Experienced bikers will already know just how many top-drawer (and expensive) winter kits are out there. Some of it is truly phenomenal gear. But, spending around a grand on jackets isn’t on the cards for the majority of bikers.
Yes, always buy the best you can afford – a mantra to live by with everything but especially something that will protect you in the winter climate.
The great thing with any product is the trickle-down effect. You’ll find a number of the budget items in this article features specs that, a decade ago, would have been used by the best of the best.
Because of this, the word ‘budget’ should be taken with a pinch of salt. Every jacket on this list will certainly do a good job for you at under £300, which means keeping some pennies in your pockets. After all, there’s also a set of trousers to pick up, gloves, boots, maybe a new lid…
£139.99 | Available: www.spadaclothing.co.uk
We remember when Spada first came on the market and their budget philosophy was obvious when you gave their kit a close inspection. That was then, now it’s an entirely different story.
Spada have a slew of textile/winter jackets that are superb, with only one of those creeping over £200. We’ve gone for the Autobahn here, a penny short of £140.
It has a removable thermal liner and a fixed waterproof lining, which allies with a ‘Rainaway’ WP construction included in its ‘DensiWeave’ double-stitched makeup. There’s waterproof external pockets and internal options too, reflective elements and a five-piece ‘Tektoform’ armour included. The jacket comes in all sizes from small to 5XL. A fine start from Spada for our jacket special! Buy now here.
Spidi H2OUT Intercruiser
£279.99 | Available: www.spidiuk.com
Creeping in below our £300 budget threshold is this: Spidi‘s H2OUT Intercruiser.
It features a special quilted thermal inner lining, which can be removed and is just one layer of its overall three-layer construction. It has superb WP protection (another layer) and removable protection where you want it (including room for a bespoke back-protector accessory).
Waterproof pockets and multi-adjustability all come included in an item sporting excellent quality and some serious pedigree. Buy the jacket here.