9 Feature-Packed Motorcycle Jackets for The Fall Riding Season

Gear up right for autumn rides with one of these weather-resistant, insulated jackets.

We all have that dream of riding into a crisp, clear autumn day. Unfortunately, Mother Nature always loves to heave a few spitballs come the fall season, and those precious, perfect days are few and far between. So you’ve got to be prepared. Your favorite riding jacket might be just fine for that autumn blast, or it might be too cold, too warm, or leak like a sieve in the rain.

So what should you look for in a fall riding jacket? Take a tip from ADV riders and be ready for anything—especially rain and sudden temperature dips. Versatility is the key. Waterproof is best; water-resistant is just okay. Removable liners that zip or snap in/out easily are vital, and vents definitely come in handy when the sky clears and the sun shines.

Some leather jackets will work in unpredictable weather. Leather does dry out eventually, so if you can't let go of leather for the fall season, look for a jacket with solid swaths of material with few seams and zippers, to lessen the chances of rainwater penetrating. And storm flaps in the front closure are essential. Some jackets offer waterproof liners, so even if the exterior gets wet, you stay dry.

For true autumn motorcycling comfort, though, consider an ADV-style textile jacket. Lightweight, versatile, and usually waterproof, they’re generally no more expensive than a quality leather jacket and far more effective at keeping you dry, warm, or even cool. Built for extreme, all-season riding, they usually include armor and removable liners, along with multiple pockets and superior venting. Most have adjustable sizing, and some even have rain hoods tucked away in their collars. The styles have evolved too—they aren’t all big and boxy anymore. And their details and color schemes have grown up; stick with bright and colorful if you ride somewhere gray like the Pacific Northwest, or if you prefer to blend in, try black, brown, gray, or stylish olive.

Regardless of what you choose, there’s nothing cool about being unprepared. Get with the program with one of our favorite fall riding jackets. (Note: The products listed are sold by third-party sellers. Some manufacturers may offer newer versions.)

Alpinestars Ray Canvas V2

The Ray Canvas V2 jacket also incorporates CE-certified protection as well as the ability to add an Alpinestars back protector. The heavy, hand-waxed canvas cotton and poly-fabric shell features triple-stitched seams for all-round weather performance. It also has two side zippered pockets, zippered wrist closures for a secure fit, and level 1 CE-certified Bio-Light shoulder and elbow protectors. It's doesn't have a ton of pockets or versatility and, no, it's not water_proof_—but it sure is light and good-looking. Available in brown (shown) or black.Alpinestars

Fieldsheer Quattro Textile

In addition to two fully removable liners—one for rain and a full-sleeve quilted one for warmth—the three-quarter-length Fieldsheer Quattro is a serious all-weather touring jacket with a handy removable neck gaiter. Shoulder and chest vents allow air to circulate; armor in the shoulders, elbow, and a back pad offer protection; and red accents and reflective piping provide visibility. The Quattro features an adjustable waist strap and upper and lower sleeve adjustments, as well as a padded, microfleece mandarin collar. For portage, it has two hand-warmer pockets, two cargo pockets, two chest pockets with inside zippered map pocket, and a bonus pocket on the insulated liner. Best of all, the price at press time was a full $60 off retail.Fieldsheer

Firstgear Rush Tex

So you're riding along, and suddenly it starts pouring. Wouldn't it be great to be able to just keep riding? With Firstgear's Rush Tex, you can. Ideal for warmer climes where occasional rain protection comes in handy, the Rush Tex offers waterproof, breathable, lightweight protection without weighing you down. It offers one-hand waist belt adjustability, armor at shoulders and elbows, front shoulder vents with a large rear exhaust vent, and reflective piping for greater visibility. The list price is almost $60 higher, so this is a great value on a lightweight waterproof jacket.Firstgear

Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution

Joe Rocket is known for quality gear that often belies its affordability, and its Ballistic Revolution textile riding jacket offers serious versatility and comfort at a great price. The waterproof shell has reinforced shoulders and elbows, and CE-approved pads in both; a two-way main zipper with dual closure storm flap; articulated back expansion panels; a Variable Flow ventilation system with waterproof zippers; fleece-lined collar; and a removable, insulated full sleeve liner. The practical features keep coming, with five outer pockets, four interior liner pockets, and a 10-point custom adjustment system with snaps at the waist, torso, wrists, and arms.Joe Rocket

Klim Blade

The lightweight, streamlined Blade is a sleek solution for touring, commuting—whatever kind of riding you undertake. This jacket provides simple yet functional styling while delivering the quality, weatherproofing, and impact coverage that made Klim one of the most respected names in the powersports apparel industry. The shell is made of Gore-Tex with Cordura nylon overlays, and the double front storm flap, bottom hem cinch cord, and off-center collar cinch cord keep water out. It comes with armor in the shoulders and elbows, and includes a CE-approved back pad. But it’s highly breathable, thanks to two dual pit zips, two bicep intake vents, and a back exhaust vent.Klim

Olympia Alpha

Combining urban style with intricate technical detailing, Olympia's Alpha jacket is equipped with a Cordura outer shell, a removable waterproof rain jacket that can be worn inside or out, and a Thermolite insulated layer for three-season riding comfort. With removable flex armor at the elbows and shoulders and a CE-approved articulated back protector, the Alpha not only keeps you warm and dry, it might keep you safe too. You can custom-fit the collar, cuffs, elbows, and waist. Reflective piping at front, sides, and back help you stand out in the dark, and seven storage pockets and an interior cellphone pocket will carry your goods.Olympia

Scorpion Birmingham

Mixing classic style and modern technology, Scorpion took the traditional waxed-cotton riding jacket and improved it by making it waterproof, not just water-resistant. Scorpion first strengthened the fabric by weaving in nylon, then laminated a waterproof/breathable membrane to the back and taped all the seams. With heavy-duty reinforcements at the elbows and shoulders, bar tacking at all critical stress areas, and armor in the elbows and shoulders, the Birmingham is a serious riding jacket that exudes serious style.Scorpion

Tourmaster Transition Series 4

The Tourmaster Transition Series 4 is a great deal on a top-flight, all-weather touring jacket. The T4 features 11 intake and exhaust vents; an under-helmet hood that tucks into the collar to help eliminate seepage; stretch panels in the back and elbows; microfiber-lined collar and cuffs; adjustable sleeve straps at forearm and bicep; armor in the elbow and shoulder and triple-density back protector; and a waterproof breathable barrier. It has a zippered chest map pocket; fleece-lined hand pockets; internal pouch; mobile media pocket; front cargo pockets; and a dual-zippered fanny pocket. It also has a two-way main zipper closure with dual wind flap. The T4 is available in gunmetal/black (shown), high-viz yellow/black, light gray/gunmetal, or solid black.Tourmaster

Weise Hydra

British company Weise Motorcycle Clothing has built an international reputation with gear that showcases quality, style, and functionality, and the Hydra is no exception. Made of 1.4mm Monaco performance leather, the Hydra features a removable Reissa waterproof lining plus a removable quilted lining. For protection, there is removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Keprotec stretch panels on the inner arm keep the jacket snug, and waterproof zipped venting keeps air flowing. The Hydra also features hook-and-loop closures at the neck and wrists, a neoprene-lined collar and cuff, and reflective piping. Note: This is a sport riding jacket that is designed to fit snugly. Consider ordering a size up if you intend to use the liners regularly.Weise