Be sure to check manufacturer websites for sizing info, as one’s “XS” might be different than another’s.
1. AGV Sport Xena Ladies Vented Textile
Constructed from strong polyester fabric and mesh material, the AGV Sport Xena Ladies Vented Textile jacket features CE-approved dual-density armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus CE-approved 8mm memory foam back padding. Removable waterproof lining shields against inclement summer weather, and pleated panels on the waist provide a non-binding fit. Available in burgundy/white, black/white, and white/black.
Women’s sizes: XS – XL, Price: $109.00
2. Alpinestars Renee Leather/textile
From Alpinestars’ City collection, the Renee hybrid leather/textile jacket incorporates leather and textile construction with light CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor to provide a fashionable and flattering female-specific design with protection. The torso shell is made from indigo denim (Black version) or reinforced poly-fabric textile (Champagne version) inspired by the latest catwalk trends.
Women’s sizes: 0 – 18, Price: $399.95
3. Cortech LRX Air 2
Combining the company’s Armor-Link 3 Mesh shell with 1680-denier Ballistic Polyester shoulder and elbow impact panels, Cortech’s LRX Air 2 uses CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor with triple-density back protector to ward off impacts, while the removable Two-Stage Aquatherm liner can be used together or independently for maximum comfort. Available in black/white, black/pink, or white/silver.
Women’s sizes: XS – XL (also Plus S – Plus L, Tall S – Tall L), Price: $229.99
The women’s motorcycle market is growing by leaps and bounds—check manufacturer websites for other jackets and apparel, there’s more out there every day.
1. Dainese G. Racing Pelle Lady
An aggressive yet nicely styled leather jacket, the Dainese G. Racing Pelle Lady is contructed from the company’s premium cowhide, with co-injected outer shoulder armor with aluminum and composite protection. CE-certified inner armor provides additional impact protection in the shoulder and elbows/forearms, while zippered vents provide hot weather airflow. Available in black/red trim and white/red trim.
Women’s Euro sizes: 40 – 52 (6 – 18 U.S.), Price: $599.95
2. Scorpion Verano Mesh
Utilizing polyester mesh main body construction with 600-denier polyester impact panels for abrasion resistance, the Scorpion Verano Mesh jacket also features CE-approved Exo-Tec armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus a polyurethane rubber back protector. A removable full sleeve AirGuard windproof liner shields the rider from cooler climes. Available in black, black/neon pink, white/purple.
Women’s sizes XS – XXL, Price: $139.95
3. Speed & Strength Radar Love Cool-Core Mesh
As with the men’s Twist of Fate Cool-Core mesh jacket, the Speed & Strength Radar Love Cool-Core Mesh women’s jacket combines AR-600 textile fabric with the company’s Fierce Mesh material for summertime airflow. CE-approved shoulder and elbow protection and a dual-density rubber back protector ward off impacts, while a removable Cool-Core vest liner shields against cooler nights. Available in black, white, or red.
Women’s sizes XS – XX, Price: $149.95
What To Look For In A Jacket
As we mentioned in the introduction, buying a jacket can be a frustrating experience — there is an almost overwhelming selection of features and options to choose from. This short primer on what to look for will help you make those decisions and pick the right jacket to suit your riding needs.
Probably the most important decision to make is between leather and textile as the base material for your jacket. There is little question that leather provides better protection than textile, but there are some tradeoffs: A leather jacket will be more expensive, and the versatility of textile allows jackets made from that material to be more functional over a wider range of conditions. For example, an unperforated leather jacket will be nice and warm in the cooler seasons, but unbearably hot in traffic on a summer day. There are textile jackets intended for temperature extremes (such as those with an all-mesh construction), but in general a textile jacket will have mulTiple adjustable vents that you can open and close as necessary. Likewise, a textile jacket can more easily be made waterproof than a leather jacket, further expanding its usefulness.
There are several aspects to consider when it comes to a jacket’s protective properties, even aside from the material. A jacket for sport riding should have a low cut in the back, so that when you are leaned forward your entire back is still covered. Look for armor in the elbow and shoulder areas, and at least some form of back protection; most jackets have a simple foam pad in the back, and it’s wise to consider upgrading to an actual back protector. Make sure the arms and waist have some adjustments so that you can keep those areas snug. If you crash and the sleeves rotate on your arms or the jacket rides up on your back, even the best armor won’t help you. Also look for thicker material in areas likely to touch down in an accident, what external armor the jacket has, and if there is any additional padding in the chest area. An often-neglected safety feature is the color of the jacket; the brighter the better, and better yet is reflective material on the front and back.
Additional comfort features can be found on many jackets. The arms should be curved and rotated into the correct position for the riding you intend to do — the jacket needs to be most comfortable when you are on your bike, not standing and looking in the mirror at the dealer. Stretch panels in strategic places can help with fit as well as keep armor in the right place. The collar material and shape can make a big difference on a long ride; a high collar can keep the wind off your neck, but can chafe over time. Zippered vents, perforations in leather or areas of mesh material can help keep you cool in the summer, while most jackets have a removable liner for winter use.
Finally, it’s the little things that can leave you happy with your jacket or annoyed every time you put it on: cuff closures that fit nicely under your gloves; pockets inside and out for your wallet, keys and phone; large zipper pulls that you can work while wearing gloves; and pockets and zippers that are waterproof.