Motorcycle Suits | Waterproof for Rain & Leather Racing Gear

motorcycle suitsMotorcycles are fast, fun, and can be dangerous. Veterans will tell you that though your skill level has a lot to do with how you might react in an emergency situation, there are always instances where it’s inevitable that you’re going to go down. A common saying throughout the industry is “dress for the slide, not the ride,” but there are a lot of riders that prefer vanity to protection. A motorcycle suit is a great way to protect yourself from any possible road rash, and in the event of a crash can minimize damage to your body greatly. As opposed to separate jacket and pant combinations, motorcycle suits are typically designed to be worn as a complete unit, protecting both your upper and lower body without the risk of the two halves separating and exposing your flesh to the road. Commonly referred to as “leathers,” motorcycle suits started becoming popular throughout the racing scene.

Brands

Almost every major motorcycle gear manufacturer will have one or two full suits in their arsenal. Brands like Technic, Icon, and Alpinstars all make individual lines of riding jackets and other gear, but offer a separate section dedicated to racing suits. Other brands, like First Gear and Tour Master, focus on easy-to-stow waterproof motorcycle suits for unexpected weather. While all manufacturers have their own style and sizing, safety is the main goal.

Differences

There are two main types of full suits on the market for motorcyclists. Racing suits are are typically made from top grain leather and designed to protect against higher impact and longer sliding wrecks. Most suits will have reinforced stitching throughout and built-in armor in the normal areas. Some have perforated leather in the chest to help with cooling or specialized vents that do the same thing. Motorcycle suits are typically designed to be worn over your clothing and are considered a waterproof alternative to your everyday gear. Many feature extra padding and moderate protection from accidents, but typically won’t hold up on the race track.

Read all of our Motorcycle Suit reviews below:


Harley-Davidson Hhi-Vis Men’s Rain Suit

Jacket & Suspenders, Reflective Orange & Black 98275-08VM

Harley-Davidson Hhi-Vis Men’s Rain Suit | Jacket & Suspenders, Reflective Orange & Black 98275-08VM

Repeat this mantra after me: "I will not let the rain keep me off of my motorcycle." Now all you have to do is believe it. Instead of thinking that the rain will keep you off your bike, you should be thinking that you're going to keep the rain ...





Motorcycle Teknic Violator Suit Armored

Racing Leather One Piece, Pre Curved

Motorcycle Teknic Violator Suit Armored | Racing Leather One Piece, Pre Curved

We review lots of protective gear here at Spot Motorcycles: textile jackets and pants, leather jackets and pants, and every combination of the two. However, there is a simple fact: for the ultimate protection, a full suit is still the king. Also known as racing leathers, ...





Klim Adventure Touring Rally Jacket, Waterproof Armored

GoreTex & Cordura Pant Suit

Klim Adventure Touring Rally Jacket, Waterproof Armored | GoreTex & Cordura Pant Suit

When I begin a review of adventure touring apparel, I first turn to a forum called Adventure Rider Motorcycle Forum (ADV). What I am looking for are early reactions by my fellow rabid adventure tourers. When I searched for notes on the Klim Adventure Rally Jacket (and matching ...





Fieldsheer Mens Motorcycle Rain Suit, One Piece

Sugo Max Waterproof Nylon

Fieldsheer Mens Motorcycle Rain Suit, One Piece | Sugo Max Waterproof Nylon

I live in the beautiful Southwest, so rain suits are not typically on the forefront of my mind. For me they are a seldom used, unglamorous item relegated to some recess of my touring luggage.

That is all well and good, but when you need a good rain suit, you ...





Frogg Toggs Road Toad Suit

Motorcycle Rain Coat w/ Pants | Waterproof Jacket

Frogg Toggs Road Toad Suit | Motorcycle Rain Coat w/ Pants | Waterproof Jacket

The necessary evil of rain gear has come into its season. Sure, there are summer torrents, but a hearty rider can grit her teeth and tough it out 'til the next stop. In these cold days, the wet leads to a chill that extracts all the joy from a ride ...





AGV Forza Racing Suit

Brazilian Leather Black Gunmetal One Piece

AGV Forza Racing Suit | Brazilian Leather Black Gunmetal One Piece

Racing suits are cool. They remind me of superhero suits. You just need a cape. But aside of the cool factor and the fact that you look like a space man ripping down the highway, racing suits offer a level of safety and comfort that is hard to ...





Frogg Toggs Bull Frogg

Unisex Rain Suit PS1072-02

Frogg Toggs Bull Frogg | Unisex Rain Suit PS1072-02

About 3 years ago some of us rode from Portland, Oregon to Reno, Nevada, in June. Although it was late June, we hit the craziest weather you can think of. In every tiny little town we stopped, people said, "Sure is crazy weather fer this time of year". ...





Tour Master Elite Series II

Mens Motorcycle Rainsuit

Tour Master Elite Series II | Mens Motorcycle Rainsuit

Riding with a good waterproof coat, or even a 2-piece rain suit, won't stop a torrent of rainwater from running down your back, into your pants, or through any tiny gap in your gear. If you know the weather will be foul on your trip, suck it up and throw on ...





Alpinestars One Piece Motorcycle Racing Suit

Moisture Wicking Black Fitted Tech

Alpinestars One Piece Motorcycle Racing Suit | Moisture Wicking Black Fitted Tech

The last thing you'd think of in the dead heat of summer would be putting on another scrap of clothes. It seems against all logic that putting on Alpinestars' Tech Race suit could actually make you cooler, but that's precisely what it's designed to do. The Tech Race ...





Nelson-Rigg PVC Rain Suit

Two Piece AX-1 MK III

Nelson-Rigg PVC Rain Suit | Two Piece AX-1 MK III

Staying dry on a ride is high on my list of priorities. But then I don't really know anyone who actually enjoys becoming soaked to the bone. Even ducks don't like it. That's why they're… well, you know… waterproof.

Meanwhile, Nelson-Rigg has been supplying rain protection since 1972. Their ...





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