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best motrocycle jackets for women


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Priced $500+.

Klim Artemis Women’s Waterproof Jacket
First Manufacturing Holli Women’s Jacket

Key Specs

• Raw denim and full grain leather construction

• Leather hood

• Inner pockets

• Side zipper reliefs

• Armor pockets (armor sold separately)

Protection & Safety

Full-grain leather provides excellent abrasion resistance in this garment. There is also an optional CE-2 Armor Pad Set available, consisting of one center-back pad, two shoulders pads, and two elbow pads.

Additionally, first Manufacturing Co offers a lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship of leather products from the original date of purchase for the life of the item.

REV’IT Eclipse Textile Jacket

Key Specs

• Outer Shell: Mesh, polyester 600D

• Protection:

• Knox Flexiform CE protection at shoulders and elbows

• Back Protector (sold separately):

• Seesoft Back Protector—Type RV

• Type RV / Size 03 fits 34-36

• Type RV / Size 04 fits 38-44

• Type RV / Size 05 fits 46

• Visibility: Laminated reflective logo

Ergonomic Features:

• Fit: tour fit, regular

• Adjustability: adjustment straps

• Ventilation: ventilation panels

• Features: double jeans loop

• Pockets: slit pockets, inner pocket

Protection & Safety

The construction of the Eclipse definitely puts safety first; that being said, the Eclipse does not include any back armor - rather, it’s designed to accommodate the Seesoft Back Protector Type RV (an additional $50).

The size of the back protector is determined by the size of the jacket that you purchase, so be certain to select the correct size to ensure full back protection.

• Elbows, shoulders, and other high impact areas are reinforced with polyester 600D (Knox Flexiform CE-rated armor is included)

• Two hinge points in armor for increased range of motion

• 12 air holes for breathability and airflow

At a cost of only $190, the Eclipse is a very reasonably priced jacket, and even when the back protection is added, the total investment remains just under $250. This makes the Eclipse a great selection for a quality mesh jacket for warm weather rides.

Joe Rocket Majestic Women’s Jacket

Key Specs

• Full Free Air mesh like the original Phoenix for maximum air flow on hot days

• YKK zippers throughout

• Removable waterproof liner

• Adjustable sleeves and waist to customize the fit

• Zippered hip gussets to customize the fit

• 8” zipper for pant attachment

Protection & Safety

This jacket features New lightweight CE armor with full ventilation honeycomb design in the shoulders & elbows. It also comes with a CE-rated spine pad for maximum protection, and a reflective stripe on the sleeves and back.

Olympia Eve 2 Women’s Jacket

Key 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

• The Eve 2 has lots of reflective piping at the chest and back yoke for increased visibility in low light situations.

• There is removable CE Level 2 armor at elbows and shoulders, plus a back protector.

• The jacket is available in Black or the Grey/Black/Hi Viz shown above.

Key Specs

• Massive mesh coverage

• Heavy abrasion- and tear-resistant military-spec-derived Klim Karbonite nylon mesh

• Built with Klim Rhino-Stitch construction technology

• Abrasion zones at elbows, and shoulders: 840D high tenacity 6.6 nylon for outstanding abrasion resistance and durability

• UV-resistant treatment on main mesh material

• Fleece-lined soft collar

• Adjustable D3O EVO XT Level 1 armor at elbows

• D3O EVO level 1 shoulder pads

• D3O level 1 back pad

• Klimate cooling stretch mesh in elbow and shoulder pad pockets

• 3M Scotchlite reflective on upper and lower arms and upper back

• Reflective positioning designed for maximum biomotion perception

• Articulated fit

• Hip expansion gusset

• Slightly longer body length

• Stretch material inside elbows

• 2 quick-adjust forearm straps

• Breathable moisture-wicking internal mesh comfort liner

• 1 external upper chest pocket, 2 lower zippered hand pockets

• 1 inner chest pocket, 1 inside front pocket

• 1 forearm emergency id pocket

• Hypalon zipper pullers

• YKK zippers throughout

Protection & Safety

Reinforcements are added at the Avalon’s elbows and shoulders, as well as other high impact areas for the highest quality abrasion protection. A heads up; this jacket is cut slightly longer than most to provide increased coverage for the lower back and hip area in the event of an accident.

• Heavy abrasion/tear-resistant, military-spec mesh

• 840D heavy-duty textile/Klim Rhino-Stitch construction technology adds amazing durability

• Adjustable D3O EVO XT Level 1 armor at the elbows

• D3O EVO level 1 shoulder pads / back pad

Priced at $380, the Klim Avalon offers exceptional protection and comfort in a very versatile jacket. The latest technology in mesh fabrics is worth paying a little bit more for so that you know you are well protected from abrasion and from the hazards of overheating when riding in hot climates.

Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air Jacket

Key Specs

• Composition: Abrasion-resistant 600D polyester fabric

• Extended mesh panels on the torso and arms

• Full mesh lining boosts for improved airflow and breathability

• 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 for enhanced abrasion resistance

• Sport fit with pre-curved sleeve construction for reduced fatigue and enhanced riding comfort

• Poly-fabric stretch insert on shoulders

• 3D mesh collar construction for improved comfort and breathability

• VELCRO® brand fastener and D-ring waist adjustment

• VELCRO® brand wrist cuff closures

• Convenient waterproof internal pocket

• External, large-opening front hand pockets

• Multiple internal compartment pockets feature VELCRO® brand fasteners for additional security

• Reflective details for improved rider visibility

• Two external zippered pockets

Protection & Safety

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

• $60 will get you the CE-certified Alpinestars Nucleon back protector, which is not included with the initial purchase

• $40 will get you the CE-certified Alpinestars Nucleon chest protector, which is not included with the initial purchase

• Nucleon CE Level 1 Flex Plus Removable protectors for the shoulders and elbows

• Velcro-and-snap system to integrate back protector into pocket

• Additional padding is added to both the back and chest areas in the event that back and chest protectors are not purchased

Key Specs

• 0.8-0.9mm Sheep Diamond

•Scooter style w/ double snap banded collar, epaulets and center zipper

•Two shoulder vents

•Two zippered slash pockets

•Two interior pockets

•Zippered sleeves w/ gussets

•Perforated action back

•Side relief zippers

•Action back

•Vertical back vents

•Insulated zip-out thermal liner

•Elbow, shoulder and back armored pockets for CE rated armor (sold separately)

Protection & Safety

•Pockets to fit approved shoulder and elbow protectors

•Pocket to fit approved back protector]

•Perforated abrasion resistant Sheep Diamond leather

REV’IT! Torque 2 H2O Women's Jacket

Key Specs


• Outer Shell: Polyester 600D, mesh

• Waterproofing & Breathability: Detachable Hydratex G-liner

• Composition: 100% Polyester


• Fit: Tour fit, regular

• Adjustability: Adjustment strap, adjustment tab

• Ventilation: Ventilation panels

• Perks: Wind catcher behind zipper, jeans loop, soft edge at collar, v-flap

• Pockets: Inner pocket, stash pockets

Protection & Safety

Elbow and shoulder SeeSmart CE level 1 armor is included with the purchase of the REV’IT! Torque 2 H2O women's jacket, made all the more relevant by a pocket for the Seesoft CE level 2 Type RV back protector, which can be purchased separately. The cost of the back protector is $50.

• Seesmart CE level 1 protection at shoulder and elbows

• Pocket for optional Seesoft CE level 2 Type RV back protector (sold separately, in three different sizes)

• Laminated reflection, for better visibility

At under $300, the REV’IT! Torque 2 H2O women's jacket offers riders a single garment to meet their total riding needs (minus waterproof pockets - you’ve been warned!).

The addition of back protection will take the final cost to just over $350 with taxes, but that is still a very fair price for year-round comfort and protection in a jacket cut to fit ladies like us, who love to ride.

Firstgear Kilimanjaro™ 2.0 Women's Jacket

Key Specs

• Removable waterproof liner

• Adjustable pockets

• Adjustable collar

• Two-position magnetic collar closure

• Intake and exhaust zip vents to regulate body temperature

• Ergonomic jacket to pant zipper interface

• Two-way CNTB YKK zipper gauntlet closure with garage

• Interior drawstring waist pull

• Adjustable hook-and-loop attachments on waist, forearm and biceps for secure fit

• Two interior chest pockets and four exterior pockets

• Pass through grommet in left hand pocket for heated gear controller

• Protection on the shoulders, elbow and back

• Internal construction and loops to accommodate the use of Firstgear heated gear

• Constructed from 100% waterproof materials

Protection & Safety

Per the original Kilimanjaro™ jacket, the 2.0 is designed to handle the harshest conditions that riders will encounter, while still providing the great women in our industry with comfort and safety.

• SAS-TEC CE Level 2 protection on the shoulders, elbow and back, complete with adjustable pockets for fine-tuning of armor placement

• Reflective panels at both front and back

Performance and protection merges with lightweight flexibility in the very best the industry’s $250-$500 range of jackets can afford…and lucky you, this one just squeaked under the bar at $499.95.

Four Season Features

Waterproof membrane materials for the wetter seasons, a breathable performance shell for the hotter environs and and an optimum micro-climate guarantee for the chillier months; add to all this the SAS-TEC CE Level 2 protection and the versatile flexibility of the jacket herself, and suddenly you’ve found that one jacket that accompanies every ride, come rain or shine.

Key Specs

• Composition: Tutu cowhide leather

•Inner liner with Quickdry Frame ™ technology keeps you dry and comfortable

•Dainese-patented 3D structure airbag

•Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Level 2 standard on elbows

•Soft protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Level 2 on shoulders

•Thermoformed small shoulders with interchangeable aluminum plates

•S1 bielastic fabric stretch inserts on the hips and inner arms

•Jacket-to-pants fastening system

•Waist adjustment

•Pockets: 1 inner pocket and 2 outer pockets on front

•Reflective inserts

Protection & Safety

•Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Level 2 standard are located at the elbows, with similarly rated soft protectors and aluminum plates at the shoulders for added safety.

•EN 17092 AA certified motorbike garment

•The Pro-Armor back protector also houses the D-Air System - a nifty piece of tech that deploys an airbag designed to protect the rider’s chest/neck when activated.

Heads up, this high-tech safety system must be registered with Dainese and will also require regular care and maintenance to remain functional. Expect little tasks like charging the battery packs and a quinquennial overhaul of the system (every five years) by Dainese herself.

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.

Four Season Features

Venting is critical to comfort in a four-season jacket, and KLIM didn’t go halfsies on the ventilation. Additional breathability is represented in the chest ventilation pockets and the 2 vertical back exhaust vents, with vents at the forearm and biceps - even the armor pockets promote ventilation using a durable (but very breathable) mesh so that hot spots can’t develop.

Other comfort features include the soft collar liner, adjustment straps at the bicep and forearm and the 2 waist quick-adjust straps. Zippered hip gussets also allow for more adjustment in the fit of the jacket and the airflow in warmer climates.

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?

Roland Sands Maywood CE Women’s Leather Jacket

Key Specs

• Winchester full grain 1.1mm thick cowhide

• Water repellent finish

• Critical seams sealed

• Satin poly quilted internal liner with heat embossed graphics

• Waterproof internal chest pockets and mesh lower pockets

• YKK Zippers

• Waterproof cuff, sleeve and hand pocket zippers

• Café collar

• Quilt stitch details on chest, shoulders and upper sleeves

Protection & Safety

• Includes CE EN 1621:2021-1 certified SAS-TEC flex elbow and shoulder armor

• Armor ready back protector pocket (back protector sold separately)

• CE approved to CE EN 17092:2020 as a Class AA garment

What defines a motorcycle jacket as specifically for women?

In the most basic of terms, women’s motorcycle jackets are shaped to give extra room in the chest and hip areas, due to the base biology difference between men and women. As well, as on average women are slightly smaller than men, the fitment for women’s motorcycle gear is adjusted to meet those different sizing needs.

What should I look for in a good women’s motorcycle jacket?

As with any other motorcycle jacket, the main things to look for are the features you want. If you are looking at an ADV jacket, for example, you’ll want just as many pockets and ventilation options as any other jacket. If you’re looking for a leather cruiser jacket, you’ll want to match aesthetic and style with protection and armor, just like you would for a unisex cruiser jacket.

Women have different heat areas compared to men in their torso, do women’s jackets address this?

Women’s jackets for the most part share the same types of ventilation options as men’s and unisex jackets. A select few from brands such as Rev’It and Alpinestars change the shape and placement of some ventilation mesh or perforated panels to offer increased airflow across the upper and lower chest, with increased ventilation intakes under the armpits as women generate more heat in the upper torso on average than men (See: Thermohuman average body heat zones)

Are women’s motorcycle jackets as safe as the unisex or men’s jackets?

Absolutely. In terms of safety and protection, all motorcycle jackets, women’s, men’s, and unisex all need to meet the same standard of protection to be approved for use. You will find that the only difference is that a men’s or unisex jacket may feel tight around your chest and hips, while a women’s jacket should fit snugly but not overly tight. 

What materials are women’s motorcycle jackets commonly made from?

The most common materials used in motorcycle jackets these days, in general for both men and women, are polyester rip-stop fabric, microfiber synthetic leather, Cordura, spandura, and full-grain leather. All have excellent abrasion resistance, with leather still taking the top spot for the best abrasion resistance, despite some synthetics like Cordura getting very close to being on par.

If a unisex or men’s jacket fits me, do I really need a women-specific motorcycle jacket?

Not at all. The biggest thing about motorcycle safety gear is that it fits well enough to not ride up or move around during a slide or accident. If a unisex or men’s jacket fits you perfectly, and a women’s jacket feels loose, then by all means wear the one that fits better as it will afford a higher level of protection by nature of its fitment.