If this is the first time you are considering buying a motorcycle jacket, you will probably be unsure of how a motorcycle jacket is actually supposed to fit.

A good quality jacket is useless if it is ill-fitting. The jacket is meant to protect you in case of a crash, while you are sliding along the ground. A jacket which is too loose, will slide off your body and not protect you. A jacket which is too tight, will constrict you, and not allow you to operate the motorcycle comfortably.

Your motorcycle jacket is more than a fashion statement; it's a crucial piece of gear providing protection, comfort, and enhancing your riding experience.

Achieving the perfect fit involves understanding your body, the types of jackets available, and the importance of safety features.

In this guide, we'll break down the key elements, from sizing considerations to the different jacket styles, helping you find the motorcycle jacket that not only complements your style but also ensures your safety on the open road. 

A properly designed jacket fits much better than entry-level riding gear

Understanding Motorcycle Jacket Sizing

Your motorcycle jacket should be an extension of your body, offering both comfort and protection. To achieve this, follow these steps:

1. Choose a Jacket Style Based on Your Riding Needs:

  • Textile jackets: Versatile and available for various purposes, from casual street riding to technical touring. Ideal for most riders, providing a balance of style and protection.
  • Mesh jackets: Excellent for hot summer rides, offering increased airflow and protection with included armour.
  • Full textile jackets: The go-to choice for all-weather riders, featuring waterproofing, windproofing, and thermal liners for versatile protection.
  • Leather jackets: Timeless and resilient, providing excellent slide resistance. Available in casual or sport styles, catering to different preferences and riding conditions.

2. Choose a Fit: American, European, or Race:

This is even more relevant when you are buying riding jackets from global riding brands.

  • American fit: Generous and roomy, suitable for touring or regular use.
  • European fit: Closer and more tapered, offering a sleeker look for riders who prefer a snug fit.
  • Race fit: Designed for aggressive sport riding, providing a snug fit with pre-curved arms for comfort in a sporty riding position.

3. Find Your Jacket Size with Precision:

  • Measure your chest, waist, sleeve length, and shoulders accurately.
  • Use a friend's assistance for precise measurements.
  • Refer to size charts provided by manufacturers to determine the right size for the specific jacket you're interested in.

Sizing and Ordering Your Motorcycle Jacket

1. Measuring for the Perfect Fit:

  1. Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest at its widest point, which is usually just under the armpits.
  2. Waist: Measure at its narrowest point, typically above the belly button. This can vary as per individual preference of where you want your pants to sit.
  3. Sleeve length: Measure from the centre of the back, along your arm all the way to the wrist bone.
  4. Shoulders: Measure the width between shoulder bones.

2. Ordering and Checking for Proper Fit:

  • Order your jacket based on the accurate measurements. Check with the seller, if the jacket can be replaced for size. You don’t want to get stuck with a wrong sized jacket.
  • Try the jacket on at home before hitting the road. Move your arms freely in all directions, see if there is any hindrance to your movement.
  • Ensure a snug fit without compromising mobility, with armour correctly positioned over elbows and shoulders. If the armour is not covering the areas it is meant to, you will not have adequate impact protection in the case of a crash.
  • If buying from a physical store, take a motorcycle and a friend along. Ask your friend to see if the jacket appears too tight or too loose visually and if there are adjustment straps for making minor changes. Sit on your motorcycle in the riding posture and see how comfortable the jacket is. There should be no bunching up or constriction while wearing your jacket.

Ride Away!

Finding the perfect motorcycle jacket involves a thoughtful process encompassing style, fit, and safety considerations.

By understanding your body measurements, exploring different jacket styles, and following the proper sizing procedures, you can confidently choose a jacket that not only complements your riding style but also ensures optimal protection and comfort.

Different brands can fit differently, keep that in mind when ordering a jacket online. Even different models within the same brand can vary, check the sizing chart of every jacket you are interested in before making a purchase.

ViaTerra offers free replacement for sizing issues, in case you order the incorrect size. For more information, check out our product’s gallery.

Now ride away in the jacket which fits you perfectly…

User Review:

Ashley from Baroda shares his experience of ordering the ViaTerra Corbett online: “I wanted to get a riding jacket to ride on trails, but since it was my first jacket, I was not sure of the sizing. I ordered a Corbett as per my touring jacket size. But I realized I needed a different size for the trail. ViaTerra team were quick to exchange my jacket and get me fitted into the perfect size. Thanks guys!”


Why is finding the right fit crucial for a motorcycle jacket?

A properly fitting motorcycle jacket is essential for both protection and comfort. A loose jacket might slide off during a crash, while a tight one can constrict movement and hinder operation. Achieving the right fit ensures optimal safety and comfort while riding.

How do I choose the right style of motorcycle jacket based on my riding needs?

Consider the purpose of your rides: casual street riding, technical touring, or aggressive sport riding. Different jacket styles like textile, mesh, full textile, and leather cater to various preferences and riding conditions. Choose one that aligns with your specific needs.

What are the key differences between American, European, and Race fits in motorcycle jackets?

American fit is roomy and generous, suitable for touring. European fit is closer and more tapered, providing a sleeker look. Race fit is designed for sport riding, offering a snug fit and pre-curved arms for comfort in a sporty riding position.

How do I measure myself accurately for the perfect motorcycle jacket fit?

Measure your chest, waist, sleeve length, and shoulders accurately. Enlist the help of a friend for precision. Use the size charts provided by manufacturers and consider your riding style to determine the right size.

What should I consider when ordering and checking the fit of a motorcycle jacket?

Order based on accurate measurements, and confirm with the seller regarding the possibility of size replacement. Try the jacket at home before riding, ensuring a snug fit without hindering mobility. Check the armour’s correct positioning for adequate impact protection. If buying in-store, visually assess the fit with a friend and test comfort while sitting on your motorcycle.