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the best motorcycle jackets for plus size women


Excellent ergonomics and excellent airflow are textile trademarks.


Leather remains the best material for abrasion and impact resistance.


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

Klim Artemis Hi-Viz Women’s Jacket
Joe Rocket Cleo Elite Women’s Jacket

Key Specs

• Cooling FreeAir mesh shell

• Removable full sleeve waterproof liner and insulated vest

• Externally accessible CE approved elbow and shoulder armor

• Removable dual density back pad

• 8″ connection zipper for pant attachment

• Innolite ultra reflective shoulders

• Reflective stripes and logos

• 2 hand pockets

• Internal micro-liner eyeglass pocket

• Clip for key storage

• Full Flex articulated back and hip expansion panels for increased mobility

• Dynax reinforced at the upper back, ribs, and forearms

Protection & Safety

Joe Rocket is a well-respected brand of riding apparel with proven reliable fabrics and construction methods. Dynax™ Reinforced Mesh is used at the upper back, ribs, and forearms.

To ensure you can extend your riding time the Cleo comes with a Two stage waterproof (full sleeve) and insulated zip-out (vest) liner.

CE level 1 impact protection comes standard in the elbows and shoulders, and the removable HD spine pad is included.

Each body is unique in the curves department, and the Cleo helps fit you just right with an 8-point Sure Fit™ adjustment system (adjustable sleeves & waist).

Being visible is a key component to riding safely, and this jacket has plenty of reflective elements to help you stand out when the sun goes down.

RICHA Lausanne Textile Women's Jacket

Key Specs

• Quilted stitching and leather detailing

• 10mm waterproof Aquashell LTZ outer membrane.

• Soft-touch exterior shell material and

• Snag-proof soft-finish neoprene collar

• Full D3O® shoulder, back and elbow protection.

• Detachable thermal lining for winter warmth.

• YKK waist and lower sleeve zippers for a personalised fit.

• Connection zipper for optional trouser attachment.

• Two external and two internal pockets to hold your essentials on the go.

• Five Pockets, Two outside pockets and three inside pockets.

• Storm flap behind central front zipper for extra comfort

• Safety stitching in high risk zones

Protection & Safety

Includes D3O® L1 protection at shoulders and elbows with options to upgrad to Ghost or L2. Also includes D3O® central back protector with the option to upgrade to Viper L1 or L2.

Has safety stitching made to resist tearing and still give a tailored look. It’s leather combo shell is stylish and made to be abrasion resistant.

Key Specs

• Abrasion resistant 600D polyester fabric with double polyurethane coating.

• Extended mesh panels on the torso and arms.

• Full mesh lining boosts for improved airflow.

• Nucleon Flex Plus CE Level 1 elbow and shoulder protectors.

• Pockets for optional Nucleon KR-Ci chest and back protection (sold separately).

• GP Lite shoulders with dynamic friction shield.

• Sport fit with pre-curved sleeve construction.

• Poly-fabric stretch insert on shoulders.

• 3D mesh collar construction with soft lining.

• VELCRO® brand fastener and D-ring waist adjustment.

• VELCRO® brand wrist cuff closures.

• Two large front zippered pockets, inner waterproof document pocket and two inner pockets on the liner.

• Internal pockets feature VELCRO® brand fasteners.

• Reflective details for improved rider visibility.

• Two external zippered pockets

• Meets CE Category II PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 – A class certification for protective garments

Protection & Safety

This well-constructed jacket has the backing of CE Category II PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 – A class. It includes a pocket to slip CE Level 2 Alpinestars Nucleon back protector, available as an accessory upgrade. It includes CE Level 1 Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus shoulder and elbow protectors.

Its polyester thick lined shell is lightweight but still holds its own in any chance of slide and the jacket can be paired up to Alpinestars riding pants to create a riding suit via the full-circumference waist zipper.

Icon Hella 2 Textile

Key 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 Jean Jacket

Key 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.

Joe Rocket Womens Classic '92

Key Specs

• Top stitched 1.0 to 1.2mm drum dyed cowhide.

• Tailored specifically for a relaxed feminine fit.

• Pockets for optional armor at the shoulders, elbows, and back.

• Zip-in quilted full sleeve liner.

• 5 inside utility pockets.

• 4 outside pockets.

• Adjustable neoprene-lined mandarin collar.

• Adjustable waist and cuffs.

• 1.5” Storm flap at main zipper.

• YKK zippers through-out.

• Subtle tone on tone badging.

Protection & Safety

Though this Joe’s jacket doesn’t come with any armour it’s thick lined leather cowhide material will stand up to the ride and the slide. It still features pockets to invest in shoulder, elbow and back protectors and has a great adjustability in zippers for a well tuned fit. A solid combination for a 300$ price tag.

MotoGirl Valerie

Key Specs

• AA Rated Jacket

• CE Level 2, tested and approved shoulder, elbow, and back protector included

• 10 Sizes available XXS–5XL

• 5 colors available: purple, 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, but 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 women who happen to love riding as much as they love 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 the figure-hugging protection that every woman truly deserves regardless of size, making the price tag on the MotoGirl Valerie jacket unbeatable.

Raven Rova Phoenix Leather

Key Specs

• 1.1mm top-grain leather

• Keprotec DuPont Kevlar stretch panels

• CE Level 2 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 2 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 product with truly great value.

First Manufacturing Popstar Women’s Jacket

Key Specs

• .07-.08mm Naked cow leather

• Motorcycle style with snap down lapel, collar, epaulets and asymmetrical zipper

• One zippered slanted chest pockets

• Two zippered lower slash pockets

• One coin patch pocket

• Zippered sleeves with gussets

• Side Lace with spandex stretch

• Adjustable belt with loops

• Action back with zippered vents

• Two conceal carry pockets with tapered holsters

• Insulated zip-out thermal liner

Protection & Safety

With such a vast sizing range available, there will be a fit for your curves. This jacket is available in sizes XS-5XL.

Everything that can flap in the wind has a button-down to keep it in place. The belt on the bottom of this jacket can be cinched up to keep it fitted.

Made from real leather, this Popstar jacket has good natural abrasion resistance—but keep in mind that the armor does not come standard. I recommend ordering it. Each set of armor for the elbows, shoulders, and back is $25.

Alpinestars Stella Andes v3 Jacket

Key Specs

• Waterproof Drystar​ breathable membrane

• Abrasion-resistant polyfabric textile construction and reinforcement

• Removable long-sleeve thermal liner

• Direct ventilation system (DVS) zippered chest air intakes and back exhaust ports

• Removable CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor

• POCKETS! Waterproof cargo units at the front, a large external stash pocket at the back, and a waterproof interior wallet pocket

• Integrated soft-edge collar

• 3D mesh internal lining

• YKK zippers

• Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows

• Hook and loop waist adjustment belt

• Shock cord adjustment on hem

Protection & Safety

The Alpinestars Stella Andes v3 jacket contains CE Cat II PPE Regulation prEN17092, also known as “A” class safety certification. For that safety level, you’re getting:

• Reinforced polymer-printed texturing in critical elbow and lower arm areas for enhanced abrasion resistance

• Abrasion-resistant polyfabric textile for the jacket’s material

• CE Level 1 Nucleon Flex Plus for all extra protection (elbows and shoulders, with additional Nucleon chest and back armor optional)

• Alpinestars Tech-Air​ 5 airbag system compatibility (sold separately)

• Jacket-to-pants connection zipper for ideal skid protection

• Reflective details for improved rider safety

For women looking for safety that holds its reputation in more generous sizing, The Alpinestars Stella Andes v3 jacket is ideal - and at the price point of $299.95 price point, there’s really no better unit to add to your wardrobe - just make sure you size up if you’re unsure of fitment.

BILT Tempest 2 WP

Key Specs

• 600D durable outer shell.

• Waterproof shell and liner.

• Removable quilted lining.

• Inner airflow mesh liner for venting.

• Additional Zip entry air-flow arm vents.

• CE approved armor at shoulders and elbows

• Pocket for optional AXIAL back protector (sold separately)

• Size MD AXIAL AX1 and AX2 back protectors fit all sizes Tempest 2 Women's Jackets

• Textured durable shoulder and sleeve panels

• Reflective detail on sleeve and upper back

• Adjustable side waist with subtle bands

• Hook-and-loop closure adjustment cuffs

• Tab adjustment on sleeves

• Neoprene comfort trim on collar

Protection & Safety

This jacket has CE rated armor come standard for the elbows and shoulders making sure you fell secure and protected. The CE rated back armor is sold separately but it features a pocket that you can add it too.

The Tempest is also a sold fit for ladies because it gives and extension to sizes available in the jacket itseself and the MD Axisl back protectors fit in all sizes of the jacket.

Firstgear Kilimanjaro™ 2.0 Women's Jacket

Key Specs

• Removable thermal lining

• Waterproof, windproof and breathable H2Out membrane

• Direct-to-body air vents

• Zipped pants to jacket connection

• Compatible with Step-In Wear liners

• Integrated ERGOFIT adjustment system

• Adjustable waist fastening

• Draw-ties for reducing the volume of sleeves and chest

• Cordura high tenacity polyamide fabric shell

• 3M Scotchlite reflective accents

• Compatible with back protector CE Level 1 Z53, CE Level 1 Z54, CE Level 2 Z147, CE Level 2 Z172 (sold separately)

• CE Level 1 Warrior Shields on shoulders

• CE Level 2 Warrior Lite elbow armor included

• Certified EN 17092-3:2020 Class AA

Protection & Safety

One of Spidi’s most breathable weather resistant pieces is also well protected. This jacket has AA abrasion resistance shell materials, CE Level 2 elbow armor, Level 1 shoulder armor and a pocket for a back protector (sold separately).

A steadfast choice worth it’s weight in price as we can see the level of detail in every layer. Spidi doesn’t mess around when it comes to giving quality for the right amount.

Klim Artemis Women’s Waterproof Jacket

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex Performance shell, guaranteed to keep you dry

• Karbonite ripstop overlays in elbows and shoulders

• Adjustable VELCRO® brand cuff closures

• Comfort-mapped ventilation for women

• Klimatek cooling mesh in the pad pockets

• POCKETS! 2 chest vent pockets, 2 cross-core vents, 2 articulated forearm vents, 2 bicep vents, 2 zippered hand pockets, 1 rear large pocket, 1 upper arm stash pocket, 2 lower internal zippered stash pockets, 1 vertical inside stash pocket, 1 concealed document pocket behind back pad

• 2 vertical back exhaust vents

• Integrated D3O Level 1 shoulder and elbow armor, Viper 1 back pad

• Improved ventilation through the back pad

• Action back for comfort and mobility

• Upgraded polygiene anti-odor liner

• Soft collar liner

• Collar tab back for improved ventilation

• 2 quick-adjust bicep straps and 2 quick adjust forearm straps, as well as 2 quick-adjust waist adjusters and 2 zippered hip gussets

Protection & Safety

The impact protection in the Artemis includes integrated D3O Level 1 shoulder and elbow armor as well as a Viper 1 back pad - all of which is removable and can be replaced.

It’s reasonable to spend $350 for a summer-weight model, and that much (or more) for a jacket that handles cold and wet weather. At a cost of just over $700, the Klim Artemis might seem to be a little bit high, but you’re not factoring in the money saved in going for a does-it-all jacket purchase.

Bottom line, we recommend the KLIM if only for the simple fact that it’s one of those jackets that seems to fit everybody, regardless of the body type…and we do love versatility, don’t we gals?

What defines plus-size in motorcycle jackets for women? 

Generally speaking, and going by the sizing accepted by many manufacturers, “typical” women’s jackets and gear range from the 4 to 14 size range. This, by default, makes 15+ size gear “plus-size.” However, much like how men have “big and tall” gear options, many jackets can have combinations, such as a plus sized waist and bust, but a “short” torso length. It depends on the jacket, so definitely check each manufacturer’s sizing guides.

Are there plus-sized options for every type of riding?

While it used to be that plus-sized gear was relegated mostly to touring and cruising, nowadays you can get plus-sized gear for literally any type of riding. ADV, sport, cruising, dual-sport, touring, motocross/supercross. You name it, there is quite literally gear for it. 

Do plus-size jackets take different size optional armor such as back protectors?

In general, armor is a consistent size across a manufacturer’s lineup. Since back protectors do have an agreed upon “standard” fit, the back protector pockets in plus size gear will accept them as readily as regular sized gear. This is really dependent on the manufacturer, as some do make larger armor for larger gear, and smaller armor for smaller gear, so it never hurts to check reviews and the manufacturer’s website when gear shopping.

Do plus-size motorcycle jackets come with adjustable fitment features?

While many regular jackets often come with adjustments at the waist and arms, plus-sized gear quite often has slightly more material in those adjustment straps and loops to give a larger variety of customizable fitment. This can be via stretch/elastic panels or actual straps and loops. The only jackets that aren’t really all that adjustable are full leather ones, so if you can try the jacket on at your local gear store, it really helps to give you an idea of what size you are for future purchases.

How do I determine my basic measurements to see if I need plus-sized gear?

For women’s plus-sized gear, you will need to know your arm length from your neck to your wrist, your bust measurement at its thickest, your waist at your navel, and your hips across the hip joint area. Some gear also allows for your torso length size, which is from the top of your hips (pelvic bone) to the top of your shoulder at the shoulder joint.

What if I’m regular size except in the bust and only plus-size jackets fit me comfortably?

Depending on the manufacturer,  you have several options. This is a frequent concern for women with a larger bust, and many manufacturers are realizing that not all women are shaped the same. In that vein, you might come across some jackets with special labels such as “Diva” sizing or some other type of sizing label. Your other option is to budget for a custom fit jacket, which will usually run in the $400+ range for a high quality one.