A textile jacket is easier to wear than a leather jacket. They’re lighter and more flexible too. For all-day comfort, they’re a great choice.
They’re generally also a lot cheaper than a leather jacket, although it goes without saying, you can still spend a lot of money on textile kit.
One of the main benefits of a textile jacket is that they’re cheaper and easier for manufacturers to make them waterproof compared to a leather jacket. Most leather jackets will need to use a membrane, like Gore-Tex or the equivalent to keep water out and that tends to hike up the price.
We’ve put together a showcase of some great waterproof textile jackets to suit all budgets. All the jackets in this test have a removable thermal lining and CE approved armour, meaning they’re ideal for all-year-round use.
Made from 600D Cordura fabric for durability, Texpeed claim this jacket is 100% waterproof, so for the price, not bad in that department. The jacket has removable CE armour in the shoulders, elbows and back plus waist and cuff adjusters for a better fit. The closure is a YKK zip covered by a popper flap (which may leak in torrential rain) plus a high collar to fight the wind and raindrops. Features a removable thermal lining for colder days.
The Montreal 3.0 is a long jacket with a waterproof drop liner and Rainseal technology to stay dry in extreme conditions. Suitable for all seasons, the removable thermal liner is perfect for colder days. The high collar includes an adjustable neoprene edge for added comfort along with soft Amara cuffs to prevent rubbing. Shoulder and elbow armour provide protection while the Bar-Tack stitching adds extra durability. Additional features include an enclosed Rainseal hood, external elbow protection pockets and airflow vents for cooling. It also won a RiDE Best Buy award.
Our top choice for many reasons. With a reinforced poly-fabric textile, Drystar 100% waterproof and breathable fabric, the Andes V2 is abrasion-resistant and suitable in all weathers. The removable shoulder and elbow protection are complemented by the reinforced fabric in these areas and pre-curved sleeves combat fatigue. Other features include reflective detailing, adjustable waist, removable fleece liner and large utility pockets
Constructed from MAx Tex, Ballistic and HT textiles, the Paragon 5 includes CE certified back, shoulder and elbow protection for all-round safety. With a removable liner and vents, this waterproof jacket protects you in all weather conditions. Featuring adjustable sleeves, waist and stretch panels for comfort, it is suitable for a wide range of body shapes. The apt neck protection reduces the risk of water entering the jacket and protects the full-length zip closure.
A hefty price tag but a quality bit of kit. The Flexius by Rukka is made with a Cordura 500 shell and a detachable Gore-Tex lining. Armour includes CE approved armour in the back, shoulders and elbows plus Rukka D30 Air limb protectors. The collar is removable and made from soft neoprene for comfort and a Gore-Tex layer for waterproofing. Shorter in body length but most will zip it into Rukka trousers. Register the jacket with Rukka for a 6-year warranty.
No longer do you have to put up with ordering a small man’s size jacket and dealing with the boxy fit; there is now a decent range of women’s specific motorcycle jackets, built with curves in mind.
We’ve picked the ARMR below, as it’s a no-nonsense motorcycle jacket with a great set of features for a really good price.
The ARMR Kami is one of the best ladies waterproof motorcycle jackets thanks to its wide range of sizes, subtle, yet feminine design, and overall protection. Constructed from 600D outer shell, Dry Tek waterproof liner, removable thermoline insulating liner and storm flap retention system. The Kami is 100% waterproof, thanks to TLS triple lock seams and provides warmth in colder climates. Protection is provided through CE approved shoulder and elbow armour plus the option to add back and chest protectors. The jacket has loads of adjusters to find your perfect fit, including 2 position elbow protector adjustments.
How do you clean a textile jacket?
You can either hand clean it or machine wash it. If you’re hand cleaning, use a household scrubbing brush and some proper bike-kit cleaning solution, such as Sdoc or Nikwax. Work it in gently, then rinse it off then hang to dry. If you’re using a machine, ensure you empty all the pockets, remove the liner and use a specialist wash. Dry either on a line, or check your jacket to see if it can be gently tumble-dried. You can also use an iron on a low heat and place a towel between the iron and the jacket to gently dry it.
Can you re-waterproof a textile jacket?
If you see any areas where rainwater no longer beads up, then these will need re-proofing. Buy a bottle of waterproofing, it either can be hand-applied or you can add it to your washing machine to recoat the entire jacket.
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