Five of the best… Gore-Tex motorcycle jackets

Five of the best... Gore-Tex motorcycle jackets

SBS Choice
 ANDY DAVIDSON

Staying protected from the weather in the first place is a million times easier than having to fumble around with a waterproof oversuit.

A Gore-Tex jacket may cost more initially, but it’s the only one guaranteed to keep you dry, and it’s hard to put a price on that. Our guide to five of the best Gore-Tex jackets will help you find your next wet-weather riding companion.

Dainese Carve Master 2

£386.95-£422.96
Dainese’s Carve Master 2 touring jacket places highly with Sportsbikeshop customers, who give it an average of 4.89 stars from the first 18 reviews. Reviewers say the jacket is 100% warm and waterproof, and works great across all four seasons as it is highly ventilated too. Some customers warn the jacket comes up a little short in the back, and that the cuffs don’t have the highest levels of fit adjustment.    

Rukka Nivala

£1124.99
Paying a premium for quality bike kit is worth it for the right stuff. The first 19 Sportsbikeshop customer reviewers felt that way, giving the Nivala a perfect five-star average. The Nivala jacket uses Gore-Tex Pro, which reviews have praised for an effectiveness that backs up the higher cost. Customers have also said the fit of the jacket is incredibly true to size, and that it’s comfortable and warm (thanks to its thermal down liner).    

Richa Cyclone

£349.99-£395.99
The Cyclone and its Gore-Tex liner have impressed Sportsbikeshop customers, who gave it an average of 4.84 stars from the first 25 reviews. One customer told how it held up incredibly during a rainy tour of Scotland, keeping him totally dry throughout. Others praised the near-perfect fit, which is adjustable using straps on each side of the waist and arms. Reviewers also liked the flexible D3O armour, saying it was discreet and comfortable to wear.      

Rukka Armaxis

£824.99
“Expensive, but worth every penny” – Sportsbikeshop customers are full of praise for Rukka’s Armaxis jacket, leaving it with a 4.89-star average from the first 19 reviews. They love that it’s warm, comfy and waterproof, claiming it’s brilliant in even the wettest and coldest of conditions. While they love how smart the jacket looks on and the addition of the storm collar, some customers found they struggled with reattaching the thermal liner in the sleeves.

Rev'it Defender Pro

£599.99
The Defender Pro features a detachable Gore-Tex lining rather than a fixed membrane, but Sportsbikeshop customers didn’t seem to mind. They gave the jacket a 4.56-star average from the first nine reviews. It dropped a couple of marks for the sizing (it’s recommended to go one size up from your usual) and one reviewer mentioned the jacket is a little on the heavy side.