I have some good body armour but I'm looking for a new jacket. Should I get something specifically for bike riding, like a 600d adventure jacket, or will a Gore-Tex jacket be suitable? How do they compare to adventure jackets, in terms of durability?
I don't think they do, hill/mountain gortex is made for walking about and the wear and tear that inflicts, bike jackets should be made for a trip, or two, at speed, down the road.
I've worn waterproofs over protective gear but I don't think it would have come out of a crash very well.
You need a proper Motorcycle jacket. Go for a BIG size and one with armour (back, shoulders and elbows).
Don't worry too much about waterproofing - if you already have a hill walking goretex jacket simply wear it underneath your purpose made bike jacket.
I have NEVER found a motorcycle jacket that is 100% waterproof in any case (and I have used expensive (over-priced) BMW jackets too).
I use a lightweight 1 layer Pac-Light Goretex jacket under my Teknic Freeway jacket and it is 100% waterproof.
For a budget (cost effective) buy try to get a M/C jacket with armour for about £100.
DO NOT RIDE WITH JUST A HILL WALKING/MOUNTAIN JACKET!!!!! If you come off you won't have much skin left.
This one comes highly recomended.
adventure spec adventure race motorcycle clothing klim traverse jacket
It's designed to be worn with armour I believe.
Generally I take goretex as a mark of quality, as generally comes with a 5 year garuntee, but for motorcycle jacket you want cordoura aswell because of the abrasion restisance from a fall.
I'm sure there are other products/ materials that work just aswell as the big brand names, but sometimes you have to ask your self if your going to take the gamble??
this video is why I ended up buying Roadcrafter suits
Aerostich Roadcrafter Damage after 80 MPH Crash - YouTube
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