Motorcycle jackets that are too small aren’t a great thing either. They limit your riding position and freedom of movement. And yet again, think of the protectors. They won’t be in the right places if the jacket is too small. Safety is our number one priority. So go for the motorcycle jacket that fits best. In addition to a great fit, you also want a jacket that feels comfortable. And don’t forget the looks. Nowadays there is plenty of choice when it comes to motorcycle jackets. Are you going for a leather motorcycle jacket or a textile one?
Leather motorcycle jackets provide the highest degree of safety and durability. Leather is more resistant to the test of time than textile. However, the big advantage of textile is that it is much more resistant to the elements. Are you riding in a downpour in your leather suit? Then you can count on a wet suit and wet undies. Riding in a leather jacket on a hot summer dag? Oh boy, the sweatiness. Textile motorcycle jackets often provide more comfort in these situations. We give a breathable textile jacket a warm welcome on those hot summer days. And during that downpour you will stay dry (sort of) when wearing a textile suit that contains GORE-TEX material.
There is a considerable difference between the fit of a textile motorcycle jacket and a leather motorcycle jacket. Where a leather motorcycle jacket stretches and adjusts to the shape of your body, a textile motorcycle jacket will not. Do you want a textile jacket and will you wear it especially in wintertime? Then you will probably wear another layer of clothing underneath the jacket. In that case, keep in mind to save some space for that extra layer. Will you wear the textile jacket on warmer and sunnier days? Then make sure that the motorcycle jacket fits well and feels comfortable immediately. A textile jacket won’t stretch that much after wearing it a few times, so you do not have to consciously buy it ‘too small’. While buying a leather motorcycle jacket you do want it to feel like it’s a bit too small and too tight, especially a sports or racing jacket. You will only wear a thin layer underneath the jacket, such as undergarments or a thermal shirt. A leather jacket can stretch up to half a size. That’s why leather jackets can fit real tight when purchased. Do you want a casual leather motorcycle jacket? Then the jacket can fit a bit wider from the start. These jackets tend to stretch a little less.
1. Chest: Measure the circumference of the widest part of your chest.
2. Bust: Measure around the fullest part of the bust.
3. Waist: Measure around the natural waist line, somewhat in line with the navel.
4. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips
5. Arms: Measure the length from shoulder (Humerus) to wrist.
6. Height: Ask someone to measure your height from the floor to the top of your head, while you stand against a wall.