How Long Does a Motorcycle Jacket Last? (Here’s The Answer!)

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For most riders, the number one quality to look for when buying a motorcycle jacket is longevity. After all, you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a top-notch jacket, and you naturally want to get as many years of use out of them as possible.

But exactly how long does a motorcycle jacket last? The truth is there isn’t a clear-cut answer for this question. A variety of factors determines the longevity of your jacket.

And in this post, we explore these factors to shed more light on the subject.

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What Factors Determine How Long a Motorcycle Jacket Lasts?

Your motorcycle jacket’s lifespan depends on three main factors:

  • Type of material
  • Frequency of use

Let’s take a closer look at each.

Type of Material:

Motorcycle jackets come in a variety of materials. Each of these materials has its strengths and drawbacks.

Material: Pros: Cons: Longevity:
Leather
  • Best impact/abrasion resistance
  • Stylish
  • Durable
  • Takes time to break-in
  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for heavy rain riding
Over 20 years
Textile
  • Versatile
  • Light
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable
  • Prone to shrinking and stretching
  • Dries slowly
  • It isn’t wrinkle resistant
Between 5 and 10 years
Kevlar
  • High tenacity
  • Low creep
  • Low elongation at break
  • Quickly absorbs moisture
  • Low compressive strength
At least 5 years
Oxford
  • Resistant to wrinkles
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Takes time to break-in
  • Slightly heavier
At a minimum of 10 years
Nylon 6,6
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • High tensile strength
  • Poor water absorption
  • Low temperature/heat resistance
At least 10 years

Let’s further examine these four commonest materials used.

1. Leather:

Leather is arguably the best material for motorbike jackets. The material has been around for decades and is preferred by the majority of seasoned riders.

If leather appeals to you most, opt for the 100 percent full-grain option. However, it comes more fitted and not as relaxed as other options, taking a while to break in. But when treated properly, its comfortability is unmatched and lasts quite a long time.

Top-quality leather jackets can last over 20 years. This remarkable level of durability makes up for the relatively high initial price.

Check out our list below for some of the best leather motorcycle jackets available on the market.

Best Overall

Best Value

AGVSPORT-Ascari-Men's-Leather-Motorcycle-Jacket

AGVSPORT Ascari Men’s Leather Motorcycle Jacket

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AGVSPORT-Imola-Men's-Motorcycle-jacket

AGVSPORT Imola Men’s Motorcycle Jacket

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  • CE approved EN 1621-Level 2 Smooth Ways soft armor in back, elbows, and shoulders
  • Easily accessible back and shoulder armor
  • You can adjust the elbow armor
  • Reflective piping and material for safety and visibility at night
  • ID tag
  • Removable and comfortable 75g thermal liner
  • Perforation and ventilation keeping the rider comfortable and cold on sunny days
  • Media devises large internal storage pockets
  • Allows for waist adjustment
  • Multi stitched and triple stitched major seams for the best safety with ASSC (AGVSPORT’s Advanced Safety Stitching Construction)
  • Zips to Podium Pant to make a two-piece tracksuit
  • YKK zippers throughout
  • Leather 1.3-1.4mm
  • Mil-Spec Nylon 3 ply
  • CE approved EN 1621-Level 2 Smooth Ways soft armor in back, elbows, and shoulders
  • Easily accessible back and shoulder armor
  • You can adjust the elbow armor
  • Reflective piping and material for safety and visibility at night
  • ID tag
  • Removable and comfortable 75g thermal liner
  • Perforation and ventilation keeping the rider comfortable and cold on sunny days
  • Media devises large internal storage pockets
  • Allows for waist adjustment
  • Multi stitched and triple stitched major seams for the best safety with ASSC (AGVSPORT’s Advanced Safety Stitching Construction)
  • Belt loop snap attachment to securely fasten the jacket
  • Zips to Podium Pant to make a two-piece tracksuit
  • YKK zippers throughout
  • Leather 1.3-1.4mm
  • Mil-Spec Nylon 3 ply

2. Textile:

Textile jackets are also quite popular among motorcycle riders, although the material offers less abrasion resistance than some of the materials on this list, particularly leather. But like nylon, textile offers remarkable breathability and is waterproof. Thus, the material is perfect for both sunny and rainy days.

Textile motorcycle jackets can last anywhere between 5 and 10 years.

Here are some of the best textile motorcycle jackets today:

Best Buy

Best Value

AGVSPORT-Mojave-Men's-Thermal-All-Season-Motorcycle-Jacket

AGVSPORT Mojave Men’s Thermal All-Season Motorcycle Jacket

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AGVSPORT-Flex-Tex-Men's-Protective-Motorcycle-Jacket

AGVSPORT Flex Tex Women’s Protective Motorcycle Jacket

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  • CE approved EN 1621-Level 2 Smooth Ways soft armor elbows, back, and shoulders
  • Easily accessible back and shoulder armor
  • You can adjust the elbow armor
  • Reflective piping and material for safety and visibility at night
  • Removable and comfortable 75g thermal and water-resistant liner
  • Perforation and ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable on sunny days
  • Allows for waist adjustment
  • Triple and multi-stitched major seams for the best safety with ASSC (AGVSPORT’s Advanced Safety Stitching Construction)
  • AGVSPORT Airvent pass-through zipper vents
  • Media devises large internal storage pockets
  • Zips to Mojave Pant to make a two-piece suit
  • YKK zippers throughout
 

  • CE approved EN 1621-Level 2 Smooth Ways soft armor elbows, back, and shoulders
  • Easily accessible back and shoulder armor
  • You can adjust the elbow armor
  • Reflective piping and material for safety and visibility at night
  • Comfortable full mesh lining to help wick sweat away from your body
  • Snap front vents on the upper chest that is adjustable on the fly
  • Media devises large internal storage pockets
  • Allows for waist adjustment
  • Triple and multi-stitched major seams for the best safety with ASSC (AGVSPORT’s Advanced Safety Stitching Construction)
  • AGVSPORT Airvent pass-through zipper vents
  • Dual way zippers on forearms for optimal ventilation
  • Belt loop snap attachment to securely fasten the jacket
  • YKK Vislon pant to zipper attachment
  • YKK zippers throughout

3. Para-Aramid (Kevlar)

Another popular material for motorcycle jackets is Kevlar. This synthetic material is quite sturdy and has high heat resistance. Riders also love the fact that Kevlar jackets are lightweight, which makes them perfect for long trips.

Usually, Kevlar is used together with another material. Jackets made of this material can last anywhere between 5 and 10 years.

Waxed cotton has been used to make motorcycle jackets for almost as long as leather. The material has been around since the mid-19th century.

The material’s remarkable ability to withstand the toughest of weather conditions makes it highly preferable for making motorcycle jackets. Waxed cotton provides excellent wind protection and will keep you warm and dry during heavy downpours.

With proper care, you can expect over 20 years of use from your waxed cotton motorcycle jacket.

These are a few of our recommended waxed cotton motorcycle jackets:

AGVSPORT Sonoma AGVSPORT Compass
AGVSPORT-Sonoma-Men's-Wax-Cotton-Motorcycle-jacket AGVSPORT-Compass-Men's-Wax-Cotton-Motorcycle-jacket
  • Waxed Cotton
  • Reissa Waterproof
  • Breathable membrane
  • Universal Fit
  • 100g removable thermal full body liner
  • CE Italian safe tech armor
  • Mesh drop liner for improved breathability and comfort
  • Waxed cotton construction
  • Polyester inner lining
  • Four external pockets with two internal pockets
  • Internal waterproof mobile phone and power bank pocket
  • Front air vent zip
  • Held Clip-In technology
  • CE certified shoulder and elbow soft protectors included
  • Pockets for optional back and chest protectors
  • Connecting zip for attaching to jeans

4. Nylon 6,6 (Cordura)

Nylon-6.6-Cordura

Also known as Cordura, nylon 6,6 is much stronger than ordinary nylon. The material is extremely lightweight and breathable. These features make it the preferred material by motorcycle racers.

Cordura jackets are highly comfortable, regardless of the season. They’re also more affordable compared to the other jackets on this list.

Expect at least 10 years of use from motorcycle jackets made of nylon 6,6.

5. Oxford

Some motorcycle jackets are made from oxford cloth. The material is usually woven from cotton, although other fabrics may also be used, including polyester.

One of the most impressive features of oxford is its hardiness. The material is waterproof and can withstand heavy downpours. It also performs excellently against strong winds, which is essential when you’re riding a motorcycle.

A top-quality oxford motorcycle jacket should give you at least 10 years of use.

How Much Do You Use Your Jacket?

The second determining factor as to how long you can expect your motorcycle jacket to last has to do with how frequently you wear the gear. The more frequently you use your jacket, the faster it will wear out. But if you only use the jacket occasionally, you can expect to get more years out of it.

Key Factor: What About Motorcycle Jacket Cleaning and Conditioning?

Just like your motorcycle, your protective gear needs good maintenance to stay in good shape for long. Even if you ride your bike every day, taking proper care of your jacket can extend its life.

Motorcycle-Jacket-Cleaning-and-Conditioning

So, what exactly does proper motorcycle jacket maintenance entail?

Here are my two suggestions:

Keep Your Jacket Clean

As you’re going to find out, wearing your motorcycle jacket can be a sweaty endeavor. Sure, the sweat on your gear will dry, but it leaves behind sweat that makes it stiff and stinky.

You’ll also notice that your motorcycle jacket gets dirt and grime from the road as you use it. To keep your leather gear looking good, you need to clean it regularly in two phases:

  • Clean the interior
  • Clean the exterior

In both phases, use a desalter to get rid of the salt from your sweat and shampoo for the dirt and grime.

Condition Your Jacket

Conditioning your motorcycle jacket helps keep the leather supple and pliable, which can add years to its life. Be sure to do it every two or three months.

When conditioning, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Apply a liberal amount of your preferred conditioner to a soft, damp applicator and then work it in through your jacket. Move over the entire garment and apply evenly throughout.
  • Step 2: Let it dry to enjoy the full benefit of the essential oils as they absorb and bring out the best in the material.
  • Step 3: Don’t over the condition. Remember not to do it too often.

Ready to Hit the Road? Here are Some Benefits of Riding in a Motorcycle Jacket

Nothing says you’re ready for an adventure on the open road with your motorcycle than a top-notch motorcycle jacket. And when you’re doing your best to maintain your gear, you can expect it to provide you years of protection, comfort, and warmth.

When people think of motorcycles, they think of that cool guy in a leather jacket. So, why not be that guy? Throw on your leather jacket and instantly look cooler.

Wrapping Up: Get the Most Out of Your Motorcycle Jacket

How long your motorcycle jacket lasts depends on various factors, including the type of material it is made of and how frequently you use it. The thing to keep in mind is that you can always get more years out of your jacket, as long as you’re taking good care of it.

Would you like to read more content on creating the best experiences with your motorcycle? Please keep visiting our blog for our featured articles.

Fun riding!

About the author:  Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.

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