otorcycle gear is expensive. These four jackets are especially so. Ranging from $550 to $1,700, these jackets, I imagine, will elicit some exclamations of outrage in the comments section. So be it. If you can’t use the internet to vent your frustration about costly outerwear, what good is it? Granted, there are a lot more practical things $1,700 will buy, though fans of Nikolai Gogol will recognize fatal obsession with a pricey coat is not without precedent. Some of you might think it’s a bit profligate to spend this much coin on motorcycle gear, or that it makes the wearer come across as a bit too pretentious. Pass me the decanter of cognac and a stogie, then we can talk pretentious. Even the priciest motorcycle jacket loses its air of pretentiousness when it’s covered in bug guts. Each of these jackets prioritizes a certain element, like design, style, or protection, that sets them apart from more budget-minded options. Regardless of their niche, one trait they all share is quality. Whether it’s manifested in buttery soft leather, next-gen levels of protection, a smoothly operating zipper, or a beautiful plaid lining, these jackets go the extra mile to exhibit their premium quality. I’m definitely not going to bring out the old cliché “you get what you pay for,” because there are plenty of less expensive jackets out there that do the job admirably. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t space in the market for high-end pieces. By designing to a higher price point, makers are freed up to perfectly execute their objectives. Rather than making a product to appeal to a broader audience, it can hone in on specific goals to satisfy a more specific demographic. Some riders are willing to pay more for improved fit, a certain style, the latest advancement in protection, or a product from a smaller company. I’ll admit, I’m one of them; though I only paid for one of these jackets, truth be told. There are a ton of high-end jackets out there, but here are a few I’ve been wearing recently.