does he have a helmet?
....other than that, it's best to get leather (opposed to textile); textile (fabric) will not last but one fall, leather will....
also if you can, try to find a jacket that has a removable liner
, which is a jacket that can be used throughout the year; have an extra layer built-in for the winter, and take it out for the summer....
also see if you can get one with CE approved armor, which is hard plastic reinforcement... if it doesnt have CE, the back protector will be nothing more than a piece of foam... Find one with CE armor in the elbows, sholders, and back. Edit: most of the time you will have to buy a separate back protector, as they mostly come stock with foam
other than that, I dont have any preference on brands... if you dont know the color of his future bike, get a black jacket
- use the 'sort by' thingy to get prices 'low-high'
Main Brands/Quality (opinion): Alpinestars, Icon, Joe Rocket, Jordan, Shift, Teknic