A Gore-Tex motorcycle jacket is a solid option if you want to stay dry, warm and protected from the elements.
Sure, they cost more than the average waterproof motorcycle jacket but that’s because they’re arguably made with better materials. Gore, makers of Gore-Tex don’t let anyone use their fabric; the way it’s bonded to other materials and the materials it can be used with are strictly controlled. So you know that if you’re buying a Gore-Tex jacket, your money’s not just going to pay for a brand name, you’re getting a bit of kit that’s been thought about, tested and build to a higher standard.
There’s no such thing as a cheap Gore-Tex jacket, prices start from around £300. Whether your budget is strict or unlimited, we’ve picked some great options.
CE Approval for Motorcycle Jackets
There are a couple of standards that your motorcycle clothing can be tested to. Either EN17092 or EN13595.
It’s important to understand that you don’t have to wear kit that is tested to this standard. You can ride in a T-shirt for example and that doesn’t have CE approval.
However if you buy motorcycle clothing from a retailer it is classed as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and therefore requires CE approval.
For motorcycle jackets (and trousers, jeans and leather suits) the standard is the same. Either EN13595 (this is the old standard) and the levels are Level 1 or 2. Or it’s tested to the new standard EN17092. The new standard has ratings from AAA (the best) to C. Any ‘A’ rating means it has been tested to an impact and abrasion standard. If it is B-rated it provides the same level of abrasion protection as an A rated garment but without impact protection and anything C rated designates it has been designed to hold impact protection. The minimum you want is an A rated garment.
Made with a lightweight advanced fabric, this jacket is abrasion resistant with a Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable fixed lining. The Ketchum is suitable for all weathers thanks to the removable thermal liner, and strategic ventilation zips. Added protection includes CE level 1 Nucleon Flex Plus shoulder and elbow armour, a pocket for an optional back protector and GP Lite external shoulder cups for impact protection. Waist, upper and lower arm adjustments provide a personalised fit for most riders.
Made from highly durable 500D DuPont Cordura, the outer shell is hard wearing yet flexible. With a removable Gore-Tex 3 layer technology inner jacket, you’ll be toasty warm when you need it and thanks to its Coolmax breathable mesh lining, cold when the temperature increases. With 7 internal and 4 external pockets, there’s plenty of room for your items when out and about. Including EN 1621-1 CE approved Held cloverleaf SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow protectors, in reflective detailing that’s road legal in France, you’re safety is covered here or abroad.
The Neptune 2 GTX is vented, waterproof and had a removable Gore-Tex liner for water resistance and thermal protection in the coldest of weather. Stay protected with its Seeflex level 2 CE shoulder and elbow protection and space for an optional Seesoft CE level 2 back and chest protectors. Highly durable thanks to its Teflon coated 600D polyester outer layer; this jacket is abrasion-resistant while remaining flexible enough for long-distance journeys.
The Rukka Nivala is a waterproof aramid and Cordura Gore-Tex jacket complete with Armacor strengthening on the shoulders and elbows, Rukka D30 Air elbow, shoulder, back and chest protectors for the ultimate protection. Finished with a Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer stretch laminate and detachable elastic Gore-Tex collar, this jacket keeps you dry and protected whatever the temperature. As well as its safety and water-resistant features, the jacket includes a separate warm jacket with 90/10 down/feather filling. A true investment that comes with a 6 year warranty upon registration.
Ladies Gore-Tex Motorcycle Jacket
There aren’t LOADS of women’s Gore-Tex motorcycle jackets (we counted 38) but there are some really good options out there. They tend to be female versions of the higher-spec higher-priced men’s Gore-Tex jackets but that’s no bad thing. After all, if you want to stay waterproof, you need a quality item.
Most Gore-Tex motorcycle jackets come with matching trousers, so if you find a jacket you like, just search for its name and you’ll probably find the matching trousers. Failing that, if you buy a pair of trousers from the same brand, they’ll have connecting zips that work together.
The Flexina includes a fixed Gore-Tex membrane and removable thermal liner which keeps you dry and warm over long road trips and cold weather commutes alike. Constructed from stretch Cordura 500 which is highly abrasion resistant and reinforcement on the shoulders and elbows, you also get protectors included with the option to add a back protector. With a fitted design that suits a lady’s form, there are adjustable sleeve and cuff tabs, a Velcro waist and full-length underarm vents for added comfort. As a bonus, you can register your jacket for a 6-year warranty.
Gore-Tex Motorcycle Jacket FAQs
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