Bikers are an individual bunch, but what does our choice of motorcycle leather jacket say about us? Apart from saying, ‘I want to keep my skin intact!’ What does the choice of color and design say for the rider?
If you don’t want to run with the herd, a vintage, retro, or classic-style brown leather motorcycle jacket is the way to go. A brown leather motorcycle jacket isn’t as popular with manufacturers as it once was. So, for this reason, we’ve carried out the legwork to track down the 12 best brown leather motorcycle jackets.
We will take a look at a range of brown leather motorcycle jackets in a variety of styles. One or more of which should suit whatever type of motorcycle you ride.
Our Top Picks
|Title||Make and Model||Features||Style|
|Best Overall||First mfg Co – Raider||Premium leather, hidden pockets||Vintage style café race – retro|
|Best Value||Viking Cycle Women’s Jacket||Body armor, excellent value||Custom – café retro biker jacket|
|Best Retro||Prospeed Cross Zip Long Leather Jacket||Body armor, extra length, retro looks||Vintage motorcycle jacket|
|Best Classic||SHIMA Men’s Cruiser||Premium leather, CE armor, ventilation||Vintage café racer-cruiser jacket|
|Best Heavy Duty||First mfg Co – Night Rider||Platinum grade leather-vents-armor pockets, color||Classic – custom – cruiser motorcycle jacket|
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On the scene, for over 20 years, Milwaukee Leather’s motorcycle gear is well regarded in the biker community for its toughness and built-in features.
This Brown Milwaukee Leather Motorcycle Jacket is a classic racer style. It has a small stand-up collar, and when the manufacturer says ‘distressed,’ they mean it and then some.
It may appear vintage, but it’s packed full of modern features. These include air vents, mesh lining, zip-out liner, and triple stitching on all the important seams. The triple stitching means the seams shouldn’t burst open on impact and leave you unprotected.
The leather is tough, and this motorcycle jacket feels substantial. You will find four pockets on the outside and two extra-large ‘gun’ pockets with snap closures on the inside. Sizes go right up to 5XL, and the jacket has a two-year warranty.
Cards on the table, I’m a sucker for leather jackets with a hood! This brown leather motorcycle jacket has a suede feel to it, so in all probability, it’s constructed from pigskin or some similar material.
In terms of abrasion resistance, this motorcycle jacket is suited more for urban rides rather than the grand tour. However, this type of leather molds to the rider’s shape and will get a great kicked-in look over time and with wear.
The jacket is a little longer in the body than a regular bomber-style jacket, which gives more coverage around the lower back. The ribbed waistband is elasticated to keep out drafts, as are the cuffs.
A nice feature is the zip-out hood section, which reveals a stand-up collar fastened with two wrap-around straps. Once again, a good addition for keeping riders good and snug.
The FLAVOR Men’s Brown Leather Motorcycle Jacket with Removable Hood is an excellent addition to your riding gear. It will keep out the wind and light showers and is versatile enough to wear on and off the bike. All in all, a versatile motorcycle jacket.
Joe Rocket is Canada’s number one motorbike clothing manufacturer. Thanks to their online presence, the rest of the world can also take advantage of their range of gear.
As the name suggests, the ’92 has a retro racer vibe. And this is enhanced by the contrasting orange stripes featured on the shoulder and back. You’ll also find quilted padding on the shoulders, and inside are pockets for additional body armor.
Armor pockets are also available at the elbows. Be aware, though, that the body armor inserts are sold separately.
Joe Rocket describes the jacket as a relaxed fit. Before you get visions of neck, cuffs, and waist being open to the elements, there are zips and strap fasteners on all three openings.
Take a close look at the ’92, and you will find the world’s most popular and dependable zips (YKK) featured everywhere. The removable inner liner also has full-length sleeves. Together with the zipped change pocket on the right cuff, all are excellent features. Someone who has experience riding a motorcycle has had design input for sure.
Our Best Classic Choice
Designed and manufactured in Poland, SHIMA specializes in motorcycle clothing, and their stylishly cut jackets have a European flair.
This brown leather motorcycle jacket features typical slim-fit café racer styling with a snap fastening stand-up collar. It may not look like it, but a lot is going on under the surface of this feature-rich bike leather jacket.
From a practical point, elasticated concertina panels positioned under the arm and elbow provide added flexibility. In addition, there are vents at the shoulders and arms to allow air to circulate. And you will also find a glove pocket, credit card pocket, and an inner dry pocket.
ArmorPlus CE-certified body armor provides shoulder, back, and elbow protection, and this brown leather jacket comes with a two-year warranty. So if you are looking for a tailored look, top-quality leather, and great built-in protection, plus lots of features, this is the jacket for you.
Our Best Retro Choice
If you like the WWII despatch rider look (I did and bought one identical to this in Holland 20 years ago), the Prospeed is the motorcycle jacket for you. The point of this style of jacket is to provide some below waist level protection from the elements.
Together with the rear elasticated belt, the Prospeed should do a great job keeping the wind and rain out.
The areas around the shoulder and elbows are reinforced and come with removable CE body armor. There is also an armor pocket in the back for anyone looking for extra protection.
The top half of the jacket is a cross-over Brando style, with full-length zips on the collar that allow you to batten down the hatches against the weather.
This brown leather motorcycle jacket has plenty of pockets and is good quality leather without being overly heavy. However, reviews claim that sizes run small, so it’s a good idea to double-check the measurements before placing an online order.
In the early days of motorcycling, protective clothing came courtesy of the military. Those high lace-up boots for example, were cavalry officer issue. While leather helmets with ear flaps are straight from the open cockpits of WWI planes.
This brown RAF sheepskin flying jacket is not, strictly speaking, motorcycle riding attire. But if it kept bomber crews warm at 15,000 ft., it will do the same for you. This jacket may be more suited to cruiser riders but is far from being all show and no go!
From a practical point, the jacket is made from high-grade sheep hide and lined with shearling sheepskin, so it will be water-resistant and warm. With an adjustable waist belt and buckle strap at the collar, you won’t have to worry about anything flapping around either.
The central zip and cuff zips are heavy-duty brass items. What’s more, because you do get what you pay for, the quality of this jacket means it could even last longer than your bike.
Marlon Brando may be forever linked to this style of leather motorcycle jacket, but the real hero is the jacket’s creator, Irvin Schott, who designed it in 1920.
Anyway, this jacket is made from genuine heavy-gauge cowhide. The dark-chocolate colored leather is described as distressed, but the finish is subtle.
You will find a heavyweight front zipper along with cuff zips, four external and two internal pockets. Gussets at the rear of the shoulders allow for arm movement, and the waist fit is adjustable via lacing.
With its retro-look quilted lining and decent quality leather, this brown leather jacket has both looks and practicality. And who knows, the Wild Ones is a black and white movie, so Brando’s jacket could have been brown!
Our Best Overall Choice
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty brown leather motorcycle jacket with more features than you can shake a stick at, this is the one for you.
Styling leans more towards the café racer look due to its short stand-up collar, but you could wear this jacket on any motorcycle.
As for features, the jacket is made from genuine diamond naked cowhide, which is premium grade leather and will last a lifetime if looked after properly.
The action back allows for a wide arc of movement, and there are also zippered vents to circulate air if needed. Heavy-duty YKK zips feature on the front of the jacket, and the main zip is covered and kept in place with snaps.
You will find no less than eight hidden utility pockets concealed behind the front panels on the front of the jacket. This feature is helpful if carrying cash, credit cards, or important documents.
Featuring front vents and a thermal liner, this premium quality, feature-rich, brown leather jacket will cover all the bases.
For lady motorcyclists, the wait is over. The SHIMA Monaco Lady Leather brown motorcycle jacket is super stylish. It is made by the same Polish-based motorcycle gear manufacturer responsible for the men’s Cruiser Jacket featured earlier.
Once again, attention to detail is clear to see, from the premium grade leather to the multiple air vents. The Monaco jacket is a tailored fit but still maintains a high degree of safety with CE body armor in the back, shoulders, and elbows.
The jacket has reinforced seams, elastic concertina panels for added movement, and a hidden inside dry pocket. In addition, there are reflective areas on the zips for extra safety when riding at night.
The SHIMA Monaco is one of the most stylish and safety-conscious women’s brown motorcycle jackets available.
Our Best Value Choice
Using a combination of cowhide and suede, the Viking Cycle jacket has a high degree of flexibility. It is a motorcycle-specific leather jacket that combines style and protection for an insanely competitive price.
You will find expandable gussets under the arms, so whether you’re reaching forward for clip-on bars or back for the grab rail, this jacket won’t hinder movement.
Class-three body armor is fitted to the shoulders, elbows, and back, all of which are removable. There is also a padded area around the lower back and hidden zip to attach the jacket to trousers.
Three zippered pockets are available on the front of the jacket, with one located on the inside. Sleeve zips have a snap fastening to keep them draft-proof. In addition, all zips feature oversize pulls to make using them with gloves easy.
If you’re biking on a budget but are looking for safety and style, this is the brown leather motorcycle jacket for you.
Our Best Heavy-Duty Choice
If you thought brown leather motorcycle jackets made a statement, try oxblood! In terms of color, oxblood leans more towards brown than red and is known as the temptress of colors.
Combine the rich color with First Mfg’s premium grade heavy leather, and you’ve got a motorcycle jacket that makes a statement before you even get off your bike.
As you would expect from this company, the Night Rider jacket looks bulletproof and is fitted with two front zipper pockets and two large zippered air vents. At the back, there’s a full-width zippered air vent along with ‘action back’ gussets to provide unhindered movement.
Side buckles cinch in the waist, and inside, there is a full sleeve, zip-out thermal liner, and concealed carry pockets. There are also pockets to accommodate body armor. Body armor is not supplied.
With 1.4mm leather and weighing in at 6lbs, the oxblood Night Rider jacket is the biggest, baddest motorcycle jacket in our selection.
Top-grain buffalo hide features in this café racer style jacket, and although it has a tailored vibe, Leather Supreme class it as a ‘relaxed fit.’
On the back, shoulder gussets ensure the sleeves don’t ride up the arms when stretching to the bars, and two vertical zippered vents assist with temperature control.
The zippered venting continues on the arms, and the two breast pockets can also be unzipped and act as additional vents. A warm zip-out full-sleeve liner will keep you toasty should the weather head in the opposite direction.
There are six pockets (four outer and two inner), and zippable waist gussets allow the rider to adjust the fit. In addition, every zip features a leather extension tab to make them glove-friendly.
The jacket is a lightly distressed dark caramel color. As every jacket is genuine buffalo hide, the jacket you receive could be a little lighter or darker than the one in the photograph.
We Buy with Our Eyes
You instinctively know when a leather motorcycle jacket is right for you. It may be the built-in safety features or the grade of leather used, but let’s be honest, we all buy with our eyes.
This statement is particularly true for brown leather motorcycle jackets, where style seems even more important. Within our ’12 best brown motorcycle leather jackets’ review, you’re sure to discover one to keep you safe and stylish.
What’s your take on brown leather motorcycle jackets? Are they too flashy, not flashy enough, or do they tick all your boxes? If you are more into black motorcycle jackets we also got that covered right here.
Oh, and if you’re still on the fence about whether leather still cuts it compared to all singing and dancing textile jackets, check out this video (don’t try it at home, though).
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