Roadskin Easyrider II Hoodie | Casual riding without compromising on safety

Roadskin Hoodie
Roadskin Hoodie

Roadskin’s Easyrider II may be called an armoured hoodie, but it’s truthfully more like a summer motorbike jacket. Where some riding hoodies are little more than fashion garments with a cursory nod to safety, the Easyrider II is a substantial bit of kit with a AA CE rating.

It’s probably better to think of it as a summer jacket than a hoodie in the strictest sense, and in that context it is excellent. But if you are looking for sweatshirt with very light armour, strictly for town riding then this might be overkill.

Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for 12 months and 1,000 miles


  • Comfortable on and off the bike
  • Waterproof to a point
  • CE AA rated for protection
  • Level 2 armour and back protector included
  • Great value especially compared to the rest of the market


  • Not strictly a hoodie, more of a jacket
  • Warm in hot weather, especially walking around or in traffic
  • Quite heavy compared to a standard hoodie
  • Comfort
  • Practicality
  • Looks
  • Quality
  • Protection
  • Value
  • Verdict
Construction Maximite outer with mesh lining
Type Armoured riding hoodie
CE rating garment AA
Armour Level 2 elbows, shoulder and back
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Storm cuffs
  • Belt loop
  • Removable hood

Is the Roadskin hoodie comfortable?

From the first second I put the Easyrider on, I could tell there was more going on than in previous hoodies I’ve tested. It feels hefty (and actually quite heavy) but in a reassuring way – like it would actually make a difference in a spill.

That said, I didn’t really feel like I was wearing a hoodie. The inner liner fits more tightly than the outer shell (more on this later) which holds the armour in place but also makes it feel nothing like a normal cotton hoodie.

Although the mesh of the liner sits between your skin and the CE Level 2 elbow protectors, I can still feel the foam, which gets a bit slimy in hot weather if I’m wearing a T-shirt so I usually opt for a summer base layer underneath in peak summer.

Roadskin Hoodie Armour

I also found that the mesh layer acts a bit like a string vest and holds the heat in when you’re off the bike or sitting in traffic in warmer weather – but it’s only as much of a problem as it would be in a leather jacket.

How practical is the Roadskin hoodie?

Well, it’s a riding hoodie, not a Swiss army knife, but the Easyrider II is practical in the sense that I can chuck it on like a normal jacket and jump on the bike if I’m nipping to town and – with its AA rating – even further afield.

It has two external and one internal pocket, which are all zipped, so you’ve got a little carrying capacity.

The biggest surprise is that it has a waterproof membrane that’ll withstand quick showers. I have been caught in a heavier downpour though and got wet, but Roadskin themselves say that “there may be some seepage through the zip in a heavy or persistent downpour”. Any waterproofing at all on a garment like this is a bonus.

Riadskin Hoodie pocket

If you don’t like the feeling of riding with a hood (I know plenty who don’t but it doesn’t bother me) you can simply unzip and remove it.

Does the Roadskin hoodie look good?

I like the overall look of the Easyrider II but there are a couple of things I would change if I could. It has a sort of pseudo-military, tactical look that wouldn’t look out of place on an undercover police officer but it’s only subtle.

I really like the stitching on the shoulder panels and the low-key black design. If it were up to me, I’d lose the ‘FOR THE ROAD, FOR LIFE’ cuff embroidery and the second Roadskin patch on the arm but that’s just a personal taste thing.

What about the quality of the Roadskin hoodie?

In my experience, Roadskin kit is really well put-together and this hoodie is no exception. All of the stitching is perfect and seems really strong (backed up by the CE rating) as are the zips.

I’ve already mentioned the limits of the waterproofing, which is only designed to get you through a quick shower – and does that job.

When you handle a lot of bike kit – as I’m lucky enough to do in my job – you start to notice that some products have a sort of aura about them. It’s hard to explain exactly what it is, but it’s similar to the way that something can feel expensive without knowing the price.

Roadskin Hoodie Hood

Whatever that quality is, the Easyrider II has it in spades. I have no doubt that it would last countless springs and summers without showing wear and tear. Impressive, considering the £139.99 RRP.

How does the protection stack up?

Riding hoodies are often A rated, and so a AA rating is above average. What I find particularly reassuring with the Easyrider II is the way the lining holds the armour in place, though.

I’ve worn hoodies before where the elbow armour in particular flaps around all over the place in the breeze and leaves me wondering if it would be where I needed it to be in a spill. But because of the way the armour in the Roadskin is stitched to the lining that fits closely to your skin, it stays put even at the national speed limit.

You also get a pukka CE Level 2 back protector included, which is beyond my expectation at this price point and type of garment.

Roadskin hoodie thumbhole

Is the Roadskin hoodie good value for money?

If I told you I paid £139.99 for a hoodie, you’d probably think I was mad. But if I said I’d paid that for a summer textile bike jacket with a AA safety rating and Level 2 elbow, shoulder and back armour, you might rush off to buy one for yourself.

The Alpinestars Stella Neo hoodie is only certified to an A rating and has no back protector included but carries an RRP of £279.99. And the similarly A rated Alpinestars Domino is £219.99 at full price.

Price: £265.99 (was £279.99)
Tried and tested by Saffron Wilson for 10 months and 5,345 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 Stello 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


  • Lightweight
  • Perfect for urban environments


  • Not very protective
  • Overall
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
  • Side ventilation pockets for enhanced airflow and breathability
  • Detachable hood allows the jacket to be adapted to the conditions
  • Tech-Air® Airbag system ready
Price: £208.99 (was £219.00)
Tested by Michael Neeves for 18 months and 5,000 miles - "It isn’t the cheapest softshell jacket you can buy, but it’s excellent value. If you’re after something to wear on your bike, or casually that’s lightweight, easy to throw on, sturdy, warm and windproof, it’s highly recommended.
It’s proved to be robust and looks great, fits superbly and has lots of nice features for maximum comfort and practicality. It isn’t hugely vented or have a thick lining, so it’s best for the spring and autumn months. The jacket only has a basic A CE rating and Level 1 shoulder and elbow armour, so designed more for town riding, but a back protector or airbag vest gives extra protection."

Read our full Alpinestars Domino Tech review


  • Warm
  • Wind and waterproof


  • Pricey
  • Not vented or thick lined, so best for spring and autumn riding
  • Overall
Construction Water-repellent soft shell outer with breathable mesh lining
Type Casual-style riding jacket
CE Garment Rating A
Armour Level 1 shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Water resistant front zip
  • Velcro adjustable cuffs
  • Four zipped outer pockets
  • Waterproof front inner pocket
  • Back and chest protector compartments

The Oxford Super Hoodie 2.0 is slightly cheaper at £129.99 but when you consider that it’s only £10 less but is only A rated with no back protector, it really demonstrates the value of the Roadskin.

Price: £99.99 (was £129.99)
This mesh lined hoodie from Oxford has Level 2 armour at the elbow and shoulder with a pocket for the option to add a back protector if required. The Aramid reinforcement provide abrasion resistence to CE A rating. There are belt attachment loops for pairing with jeans and thumb holes on the cuffs to keep sleeves secure while riding. The two hand warmer pockets on the front provide a place to carry the essentials when off the bike.


  • Comfortable


  • Not that protective
Construction Aramid reinforcements provide extra abrasion resistance
CE Garment Rating A
Type Casual Urban
Armour Level 2 elbow and shoulder
  • Mesh lined
  • Two handwarmer pockets
  • Pocket for additional back protection

So what’s the overall verdict?

I have been really impressed with the Roadskin Easyrider II, which is far more than a simple armoured hoodie. I’ve worn it for everything from zipping through town to longer Sunday rides on a super naked.

I feel completely confident to ride in it at national speed limits with the CE Level 2 armour and AA rating and would feel confident that it would do a job in a crash.

Best of all, at £139.99, it is one of the cheapest garments of its type on the market right now despite its protective qualities. I would definitely spend my own money on one.

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