into their design and the aim of this is to absorb some of the shock in the event of an accident. While armour is protective, it can also be uncomfortable if it’s not selected correctly. Be sure to try it out and give it a feel – move your arms about to see if the armour is digging into you. Keep in mind that if it annoys you when you’re trying it on, it’s really going to be a bother when you’re on the road.
Your ride. Believe it or not, different types of leather motorcycle jackets are designed for different types of riders. If you prefer sporty bikes, you’ll likely want to opt for a jacket that is designed with pre-curved seams and arms. Opting for this type of jacket for a bike that requires an upright position means you’ll end up getting very uncomfortable, very quickly. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, try the jacket on while you’re on your bike.
All types of weather. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you keep the type of weather you’ll be travelling in, in mind. Perforated leather jackets, for example, allow for a lot more airflow and they’re better for warmer weather but won’t provide much cover from heavy rain.