Thanksgiving is behind us, and the Christmas decorations are going up – unless you’ve got kids and couldn’t take the pressure and have already put them up. In much of the country, bikes have been tucked away for their long winter’s nap. Still, that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about motorcycling. In fact, the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) just released statistics about riders in 2018, and female ridership is up to 19%! Naturally, that got us thinking about women and riding and hoping that they were wearing proper motorcycle gear. So, for your perusal, we offer a list of Best Women’s Motorcycle Jackets – just in time for the holidays.
Alpinestars Stella Andes Pro Drystar Jacket Tech-Air Compatible
This Alpinestars three-season jacket has all the features you’d want for your longest rides – plus the protection of the optional Tech-Air system. Shaped to fit the female form, the Andes offers a fully waterproof construction which has the Drystar membrane bonded to the tough, abrasion resistant exterior textile. The Zippers are waterproof as are the front cargo pockets. Impact protection comes from the CE-armor in the elbows and shoulder, and the Tech-Air Street Airbag system can be installed for increased protection. The jacket also includes ventilation and a quilted liner to increase rider comfort in a variety of riding conditions. An internal zippered waist fastener facilitates the attachment of Alpinestars textile pants. The Alpinestars Stella Andes Pro Drystar Jacket Tech-Air Compatible Jacket retails for $550 and can be purchased at Amazon.com.
Cortech Women’s Bella Leather Jacket
If vintage/cafe styling is your thing, take a look at the Cortech Women’s Bella Leather Jacket. The 0.8-0.9 mm leather is aged for a broken-in look that will increase as the jacket is worn. The YKK zipper and other hardware is antiqued, too. The elbows and shoulders receive CE-approved armor, and an “articulated high-density back protector” is also included. The sleeves are pre-curved and accordion stretch panels in the shoulders assure a comfortable fit on the bike. Available in sizes XS-XL and Plus S-L, the Cortech Women’s Bella Leather Jacket is offered in Black and Vintage Brown, retailing for $275. It can be purchased from Amazon.com.
Dainese Racing 3 Perf. Lady Leather Jacket
For the sport riders among us, the Dainese Racing 3 Perf. Lady Leather Jacket offers both the form and the function you crave. Constructed of perforated Tutu cowhide leather, the jacket offers plenty of abrasion resistance while still letting the cooling air flow through. Aluminum inserts on the shoulders and elbow armor take care of the impacts on your corners. A pocket for the optional G1 back protector is included. Two colors are offered Black/White and Black/White/Fuchsia. The Dainese Racing 3 Perf. Lady Leather Jacket is available in Euro sizes 38-54 and retails for $319-$570. You can purchase the jacket from Amazon.com or directly from Dainese.
Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 Jacket
The Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 Jacket hits the right styling cues for a street-reasonable price. Constructed of 1.0-1.2 mm drum-dyed cowhide and tailored to fit in a relaxed feminine manner, the jacket offers a zip-in quilted liner and five interior pockets. The neoprene-lined collar ensures comfort when it is snapped closed. Optional armor fits the pockets in shoulders, elbows, and back. Color options are Black/White and Brown/Cream. The Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 Jacket is available from Amazon.com for $270-$288.
Rev’It Ignition 3 Ladies Jacket
Riders who live in warmer climates will want to take a look at the Rev’It Ignition 3 Ladies Jacket. Constructed of 600 denier polyester in high abrasion areas and Dynax mesh in the chest and back for maximum airflow, the Ignition 3 also features Monaco Performance Cowhide. This combination of form and function in Ignition 3 has made it a popular model. Impact protection comes courtesy of the Level 2 CE armor in the elbows and shoulders, and a pocket in the back will accept Rev’It’s Seesoft CE-level 2 back protector insert Type RV. This jacket functions as a 3-season item even with its ample venting. A detachable waterproof Hydratex liner and a detachable thermal body warmer are also included with the jacket. Matching pants are available. Available only in Black, the Rev’It Ignition 3 Ladies Jacket retails for $540 and can be purchased from Revzilla.
Spidi 4Season H2Out Lady Jacket
One of the most versatile touring jackets we’ve ever used is available for women, too. The Spidi 4Season H2Out Lady Jacket takes all of the features we loved about the men’s jacket and adjusted them to fit the female form. The layered system allows the rider to wear only the features she needs at a given time, with the waterproof and insulating liners separately removable. The venting is impressive for a touring suit. The exterior shell provides abrasion resistance while CE-approved armor takes care of the elbows and shoulders. Optional chest and back protectors are available. The jacket zips to a matching pair of pants ($400) to form a complete suit for the long haul. The Spidi 4Season H2Out Lady Jacket is available in sizes XS-3XL in four colorways: Black/Grey, Black, Black/Grey/Fluorescent Yellow, and BlackGrey/Fuchsia. The retail price is $550 and can be purchased from Revzilla.
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