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Summer Riding in America | Summer Motorcycle Jackets

America Summer Riding | Summer Motorcycle Jackets - MERLA MOTO

It’s officially summer riding season in America!

We have been taking full advantage of America's sun-drenched rides and dry roads. If you’re looking for a summer motorcycle jacket that is perfect for your warm-weather lifestyle, look no further. Merla Moto is here to take you through the best motorcycle jacket for summer riding.

American Summer Mototcycle Jackets Merla Moto

There’s no better feeling on sun-drenched days in America than going on a two-wheel adventure with your riding crew.

Hitting up your favourite café, and securing the best park when you rock up to that crowded beach is special. Whether your adventure is a summer ride down to the coast or heading out to a local rooftop bar, Merla's lightweight, reinforced summer motorcycle jacket range is ready to wear all season.

Although we love feeling careless, wild and free, it’s vital to wear an armoured or reinforced summer motorcycle jacket. Keep yourself protected and safe while you enjoy your warm-weather freedom.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to find a summer motorcycle jacket, you’re not alone! There are several fantastic options available. The design team at Merla's is here to help you hit the road sooner by taking you through the best motorcycle jackets for summer riding, depending on your requirements.

The Best Summer Motorcycle Jackets in America

You’re probably here because you hope to find the best summer motorcycle jacket the world has to offer. There are five things you need to look for when deciding which warm weather biker gear is right for you:

  • Lightweight, breathable material
  • Ventilation
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Armour
  • Versatility

Lightweight, Breathable Materials

Waxed Cotton Motorcycle Jacket

There’s nothing worse than sitting at traffic lights in a bulky leather jacket, burning up while you wait for them to change. To be honest, there’s nothing worse than bulky, stiff leather biker jackets in general. One of Merla's missions is to create lightweight textile motorcycle jackets that offer protection which break away from the traditional mould of motorcycle jackets (chunky black leather).

The experienced design team at Merla Moto use cotton for the lightweight jackets because of its versatility, quality and breathability. New technology in DuPont™ Kevlar® and Rheon® materials has made cotton accessible to the motorcycle apparel market in recent years (more on that later). Cotton is a natural fibre, which means it’s naturally breathable despite being strong and durable in quality weaves. It is much lighter to wear than leather. Treated cotton provides excellent weather protection in wind and rainfall, and thick cotton outer layers will offer protection for your ride. The materials used in some of Merla's textile jackets have a water repellent cotton outer layer which is ideal for summer wear.

The most lightweight and breathable mens summer motorcycle jacket found at Merla is the Brooklyn Jacket. 

Crafted with a single layer of AA European Certified Aramid denim, the Brooklyn Denim motorcycle shirt has protective fibres woven into the fabric to create substantial abrasion resistance in a single layer. Lightweight with superior protection for those afternoon summer rides.


One of our favourite ladies' summer motorcycle jackets found at Merla is the Catalina jacket.

It is available in a sophisticated dark olive-green waxed cotton that goes with everything. The polyurethane-coated fabric is durable, abrasion-resistant, soft, lightweight and water-resistant, creating more comfortable and sophisticated clothing for the rider.

Brooklyn mens summer motorcycle shirt

Brooklyn Summer Riding Shirt

Catalina Womens Summer Motorcycle jacket

Catalina Motorcycle Jacket


Mesh Motorcycle Jackets


Let’s talk mesh motorcycle jackets. If you’re a keen rider living in the tropics or extreme heat, a mesh motorcycle jacket is your best option. Cordura mesh is a highly breathable knit construction that provides enhanced abrasion and snagging resistance. You might be wondering why Merla Moto doesn’t have Cordura mesh jackets in our range. Our philosophy from the onset is to provide motorcycle jackets for timeless styles crafted with a modern edge. We haven’t yet found a Cordura mesh fibre that meets our standard of style. In the interest of staying true to Merla's brand ethos, it’s just not something we will offer just yet. We're working on it!

Motorcycle Jackets with Ventilation

Another feature to consider in the best motorcycle jacket for summer riding is ventilation. Air ventilation built into your motorcycle jacket is excellent for those warmer days where you just need that extra bit of freedom of movement and air coming through to cool you down as you ride without compromising your safety.

The best mens summer motorcycle jacket that has ventilation in the Merla range is the Sahara jacket. The mens Sahara jacket features air vents at front chest and side seam for extra ventilation on warm days. Our customers love it!


“I can say this is the best jacket I have ever had in over 40 years of riding”.

Merla also has a ladies summer motorcycle jacket that has air vents. It is the ‘sister jacket’ to the Sahara, called the Savanna. It features vents at the front chest and side seam for extra ventilation on warm summer rides.

 “It was nearly 100 degrees in the desert. Never felt like I was burning up… when the sun went down it got pretty chilly. But all I did was zip up the vents and the [Savanna] jacket did a pretty good job at keeping me warm.”

 Sahara means lightweight summer motorcycle jacket

Sahara Motorcycle Jacket

Savanna womens lightweight textile motorcycle jacket

   Savanna Motorcycle Jacket       

Abrasion Resistance

It may sound obvious, but your summer motorcycle jacket needs to be abrasion-resistant. Aramid fibres are used in various motorcycle clothing and accessories to help make them safer for the rider. Aramid fibres are used as a single layer abrasion resistant fabric and have five times the strength of steel based on an equal weight basis. It’s no wonder this is the must-have fibre for motorcycle apparel craftsmanship. The jackets available in Merla's range of textile motorcycle jackets are designed with Aramid denim integrated with protective fibres that have a AA European Certified rating. A great example of a lightweight summer motorcycle jacket available in Merla's range is the Daytona Shirt. The Daytona motorcycle shirt is a unisex style that is lightweight, water-resistant, comfortable and crafted from AA-rated Aramid denim fabric for complete abrasion resistance.

Lightweight Motorcycle Armour for Summer 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. Our Daytona and Brooklyn shirts however do not come with armour, and only provide abrasion resistance.

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.

Versatile Summer Motorcycle Jackets

If you’re going to buy a summer motorcycle jacket, it needs to be versatile. We try to make it as easy as possible for our riders to throw on a motorcycle jacket and go. That’s why we have several versatile options that can be dressed up or dressed down for both casual everyday wear and evening wear.

The Sahara motorcycle jacket is an excellent example of a mens summer motorcycle jacket that is super versatile and easy to throw on a go for a ride. The Avalon jacket is a super versatile option for women without fitting the mould of a traditional biker jacket. It is a timeless ladies summer motorcycle jacket that goes with just about every colour.

Sahara Mens Textile Summer Motorcycle Jacket Merla Moto 

Sahara Motorcycle Jacket 

Avalon womens lightweight summer motorcycle jacket

  Avalon Motorcycle Jacket  

Summer Motorcycle Pants

All seasoned riders will know that motorcycle pants that are protective and look good are hard to come by.

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

Best Summer Motorcycle Jacket America

Choosing the best motorcycle jacket for summer riding is essential in keeping safe on the road whilst still looking great on the bike. If you buy something you love, you know you’ll be more likely to wear it over and over again.

That’s why we suggest investing in quality, durable motorcycle gear that can last you a lifetime. Choosing a motorcycle jacket that you feel confident in will amplify your biker style and help you stand out. We might be biased, but we think the best summer motorcycle jacket America offers can be found at Merla Moto.

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