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Adventure Motorcycle Jacket Buyer's Guide

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Dual Sport Jackets

A good dual sport jacket may seem hard to come by because it needs to incorporate so many different features. It has to effectively handle a wide variety of weather conditions as well as act as suitable protection for crashes. And since you’ll be riding off-road as well as on the street, you need a jacket that is as versatile as your riding style. That’s where Rocky Mountain ATV/MC comes in. We carry a large selection of adventure motorcycle jackets that will meet your needs and allow you to comfortably follow the trail or road wherever it takes you.

It’s important that you decide what you’re actually looking for in a jacket and then read the product descriptions to find a match.

First off, an adventure jacket needs to be ready for, well, anything! And that means being able to handle a wide variety of conditions. You’ll want something that can keep you warm when it’s a little chilly outside. But if it’s too toasty, it will be uncomfortable in warmer weather when you might still want the jacket for protective reasons. Many adventure jackets include strategically placed vents to help with this. In warm weather, just open the vents and allow the airflow to cool you off. You might be surprised at how effective a good venting system can be. In cold weather, just keep the vents closed. That’s it. Of course, vents are just the beginning of the story. Breathability is also essential. A breathable jacket will effectively handle sweat when you’re on your bike. This helps cool you down in warm weather, and it helps prevent you from getting too chilled in cold weather. And don’t forget about waterproof materials like Gore-Tex. The technology that goes into modern adventure bike jackets is on an incredible level when it comes to climate control.

One of the things that set a riding jacket apart from any regular jacket is the level of protection that is built in. With dual sport riding, you need to worry about two types of protection: impact and abrasion. Impact protection is important for off-road. The more difficult terrain means you’re more likely to take a fall. And if you travel in a group, you’re also more likely to have a stray rock hitting you here and there courtesy of the rider in front of you. Abrasion protection is important on the street, where a crash often means you’ll be skidding on asphalt. Don’t discount the importance of protection – you’ll be glad you heeded this advice when you find yourself in a crash. On an adventure motorcycle, you may find you spend quite some time on the road or only the time it takes to get from one trail to another. Assess your dirt/street ratio and consider it when you’re looking at different dual sport jackets.

Other features are also important, like pockets and water resistance. The quality of material can also be a big deal. Don’t forget that when you go down on the trail, a high quality material is less likely to tear due to an inconveniently placed branch.

Find a jacket that suits your needs among our numerous offerings. We have many brands, colors, styles and sizes. We also have several different price points, ensuring there’s a great adventure jacket for any budget. Scroll around and browse our offerings. Once you’ve identified a few, the best thing you can do is read the product descriptions. These provide important details like denier count or zipper construction. And it’s the little details that can make a big difference in your day-to-day enjoyment.

When available, read the customer reviews. They’ll often provide insights on how a particular jacket performs. Check out our selection now and pick up your next dual sport jacket today!

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  • Thor Phase Jacket

    Thor Phase Jacket

    DG in Ohio


    Nice jacket, surprisingly warm, fairly lightweight, rugged. Ventilation is good and the removable arms is a must. No complaints.

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  • Akito Desert Motorcycle Jacket

    Akito Desert Motorcycle Jacket

    kenneth in AZ

    decent features, poor durability and comfort

    I like the fact that there are myriad pockets and adjustments. That's about it. The fit is extremely poor, large pants and a small jacket go together, and i'm a very average 165lb 5'10" build. They lasted about 5K miles of commuting and dual sport riding and some of the seams are busting. I would save up for better gear; in fact, I have. These are sitting in the closet now. They are fine to buy if you are unsure about the whole dual sport thing and don't want to commit $1000 to good gear, but they won't last.

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  • Fly Racing Patrol Jacket

    Fly Racing Patrol Jacket

    Karl in CA

    Awesome Value

    Just received my Fly Patrol jacket and it fits perfectly. All zippers and closures are complete and work flawlessly. Seems well constructed. Can't wait to hit the trails this weekend and give it the true test!

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  • A.R.C. Back Country Foul Weather Jacket

    A.R.C. Back Country Foul Weather Jacket

    Jerry in HI

    ARC Jacket

    Its everything I wanted and more at a great price, Dry and comfortable on the soggy days. Functional and stylish at the same time. Really happy with it !!!!!!

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  • Firstgear Thermo Suit

    Firstgear Thermo Suit

    Scott in MT

    Great cold weather suit

    Keeping in mind that this was meant to wear over your regular riding gear, it does really well. The zippers and flaps do a great job of keeping the wind and cold out, and the bottom of the legs keep tight against my riding boots, no wind up the pant leg either. I would definitely buy this again if it ever wears out. Good comfort and you just can't beat it for the price.

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  • Firstgear Jaunt T2 Motorcycle Jacket

    Firstgear Jaunt T2 Motorcycle Jacket

    scott in British Columbia

    not waterproof

    good for cold weather, super comfortable but after being rained on twice, its not at all waterproof. I've taken to wearing a rainjacket underneath this one in order to stay dry. I'm not sure if there is a way to make it waterproof? This is a problem with year round riding in rainy Vancouver BC

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