Riding season is finally starting to relinquish winter's grip and as the temperatures rise the gear you choose to ride in will need to breathe a little more. Here are our top 10 jackets for warm weather.
The Overload SB1 mesh jacket is a solid summer option with great value offering breathable mesh outer wear with protective CE armor.
The women's version of the SB1 offers the same breathable mesh material with the built-in, CE-certified protective armor but in a cut more appropriate for the female riders.
Icon Anthem Mesh Jacket ($180-$190 based on color/design):
The Anthem jacket is similar to the SB1 but offers slightly more protection with ballistic impact panels as well as stretch side panels for increased mobility. High-vis colors are also offered to remain visible on the city streets despite the weather conditions.
Icon Citadel Mesh Jacket ($300-$330 based on color/design):
The Citadel jacket is Icon's top-tier summer option featuring iron weave mesh outer construction, full D30 protective armor, removable "thermolite" liner, accordion side panels for maximum mobility, 3M reflective striping, double stitching all around and strap connections to attach to Citadel mesh pants.
Tour Master Intake Air 3 Jacket ($179.99):
The Intake Air 3 jacket combines a mesh-hybrid material with ballistic polyester in the critical impact areas. The jacket also sports reflective piping, removable water-proofing liner and zipper attachment for pants.
Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket ($215.99):
The Sonora Air jacket is very similar to the Intake Air 3 with all the same features but a more rugged construction and aggressive fit.
Alpinestars Viper Air Textile Jacket ($199.95):
The Viper Air textile jacket is A-stars' answer to the summer heat without breaking the bank. The breathable yet protective combination of Denier poly-fabric and CE-approved bio-armor is complemented with Velcro adjustment straps/pockets and reflective accents to increase viability.
Alpinestars T-GP Plus-R Air Textile Jacket ($229.95):
The T-GP Plus-R Air jacket adds an assortment of materials such as 2D Tech air mesh, polyester, stretch polyamide and soft touch mesh with neoprene wrists/collar and accordion panels for increase comfort.
Firstgear Mesh Tex Jacket ($161.96):
Firstgear's Mesh Tex jacket is an all-around summer solution featuring polyester mesh outer-shell, CE-certified armor, removable wind/waterproof liner and hand-warming pockets.
Fieldsheer High Temp Mesh Jacket ($269.99):
The High Temp jacket by Fieldsheer is made up of Polytitanium and Denier Maxtena-Pro materials designed to resist very high-abrasion situations. Add the reflective piping, removable waterproof/insulating liner and a mobile phone pocket, and an extremely versatile jacket is the result.