Riding is meant to be enjoyable but it’s very difficult to enjoy yourself when your gear is making you miserable. In the summer months, having the right jacket is an absolute must if you want to stay safe and comfortable throughout the heat of the day.
We’re often asked about the best jackets for summer riding. Naturally, you’ll want a mesh jacket for maximum airflow in hot weather. Beyond that, it really depends on your personal preference in terms of style, features, and function.
To help with the difficult task of narrowing the search from over 100 jackets to the perfect jacket for you, we’ve reviewed the top ten mesh jackets for hot weather riding.
10 Mesh Motorcycle Jackets for Summer
Every rider has a different style and preference, but if you’re looking for a quality mesh jacket at a great price, these jackets are the best buys you’ll find for summer riding.
The Trench System comes with a Phoenix-style mesh jacket with great airflow to keep you cool in the summer. It stands alone in that it includes a complete rain suit for FREE, including both the Trench overcoat and quality heavy-duty rain pants to help keep you dry in a downpour. It also includes a zip-in fleece vest to keep you warm at cooler temperatures, extending the season for this jacket.
The Trench System is a tremendous value and applies to a variety of riding styles. It may be the perfect commuting jacket due to the complete rainsuit included at no extra charge. Cruiser riders will appreciate the understated style of this black jacket.
If you like an understated style, the Trench is possibly our best mesh jacket deal.
This is the cheapest jacket on the list, but it’s still packed full of features and performance. If you’re looking for a great value with a sporty look, this jacket is for you. It has a removable wind and water-resistant liner for cool and/or wet days. The cut and design of this jacket are very sporty, and now that it is on closeout the price screams value.
One of the top benefits of this jacket may not be easily seen. It is constructed using a lot of panels, giving it a more tailored fit along with its sporty look. The arms and shoulders feature stretch panels allowing for great movement, flexibility, and comfort while riding.
The shoulders and elbows are protected with high quality CE-approved armor. The comfort foam back pad is upgradeable for additional protection.
The Cape Town is a lightweight, all-weather motorcycle touring jacket. This jacket features large mesh panels for fantastic airflow to keep you cool in the summer. It also features a high-quality waterproof liner with a Drystar membrane that is also breathable. This ensures you will be comfortable and dry no matter what mother nature throws your way.
Got lots of stuff to carry? No worries. The Cape Town jacket has plenty of pockets to carry your essentials and more. This riding jacket comes with armor protection installed, but offers the ability to add even more protective high-quality armor as an option. Check out the Cape Town in a combo for a deal on armor and pants too!
The Cape Town is a 3/4 length jacket, which means adventure and touring riders are nuts about it. While it would work fine while riding a sportbike, most sport riders prefer a shorter cut. If you’re looking for something with Cape Town quality and features in a waist-length jacket, the Olympia Viper is the best choice. It’s very similar, but is a waist-length jacket with nearly identical features, quality and price.
The Cape Town jacket comes in two great colors: hi-viz yellow or grey. The grey looks great with any motorcycle and the high-viz will make you stand out in traffic. Either way you can’t go wrong. So, if you’re looking for a top-quality multi-season 3/4 length jacket, the Cape Town Drystar jacket is an amazing buy at our closeout prices.
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The Olympia Viper is similar in quality and construction to the Alpinestars Cape Town but the Viper is a waist-length jacket, as opposed to the longer ¾ style of the Cape Town. The Olympia brand is well known among touring riders, but the cut and style of the Viper works equally well for touring and sportbike riders. Adventure touring and dual sport riders might be drawn more towards the Cape Town jacket due to the 3/4 length and extra pockets.
For touring, sport touring and commuting, the Viper is a premium jacket at a somewhat higher price tag than alternatives on this list. For a little extra cash you get premium features like a dual-stage insulated waterproof Thermolite liner which can be worn off the bike as a stand-alone casual jacket and great CE approved Motion Flex armor in the shoulders, elbows and back. The construction and materials used in the Viper and all Olympia products are strictly top shelf, including super-strength 2000 denier cordura at all major strike points. This is a case where spending a few extra bucks really pays off, because you get more features, plus it will outlast cheaper jackets due to Olympia’s high quality materials and construction.
The Backdraft jacket was created with true sportbike riders in mind. It’s a stylish and highly ventilated mesh jacket, perfect for allowing huge airflow during hot weather. While it does come with a removable liner, it’s designed to be a windbreaker for cooler rides and is not waterproof. This jacket comes with removable CE-approved armor in the shoulders and elbows, along with a foam back pad, for an added measure of safety.
The Backdraft is a great deal on closeout and is priced similar to the 8th Street jacket but with bolder graphics. For some, this jacket will be “too loud”, but if it fits your style and we still have your size, the Backdraft is hard to beat.
The Phoenix is a proven high-value jacket with a lot of history. This is the 5th evolution of a highly-popular mesh jacket with top-notch fit and finish that has come through years of continuous improvement. As a bonus, it comes in more colors than any other jacket on the planet! The styling is not too overdone or loud, but the colors are bright and vibrant. Surely you can find the right color to complement your favorite ride.
The Phoenix is definitely a sport-style jacket with a low-cut comfortable collar, sleeves that are pre-curved to the riding position, CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, a high-quality waterproof liner, and lots of bright, highly-visible colors. All these details have made the Phoenix the most popular mesh jacket of all time among sport and sport touring riders.
Another great thing about the Phoenix 5.0 is that it comes in tall sizes in both silver and black. This allows our tall customers to get the sleeve length they need while still having a form-fitting torso that won’t flap like crazy on the highway.
The Stella Rebel jacket is similar to the Backdraft, but for women. It’s a euro cut, stylish and sporty mesh jacket with great airflow for summer riding. It includes a removable windbreaker liner, but like the Backdraft, it is not waterproof. In addition to the CE-approved armor in the shoulders and elbows, it features upgradable foam chest and back pads.
The Stella Rebel is a jacket that will appeal to style-conscious female riders or passengers looking for quality and style at a low price. The Alpinestars name and quality in a jacket at this price puts this jacket in a value category of its own.
As an added bonus, this great jacket comes in your favorite color, as long as it is camo!
This is a premium women’s jacket with the Olympia quality reflected in its original retail price. The designers at Olympia never skimp on the details, and it shows in the Bonneville jacket. It looks great, fits well and is made of top-shelf material throughout. It comes with a waterproof liner that can actually be used as a nice-looking standalone jacket when you’re off the bike.
It’s not as edgy as the Alpinestars Stella Rebel, but for touring and cruiser riders, this jacket is a great choice, especially if you have an eye for quality. Due to it’s shorter cut and three color options, many sportbike riders have been purchasing Bonnevilles as well. For comparison, it’s much like an Olympia Renegade or Viper jacket, only built and styled for women.
Just like every Olympia jacket, it has excellent armor throughout. We also have combos featuring matching Olympia pants in multiple colors. The colors are beautiful coming in sand, red, and pewter. If you’re looking for a women’s mesh jacket with premium quality and crazy low price this is it, but hurry because our supply is running low.
The Renegade is Olympia’s least expensive mesh motorcycle jacket. They cut the cost by eliminating the waterproof liner and keeping the design simple, not by cutting corners in terms of quality. lt’s simply a basic top-shelf mesh jacket with great CE-approved armor, including quality CE-approved back armor. It features a lot of nice details, like YKK zippers throughout, and a super comfortable collar.
For touring or cruiser riders in climates where you don’t need the waterproof liner (or if you have a rain suit), this is a jacket with amazing value as it possesses the high quality associated with the Olympia name at a lower price than their other lines.
The Renegade jacket is kind of along the same lines as the Fly 8th Street in terms of usage and style, but the contrast in quality is very apparent. While you can get a cheaper price on another all-mesh jacket, the Renegade will likely outlast most others by several years.
This jacket is a true hot-climate mesh jacket with no extra material to impede airflow. It features an understated but sporty style and great CE armor throughout. It’s basic full-mesh construction makes for a very lightweight summer jacket, and it comes in five cool colors to match your bike. There are certainly jackets available with bolder looks and more features, but sometimes less is more. If maximum cooling is your goal and you like to ride “under the radar”, this may be the ideal jacket for you.
The Best Motorcycle Jacket for Hot Weather
Out of these ten summer mesh jackets, hopefully you can find one that fits your style and riding needs. All 10 of these Jackets are currently in stock and on sale. At MotorcycleCloseouts.com, we specialize in mesh jacket closeouts, focused on getting you the most options at the lowest prices available.
Which do you think is the best mesh jacket for summer riding?