Sporty textile jackets
A lightweight sporty textile jacket should be ideal for summer riding. We test 31 to find the right one for you
SUMMER SUN MEANS a chance to get out of the winter-weight waterproof textiles and into some lighter, cooler kit. For many riders that can mean a leather jacket, but for others those can be expensive. They’re also not waterproof and, after all, we can never be guaranteed endless - or indeed, any - sunshine in a British summer. Leathers can also be heavy, so they’re hot when the sun is out.
This is where sporty textile jackets can come into their own. There will
be one to suit any budget. Some have waterproof properties, to address any summer-shower concerns. Others are heavily vented – ideal for those heading somewhere seriously hot for their biking holidays. There’s so much variety, one of them will undoubtedly be right for you.
We gathered 31 jackets, assembled a huge crew of testers and, as spring turned to summer, piled on the miles. We assessed the jackets on the following criteria:
Where two or more jackets are tied on points, the lowestpriced item ranks in the highest position.