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 4.67 stars from the first 91 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.

Oxford Mondial Advanced

Receiving a 4.67-star average from the first 43 reviews, Oxford’s Mondial Advanced jacket is popular among Sportsbikeshop customers. They’re hailing it a “great four season jacket”, complimenting the laminated waterproof liner for keeping them dry and the large chest vents for keeping them cool on hotter rides. Reviewers also say it’s comfy and well-fitting, but it loses marks for the collar being a little low on the neck.

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 26 buyers to leave a review gave it a 4.85-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.  

Alpinestars Andes Drystar

By far one of the most popular textile jackets on the Sportsbikeshop website, the Alpinestars Andes Drystar receives an impressive 4.83-star average from its first 118 reviews. Customers say the jacket fits true-to-size, and that the velcro waist straps offer plenty of adjustment. Reviews say the Drystar membrane is great at keeping water out and that the large zipped chest vents are effective at letting in cool air.    

Rukka Nivala Gore-Tex

“Expensive? Yes. Worth it? 100%” – Rukka’s Nivala jacket seriously impresses Sportsbikeshop customers, who give it a perfect five star average from the first 20 reviews. Customers say it’s warm and comfortable, and praise the laminated Gore-Tex lining for doing a great job in keeping them dry. They also note how lightweight and ventilated the Nivala is, and say the build quality of the jacket is second-to-none.