When it comes to practicality textile suits are king. They're the best way to stay warm, protected and dry throughout the year, and excel in winter.
The key to a good textile suit is layers. The ideal suit will have a waterproof (ideally GoreTex) layer, a durable outer layer for protection and a thermal lining to keep you warm when temperatures drop.
Ideally the top and bottom halves of the suit will zip together to create a tight seal that keeps the worst of the weather out. Allow room for extra layers if necessary, but remember a tighter fit will be warmer.
Listed below are our top 10 textile jackets suitable for all budgets.
Rukka Armaxion, £799.99
Rukka make some of the best textile gear on the market and their Armaxion jacket is no different. The Armaxion features a GoreTex construction, and protection is provided by D3O. If your budget can stretch to a Rukka suit you won't be disappointed.
Dane Torben GoreTex Pro, £640.00
Dane are a new name in UK motorcycling, but they've already got a good reputation thanks to their solid products. The Torben jacket is waterproof, windproof, and breathable - perfectly suited to British weather.
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Halvarssons Prime, £419
Instead of GoreTex, waterproofing is taken care of by a Dryway Plus membrane which will keep you dry in all but the very worst rain. There's bags of adjustability in the jacket to tailor the fit and keep you warm.
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Rev'it Neptune GTX, £399.99
The Neptune GTX is a true four-season jacket, with a removable GoreTex waterproof layer and vents on the chest, back and arms for summer. For winter there's also a removable thermal lining.
Furygan Defender, £229.99
The first short jacket on the list, but the Furygan Defender still comes with a removable waterproof and thermal lining. Being a short jacket the Furygan looks much more stylish than long, commuter-focused jackets, so you won't look out of place out and about.
Held Zorro, £164.99
At this price point GoreTex is a rarity, and in the case of the Held Zorro water and windproofing are taken care of by a Humax-Z lining which is also breathable. There are also reflective sections to keep you visible in the dark.
Oxford Montreal, £110
Armour at the elbows and shoulders is CE approved, while the Hipora lining is both waterproof and breathable. The Montreal also features an under-the-helmet rain hood to stop water running down the back of your neck.
RST Blade Sport, £139.99
The Blade Sport is a short, sport-styled jacket much like the Furygan Defender. Its Ballistic 1660 and Matex panels are stitched double and triple stitched together with bonded nylon stitching. The thermal lining is removable, as waterproofing is taken care of by the Sinaqua membrane.
Spada Lati2ude, £149.99
This offering from Spada features CE-approved armour at the shoulders and elbows, is waterproof, breathable, and has a removable thermal lining. A storm flap over the front zip helps keep water at bay.
Alpinestars Andes Drystar, from £158.09
The Andes is another good choice for year-round riding in unpredictable condition thanks to the waterproof Drystar membrane, removable thermal lining and shoulder vents. There's CE-approved armour in the shoulders and elbows, as well as pockets for chest and back protectors.