Sporty tex­tile jack­ets

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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.

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