What are the Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets?

Have you ever tried to wear a leather jacket in the middle of summer? The idea of dripping sweat as you dismount is pretty gross. And of course, riding without gear because of the heat is ridiculously unsafe.

While safety is a huge priority, let's be honest, it kind of kills your cool factor if you look like drowned cat when peeling off a sweaty coat. Let’s face it, we’ve all be tempted to ride gearless when the weather has been scorching hot! You’ve thought about it, I’ve done it. Definitely don’t recommend it. Not worth it dude.

You don’t have to risk your safety to ride in comfort. Mesh motorcycle coat have many of the same safety features as leather and textile jackets have, but have way better airflow. The fact is, mesh is the coolest and most ventilated type of motorcycle coat for warm-weather riders.

To top it off, mesh jackets look pretty cool. Thanks to a slimmer fit and lighter material, you get some serious swagger at a FRACTION of the cost.

Since mesh jackets are so popular with riders in hot climates, there are tons of options to choose from, and it can be tough to find the best coat for you. We’ve tested dozens of mesh coats and found the best-performing brands with the ultimate cool-factor for the best price. Here’s our pick for the top 5 best mesh motorcycle jackets.

5 Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Review

#1

mixed color jacket

Xelement CF-511 Mens Black Sports Armored

This super-light coat gives you some seriously incredible ventilation, and you certainly can’t beat the price. Riders love this coat because it’s lightweight, cheap and comfortable. This is the perfect coat for a lazy ride around town on a sunny afternoon.

If you are looking for an affordable coat which will keep you cool in the summer heat, you can’t beat this Xelement CF-511.

#2

Black coat

Xelement Level 3 Advanced Padded

Simple. Safe. Comfortable. This coat has a sleek, understated look and also keeps you cool in hot temps, and warm when it’s chilly. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of flash and features, it does give you great value for money.

Our only improvement would be to add some more pocket-space, as we’re always looking to store more gear while on a ride. A lot of riders found this coat heavier than most other mesh jackets, especially with the included liner, but said they appreciated the high-quality material.

If you want an affordable coat which covers all the basics and will help you brave the weather, then check out this sleek bad boy right here.

#3

man standing

Viking Cycle Warlock

The Viking Cycle Warlock Mesh Jacket a thing of beauty. This jacket offers everything you’d expect from a high quality mesh motorcycle coat, and is built with airflow in mind.

Our favorite part? It has pockets for everything. There’s even a built-in headphone system so you can use your earbuds without getting them in a tangled mess. To top it off they have a “secret” pocket for your most valuable possessions.

With CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders, padding for the chest and back, and night-time reflective strips - this bad boy’s got you covered in case of serious spills.

Stay cool, stay visible, stay safe. This one’s a no-brainer.

#4

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Pilot Motosport Men's Slate Air

Constructed of 210D Micro Mesh to give you the ultimate in breathability, this Pilot jacket offers huge value for money. Plus, the 600 Denier NPF panels at the shoulders and elbows offer protection where you need it most.

This is an extremely well-built coat with high-quality material, and top-notch protection.Imagine cruising around at 45mph in 80- degree weather - this puppy will keep you cool, which is exactly what you want on those hot summer rides.

If you’re looking for a lightweight coat that will still keep you safe, this one’s a winner.

#5

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Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Men's

Our number one pick is the Joe Rocket Phoenix  5.0. This baby not only keeps you cool through its breathable design, but also gives you the protection you expect from a high quality mesh coat.

The FreeAir Poly/mesh shell is reinforced at the shoulders, elbows and ribs to give you added abrasion resistance. It also comes with CE-approved armor for your shoulders and elbows to keep you safe in a fall. We really liked the removable spine pad, which has an optional pocket to install your own CE-approved spine protector if you need the extra protection.

Seriously, the good stuff just keep coming! Not only is there additional high-density padding at the ribs, kidneys and lower back to minimize impact damage, but the padding is even sculpted to be comfortably form-fitting without impacting mobility. A removable waterproof liner keeps you dry, and there’s snap loops and zippers attach which pants if you want to turn this into a full-blown suit. To top it off, this coat offers loads of pockets for all the important stuff you need while out on a ride.

This bad boy has it all. Several riders with this coat have said they dumped their bikes at speeds of up to 45 mph and walked away without a scratch! Now if that isn’t a raving review I don’t know what is!

If you are looking for a great breathable summer jacket which offers the best in safety and functionality - this Joe Rocket Phoenix 5 takes the cake.

The Most Important Things To Know Before Choosing Your Mesh Motorcycle Jacket

#1

Consider The Weather

The key difference between a mesh jacket vs a textile jacket is the weave. A mesh jacket is designed to allow maximum cooling to the rider by using thicker fibers and a more open weave. This allows as much airflow as possible through the coat without compromising its strength.

Before choosing a mesh motorcycle jacket, you first need to know if you’re better off with a summer-only coat or an option which has the added flexibility of removable liners. Most mesh jackets don’t come with liners since they are designed with maximum airflow in mind. However, the more expensive higher-quality units sometimes come with a waterproof layer for when things start to get wet.

Mesh jackets typically have less abrasion-resistance to leather or textile jackets. Although, they do make up for it with extra features such as impact padding and Armor inserts. This makes them lightweight and practical, without sacrificing mobility.

#2

Get The Right Fit

A great motorcycle jacket should fit snugly while still allowing you to move freely. While some people prefer a looser fitting coat so they can wear multiple layers underneath, a coat which moves around too much is less effective in the event of an accident. Imagine sliding down the road only to have your coat slip up and over your head, exposing all the precious skin you were trying to protect. OUCH!

Mesh is much lighter than leather due to a more open nylon weave, which allows for considerable airflow. This is why a mesh coat is the coat of choice in hot climates.

While most mesh jackets don’t come with liners, if they do, you need to be aware that removing the liners will alter the fit of the coat. It may be snug with all the liners in place, but without them, your coat could feel like a parachute.

Another thing to consider is sizing variations. While most good-quality jacket manufactures are consistent in their sizing’s, you may notice a difference between brands. A medium from an American might be the European equivalent to a large. Always check sizing charts to ensure you get the best fit.

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