Best waterproof motorcycle jackets | Beat the British weather

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Coping with changeable weather is a conundrum that faces all riders, but arm yourself with a waterproof motorcycle jacket and you’ll always be ready to face the worst of it.

Textiles lend themselves more easily to this as waterproofing can either be attached to the outer layer during construction in the form of a laminate material, or attached directly beneath as a drop liner. Some textiles come with a re-treatable coating to prevent water ingress, much like the traditional wax cotton jacket.

The biggest advantage of choosing a waterproof motorcycle jacket instead of an oversuit is that the waterproof layer will be breathable too. This will prevent you getting wet from condensation, which can be very unpleasant, especially in winter.

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Whichever you choose, it will likely come down to price and personal choice, however consideration should always be given to protection, as with all bike kit. The CE rating will give a good indication as to how it will perform should the unexpected happen, as well as to how durable it’s likely to be in general use. Ratings range from B at the bottom end to AAA offering the highest level of protection.

Armour at the shoulder and elbow should feature as a minimum, and most manufacturers will include provision for a back protector, if not the actual item itself. This will also be CE rated, to either level 1 (good) or 2 (better).

We’ve gathered a selection of the best waterproof motorcycle jackets here.

Price: £341.99 (was £359.99)
Tested by Michael Neeves for nine months/3,000 miles

"I’ve been wearing this mid-range, three-layer, all-season Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar Jacket on new bike launches, group tests and commutes on adventure and touring bikes. I’ve used it in the stifling heat of southern Spain and Italy, under fresh Welsh Autumn skies, sub-zero Scottish road trips, through a dark, dank British winter and everything in between.

"With its multiple layers it can be as warm and dry, or as cool and airy as you want it to be, depending on the conditions, which makes it hugely versatile. I wear it with summer base layers or winter base layers underneath and an Alpinestars Tech Air 5 airbag vest. I also use the matching Bogota Pro Drystar Pants (£239.99).

"Adventure jackets are without doubt the most practical around and the Alpinestars Bogota Pro Dystar (and matching trousers) is one of the best I’ve used. It’s light, stylish, easy to wear and has lots of useful features, like good length sleeves and back, big pockets and strong, easy to use zips and fasteners.

"The jacket and trousers have a quality feel, are sturdily made and cool to wear in the heat thanks to its superb ventilation panels. Best of all are the extra two inner jackets included in the price.

"Used together they keep me warm and dry in the depths of winter, the waterproof layer can be used over any clothing and the thermal jacket can be worn on its own when you’re off the bike. For big riding trips on or off-road in all kinds of weather conditions this jacket has been the perfect companion."

Read our full Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar review

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Well made
  • Light
  • Easy to wear
  • Well fitted
  • Cool in the summer, warm and waterproof in the winter
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons

  • Collar could be higher
  • Adventure style looks won’t be for everybody
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    5.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Verdict
    4.0
Construction 65% Polyamide/35% Polyester outer (450 and 600 Denier) outer jacket.<br>Polyester removable thermal inner jacket.<br>Polyester ‘Drystar’ removable waterproof jacket.
Type All-season uni-sex riding jacket
CE Rating AA (EN 17092-3:2020)
Armour Level 2, Type B (EN 1621-1:2012) Nucleon Flex Pro shoulder and elbow protectors.
  • Outer jacket: DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated, four larger outer pockets (two zippable
  • Two Velcro fastened) to the front and one Velcro to the rear
  • Two large zippable front ventilation panels in the front, one in the rear and one in each arm
  • Stretch inserts around armpits and elbows
  • Adjustable waist and forearm straps
  • Drawstring bottom and Velcro cuff fastenings
  • Two inner pockets (one waterproof)
  • Chest and back protector pockets
  • Quilter thermal liner: two Velcro fastened inner pockets
Tried and tested by Justin Hayzelden for three months and 1,900 miles

"The Gruven jacket and Laggan trousers make a strong case for a hard wearing, practical suit that should give years of service. It excels at comfort, is waterproof and warm, and the smart, understand looks have a universal appeal. Compared with similarly priced competition, it’s certainly worth considering – providing you can live with the tight inner lining cuffs and magnetic storm collar."

Read our full Halvarssons Gruven review

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Waterproof
  • Warm
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Thermal liner cuffs are too small
  • Magnetic storm collar easy to lose
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    4.0
  • Looks
    5.0
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Verdict
    4.0
Construction Textile
Type Touring
CE Rating AA
Armour Level 2 elbow and shoulder
  • DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated Dryway+2.0 Laminated functional membrane
  • HI-ART reinforcement on shoulders and elbows
  • Detachable lining with heat reflecting properties
  • Outlast temperature regulating lining
  • Ventilation openings on chest and back
  • "Airbag Ready" prepared with expanding parts
  • Detachable collar in two colour options
  • Long connection zip
Price: £256.49 (was £269.99)
Tried and tested by Carl Stevens for three years and 5,000 miles

"As a textile jacket that not only looks smart, but holds up impressively well too, the Andes V3 Drystar has delivered. It’s just happy keeping me as cool as possible off-road in 25 degrees, as it is fighting the elements in the British wintertime, with a fit and feel that is comfortable enough to wear all day.

"But the best part, is that it’s survived thousands of miles, tens of washes and still looks and feels as good as new."

Read our full Alpinestars Andes V3 review

Pros

  • Good ventilation
  • Comfortable all day
  • Waterproof
  • Impressively sturdy
  • Thermal lining surprisingly warm

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Light on armour
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    5.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    3.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Overall
    4.0
Construction Reinforced polyfabric with a Drystar® waterproof, breathable membrane
Type Textile
CE Rating Garment<br> A
Armour CE Level 1 Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus shoulder and elbow
  • Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction
  • Premium YKK zipper
  • Direct ventilation system
  • Removable long-sleeve thermal liner
  • Hook and loop-closing waist adjustment belt
  • External zippered chest pockets and cargo pockets
  • Upper chest pockets
  • Front waterproof cargo pockets
  • Large, external utility pocket on lower back plus internal pockets and a waterproof wallet pocket for real-world practicality
Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for two months and 1,000 miles

"Textiles aren’t really my cup of tea but they are also an inevitable part of riding in the UK’s climate. If you commute year round or even plan a leisure trip outside of the hottest two weeks in August, waterproof textiles can be a life-saver.

"I like the stealthy look of the RSTs and they are also comfy, warm and keep you dry in the rain. What’s more, the venting is excellent once the temperature does rise.

"All of the practicality and reliability of the RST coupled with the low price mean I would consider the Commander for winter commuting."

Read our full RST Pro Series Commander review

Pros

  • Warm
  • Dry
  • Comfy
  • Practical
  • Lots of pockets
  • Lots of venting

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Not the best looking
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Practicality
    5.0
  • Looks
    3.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    5.0
  • Overall
    5.0
Construction Waterproof laminate textile
Type Touring, commuting
CE Garment Rating AA
Armour CE level 2 at elbows, shoulders and back
  • Attachment zip
  • Thermal
  • Waterproof
  • Vented
  • Adjustable at arms, wrists and waist
  • Five outer and five inner pockets
Price: £29.97 (was £39.99)
Tried and tested by Simon Weir for 500 miles

"I’m very impressed with the jacket. Made of a waterproof material with taped seams and a simple liner, it’s well designed. The soft-lined collar is low at the front and high at the back and doesn’t
interfere with the helmet.

"The elasticated cuffs are good and seal well. There are waist and hem adjusters to keep it tight. The matching trousers are also good, with decent zip/opening to get your feet through. The top half is lined but the waist is just elasticated, and the cut is ‘MC Hammer’ generous. Both halves have quality (though bulky) stash sacks. And a pocket or two would add usefulness."

Pros

  • Cheaper option
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Value
    5.0
Construction Durable waterproof shell
Type Waterproof over jacket
CE rating N/A
  • Front storm placket with zip fastening
  • Fully taped seams
  • Full-length mesh lined
  • 360° reflective detailing
Price: £265.99 (was £279.99)
Tried and tested by Saffron Wilson for 10 months and over 5,000 miles

"If you’re planning on riding in an urban environment in the British weather, then you’ll be on to a good shout with the Stella Neo Waterproof Hoodie. It’s a lovely lightweight jacket that is CE A rated, but also airy and comfortable enough to wear off the bike as well.

"The jacket comes equipped with shoulder and elbow armour, but you’ll have to purchase the back protector and chest protector separately, but the lack of armour here does make it easy to squash into a pannier if you don’t want to wear it at the end of your ride.

"With a detachable hood, you can stay dry on the bike as well as off it, and the thermal liner inside means that you can stay a touch warmer (or cooler) depending on how the weather is treating you."

Read our full Alpinestars Stella Neo review

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Perfect for urban environments

Cons

  • Not very protective
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Practicality
    5.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Protection
    3.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Overall
    4.0
Construction Stretch softshell
CE Garment Rating A
Armour Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Option for additional Level 2 back protector
  • Detachable thermal lining allows the jacket to be adapted to the weather conditions
  • Side ventilation pockets for enhanced airflow and breathability
  • Front chest pocket and side pockets
  • Detachable hood allows the jacket to be adapted to the conditions
  • Tech-Air® Airbag system ready
Price: £99.99 ( was £209.99)
Tried and tested by Jim Blackstock

"The Ascent is another great jacket from Spada. It looks great and offers exceptional protection, both in terms of construction and abrasion resistance as well as in the event of an impact.

"It is a great fit – though try before you buy to make sure you get the right size – and is very comfortable with a broad range of features, including a thermal liner and plenty of vents and pockets.

"Its only drawback is the amount of water it holds on to when it’s in sustained rain; it will keep you dry inside but it will get heavy and hold on to that water for some time. If you can get past that, it’s a great jacket which, at £60 less than RRP at Sportsbikeshop at the time of writing, is a proper bargain."

Read our full Spada Ascent V2 review

Pros

  • Excellent CE ratings and protection
  • Comfortable and adjustable
  • Keeps you dry in heavy rain

Cons

  • Canvas construction holds water in heavy rain
Construction High-density abrasion-resistant
CE Garment rating AA
Type Touring textile
  • Fixed waterproof and breathable drop liner
  • Double-stitched throughout for added strength
  • Short jacket to Spada jeans connection zip
  • Removable thermal quilted liner for colder rides
Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for Three months and 1,000 miles

"Yes, it needs more pockets and yes, you get cold if you don’t layer up underneath in winter, but the sheer quality, finish and convenience of the thing is hard to look past. And most of all, I absolutely know that whatever the weather throws at me, I’ll stay completely dry underneath for as long as I need to keep riding, and that’s priceless.

"Unfortunately, it’s very much not priceless. It’s rather priceful, in fact. But given the cost of top-spec kit these days and the fact that this really does deliver on its promises, I believe it’s worth every penny."

Read our full Rev'It Paramount review

Pros

  • Completely waterproof
  • AA rated
  • Convenient for the commute
  • Great fit
  • Extensive venting

Cons

  • Not as easy to put on as I had hoped
  • No lining
  • Expensive
  • Only one external pocket
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    4.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    5.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Verdict
    5.0
Construction 3L 400D nylon Gore-Tex fabric, 500D PWR|Shell, and neoprene construction
Type One-piece laminated textile adventure/commuter suit
CE Garment Rating AA
Armour CE Level 2 at the shoulders, elbows and back Level 1 hips
  • Detachable storm collar
  • Three pockets (one inner)
  • Double textile seat
  • Suregrip seat
  • Reflective details

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