In the dog days of summer, you need a jacket that can outrun the heat and go toe-to-toe with the demands of the highway. Here are our favorite warm-weather cruiser jackets of 2016!
Cruising along into the warmer riding season are our 2016 spring and summer V-twin and cruiser jacket favorites. With the heat of the sun above and the heat of those twin cylinders below, your heavy leather jacket might not be the best way to suit up when the mercury rises. Luckily we’ve shifted up a few gears from the past and cruiser style jackets are now not only rough and tough, but also cool and breathable.
Moving on to our first full leather jacket, is the AGV Sport Canyon. The Canyon is made from full grain cowhide leather with a slight pre-curved cut, which means this jacket can be used for just about every riding style. Where this jacket also shines is its versatility in multiple seasons, adding to the value of the jacket as a whole. A removable, quilted thermal vest-liner allows this jacket to be ridden from spring through fall. For the summer, you can unzip the liner and perforations in the body and arms allow for a nice amount of ventilation to keep you cool. Floating somewhere between the entry and mid-level price point, AGV Sport’s Canyon jacket is a tremendous value providing protection, weather compatibility and of course, that killer leather appeal.
Speaking of killer, Black Brand brings the attitude with the all new Killer leather jacket. Top grain leather and sharp looks are really everything you need a leather jacket to be. While not perforated, two front zipper intakes and two zipper exhaust vents flow enough air to keep you cool in the summer riding months. So if you want your old school leather jacket that will be comfortable on your way to your next rally, the Killer leather jacket from Black Brand is your cut.
Moving from the bad-boy image to the vintage vibe, is the Joe Rocket Vintage Rocket jacket. With tons of vintage flair and style, this jacket looks just as fast on a bobber as a CB. Stitching details on the shoulders and a comfortable neoprene collar makes this jacket as wearable as it is functional. The Vintage Rocket is constructed in full grain cow hide premium leather, providing an abundance of abrasion resistance. The removable liner provides warmth on the colder spring or fall days when you may need it, however you can certainly rock this in the summer with the liner removed. If you’re all about the details, the Joe Rocket Vintage Rocket jacket is your go-to warmer three-season jacket.
If you’ve got a little hooligan in your blood, the Roland Sands Barfly is ready for all the throttle twisting you can throw at it. The Barfly is elegantly crafted in hand finished top grain cowhide, making this jacket our most premium selection on the list. Cut with perforated goatskin in the chest and arms, the Barfly is ready for the heat of the summertime, channeling airflow where you most need it. Adding even more edge to this jacket is the low cut collar and dirt tracker-like fit, making the Barfly a performance leather jacket without alienating the cool-factor that this leather piece practically oozes. The Barfly is the perfect jacket for the style-conscience man looking for a jacket that can keep up with his summertime shenanigans.
There you have it; five distinct spring and summer riding jackets that should just about cover every V-twin rider and beyond. The AGV Sport Canyon and River Road Sedona mesh jacket offer fantastic airflow and subtle styling at a very attractive price. The Black Brand Killer and Joe Rocket Vintage Rocket are more traditional leather cruiser jackets with more ventilation and features than most, yet still tough enough for any interstate trek. The Roland Sands Barfly is in a league of its own, matching premium style and performance to create a jacket that stands out in a big way.