Best Winter Motorcycle Jackets for California and Southwest States

Best Winter Motorcycle Jackets for California and Southwest States

Every Californian motorcyclist needs the best winter motorcycle jacket for California and the South-West regions in the US.

We love riding during the cooler months particularly in the Southwest states where we can ride all year round, as long as we're wearing the best winter motorcycle jackets to keep us warm out on the road. If you’re looking for winter motorcycle gear that is perfect for the fall and winter seasons, look no further. Merla is here to take you through the best winter motorcycle jackets for men and women across the West Coast and South West of America.

winter motorcycle gear for california and southwest states


Winter motorcycle jackets for California and Southwest climates should be worn on and off the bike, easily transitioning between the coastal cruise, commute and bar.

Hitting up your favourite café, and securing the best park when you rock up to that crowded bar or to watch the sun set over the horizon is special. Whether your adventure is a winter's day ride out along the Big Sur coastline or a quick commute to Downtown LA, Merla's winter motorcycle gear is ready for you to layer up with to brave the cold.

Although we love feeling carefree and comfy, it’s vital to wear a winter motorcycle jacket to keep you protected and safe as well as warm. Forget the big hoodies or uncomfortable textile jackets - Californians need a proper winter jacket that can be worn wherever the road takes you.

The Best Winter Motorcycle Jacket Requirements

If you enjoy riding all year round and live in California, Texas, Arizona or Nevada then we've got plenty of warm winter jackets you can wear on and off the bike to get the most value out of your investment. There are five things you need to look for when deciding which winter motorcycle gear is right for you:

  • 1.1-1.2 thickness in leather 
  • Inner linings for extra insulation
  • Wind & Water resistance
  • CE-Certified Armour
  • Versatility & Comfort


The Best Leather Winter Motorcycle Jackets for California and the Southwest.

There’s nothing worse than sitting at traffic lights freezing, or cruising down the highways along the Californian coastline feeling that crisp winter breeze without proper winter attire. Having your body shaking from the harsh wind of the ride, or feeling the coldness from the rain is very dangerous when on a motorcycle. One of Merla's missions is to create durable winter motorcycle jackets that offer protection, style and comfort to wear for the ride, commute, workplace and social outings.

The experienced design team at Merla Moto use premium cowhide leather of minimum 1.1 thickness for of its abrasion resistance, quality and protective rating. Unlike sheepskin or lambskin leather, cowhide leather is abrasion resistant and will provide natural wind and water resistance. We also use a premium nubuck leather, which has the softness of suede but the thick protectiveness of cowhide leather. 

The best winter motorcycle jacket for men is the Byron Motorcycle Jacket, crafted with thick, durable nubuck leather and a full fleece liner for extra insulation. The Byron mens winter motorcycle jacket is ideal for the winter rides out to the country or the city. Nubuck leather is made from top-grain cowhide leather that has been sanded or buffed. It is more durable than suede which is the inner layer of the hide. The Byron is super comfortable with warm faux fur fleece lining and inclusive of CE-Certified Rheon™️ Armour.  You can wear this from the morning surf, to the commute to work and late at night to finish the day with a beer or two at the local bar.

One of our best womens' winter motorcycle jackets in our opinion is the Dakota Motorcycle jacket. This womens winter motorcycle jacket is designed in an iconic creamy caramel nubuck leather. This iconic style is as warm and cosy as it looks, accompanying the rider from their office in Downtown LA to the beachside bars out in Santa Monica. Nubuck leather is made from top-grain cowhide leather that has been sanded or buffed. It is more durable than suede which is the inner layer of the hide and so better suited for motorcycle wear. We recommend using this suede and leather waterproofer to keep your jacket looking like new. 

Byron mens winter motorcycle jacket

Byron Mens Winter Motorcycle Jacket

womens winter motorcycle jacket

Dakota Motorcycle Jacket


Classic Leather Motorcycle Jackets to rock the LA scene.

If you're after a classic leather biker jacket that will stand the tests of terrain and time, we've got you covered. A leather jacket is a wardrobe essential for both men and women, and effortlessly exudes understated confidence.

One of our best-selling mens winter leather jackets is of course, the Wakefield Jacket. Crafted with detailed perforation, a quilted arm design, a removable liner and fitted with the latest in lightweight, super thin CE rated removable armour by Rheon™️ Labs armour, It's the ultimate mens biker jacket on or off the bike. 

Beautiful Jacket. Superb quality and super soft. Was a bit reluctant to buy the Wakefield Jacket online due to concerns with sizing but followed advice and instructions for sizing on the website and was perfect. Order arrived super quick without any issue. Got the Cafe Quilted Gloves in Toffee at the same time and they're great too. Highly recommend.” - Jason, customer review.

For the ladies, shift your gaze towards the Fly By Night Jacket for a classic leather jacket look. Boasting a classic biker jacket design, this versatile statement piece can be worn 3 unique ways. Pair it with either the black or white pure wool collar, or for a more understated look, wear it without the detachable collar! The Fly By Night jacket is EU Certified with a AAA Rating, the highest level of rating within the Motorcyclists' Personal Protective Equipment category and a Category II PPE product.  A flattering form-fitted style with zippers from elbow to cuff, v-neck collar, press stud fasteners for the collar and CE approved armour included.

 “Most amazing jacket I've ever had after years of riding. in love with it.” - Michelle, customer review.

Mens leather biker jacket
 Wakefield Motorcycle Jacket
womens leather motorbike jacket

   Fly By Night Motorcycle Jacket       


Removable CE-approved Motorcycle Armour for Winter Riding

All of our biker jackets come with removable CE approved armour in shoulders, elbows and back. CE Approved armour means that the product complies with the relevant European Union legislation for safety and protection standards in motorcycle jackets. 

We understand that some of our customers prefer to ride without armour during summer for more comfort and breathability. However, in our humble option, CE approved armour is essential for all riders from beginner through to advanced.

RHEON™ Armour is protection that doesn’t feel like protection at all. Switching out bulky, cramped and hot, for lightweight, comfortable and cool – with zero compromise on performance. The unique cell packing allows air to flow naturally around the rider, making RHEON™ Armour the most breathable protection in the world. So you can now stay cool even on the toughest of days.


Motorcycle Jeans are an essential for every California road trip.

All seasoned riders will know that motorcycle jeans that are both protective and boast a flattering fit are hard to come by. Having a proper pair of motorcycle jeans will not only keep your legs protected against abrasion, but also protect you against wind, rain or sea spray from the California coastline. 

That’s why we have created the Venus Womens Motorcycle jeans. The new single layer protective jeans at Merla provide both protection on the road and effortless style. The jeans are a single layer Aramid denim which allows stronger protective fibres with fewer layers. The fabric has an AA European Certified rating available in black denim or an edgy leather look denim.

Venus Womens Motorcycle Jeans Merla Moto

Venus Motorcycle Jeans

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