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Our 5 favourite summer riding jackets of 2018

We're halfway through July 2018 and this summer has already been one to remember. Temperatures have been record-breaking and we've happily been racking up the miles on our bikes. While all of this sunshine is more than welcome, things can get a little hot and sweaty, especially when riding in an urban setting. It's very tempting to skimp on protection and hop on the bike in a t-shirt, but sadly the tarmac doesn't get much more forgiving when the weather is nice and even a low-speed spill could abruptly end your two-wheeled fun for the summer. Here are the 5 jackets we'd recommend for sunny rides!

Rev'It! Vigor

The Rev'It! Vigor is the ideal jacket for the hottest of days. It is constructed using a combination of mesh and 600D polyester, ensuring maximum airflow without compromising on abrasion resistance. Shoulder and elbow armour is included and there is a pocket for the optional Seesoft back protector. £130

Also available as a ladies jacket.

Belstaff Ariel

The Belstaff Ariel jacket offers simple detailing, allowing the fit and classic styling to take centre stage.  This is a jacket that works brilliantly as an on / off the bike number.  Made from 8oz waxed cotton this jacket feels sufficiently robust around town and on casual days out riding but is lightweight enough to stop you from slowly melting away. In our opinion this is the ideal jacket if you already have something for the miserable weather and want something for those sun kissed rides that live long in the memory. £425.

Richa Harrier

The Richa Harrier is not a summer jacket. Until you remove the thermal liner, that is, at which point this classically styled leather motorcycle jacket with modern safety features shows its true versatility. The Richa Harrier is a dark brown jacket. A very, very dark brown jacket. It verges on black, with a brownish tint to the weathered finish. The leather is strong yet supple cowhide with a weathered finish and is backed up with CE approved armour in the shoulders and elbows. It is light enough to not give you heatstroke but at a price of £229.99, you still get a whole lot of jacket!

Fuel Downtown

The Downtown embodies the classic denim jacket, reimagined for riding by Fuel Motorcycles. It is constructed from high quality 12.5oz denim, which is backed up by a para aramid abrasion resistant layer. The outside is waxed for durability and water resistance. It comes equipped with a full set (elbow, shoulder ànd back) of CE Approved Level 2 armour, which is a rarity and huge added bonus. £320

Richa Diesel

The Richa Diesel merges two of motorcycling's favourite materials: leather and denim. The sleeves of the Diesel are constructed from high quality buffalo hide. The body is denim, but not your average denim: Richa utilises a strong Cordura denim which has 4 times more abrasion resistance. The elbows and shoulders are protected by CE-certified armour, and there is a pocket for an optional back protector. The best part about it? We have it on offer for a mere £99.