Five of the best… ventilated textile jackets

Five of the best... ventilated textile motorcycle jackets

SBS Choice

Motorcycle jackets with large vented panels or entirely mesh fronts can be a godsend when riding in hot weather, as they let in far more cool air than traditional zipped vents.

Our guide to five of the best has been chosen by the people who know best – you, our customers.

Rev'it Eclipse Textile Jacket

Rev’it’s leading summer jacket achieves an impressive 4.92-star average from its first 37 reviews. Customers say it’s lightweight and that the full mesh front lets through more than enough cool air on hot rides, with one reviewer calling it a “lifesaver in the summer.” Reviews also say it’s well-fitting and comfortable to wear. There’s also a ladies version available, which has a perfect five-star average from eight reviews.

Rev'it Torque Textile Jacket

For riders looking for something a little more versatile, Sportsbikeshop customers recommend the Torque jacket. They say the mesh allows plenty of cool air through, but love that a waterproof lining in included too. Reviewers say the build quality is great, but mention that flies can get trapped in the mesh front when riding at speed. Overall, the Torque jacket receives a 4.70-star average from the first 10 reviews.    

Dainese Air Frame D1 Textile Jacket

“Without the removable liner it’s like riding in a t-shirt” – Sportsbikeshop customers are full of praise for the Air Frame’s airflow, giving it a 4.81-star average from the first 16 reviews. They like the addition of a windproof liner on chillier rides, and say that while the pockets are of a good size, there could do with being more. A ladies version is also available.

FLM Travel Textile Jacket 2.0

SBS Mag reviewer Ant is usually hard to please when it comes to bike gear, but he says this is the best jacket he’s ever worn, giving it 94/100 in his review. He says the two large chest vents let in masses of cool air, even when riding in 30-degree temperatures. He was also impressed by how well the removable waterproof and thermal linings performed, but does advise downsizing by one if you’re going to use them often.  

Dane Fano 2 Summer Textile Jacket

Dane’s Fano 2 jacket reaps praise for its high build quality and impressive airflow from its mesh front, with reviewers saying it’s an airy dream when combined with the matching vented Fano 2 trousers. Sportsbikeshop customers say the included armour in the shoulders and elbows is lightweight and that the jacket is well-fitting, leaving it with an average of 4.83 stars from the first six reviews.