The Best Motorcycle Jackets for Plus-Size Women for the 2020 Season

We’d Know: We’ve Hands-On Tested 50+ Jackets Since 2000

Textile

Excellent egonmics and excellent airflow are textile trademarks.

See: Textile Jackets

Leather

Leather remains the best material for abrasion and impact resistance.

See: Leather Jackets

Adventure

If your travel plans don’t always include a road, thse jackets are for you.

See: Adventure Jackets

 

A note about our recommendations:

The list below has been compiled by four women riders, all with different body shapes that include a little “extra” in at least one of the major hard-to-fit areas (arms, chest, stomach, hips). 

After years of meticulous research, trial and error, online shopping, returns, and every once in a while, hitting the “perfect fit” jackpot (it’s happening more frequently lately, which is awesome news), these women are ready to share their favorite pieces of plus-sized motorcycle safety apparel with you and can confidently say that these are the best motorcycle jackets for full-figured women.

– Brittany

About Us:

Founded in 2000, the team at wBW has extensively tested more than 2,500 pieces of gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, accessories, and more. We extensively and exhaustively test gear. We do not fluff reviews. Read our review policies. Note that we may earn a commission if you make a purchase via one of our links below, including Amazon and RevZilla.

 


 

Perfect for commuting & cruising in comfort & style

Best Textile Plus-Size Ladies Motorcycle Jackets

fly racing butane women's jacket

Fly Racing Street Butane

Price: $170

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Inexpensive, extended sizing, multiple colors, waterproofing, and lots of venting for summer riding make a great first jacket that will fit a wide range of sizes (XS-3XL).

Best For

US standard and plus-sized women looking for a starter jacket to get them through their first season of riding.

Specs

Specs:

  • Air Induction System allows for maximum venting featuring chest panels that open and are held securely with magnets exposing a massive 3D mesh intake vent
  • Large zippered intake vents are located on the shoulders
  • Hot air is exhausted through a large vent located on the back
  • Multi-material construction with an advanced poly-fabric textile main shell for excellent abrasion and tear resistance
  • HydraGuard protection makes garments durably waterproof, windproof and breathable so that you stay dry and comfortable
  • CE certified elbow and shoulder armor
  • PE back and spine protector
  • YKK main zipper
  • Aqua-Guard waterproof zippers on pockets and shoulder vents
  • Nylon webbing zipper pulls for easy use with gloves
  • Anatomically correct construction for reduced fatigue and enhanced riding comfort
  • Reflective panels for improved rider visibility
  • Side expansion panel for added comfort
  • Full removable long sleeve thermal liner for climate control
  • Inner pocket and fleece lined back panel
  • Upper and lower sleeve volume control helps keep your armor in the correct position
  • Zippered wrist cuff enclosure with VELCRO® brand closures adjustment for customized fit
  • External and internal zippered pockets for peace-of-mind closure
  • Elongated rear profiling, plus combined D-ring and VELCRO® brand closures waist adjustment
  • Internal waist connection zipper to allow attachment to FLY riding pants

Protection & Safety

When it comes to versatility, the Fly Racing Street Butane accomplishes protection from the elements by offering a lightweight, waterproof, extremely well-venting, and thermally lined jacket in an inexpensive package.

Abrasion resistance will be moderate at best, which makes it a great jacket for a beginner rider during their first season if they stay in town and keep the speeds reasonable.

CE level 1 impact protection comes standard in the elbows and shoulders, but you’ll need to purchase a back protector separately. For $170, the level of protection you get is reasonable.

 

olympia eve women's jacket

Olympia Eve

Price: $179

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The fit on this jacket is generous all around: shoulders, sleeves, bust, hips… you name a part of your upper body that needs more room and the Eve delivers. Rumor has it a brand new Eve is coming soon so stay tuned!

Best For

US Standard and plus-sized women who need a slightly roomier fit all around and have a short torso.

Specs

Specs:

  • Outer shell constructed in 600D abrasion-resistant EVO Thread fabric with ballistic poly mesh airflow panels
  • Cool mesh airflow lining
  • Comfort Neoprene framed collar
  • Two side zipper pockets plus large interior storage pocket
  • Custom fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows, waist, and bottom
  • Reflective piping at front, sides, and back
  • 8” connecting zipper for pants
  • Quality YKK zippers
  • Removable CE Level 2 armor at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable CE Level 2 back protector
  • Over or under rain jacket includes interior storage pocket

Protection & Safety

For women who lean towards the busty side (standard and plus sizes) and aren’t extremely tall, the Olympia Eve is designed to fit well and pack a punch in the protection department. 

600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) fabric and mesh panels in non-impact zones give the Eve a great balance of breathability and abrasion resistance. CE level 2 armor included in the back, shoulders, and elbows puts this jacket above the rest in this category for exceptional impact protection.

An essential pants-to-jacket connection zipper helps the jacket to stay put even in a slide, plus the included rain liner (over or under) will help shield you from the elements. The Eve jacket is an exceptional value at $179.

 

Cortech GX Sport Air 5.0 women's jacket

Cortech GX Sport Air 5.0 (Plus Sizes)

Price: $189 (Plus SM + MED) – $263 (Plus LG)

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Performance fit and protection in a plus-size shape – accommodating up to a 48-inch bust – it’s a rare find! Available in specialty sizes: plus SM, plus MED, and plus LG.

Best For

Plus-sized women with fuller features all around.

Specs

Specs:

  • Performance fit
  • 600D Carbolex polyester fabric with Armor-Link 3 mesh 1680D ballistic polyester in the shoulders, elbows, and forearms
  • Accordion stretch panels at the waist and elbow
  • Stretch fabric built into the underarms for added comfort and range of motion
  • Mandarin-style collar and adjustable zippered cuffs with soft microfiber trim
  • Pre-curved and rotated sleeves provide comfort and reduce rider fatigue
  • Adjustable take-up straps at bicep and inside forearm for a custom fit
  • 360º Phoslite reflective piping, panels
  • Cortech signature reflective rear triangle
  • CE approved Armadillo armor in the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple-density back protector
  • Aquatherm two-stage removable waterproof liner and insulated vest liner
  • Two hand front pockets, inside chest map pocket and storage pocket
  • Mobile device pocket in the jacket shell, liner, and vest
  • Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit
  • Jacket-to-pant 8” zipper attachment with pant side included
  • ESO zippers including locking Cortech main zipper

Protection & Safety

For women who lean towards the busty/boxy side (plus sizes) the Cortech GX Sport is designed to fit well and pack a punch in the protection department.

600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) textile chassis and 1680D textile impact zone panels, with accordion stretch in non-impact zones give the GX Sport a great abrasion resistance package. CE level 1 armor included in the back, shoulders, and elbows puts this jacket in the “great” category for impact protection.

An essential pants-to-jacket connection zipper helps the jacket to stay put even in a slide, plus the included rain and thermal liners will help shield you from the elements. Reflective piping can increase your chances of being seen at night, and adjustability all over allows for a great fit where it counts. The GX Sport jacket is an exceptional value at $189.

 

icon hella 2 jacket

Icon Hella 2 Textile

Price: $250

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The most comfortable (because of the epic amount of stretch) 3-season jacket we’ve tested with a softshell chassis, a full suite of D30 CE Level 1 armor, and more sophistication than most jackets at this price point.

Best For

US Standard and plus-sized women up to a size 18 who need a little extra stretch in the chest, waist, and hips.

Specs

Specs:

  • ICON® Women’s Sport Fit
  • MATERIAL: Durable Textile Chassis
  • Front and Back Zipper Vents
  • Adjustable Waist Straps
  • Pre-Curved Arms

Protection & Safety

The Icon Hella 2 includes a full suite of CE Level 1 D30® Removable Back, Elbow, and Shoulder Impact Protectors which are extremely comfortable when not absorbing impact energy. 

As always, textile isn’t as abrasion-resistant as leather, so take careful consideration of your speed and riding surface when wearing textile. Pre-curved sleeves help reduce rider fatigue, while strategic venting helps protect against the heat. 

Paired with a durable textile chassis, reinforced seams and high-quality craftsmanship, the protection level of the Hella 2 is worth every penny.

 

Stellar Moto Horizon Dyneema Women's Jean Jacket

Stellar Moto Horizon Dyneema Jean Jacket

Price: $589

Where to Buy

Stellar Moto

Why?

Stellar Moto doesn’t cut corners – everything from this brand is designed and custom created by a woman rider with extremely high standards. The Horizon Dyneema Jean Jacket is well made, sturdy, stylish, and comes in an extended range of sizes (XS – 3XL).

Best For

Women of all sizes looking for a more boxy upper-body fit that accommodates broad shoulders and features larger arm openings – it can even be customized to fit larger waists and hips.

Specs

Specs:

  • Front hidden zipper to secure closure and easy on and off 
  • No fussing with buttons which could burst open
  • Logo snaps instead of buttons for ease and additional double closure
  • Drop back for riding position
  • No openings at cuffs/wrists. Tightens with snaps.
  • Side back waist snaps to cinch in or let loose for fit and layers 
  • Locker loop outside back neck for easy hanging
  • Perforated stretch armor pockets for back, shoulders, and elbows
  • Comes equipped with CE Level 2 SAS-TEC removable armor in Back, Shoulders, and Elbows
  • 4 outside pockets 
  • 4 inside large stash pockets

Protection & Safety

The Stellar Moto Horizon jacket is a single layer of specialty Dyneema protective denim, so while the material is sturdy and robust, it is not overly heavy and allows for good air flow in the summer. The fabric is also woven with a fair amount of stretch into it for comfort and dexterity. 

This jacket includes a full suite of CE level 2 armor in the back, shoulders, and elbows. Prepare to be extremely impressed by the construction quality in the seams and finishing detail as well. This one is built to last for several years of consistent wear. Although there is no water resistance, you’re getting fantastic abrasion resistance and the highest level of impact protection in a stylish denim package, making the $589 price tag fair.

 


 

Perfect for cruising, touring, & sport riding

Best Leather Plus-Size Women’s Motorcycle Jackets

Cortech Lolo women's jacket

Cortech Lolo

Price: $299

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The Lolo is comfortable, generous, and curvy. The plus sizes are even more generous and are perfect for cruising and touring riding positions. Zippered gussets in the waist allow for even more hip room if needed.

Best For

All the women with all the curves – a traditional hourglass shape with room for a little “extra” where you need it.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.0 – 1.2mm pull-up bovine leather
  • Leather is drum dyed and oil conditioned for a rich, long lasting finish
  • Gusseted shoulders for an easy reach to extended bars
  • Leather accordion stretch panels at rear
  • Cuffs with zippered closure
  • Hook and loop waist adjusters
  • Zippered expansion gussets on drop tail
  • Zippered hand warmer pockets
  • 5 interior storage pockets, including dual snap concealed carry pouch
  • YKK® zippers and hardware in burnished silver finish
  • SAS-TEC® CE Level 2 shoulder and elbow armor included
  • Pocket for optional back protector (sold separately)

Protection & Safety

The Lolo features standard thickness full-grain leather which offers exceptional abrasion resistance. CE level 2 armor in the elbows and shoulders offer great impact protection, but you’ll have to purchase a quality back protector separately.

Protection from the elements is limited, and there’s no reflectivity on this already dark jacket, so keep that in mind when riding at night. Because it is the least expensive full-leather jacket on this list, the Lolo gets a “great” value rating – the back protector is the only thing missing for an “exceptional” rating.

 

Female rider wearing Icon Overlord Leather jacket

Icon Overlord Leather

Price: $320

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The comfiest curve-hugging and enhancing leather jacket we’ve ever tested, with industry-leading protection! The leather is supple, there’s ample room in the chest, and the stretch panels down the length of the torso and the inside of both arms allow for many body shapes to fit comfortably.

Best For

US Standard and plus-sized women up to a size 18 who need extra room in the chest, waist, and hips.

Specs

Specs:

  • 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather
  • Removable D3O back, elbow, and shoulder armor
  • Vented cuffs
  • Custom zipper pulls
  • Pre-curved arms

Protection & Safety

The Icon Overlord leather jacket includes a full set of CE Level 1 D30 impact armor for the elbows, shoulders, and back. 

The 1.2mm to 1.4 mm cowhide leather offers all of the abrasion protection that a rider will need as well as durability to last for years of riding. Pre-curved arms help with rider fatigue, and strategic venting locations fight the heat. 

For women looking for an extremely comfortable and supple leather jacket that fits most curvy female body types, the Icon Overlord is a great choice. And with all of the armor included, the $320.00 purchase price is excellent for this quality piece of gear.

 

MotoGirl Valerie women's jacket

MotoGirl Valerie

Price: $348

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The extended sizing, beautiful supple leather, zippered waist flare gussets, and full set of impact protection make this one of the most accessible leather jackets for plus-sized women on the market.

Best For

Any woman with curves of all shapes in all areas of the upper body – available in XXS – 5XL

Specs

Specs:

  • AA Rated Jacket
  • CE Level 2, tested and approved shoulder, elbow, and back protector included
  • 10 Sizes available XXS – 5XL
  • 4 colors available: yellow, red, camel, black
  • Increased length & size of the front & inside zip pockets, to ensure ease of use
  • Longer in the back with zips for adjustment, to ensure a good fit
  • Removable inner lining to keep you warm

Protection & Safety

Finding a leather jacket that fits and offers fantastic protection for curvier women can be a struggle. Not only does this jacket offer high-quality full-grain leather for the best abrasion resistance and a thermal vest liner for warmth in colder weather, it also comes standard with CE level 2 armor in the back, elbows, and shoulders. 

Going above and beyond, Wind and Throttle (distributor) and MotoGirl (maker) teamed up to create a custom version of this jacket to accommodate the larger arms of our female strongman competitor who happens to love riding as much as she loves picking up heavy things. A great fit is half the battle when it comes to the best in safety. 

Even without the custom fitting, the jacket will offer feature-hugging protection that every woman truly deserves regardless of size, making the price tag on the MotoGirl Valerie jacket unbeatable.

 

Raven Rova Phoenix Leather women's jacket

Raven Rova Phoenix Leather

Price: $289

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Phoenix was designed by a woman with performance in mind. Cowhide, accordion panels, DuPont Kevlar stretch panels, a pants connection zipper, and CE level 1 armor combine to create full protection for women with broader shoulders and fuller busts from US sizes 6 to 20.

Best For

Women’s US sizes 6 – 20 with broad shoulders and full busts who want the feel of a custom leather jacket.

Specs

Specs:

  • Genuine leather 
  • Keprotec DuPont Kevlar stretch panels 
  • CE Level 1 Armor; back protector, shoulder, elbow armor. 
  • Detachable quilted thermal liner 
  • Antimicrobial athletic mesh liner
  • YKK metal zippers, zip-to-pants feature
  • Designed for women with full bust and broader shoulders

Protection & Safety

The cowhide found in the Raven Rova Phoenix jacket lends itself to superior abrasion resistance, while DuPont Kevlar reinforces the accordion stretch panels. A pants connection zipper ensures skin coverage for your torso in case of a slide. 

CE level 1 armor in the back, shoulders, and elbow work together to offer great impact protection for street riders. The extended sizing allows accessibility to fantastic levels of protection for more women, making this a great value.

 


 

What to wear when the road’s not there

Best Adventure & Adventure Touring Plus-Size Women’s Motorcycle Jackets

tour master sonora air

Tour Master Sonora Air 2.0

Price: $199

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

True ADV features and fantastic protection in a plus-size shape accommodating up to a 52 inch bust – for under $200 – just wow! Available in specialty sizes: plus SM, plus MED, plus LG, and plus XL.

Best For

Plus-sized women with fuller features all-around riding ADV style.

Specs

Specs:

  • Constructed using abrasion resistant 600 denier Carbolex and Armor-Link mesh material
  • 1680D ballistic fabric used in impact areas
  • Microfiber lined collar and cuffs for comfort
  • Adjustable, elastic snap sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor in place
  • Hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs
  • 360º Phoslite reflective material and Tourmaster signature rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility
  • Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls
  • ESO zippers, including a locking two-way main zipper slider
  • Removable CE-approved Armadillo shoulder and elbow armor with triple-density back protector
  • Removable AquaTherm two-stage waterproof and insulated quilted liner
  • Features front hand, internal map, internal pouch, and mobile media pockets 
  • Additional storage provided by two zippered chest pockets, two large capacity bellows pockets on the lower half of the jacket, as well as a top-entry rabbit pouch in the rear of the jacket
  • 8” jacket-to-pant zipper attachment including pant side
  • Color-coded snap attachments for waterproof and thermal liners

Protection & Safety

For women who lean towards the busty/boxy side (plus sizes) the Tour Master Sonora Air 2.0 is designed to fit well and pack a punch in the adventure department. 

600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) textile chassis and 1680D textile impact zone panels, with mesh panels in non-impact zones give the Sonora Air 2.0 a great abrasion resistance package that’s exceptional for off-road adventures. CE level 1 armor included in the back, shoulders, and elbows puts this jacket in the “great” category for impact protection.

An essential pants-to-jacket connection zipper and adjustability all over allows for a great fit where it counts and helps the jacket to stay put even in a slide. The included rain and thermal liners will help shield you from typical elements encountered on ADV rides (all of them). A unique reflective triangle shape on the back dramatically increases your chances of being seen at night. The Sonora Air 2.0 jacket is an exceptional value at $189.

 

Firstgear Voyage women's jacket

Firstgear Voyage

Price: $229

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

An affordable option for a versatile jacket with a nice roomy cut and a longer waist that helps fit taller women with slightly wider features.

Best For

Women of all sizes with longer torsos looking for a roomy cut in a jacket that can both commute and adventure/tour.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Three-quarter length textile jacket
  • Specifically designed to fit and function for female riders
  • 600d poly outer shell with DWR and waterproof / breathable internal liner (z-liner)
  • Removable thermal liner with color-coded attachment tabs
  • Soft and durable rolled neoprene collar and cuff edging
  • Two chest intake vents
  • Two rear exhaust vents
  • One concealed zippered chest pocket
  • Hand pockets, left forearm stash pocket, and internal media pockets
  • Two upper arm snapped sleeve pockets
  • Dual wind and storm flap on main two-way access zipper
  • Adjustable waist straps
  • Built-in, stretch spandex expansion gussets at hips
  • Reflective accents
  • CE level 1 Knox elbow and shoulder pads / foam back pad
  • Five-year warranty

Protection & Safety

For full-figured women who are taller, the Firstgear Voyage is designed to offer extra room in a simple, affordable package. 

A 600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) textile chassis gives the Voyage a standard textile abrasion resistance level which is appropriate for commuting and leisurely touring/adventuring. CE level 1 armor is included in the shoulders and elbows, but you’ll have to purchase a quality back protector separately. 

Adjustment all around helps to ensure the armor in the arms and shoulders stays put in case of a tumble. A thermal liner helps protect from mild winter temperatures, and reflective piping can increase your chances of being seen at night.

 

Firstgear Kilimanjaro women's jacket

Firstgear Kilimanjaro

Price: $419

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

A more affordable alternative to the Klim Altitude. It’s fully waterproof, vented, and has a much shorter waist than any other jacket in the ADV category.

Best For

Shorter full-figured adventure riders.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • 420D abrasion-resistant nylon exterior
  • 620D nylon at elbows, upper arms, and shoulders
  • Waterproof-breathable, 2.5 layer, PTFE laminate technology
  • PTFE laminate incorporates revolutionary 37.5 advanced, micro-particle technology
  • 3 interior pockets including oversized cellphone specific pocket
  • 5 exterior pockets including under-flap and quick access
  • Adjustable slider, snap collar closure
  • D3O elbow and shoulder guards CE certified to EN 1621-1 Level 1
  • D3O EVO T5 back protector CE certified to EN 1621-1 Level 1
  • Armor pocket bags with micro-adjustability allows fine tuning of armor placement
  • YKK waterproof zippers in strategic areas
  • YKK 2-way front and cuff zippers add comfort and breathability
  • Reflective patches front and back, body and arms
  • Adjustable waist strap facilitates fit with various layering
  • Top shoulder vents with hold-open straps
  • Huge, vertical back panel vents
  • Articulated sleeves for optimal fit in the riding position
  • Elasticized, draw-string hem seals out the elements as required
  • Grommet in left hand warmer pocket for powered garment cords
  • Neoprene collar
  • Hidden under helmet hood
  • Drop tail

Protection & Safety

The Firstgear Kilimanjaro features all the protection you’d expect for spring/summer/fall adventure riding – massive ventilation and unique breathable waterproofing. 

This textile chassis includes good abrasion resistance for on and off-road riding, as well as a full suite of CE level 1 armor in the back, elbows, and shoulders, offering great impact protection. 

The Kilimanjaro has a full suite of adjustability in the arms, waist, and hips to help keep things in place during a slide as well as keep the elements out. Reflective patches round out the protection suite. Overall, a great value.

 

Klim Altitude Women's Jacket

Klim Altitude

Price: $630

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The most breathable, comfortable fit with sizing up to 2XL. Not a great choice if you’re shorter than 5’5” unless you have a longer torso/dropped waist for your overall height.

Best For

Women who are taller or who have longer-than-average torsos who seek an extra roomy fit and ADV features.

Specs

Specs:

Exterior Features:

  • Gore-Tex 2-layer Performance Shell
  • 840D Cordura in impact zones
  • Goat leather overlay on elbows and forearms
  • Goat leather trim and details on shoulders, upper back, and center front
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective material
  • Bio-motion recognition

Integrated Armor System:

  • D3O LP1 elbow and shoulder armor (level 1)
  • D3O Viper Stealth back protector (level 1)
  • Adjustable armor pockets
  • Klimatek cooling stretch mesh in armor pockets

Additional Features:

  • Two zippered chest vents/pockets
  • Two zippered cross-core vents
  • Two forearms vents
  • Two rear exhaust vents
  • Hidden stretch-straps allow collar to be pulled open for increased ventilation
  • Two water resistant hand pockets with soft interior lining
  • Three internal pockets: 2 zippered internal pockets, 1 hidden (passport) pocket
  • 2-in-1 left forearm emergency ID pocket
  • Two quick-adjust forearm straps
  • Two quick-adjust waist adjusters
  • Two zippered hip gussets
  • Pant connection zipper
  • Polygiene antimicrobial integrated inner liner

Protection & Safety

The Klim Altitude features all the protection you’d expect for spring/summer/fall adventure riding – including massive ventilation and breathable waterproofing. 

This textile chassis includes fantastic abrasion resistance for both on and off-road riding, as well as a full suite of CE level 1 armor in the back, elbows, and shoulders, offering great impact protection. 

The Altitude can zip-connect to pants to help keep things in place during a slide. Exceptional craftsmanship guarantees this jacket will have a long life over several seasons of riding offering a good value for the price.

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How We Determine "The Best"

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  • We obsessively hands-on test – We wear and ride with gear before reviewing it, and we update reviews down the line if our opinions change. We look at real-world situations because that’s the world we live in.
  • We’re objective – Good gear is good gear, regardless of who made it.
  • We’re value-focused – Why pay $500 if something for $250 is just as good? Our review scores and recommendations reflect best value. Brand only goes so far – the gear has to stand on its own.

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Think About When Shopping for Ladies Jackets

One of the first pieces of gear that most riders purchase is a bike specific jacket. The goal is to protect your body from abrasion related injuries as well as impact injuries, so most riders focus on the armor and density or durability of the shell of the jacket. 

However, in many cases, after several rides in that first jacket, riders learn a great deal about what they didn’t know about motorcycle jackets and what they didn’t know about their own priorities and preferences. And that learning curve is often far more steep for ladies as they are often forced to make do with a men’s jacket rather than a gender-specific ladies jacket. 

Differences Between Ladies & Men’s Gear

In general, a men’s jacket will offer longer sleeves, more roomy shoulders, and a more narrow waist than a women’s jacket. And then there is the obvious difference in the chest area. Some ladies will find that they are able to substitute a men’s jacket and get by with the fit and level of comfort, but once they find a ladies cut jacket that fits properly, they will never settle for even a fairly well-fitting men’s jacket again. 

On a hanger or laying on a flat surface, it is very easy to see the hourglass shape of a well-cut ladies jacket. These jackets not only allow for the smaller waist but larger hips of female riders but they also offer a far better fit in the chest and shoulder area. The larger shoulders of men’s jackets can help to accommodate the space needed in the bust area but it often means that the shoulders and sleeves are ill-fitting.

Finding the Ideal Fit

In the case of non-riding jackets, a perfect fit is not always a big deal. But when you are buying a purpose-built piece of gear to protect your body, the fit is everything. A jacket that is too tight in some areas will restrict your movement and can be very dangerous. And a jacket that is too large can allow armor to shift and fail to provide protection at the elbows, shoulders and even along the spine. 

In the event of a slide, a large jacket can roll or slide up leaving your skin completely unprotected. It can be a bit more time consuming to find a women’s jacket, but the time that you invest in the process will be rewarded with a far better fit and protection.

All Jackets

In this article, we are breaking the ladies jackets down into four categories, including mesh, textile, leather, and four-season jackets. Each category will provide three selections being good, better and best which are determined based on a combination of the function, protection, and affordability of each type of ladies jacket. 

Each of the categories has benefits which are focused on specific climates or types of riding. To learn more about the purpose-built features of different types of jackets, visit the jacket reviews by type on Web Bike World.

Be sure to check back regularly with us here at wBW to read about our latest hands-on reviews of ladies motorcycle jackets and other great products for riders.

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