Looking For The Best Leather Motorcycle Jacket Under $200?
Here’s a look at our favorites, including our top pick – The Leather Factory Men’s SWORD Black Genuine Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket.
When it comes to motorcycle riding, you can’t beat a leather jacket. A good leather jacket provides protection from the wind and elements, offers a little extra padding to keep you safe in minor slips and spills, and most importantly, it makes a style statement that raises a firm middle-finger to the establishment that favors suit jackets and cashmere sweaters. Every biker needs a strong, durable, weather-resistant leather jacket in their closet.
What to look for in a leather motorcycle jacket
Leather jackets can be expensive, and like most things in life you certainly get what you pay for. That said, you don’t need to drop over $200 for a quality leather motorcycle jacket. Jackets in this price range may not be made in Italy next to the Ferrari factory, but they’ll keep you safe from the wind and rain, and they’ll ensure that you look good every time you suit up and ride.
The good news is that there are plenty of great leather jackets out there for less than $200. The bad news is that there are also plenty of lemons in that price range, too. As you’re browsing around online for the best leather motorcycle jacket, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Sizing – many leather jackets are made overseas, so don’t be surprised if you come across European jacket sizes. Buy a cheap tailoring tape-measure (you’re overspending if you pay more than $3) and ask someone to help take your measurements to ensure you buy the right size. If you don’t want to do it yourself, walk into any suit store and ask one of the tailors to measure you—most suit stores take measurements for free.
- Real leather – if you can afford it, real leather is always better than faux leather. Genuine leather will last forever as long as you take good care of it. Leather jackets breath better than faux leather, too.
The Leather Factory makes some great leather jackets, and the SWORD Leather Biker Jacket is no exception. It’s made of genuine lambskin leather with a quilted polyester lining that’s comfortable and warm. True to the classic biker-jacket design, it has six zippered pockets—two chest pockets, two front-midsection pockets, and two hidden inside pockets. It has a stand collar with throat tab, along with snap buttons at the hem for a structured fit. The SWORD jacket comes highly reviewed and widely recommended, and it’s a heck of a value for genuine lambskin leather.
If you’re looking for a top-quality black racing-style leather motorcycle jacket, this is the best one on the market under $200. The Hot Leathers Jacket is made with heavyweight top grain leather that’s strong and durable, yet comfortable and soft thanks to the zip-out quilted lining. It nails the racing jacket look with double piping detail, zippered cuffs, and a stand-up racing collar.
At the same time, it brings in the traditional black-leather motorcycle jacket look with zippered pockets on the chest, midsection, and interior. The jacket’s reviews indicate that it provides great protection in any weather, and the zip-out quilted lining is convenient to remove on warm rides when you want wind protection without getting too sweaty.
If you’ve already got a traditional black leather motorcycle jacket in your closet, consider expanding your riding wardrobe with this distressed vintage leather Café Racer Jacket by Chicago-Fashions. Don’t let the distressed look fool you—this jacket is made with 100% genuine leather, and it’s built with the quality to last forever. It has the same zippered chest, midsection, and interior pockets as a traditional motorcycle jacket, with a zippered front and zippered cuffs, but with a much more muscular look. I love the racing stripes and crash pads on the shoulders and arms.
This leather motorcycle jacket by Spazeup is a fun crossover between the traditional leather motorcycle jacket and the modern-looking Café Racer-style jacket. It’s made with 100% real leather with a nice distressed-retro look. On the outside it looks hardcore, but on the inside, you’ll enjoy a warm, comfortable inner viscose lining.
The jacket has more pockets than you’ll know how to fill, with zippered pockets over the chest and double zippered pockets on the midsection. Like the other Café Racer jacket that we looked at, this one has racing stripes and unique textures to round out the look, though this one takes it to the next level with additional stitching and attractive curves.
This IDARBI men’s jacket is hands-down the best value on the list when it comes to bang-for-your-buck. It has the dapper style of a traditional black leather jacket, and it comes with a few flourishes that give it an incredible modern appeal. I’m personally a fan of the diamond stitching on the chest and upper back, the slanted zippered pockets and stitching over the chest, and the thick stitching throughout the entire coat.
The only downside is that it’s faux leather, but let’s be honest—nobody is going to stop you on your motorcycle and ask if it’s real leather or not. It looks like leather, it feels like leather, and it requires less maintenance and care than a real leather jacket. So, if you can stomach wearing faux leather, buy two or three of these jackets for the price of a single leather jacket.
If you’re looking for a traditional black leather motorcycle jacket, go with the Leather Factory’s SWORD or the Hot Leathers Men’s Heavyweight jackets. If you’d prefer a Café Racer-style leather motorcycle jacket, I’m a big fan of the one from Chicago-Fashions—the distressed-retro look is modern, unique, and masculine. If you’re on a budget looking for the best value, the IDARBI jacket offers the rebel style of a traditional black leather jacket with a significantly lower price tag.