Five of the best… touring jackets

Five of the best... touring jackets

If you’re embarking on a tour, you need to know your kit will keep up with you.

A versatile touring jacket will help you tackle all weather conditions, and our guide to five of the best can help you find the one that’s perfect for you…

Oxford Montreal 3.0

Sportsbikeshop customers love the value for money, and gave it an average of 4.78 stars from the first 49 reviews. The Montreal, which has achieved RiDE Magazine Best Buy status, has a waterproof drop liner and a removable thermal liner, plus an Oxford Rainseal hood that can be stashed away in the collar. A short connection zip allows for the attachment of Oxford trousers, and the fit can be adjusted at the wrist, forearm, bicep and waist using Velcro and buttons.

Held Zorro

The Zorro has everything you would need for hardcore touring, packaged in a sub-£160 shell. Sportsbikeshop customers rate the amount of pockets it has, with two large waterproof outer pockets, and gave it an impressive average of 4.90 stars from the first 10 reviews. The jacket also has a detachable thermal liner, Humax waterproof drop liner and Velcro adjustment at the bicep, wrist and waist. The long connection zip lets you attach the recommended Vader jeans.

Richa Cyclone

Sportsbikeshop customers highly rate the Cyclone’s fit, saying it fits perfectly and is so comfortable it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a jacket at all. The first 13 buyers to leave a review gave it a 4.77-star average. The Gore-Tex liner means you’re guaranteed to stay dry, and four vents across the chest and back make it perfect for touring in hot or cold weather. The long connection zip allows the attachment of the matching jeans, and a full set of D3O armour is included.  

RST Pro Series Adventure 3 CE

The third-generation Pro Series Adventure jacket continues to impress customers with its build quality and ability to tackle both hot and cold weather. They gave it an average of 4.89 from the first 27 reviews. A removable thermal liner keeps you warm and three waterproof pockets keep your stuff dry, but large chest vents allow extra airflow in warm weather. A full set of armour is also included.      

Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar

Sportsbikeshop customers love the versatility, giving this jacket an average of 4.79 stars from the first 63 reviews. Large vents on each side of the body allow airflow, but the long-sleeved removable thermal liner means you’ll stay warm on cold rides too. Multiple points of adjustment give an accurate fit, and impact points are reinforced for better abrasion resistance. The Andes jeans can be connected using the long zip.