Casual Cold-Weather Wear For Motorcyclists

Stay warm and keep your style whether you’re on or off the bike.

Man in snow wearing warm clothing.
Casual cold-weather wear can keep you warm both on or off the bike.Sulliman Salehi from Pexels

There probably aren’t a lot of items in your closet that work to keep you warm both on and off the motorcycle during the winter. While you’d generally want to reach for specialized gear equipped with armor when hopping on your bike, there are also articles of clothing that can double as everyday staples off the bike as well. During wintertime, layering is more important than ever, so even casual items can be functional on the bike if you piece them together correctly. Even if you don’t plan on riding but still want to stay warm and comfortable in good-looking, hard-working attire, this group of everyday staples will serve you well during the winter months.

Freeze-Out Warm’R Zipped Gilet

Freeze-Out Warm’R Zipped Gilet
A windproof top like this can help keep you toasty on or off the bike.Amazon

Whether you’re gearing up for a ride or just a day out in the cold, you’re going to want to consider base layer options, and the Warm’R Zipped Gilet from Freeze-Out is an ideal top to start with. The material used in the Freeze-Out is lighter and more flexible than previously, which means wearing a top like this underneath other layers makes for a more comfortable all-day feel. The zipped gilet is windproof, so even if the cold breeze cuts through your outer layers, it won’t have a chance of penetrating this piece. The sleeves are removable so you can play with even more wardrobe options.

Harley-Davidson Iron Block Casual Jacket

Harley-Davidson Iron Block Casual Jacket
Milwaukee fans will dig this track-style design.Amazon

A day spent off the bike this time of year still requires a jacket to keep warm, so why not represent your love of your favorite motorcycle brand at the same time? H-D’s Iron Block casual jacket gives its wearer a killer track-style design with a lived-in vintage appearance right off the rack. The Iron Block jacket also features two snap hand-warmer pockets, a chest pocket, and two interior pockets so all your goods can be properly stashed away. The 100 percent cotton canvas base of this jacket goes well with cotton sheeting body lining and polyester taffeta sleeve lining for a high-quality look and feel with an impressive assortment of embroidered details to add to the interesting exterior.

Klim K Fifty 1 Riding Denim Pants

Klim K Fifty 1 Riding Denim Pants
Hidden protection with a casual look.Amazon

While it might not be “shorts” weather everywhere in the country, these denim riding pants from Klim will ensure that you’re always ready to go. Jeans are most people’s go-to casual staple, and the K Fifty 1 denim pants are designed to look like an ordinary pair, but they are definitely built to ride. The heavy-duty Cordura material (a durable nylon/cotton blend) and reinforced Kevlar panels located in slide zones give these pants an integrated armor support system for on-road protection. The D3O Evo hip and knee armor and Poron XRD impact foam tailbone piece further keep the rider from harm while allowing these jeans to remain as unassuming as possible.

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat A18

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat A18
Easy wearing for cold comfort anytime.Amazon

The tried-and-true watch-cap-style beanie should be in everyone’s cold-weather arsenal. It can be stashed just about anywhere and sure does come in handy when the temperature dips. Carhartt’s beanie is available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns to better suit your style, and once you put it on, you’ll quickly feel what a difference the acrylic rib-knit fabric makes on your noggin. The beanie is stretchable and fits just about any size head out there—get one or two and be prepared for what the weather throws at you (these also make for the perfect solution for helmet hair).

Dickies Water-Resistant Diamond-Quilted Nylon Jacket

Dickies Water-Resistant Diamond-Quilted Nylon Jacket
A classic quilt at a budget-friendly price.Amazon

For comfy casuals you know will stand up to the wear and tear of everyday abuse, almost any item from Dickies will do the trick. As one of the leaders in heavy-duty work wear, Dickies’ usually delivers, and its diamond-quilted jacket is a great selection for all-day warmth and comfort that’s also budget-friendly. A jersey knit quilted lining assists in providing warmth, and the water-repellent exterior keeps you dry in all conditions. Available in black, charcoal gray, brown, navy blue (and other options), the diamond-quilted jacket will soon become one of your favorite pieces of outerwear. Throw some rad patches into the mix, and you’ll have a righteous jacket to sport on and off the bike.

Alpinestars Neck Warmer

Alpinestars Neck Warmer
Cover up those pesky, always-exposed pieces of skin near your head.Amazon

Sure, you could reach for a scarf while bundling up for a day outdoors, but there are other uses this Alpinestars’ neck warmer can provide too. The warm, breathable, moisture-wicking fabric can keep the neck area warm, or extend it upward to cover the mouth and nose area. You can even use it as a headband to provide warmth where it’s needed most. Flat-lock seams allow for comfort when worn underneath layers of clothing. This is a highly adaptable layering option that anyone can take full advantage of when the temps plunge.

Under Armour Adult Coldgear Boot Socks

Under Armour Adult Coldgear Boot Socks
Combat the cold from the bottom up.Amazon

Whether you’re gearing up to ride or just kick it around town, you’ll still want to start with the right pair of socks during cold days. Under Armour’s Coldgear boot socks offer full cushioning, moisture-wicking properties, and a thick construction that will remain breathable and flexible in a pair of riding boots or athletic shoes.