Top five summer textile riding jackets for under £200
The typical British summer conditions are almost screaming out for a textile riding jacket. On any given day temperatures can range from eight degrees to 28 and we can go from heavy rain to arid heat in the space of 30 minutes.
A good textile jacket has all scenarios covered, with a waterproof membrane to repel water, removable thermal liners for those cold mornings and vents to drag in air when the mercury gets all giddy. Here are our top five from the wide range available on the MCN Shop.
Dainese Laguna Seca D-Dry, £199.99
Armoured textile jacket available in a wide range of colours that’s protected from the rain by a removable breathable waterproof membrane on the inside and a water-resistant treatment on the outer. It also has a removable thermal liner, reflective inserts to boost visibility at night and two outside pockets, plus a waterproof inner pocket.
Rev’it Shield, £189.99
For sportier riders who are happy with a closer fit than a touring jacket but still want it to be waterproof there’s the Shield. It’s a three-season jacket with a waterproof and breathable liner and a removable thermal liner for chilly days. There are vents at the arms and back, a short connection zip and pockets on the inside and outside.
Ixon Shiroki HP, £179.99
Textile jacket with an array of seven different pockets to carry all of your essentials, along with CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour and a removable thermal liner. Waterproofing duties are carried out by a breathable Drymesh membrane and there’s a pocket to hold a back protector that’s available as an optional extra.
Alpinestars Gunner, £169.99
Waterproof and breathable jacket that’s treated for water-repellence on the outside and has a membrane on the inside to keep out what gets past the outer shell. There are vents on the front and rear of the jacket, CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour and a neoprene-edged collar to make the rider more comfortable and two external pockets and one internal.
Spada Burnout, £129.95
Spada’s offering comes with a full complement of CE-approved armour, including a back protector insert, and has a waterproof and breathable membrane as well as a removable thermal lining. There are reflective panels that light up in a car’s headlight beam, vents to keep the rider cool and fit adjusters at the waist and arms, which keeps the armour in the right place.