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14 Best Motorcycle Riding Jackets In India

Are you looking for a list of best riding jackets in India? In this blog, I have compiled products I personally own or have used in one of the occasions.

If you’re new on this blog, let me tell you that I’m also a moto vlogger (here’s the link to my Youtube channel). I have done solo rides across India, including a 2-month all India Delhi to Kerala trip, and other adventure rides like Shinkula Pass in Zanskar and the entire Spiti Valley circuit. So you can certainly trust my words and this list of best riding jackets in India.

 

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Other than recommending products, I have also included a few important things to keep in mind while buying a riding jacket — whether online or offline.

And to make it easy for you to decide, I have classified the list as per the price tag of the products — because I know that PRICE MATTERS!

So starting from the cheapest to the most expensive, this is my recommended list of…

Best Motorcycle Riding Jackets In India

Under 5000 Rupees

Here’s a list of some of the cheapest but value for money jackets you can buy online…

Royal Enfield Streetwind V2

This jacket looks really nice with all classic-looking motorcycles. You don’t necessarily need to own a Royal Enfield to own it. I have personally tried it on my Jawa 42 motorbike and it goes along really well. (Please note that its price keep fluctuating and most of the times, it’s available online for INR 4999).

What I love about it:

  • The Royal Enfield branding.
  • 2 decent-size front pockets with zippers.
  • The YKK zippers and a cushioned collar for extra comfort.
  • Level 1 protection at the shoulder and elbow area for this price tag.
  • Good ventilation and the fact that it’s equipped with abrasion-resistant mesh.

Royal Enfield also has an apparel and riding gear range for women.

XTS Airhead Riding Jacket

If you are looking to buy one of the cheap riding jackets in India that look trendy yet simple at the same time, XTS Airhead is a great choice. It is a perfect low-profile product for city commutes as well as the occasional weekend rides.

What I love about it:

  • The heavy-duty abrasion-resistant shell.
  • Level 1 protection at shoulder, elbow and back.
  • Great ventilation for in-city hot and humid rides.
  • Detachable rain and winter liners that make it an all-season riding jacket.

Also Read: Best Riding Pants In India and 12 Best Motorcycle Tank Bags.

Under 7000 Rupees

If you invest a little more, you can actually buy a really nice riding jacket in India for less than 7000 Rupees. Compared to the products shared above, the ones shared below offer better safety and hence can be classified under inexpensive touring jackets…

Mototech Scrambler Air

The florescent-inspired Mototech Scrambler is ideal for city rides as well as occasional touring. It looks trendy and loud and that makes it perfect for those rides who like to gain attention. As the name suggests, it goes along really well with scrambler motorcycles.

What I love about it:

  • The overall design.
  • Reflective fluorescent branding.
  • Removable level 1 body armours on shoulders, elbows and back.
  • Detachable thermal and rain liners that make it an all-season riding jacket.
  • Keeping the overall design in mind, I’d count it as one of the best riding jackets for scrambler motorcycles.

Venom Asphalt

This is another one of those value for money riding jackets in India that come with all necessary body armours without drilling a big hole in your pocket. The rain liner from the inside and thermal moreover makes it an all-weather (though not too harsh weather conditions) product. I have a friend who owns and using it for over a year (used it in Ladakh region too) and the only issue he has ever faced is of the zippers. The main zipper is of brand YYK, which is nowhere close to The YKK zipper, rest all is fine. But the good thing is, it comes with a 1-year warranty on all manufacturing defects.

What I love about it:

  • The 1-year manufacturing warranty.
  • Body armours on shoulders, elbows and back.
  • The outer shell that is made with heavy-duty air mesh and strong abrasion resistant 800D Polyester Cardura Fabric.

Rynox Air GT 3

Rynox is a renowned name when it comes to riding gear in India. I have been using their riding pants and a waist pouch (you can read more about them in this blog about aftermarket riding gear and accessories for Jawa motorcycles). I met someone who was using this jacket for over a year during our official Punjab da Tor ride and received pretty good feedback about it.

What I love about it:

  • Great ventilation.
  • A reliable and known brand name.
  • Level 2 protection for shoulders, elbow and back.
  • Increased low-light visibility thanks to the fluorescent lining.
  • 3 decent size pockets and pants connection zipper (for Rynox riding pants).

Biking Brotherhood Xplorer

I haven’t used it myself but I know a few people who own it and would recommend it over all other riding jackets in India because they’re that satisfied. It has everything an entry-level gear should have — great looks, decent protection, all-season usability and cargo pockets.

What I love about it:

  • External rain jacket.
  • Inner removable thermal liner.
  • A strong mix of both Mesh and Cordura.
  • Armour-protection at elbows, shoulders, and back.
  • Two external Pockets & two Internal pockets (all waterproof).
  • Reflective piping in front and back for visibility while night riding.

Under 10,000 Rupees

All of the riding jackets mentioned below offer level 2 safety on the shoulder and elbow area, making them safe for adventure touring.

Raida Tourbine

This is what I have been using and recommending for some time now. Made of 600D polyester textile and mesh, Raida TourBine is certainly durable. I’ve used it for almost a year concluding a 2-month south India ride, 3 nearly 1-month rides in the Himalayas — total 5 months of adventure riding and it still looks brand new (after the wash, of course).

What I love about it:

  • A reliable and known Indian brand.
  • Level 1 padding on chest and the back.
  • Level 2 padding on shoulders and elbows.
  • A reversible waterproof and thermal liner. I have tested the thermal liner (with just one tee underneath in sub-zero conditions and it’s pretty decent).

Raida Kavac

The Kavac is one of the recently launched top-selling riding jackets by Raida Gears. The improved safety and better design technology make it a better alternative to its predecessor. If I already haven’t invested in their Tourbine and was buying a riding jacket now I would have bought a Kavac.

What I love about it:

  • The overall design.
  • Removable inner thermal liner.
  • Outer rain liner (outer rain liners are always better).
  • Level 2 safety armours on the chest, back, shoulders and elbows.
  • YKK zippers and reflective stripes for extra visibility during night riding.
  • 600D polyester textile and mesh jacket (full-mesh lining) for durability and comfort.

Rynox Tornado Pro 3

As you can guess by the name, this is the third (and one of the top-selling) version of Rynox’s Tornado series. I have used it on several occasions and totally love its ventilation, in addition to a few other things. If you do a lot of touring in hot and humid conditions, this is a great product to have.

What I love about it:

  • Super-ventilated outer shell.
  • Level 1 protection on the chest.
  • Level 2 protection on back, shoulder and elbows.
  • lightweight but heavy-duty and very sturdy material.
  • Retro-reflective panels on back and arms for increased visiting during night riding.

Rynox Storm Evo L2

Another one from Rynox, this is one of the best riding jackets in India to have in under 10,000 Rupees. To some, its Knox Ve level 2 certified armours and liners may feel bulky but obviously it’s meant for touring and not strolling in a city.

What I love about it:

  • Level 1 foam protectors at chest.
  • Level 2  safety at shoulder, elbows and back.
  • Internal winter liner (that goes inside of the rain liner).
  • Internal rain liner that can be worn as a separate jacket.
  • Reflective strips on front and back for night-time visibility.
  • The functionalities/safety it offers at under 10,000 Rupees price tag.

Under 15,000 Rupees

Solace Furious V2.0

This 3-layered touring jacket is one of the most top-selling riding jackets by Solace Gears, and it’s not hard to guess why. Meant for long-distance riders, this windproof piece of textile with zip-operated ventilation ports works in all riding conditions. I have many riding-buddies who are using this product for years and they won’t swap it for anything else. If you have a budget for around 12,000 Rupees and want something you can wear while sport, adventure and cruiser touring, Solace Furious is your thing.

What I love about it:

  • The fabric is highly resistant to abrasion, scuffs and tear.
  • Level 1 chest protection with high ventilation.
  • Level 2 shoulder, elbows and back protection.
  • 3M Reflective taping for improved visibility during night riding.
  • YKK Zippers, three layered thermal and rain liners for all-weather riding.
  • Zip-down wind-blocking panels at front and rear for cooling temperatures on long rides.

Alpinestars 2978 Axel

Alpine Stars is what Zara for fashion brands — high brand value and a dedicated following. To be honest, I don’t really endorse their products, not that they are bad quality but because they’re often highly-priced. And when it comes to buying riding jackets in India that feel expensive to most riders anyway, a brand that takes advantage of its name is a total turn off for me. So yea, I am not a big fan of Alpine Stars. But for the sake of naming an Alpine Stars jacket, I recommend their Axel 2978.

What I love about it:

  • A low profile design.
  • A reliable and popular brand name.

Royal Enfield Khardungla

Out of all the best riding jackets available online, the Khardungla by Royal Enfield has the most elegant, low key and sophisticated design. In one word, it looks like a true CLASSIC. With all the modern comforts and necessary safety, it takes the must-deserved place in this list of the best riding jackets in India under 15,000 Rupees. The only problem I find in it, as per papers, is comparatively lower level protection provided at this price tag — level 1 safety at shoulders and elbows.

What I love about it:

  • The design.
  • The brand name.
  • 3 layered construction with detachable rain and winter liners.
  • High abrasion-resistant material, especially at shoulders and elbows, that promises long durability.
  • Laminated reflective panels at chest, shoulders and back for better visibility of the rider during night riding.

Under 20,000 Rupees

Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0

The last in my list of best touring and riding jackets in India is by Joe Rocket — a known brand in the motorcycle industry for years, especially for those who belong to race tracks. Joe Rocket is known for its quality, performance, durability and style.

What I love about it:

  • High-density padding at ribs, kidneys and lower back.
  • Level 2 safety at elbow and shoulders.
  • High insulation outer shell
  • A killer brand name.
  • Trendy design.

Please note that this article includes affiliate links, meaning I may earn a commission when you will buy a product. This is how I make money and survive as a full-time content creator.

But be assured that the original price of the product will remain the same for you!

Also, all recommendations are solely personal. I wasn’t paid to make you buy any of the products advertised above. I only recommend what I personally try and find worth appreciating!


How To Buy Good Riding Jackets Online

Picking the right gear is the most important part of planning your trip. Buy the wrong product and it will make your journey tougher and more complicated.

Similarly, while buying riding gear, you need to make sure that it solves the purpose of your trip. If you are going to be riding in hot and humid conditions, make sure your product comes with great insulation. For wet and cold weathers, ensure that it has impeccable rain and thermal liners.

There’s actually a science to knowing what the best riding gear for you – and how to pick it! When I first started touring, I spent weeks picking out my first pair of riding gear. I tried on dozens of products, did hours of online research, and in the end bought stuff that would not only look great on my motorbike but also serve my needs. It was a time-consuming process. But that research paid off.

So in order to save you hours upon hours of research, and learn from someone who already knows what works and what doesn’t, I have provided you with some of the tried, tested, and best riding jackets in India you can buy online.

And speaking of a few important things to keep in mind while buying one, here are those…

  1. The size. Since most jackets are quite heavy, you don’t need to invest in something that is big for you and make you feel tired. And this brings us to the second point that most riders disregard while buying a riding jacket online, and that is…
  2. Weight. All the products I have mentioned above are not too heavy. You don’t want to buy something that weighs over 2 kilos.
  3. A breathable outer mesh.
  4. Make sure it has at least level one safety on shoulders, elbows and back (if you are into local and occasional weekend rides).
  5. At least level two safety on shoulders and elbows, and level one safety on chest and back (if you are going touring).
  6. Most jackets are advertised as all-season riding jackets as long as they have a rain/thermal liner and has some kind of insulation. But what kind of insulation and how effective the rain-liner is what makes them all-season.
  7. Outer rain-liners are always more effective than inner-liners.
  8. It is good to have some kind of reflective lining/piping for safe night riding experience.
  9. Invest in something that comes with YKK zippers. If not, ask for a manufacturing warranty.

That’s all in this blog on best riding jackets online in India. If you have more suggestions to add and help the community, please leave a comment below. If you want to message me directly, you can do so on my Instagram.

Also Read: Tips for a first solo motorcycle trip in the Himalayas

About

I am Dev, and I've been travelling full-time since 2016. I was a journalism student & started my corporate career as a documentary film-maker in England, before moving to India & becoming a full-time nomad. 25+countries. 50+ Brand Partnerships. And the adventure continues...

  1. Thanks for a detailed guide on riding jackets in India Dev. I was planning to buy one for some time now and your list seemed to have put together all the good products in one place. Going ahead with the Royal Enfield Khardungla 😀

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