By Tayla Adams
With fall upon us and winter quickly approaching, the time has come for me to begin my search for a new riding jacket. Since I’m a little intense with my consumer research before I invest in an item, I decided to share some tips I’ve learned along the way for purchasing jackets.
I have been riding for a few years now, so I have an idea of what brands are popular, expensive, and affordable. I’m not a huge fan of being one of the first people to try out a new company for gear; clothing sure, but not life saving equipment. With that said, I have an eye out for certain brands I like and ones I respect.
Next, I go online to do some browsing and comparison shopping. At this time, I’m interested in buying a leather riding jacket. Last fall through the spring it was colder for a lot longer than what I’ve grown accustomed to living in Southern California. Needless to say, I found myself wearing many layers under my coat and it wasn’t very comfortable. To simplify things, I’m just going to go for leather. Even when it starts to warm up again, I’ll still have a use for the jacket as the nights in SoCal are normally cold.
Leather is always expensive, but a quality jacket can last a lifetime, so I’m prepared to pay a little more than I’d like. Luckily on the website Motorcycle Superstore, there are a number of closing and regular sales at the moment in preparation for the holiday season. Once I find a few jackets I like, I then read reviews from customers who’ve previously bought the item. This has proven helpful because I find out if a jacket runs small or large, and if there are any problematic areas regarding the item.
This normally helps me eliminate jackets and leaves me with a final one or two jackets to consider for purchasing. My final step is seeing if I can find the jacket I want on a cheaper website. I’ve gotten lucky in the past by finding a deal on a rival outlet.
Of course, if you haven’t tried on a lot of jackets in the past, be aware that different brands fit differently, and each model within a brand may have a slightly different cut and fit. If you’re new to jacket shopping and looking to invest in a good jacket, I’d recommend going to a brick and mortar store and working with a sales associate. The slight increase in cost will be well worth having a jacket you are in love with that makes riding comfortable.
Give my steps a try and see if they work for you as well, best of luck.
Stay safe in these streets!