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The Best Plus-Size Women's Motorcycle Pants

Textile & Leggings

Comfortable pants made from artificial materials.

Raven Rova Raven Pants

Riding Jeans

Purpose-made riding jeans offer superior abrasion resistance.

Melissa Skinny Jeans

Hybrid & Leather

Leather remains the benchmark for abrasion resistance.

Raven Rova Phoenix Pants

Key Specs

• Outer shell constructed in 1000 denier Cordura fabric with Ballistic Airflow mesh panels

• Waterproof over or under rain pant

• Full length 2-way zipper

• 1000 denier pre-curved knee panels

• EZ-Hem bottom detail for customized fit with boots on

• 5mm reflective welded tape along seams

• Elasticized accordion panels on waist, sides and bottom for maximum comfort

• Waterproof and breathable over/under DWR 2.5 Ripstop fabric rain layer with 10K/10K membrane

• Rain layer attaches with magnetic snaps

• Vision jacket connection zipper

• Two 20cm zip pockets

Protection & Safety

• Removable and adjustable-height CE level 2 approved Powertector™ at the knee

• Removable EVA compression foam at hips

• Made of 500 and 1000 D Cordura® fabric with washable leather reinforcement panels from inside thigh to hem bottom, offering excellent abrasion resistance

Key Specs

• Lining: 100% Dupont™ Kevlar® fiber/polyester blend; heavy-duty, stretchable, abrasion-resistant

• Inner layer: aramid fibers (275 GSM)

• 3rd layer reinforces all impact areas (knees and hips)

• High waist with thick belt loops

• CE-Approved Level 2 knee & Level 2 hip armor included

• Front & back pockets

• 3 Lengths in every size from 4-26

Protection & Safety

It’s impressive how well the MotoGirl Moto Ribbed leggings are constructed. The outer layer is a full-coverage of kevlar made for abrasion protection, while the inner layer is composed of aramid fibers - and we’re not even mentioning the CE Level 2 armor that’s included with purchase of these pants.

• 100% Dupont™ Kevlar® fiber is stitched in place throughout the pants, so there’s no risk of bunching or getting displaced during your advertised 4-second slide time.

• Crash-tested by a close friend, these leggings held up at a spirited pace and produced no skin exposure

• CE level 2 knee and hip armor included

The MotoGirl Moto Ribbed leggings pack a powerful punch at just over $200.

Alpinestars Banshee Leggings

Key Specs

• Stretch fabric shell construction for close anatomical fit

• Stretch accordion on knee area

• Reflective prints on the inner side of the lower leg

• Full aramid fiber lining

• Velcro insert for optional hip protection (sold separately)

• CE-certified Level 1 knee protectors

Protection & Safety

These leggings slim you up and strengthen your skin with a lining made from durable aramid—a known material made to be weather and rip-resistant. They are protecting you and letting you keep your flexibility all at the same time. Thank you, Alpinestars!

They also have replaceable foam hip pad inserts for comfort and level 1 CE-certified knee protectors already built in. You can also add Alpinestars Level 1 CE-certified Nucleon hip protector as a worthy upgrade when ready.

Key Specs

• CE Certified A rate garment (with AA rate abrasion)

• CE Level 2 Knee protection included with internal mesh pocket

• Stretchy denim, skinny fit

• Front and back pockets & thick belt loops

• Comes with mesh pockets for hip armor (armor not included)

• Outer Layer: Cotton / Elastane

• Inner Layer: DuPont™ KEVLAR® Aramid / PE Fiber (which passes AA for abrasion) in Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas, absent in Zone 3 to be cooler and lighter and allow for more airflow.

• 360 GSM knitted loop aramid material which is highly resistant to abrasion, with the test results to prove it!

Protection & Safety

• The DuPont Kevlar included in the secondary layer of the Melissa Skinny Jeans (in major and minor impact zones only) is heavy-duty stuff and will hold up to a decent slide at highway speeds—just don’t do the splits on the asphalt and you’re covered.

• CE Level 2 knee armor is included, but you’ll have to purchase hip armor separately

• Unlined sections of the jeans allow for increased airflow to help battle the heat and prevent fatigue

• High waist keeps more skin covered in a slide

For $154, the Melissa Skinny Jeans offer great value - heck, they might even do the trick to the weekend social sesh.

Key Specs

• High-rise bootcut fit

• 12 oz heavy-duty stretch denim

• Aramid fiber lined front and back down past knee level

• CE Level 2 armor in knees and hips

• Two-stage adjustable knee armor height

• Five-pocket design, two in the back and 3 in the front

• YKK zippers throughout

Protection & Safety

• These pants are made with Aramid fibers in a tear-proof stitch. It has a thick level of stretch denim, which gives when sitting on a bike and not if you go down on it.

• Also includes CE Level 2 armor in the knees and hip

Key Specs

• Deep pockets just for extra assurance that nothing falls out

• Expanded sizes, up to a size 20 US fit

• Additional lip in the back to help prevent unwanted overexposure

• 11.5 oz cotton w/spandex (allowing for stretch)

DuPont™ Kevlar® para-aramid fiber lining in high-risk slide and impact zones

Protection & Safety

• DuPont Kevlar included in the secondary layer is heavy-duty stuff and will hold up to a decent slide at highway speeds (as long as you don’t do the splits on the asphalt)

• CE Level 1 knee and hip armor are included, giving these jeans a leg up on the competition

• The unlined sections of the jeans allow for increased airflow to help battle the heat and prevent fatigue, while an extra lip above the mid-rise waist keeps more skin covered in a slide

For $123.46, the SportbikeChic Protective Motorcycle Jeans offer excellent value.

Raven Rova Falcon Hybrid Pants

Key Specs

• 500 denier Cordura with leather panels

• Interchangeable armor pockets at knee and hip

• Comes with CE-1 knee armor

• YKK metal zippers

• 4 Pockets! 2 cargo with metal snaps & 2 zipper pockets

• Designed for an active riding style

Protection & Safety

• 500D D Cordura starts the Raven Rova Falcon Hybrid on the right track with a great balance of breathability and abrasion resistance

• Leather panels cover impact and slide zones

• CE level 1 Knee protectors are included—but you’ll have to purchase hip protectors separately to complete the impact protection package

With these features in mind, the $251 Raven Rova Falcon hybrid pants offer great value.

REV'IT! Sand 4 H2O

Key Specs

• Outer shell: 98% polyester ripstop | PWR|shell 1000D | PWR|shell stretch

• Insulated with detachable thermal liner

• Detachable waterproof hydratex®|G-liner

• Thermal liner: 100% polyester (insulation 100% polyester)

• Includes Seeflex CE Level 2 protection at knees, SeeSmart CE Level 1 type B hip protection (RV33)

• Laminated reflection on the calves

• Touring fit

• Adjustable strap at waist, adjustment tab at ankles, three position adjustable knee armor

• VCS I zippers at upper legs for ventilation

• B-lock button closure zippers and connecting zippers for jackets

• Grip panel at seat for better contact while riding

• Stretch at the back and the waist

• Additional pockets like the hip slit pocket and the waterproof stash pocket on upper leg

Protection & Safety

Adventure pants should be made for the adventure and these certainly are. Double-equipped with built-in armor and the fabric composition to withstand journeys in the thick of the jungle.

These pants come with the flexible and durable SEEFLEX™ CE-level 2 Knee and hip Protectors. They are specially made to withstand force and a high degree of different temperatures.

The outer shell is also a model of strength and flexibility. It’s made of 100% polyamide yarns. PWR|Shell 1000D is the highest quality nylon with a high melting point and excellent tear and abrasion resistance. It's also a material that stretches and breaks into riders of many sizes.

Additionally, with the laminated strips sprinkled about as an added cherry, these pants mean business when it comes to the ride. They’re ready for the journey and whatever kind of wearer. It is well worth the 400 price tag for a pair of pants built for a quality ride and the woman.

What defines plus-size in motorcycle pants for women? 

Generally speaking, and going by the sizing accepted by many manufacturers, “typical” women’s motorcycle pants range from the 6 to 17 size range. This, by default, makes 18+ size gear “plus-size.” However, there are many different sizes in women’s hips and legs, so the only way to really determine if a pair of motorcycle pants will fit is to try them on.

Are there plus-size women’s pants for every type of riding?

The most common riding styles you’ll find plus-size women’s pants for are cruising, touring, and standard/sport-standard riding. Sport and ADV riding styles do have some plus-size options and are improving month by month, but they are still a few years behind in terms of having a full selection of gear. However, in the most general sense, yes, there is plus-size gear for all riding styles.

Are plus-size women’s motorcycle pants as safe as normal riding pants?

Absolutely. All motorcycle gear needs to adhere to certification and regulatory standards to be approved as personal protective equipment, no matter the size, shape, or design of the gear. There are minimum levels of abrasion resistance and armoring needed for street-grade motorcycle pants, and even more stringent ones for sport and race grade ones to be used for track days.

Are plus-size women’s motorcycle pants adjustable?

Unlike plus-sized jackets, motorcycle pants do not feature nearly as many adjustment options. Most of the time, the only real adjustable areas are the hips and the ankle cuff. Most textile and mesh plus-size pants feature stretch fabric zones to allow for some body-following conformity, but in the instances of leather pants and jeans, it can be more complicated to get a pair that fits 100% perfectly.

What are the basic measurements I need for plus-size women’s motorcycle pants?

You will need to know your waist measurement at the navel, your hips at the rotator joint or the thickest part as close to the rotator as possible. You will also need to know your thigh diameter at the thickest point while seated with your knees in a 90 degree angle, as well as your inseam, measured from the groin to the base of your malleolus (the “ankle bone”).

What about motorcycle leggings? Do those work for plus-size women?

It really depends on the manufacturer, but in general motorcycle women’s leggings are more designed for pure abrasion resistance over most other types of protection. You can get leggings with CE Level 1 or Level 2 armor at the knees via non-Newtonian impact foam, but even the manufacturers themselves often suggest pairing motorcycle leggings with a proper set of motorcycle riding pants. They do work for plus-size women if they come in sizes larger than 18 due to their stretch-fabric nature, but it is at your own risk if you wear just the leggings with no extra pants over top.