The Best Women’s Motorcycle Pants for 2020

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Textile

Made from solely or a mix of man-made and natural materials.

See: Textile Pants

Mesh

Offering a blend of breathability and abrasion protection.

See: Mesh Pants

Leather

The material of choice for most high-end motorcycle riding pants.

See: Leather Pants

Denim

A stylish and effective alternative to mesh or leather pants.

See: Denim Pantsl

 

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Affordable & Comfortable

Best Textile & Leggings Women’s Motorcycle Pants

Icon Hella 2 Motorcycle Pants

Icon Hella 2

Price: $195

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Exquisite craftsmanship and style, durable 4-way stretch textile chassis, and 3-position D3O® knee and hip impact protectors combine to create our favorite standard-fit textile riding pants on the market. Women’s US sizes 0 – 14.

Specifications

Specs:

  • ICON® Overboot Fit.
  • Durable Textile Chassis
  • D30® Removable Hip and Knee Impact Protectors
  • Adjustable Waist
  • Zippered Side Pockets for Secure Storage

Protection & Safety

  • CE Level 1 knee and hip armor are included in the ICON Hella 2 pants, which immediately give them a leg up when it comes to impact protection. The textile is hefty enough for a slide at in-town speeds but stretchy enough to be comfortable for wearing everywhere you need to go.
  • The entire garment is made of this durable material with minimal seams, which lowers the risk of the garment bursting open in a fall. For under $200, the ICON Hella 2 pants are a great value.

 

Raven Rova Raven Motorcycle Pants

Raven Rova Black

Price: $259

Where to Buy

Raven Rova

Why?

The versatility and hidden features in these stylish yet strong textile pants are awesome. If you’re not interested in leathers but want great protection, definitely take a look at these pants. Available in US women’s size 4 -24.

Specifications

Specs:

  • 500 denier stretch Cordura with 2% elastane
  • External knee armor access through the vent
  • Adjustable height placement for knee armor
  • Comes with CE-1 knee armor
  • YKK metal zippers
  • Designed for hourglass and pear shapes
  • Antimicrobial athletic mesh lining
  • Two zipper and magnetic snap vents
  • Metal hardware
  • Boot zippers
  • Zips to all Raven Rova jackets
  • Accommodates boots with thick molded plastic shin guards

Protection & Safety

  • The durable Cordura textile of the Raven Rova Raven pants will hold up at least once, maybe more, in a slide at in-town speeds (the owner/designer has tested them herself!). Adjustable CE Level 1 knee armor comes standard and can be accessed while wearing to ensure perfect placement, but you’ll have to purchase hip armor separately.
  • The zipper attachment adds a bit of insurance for the hips and torso in a slide, but only if it is used properly on every ride (highly suggested). Considering that pants for curvy women are hard to find, the Raven Rova Raven pants are a great option, and for $259, you get tons of features for your money.

 

REV’IT Outback 3 motorcycle pants

REV’IT Outback 3

Price: $300

Where to Buy

Revzilla

Why?

True multi-seasonality with 2 removable liners (one waterproof, one thermal) to get you through a variety of temperatures and conditions.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Outer Shell: polyester 600D, polyester ripstop, Softshell 3L
  • Insulation: detachable thermal liner
  • Waterproofing and Breathability: detachable hydratex|mesh G-liner
  • Protection: Seeflex CE level 2 protection at knees, Seesmart CE level 1 type B hip protector insert – version RV33
  • Visibility: laminated reflection
  • Fit: tour fit, regular
  • Adjustability: adjustment straps, adjustment tabs
  • Ventilation: VCS|zippers
  • Features: stretch panel, short connection zipper, adjustable protector pockets, grip panel at seat, YKK slide lock front closure, 3D mesh protector pockets
  • Pockets: slit pockets, stash pockets

Protection & Safety

  • With a little stretch and a lot of protection, the REV’IT Outback 3 pants provide the most bang-for-your-buck on our list. Not only does CE Level 2 knee armor come standard, but the CE Level 1 hip inserts are included as well – which is rare.
  • The industry-standard 600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) material used to make these pants, coupled with ripstop, will hold up in a slide at decent speed.
  • A removable thermal liner to protect from the cold, and a removable waterproof liner to protect from the elements, as well as reflectivity to increase visibility at night and a pants-to-jacket connection zipper rounds out this massive safety package.

 

MotoGirl Moto Ribbed motorcycle pants

MotoGirl Moto Ribbed

Price: $198

Where to Buy

Wind & Throttle

Why?

Some of the most comfortable riding pants of all time, without a single compromise on high-end protection, craftsmanship, sizing, or style. Available in an impressive range of sizes, these are the pants women have been asking for for years.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Full-length lining made from 100% Dupont™ Kevlar® fiber
  • High waist with thick belt loops
  • CE-Approved Level 2 knee & Level 2 hip armor included
  • Front & back pockets
  • Heavy-duty, stretchable, and abrasion-resistant polyester outer layer
  • 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 stretch twill, meant only for looks, and to be the buffer for the real hero: a full-coverage secondary layer of kevlar made for abrasion protection.
  • The Kevlar is stitched in place throughout the pants, so there’s no risk of bunching or getting displaced during a slide. Crash tested by a close friend, these leggings held up at a spirited pace and produced no skin exposure.
  • Paired with the included CE level 2 knee and hip armor, the MotoGirl Moto Ribbed leggings pack a powerful punch at just under $200.

 

Oxford Super Leggings motorcycle pants

Oxford Super Leggings

Price: $124

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

These pants are proof that sometimes less is more. No frills, but all the comfort and protection at a fantastic price point. These pants are truly impressive and come in a plethora of sizing options for women riders of all shapes and sizes.

Specifications

Specs:

  • CE Level 2 Oxford knee protectors included
  • Cut: Please note that these jeggings have a very curvy cut through the hips and thighs
  • Rise: Very high
  • Short: 28″ inseam | Regular: 30″ inseam | Tall: 32″ inseam
  • 92% poly / 8% elastane shell
  • 95% DuPont™ Kevlar® / 5% elastane lining provides abrasion resistance
  • 4-way stretch panels
  • Pockets for optional hip armor (armor sold separately)
  • 2 deep front hand pockets
  • Flag stitching on the belt loops for security

Protection & Safety

  • Another impressive package, especially considering the price, the Oxford Super leggings have a similar fit and feel to the Moto Ribbed Pants. The outer layer is stretchy, covering an almost full-coverage secondary layer of DuPont Kevlar, which is fantastic abrasion protection.
  • The Kevlar layer is not stitched in place at the base of each leg, so there’s a small risk of bunching or getting displaced during a slide. CE level 2 knee armor is included, but you’ll need to purchase hip armor separately. For under $125, the Oxford Super leggings are a great value.

 


 

Prioritizing airflow & protection

Best Mesh Women’s Motorcycle Pants

Firstgear Sirocco Air Overpants motorcycle pants

Firstgear Sirocco Air Overpants

Price: $220

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

True overpants with side zippers and a removable waterproof/thermal liner.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Poly mesh construction
  • Knee and seat abrasion-resistant panels
  • Removable waterproof, insulated full-length liner with color-coded attachment tabs
  • 2 zippered hand pockets
  • 2 zippered thigh cargo pockets
  • Easy access side leg zippers (on both outer shell and removable liner)
  • Waist side adjusters
  • Hook and loop adjusters on leg cuffs
  • Snap and hook fly closure
  • Removable CE level 1 Knox Microlock hip and knee armor
  • Jacket-to-pant connection zipper
  • Anti-slip seat patches
  • Reflective accents
  • Sized to fit over your clothes; simply buy the size you normally wear

Protection & Safety

  • With the purpose of covering a pair of non-protective pants (jeans, athletic leggings, work slacks… the options are endless), the REV’IT Sirocco Air overpants create the opportunity to be versatile while staying protected.
  • CE Level 1 knee armor and hip armor are both included for great impact protection. The mesh construction will hold up to a short slide at in-town speeds or quite well on the dirt. A removable thermal and waterproof liner help to protect from the elements.
  • Reflectivity, a pants-to-jacket connection zipper, and adjustable ankle cuffs round out this impressive safety package for just over $200.

 

REV’IT Airwave 3 motorcycle pants

REV’IT Airwave 3

Price: $200

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Lightweight, straight fit mesh pants with both knee and hip armor included. One of the few options available in silver.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Outer shell: high-density polyester 600D
  • Composition:
    • outer shell: 100% polyester
    • lining: 100% polyester
  • Protection: Seesmart CE-level 1 protection at hips and knees
  • Visibility: laminated reflection at calves
  • Fit: tour fit, regular
  • Adjustability: adjustment straps at waist, adjustment tab at ankles
  • Ventilation: ventilation panels at legs
  • Features: prepared for Strapper suspenders, YKK slide lock front closure, short connection zipper, elastic at waistband, adjustable protector pockets, easy entrance zipper, grip panel at seat
  • Pockets: slit pockets

Protection & Safety

  • The REV’IT Airwave 3 pants are the breezy summer pants you’ve been looking for and come in a lighter color to keep the heat factor down. CE Level 1 knee armor and hip armor are both included for great impact protection.
  • The 600D (D stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) construction will hold up to a slide at in-town speeds or perform quite well on the dirt. Reflectivity, a pants-to-jacket connection zipper, and adjustable ankle cuffs round out the REV’IT Airwave 3’s safety package which is fairly priced at $300.

 


 

The best of the best

Best Leather Women’s Motorcycle Pants

REV’IT IGNITION motorcycle pants

REV’IT Ignition 3

Price: $440

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The only hybrid women’s leather pants with abrasion-resistant mesh panels and a removable waterproof liner.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Outer shell: Monaco Performance cowhide, dynax mesh, PWR|shell 500D stretch, wax polyester, Lorica
  • Waterproofing: detachable hydratex|3L
  • Protection: Seeflex CE level 2 protection at knees, Seesmart CE level 1 type B hip protector insert version RV33, safety seams
  • Visibility: reflection
  • Fit: tour fit, regular
  • Adjustability: Adjustment straps
  • Ventilation: ventilation panels
  • Features: stretch lips, stretch panels, short and long connection zippers, adjustable protector pockets, hook-and-snap front closure, calf zippers
  • Pockets: slit pockets

Protection & Safety

  • The best of both worlds exist in the REV’IT Ignition 3 pants. The maximum abrasion resistance of leather is combined with durable textile strategically placed in non-impact zones.
  • Together these materials should last for a very long time even with regular riding. CE level 2 armor is included in the knees, and CE level 1 armor is included in the hips. If that wasn’t enough, a removable waterproof liner protects from the elements, multiple length pants-to-jacket connection zippers, reflectivity, and ventilation panels to help beetle the heat round out this massive protection suite.
  • At $440, the REV’IT Ignition Pants are a great value.

 

Shred 2.0 Moto Hybrid Jeans

Shred 2.0

Price: $389

Where to Buy

Wind & Throttle

Why?

Rockstar style with the protection you deserve for a unique look that’ll make you stand out while riding smart.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Classic high waist skinny fit jeans.
  • Great stretch denim for comfort.
  • Reinforced seams.
  • Leather panel down front legs to block wind and add extra abrasion resistance.
  • Made of 60% cotton 28% poly 9% rayon 3% spandex 10.8oz Denim and UV coated 100% Bi-product, 3.5oz. 1.2 millimeter thick, buttery soft, cowhide leather.
  • Logo shank button at center front closer.
  • Removable D3O® CE Level 1 knee and hip armor.
  • Lined with 5.24oz DuPont™ Kevlar® at all impact zones
  • 31″ inseam | 10” rise

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t reviewed this one hands-on, but we’ve worn plenty of Scorpion lids over the years. Check out our Scorpion coverage.

 

Raven Rova Falcon Hybrid motorcycle pants

Raven Rova Falcon Hybrid

Price: $251

Where to Buy

Raven Rova

Why?

Agility, breathability, protection, and pockets – what more could a girl ask for? Available up to a women’s US size 22.

Specifications

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 stands for denier and represents how many and how tightly woven together the threads are) Cordura starts the Raven Rova Falcon Hybrid on the right track with a great balance of breathability and abrasion resistance.
  • Adding leather panels to impact and slide zones only ups the ante. CE level 1 Knee protectors are included. 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 are a great value.

 

REV’IT XENA 3 motorcycle pants

REV’IT Xena 3

Price: $440

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Xena 3 pants are the best-fitting track-ready leather pants with a little more room in the seat and hips than other women’s leathers. All REV’IT pants are available in a mix of short, standard, and tall lengths.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Outer shell: high-density polyester 600D
  • Composition:
    • outer shell: 100% polyester
    • lining: 100% polyester
  • Protection: Seesmart CE-level 1 protection at hips and knees
  • Visibility: laminated reflection at calves
  • Fit: tour fit, regular
  • Adjustability: adjustment straps at waist, adjustment tab at ankles
  • Ventilation: ventilation panels at legs
  • Features: prepared for Strapper suspenders, YKK slide lock front closure, short connection zipper, elastic at waistband, adjustable protector pockets, easy entrance zipper, grip panel at seat
  • Pockets: slit pockets

Protection & Safety

  • Leather pants are hard to find and harder to fit. For standard size (non-plus) women who lean towards the curvy side, these are highly protective and will fit well.
  • The leather is high-quality, with exceptional construction ready to withstand track speeds and last the test of time. CE level 1 knee and hip armor are included and the position of the armor is adjustable for perfect placement.
  • An essential pants-to-jacket connection zipper with an elastic waistband and adjustment at the ankles helps the pants to stay put even in a slide. The REV’IT Xena 3 pants boast a well-rounded safety package and are a fantastic value at $440.

 

Raven Rova Phoenix motorcycle pants

Raven Rova Phoenix

Price: $403

Where to Buy

Raven Rova

Why?

Roomy leather pants designed for women with curves and all the attitude of a custom design. These are made to order, come in custom colors, and will take up to 8 weeks to receive.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Genuine leather with semi-aniline finish
  • Interchangeable CE-1 Armor
  • CE Level 1 knee armor
  • Internal velcro pockets for knee and hip armor
  • Keprotech DuPont Kevlar stretch panels
  • Accordion panels and velcro tabs on the waistband to customize your fit
  • Accordion panels at the lower back and knee for added flexibility
  • Lined with breathable athletic mesh
  • YKK Metal Zippers
  • Zips To All Raven Rova Jackets
  • Zippered pockets
  • Metal hardware

Protection & Safety

  • Leather pants are hard to find and harder to fit. For women who lean towards the curvy side (standard and plus sizes), these are both highly protective and designed to fit well.
  • The leather is high-quality, with exceptional construction ready to withstand higher speeds and last the test of time. DuPont Kevlar stretch panels add to the abrasion resistance factor of these already exceptional pants. CE level 1 knee armor is included, but you’ll have to purchase hip armor to complete the impact protection suite.
  • An essential pants-to-jacket connection zipper with an elastic waistband helps the pants to stay put even in a slide. The Raven Rova Phoenix pants are a great value at $403.

 


 

Stylish, comfortable, & effective

Best Denim Women’s Motorcycle Pants

Melissa Skinny Jeans motorcycle pants

Melissa Skinny Jeans

Price: $154

Where to Buy

Wind & Throttle

Why?

Don’t let the name fool you, these “skinny” jeans will hug all your curves no matter what kind of curves you rock – available in Women’s size 2 – 26. With both abrasion resistance and CE level 1 knee armor (hip armor pockets included, armor sold separately), these jeans are anything but a compromise.

Specifications

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. The unlined sections of the jeans allow for increased airflow to help battle the heat and prevent fatigue, while a high waist keeps more skin covered in a slide.  For $154, the Melissa Skinny Jeans are a good value.

 

Ellie Jeans motorcycle pants

Ellie Jeans

Price: $174

Where to Buy

Wind & Throttle

Why?

Comfortable enough to wear all day (think jeggings), with abrasion resistance lining throughout all crash zones and knee armor that can be removed from the outside – truly versatile for women with places to be.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Inner Layer: DUPONT™ KEVLAR® Aramid / PE Fiber (which passes AA for abrasion) in Zone 1 & Zone 2 areas, absent in Zone 3 to be cooler and lighter and allow for more airflow.
  • 12oz stretch denim
  • High waist with thick belt loops
  • Front closure with 3 buttons and YKK® Zip
  • Elastic stretch shirring knee for comfort
  • Elastic stretch shirring back panel
  • CE approved Level 2 removable knee protectors (included)
  • Mesh pockets for hip protectors (armor not included)
  • Outer Layer: Cotton / Elastane

Protection & Safety

  • The DuPont Kevlar included in the secondary layer of the Ellie 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.
  • The unlined sections of the jeans allow for increased airflow to help battle the heat and prevent fatigue, while the elastic shirring in the knee and lower back keep the pants and the armor in place while riding. A high waist keeps more skin covered in a slide.
  • CE Level 2 knee armor is included, but you’ll have to purchase hip armor separately – a pocket is included. For $174, the Ellie Jeans are fair value.

 

Pando Moto Kissaki motorcycle pants

Pando Moto Kissaki Slim Jeans

Price: $335

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Slim, stretchy, single layer jeans with a nice high rise waist and strong Dyneema blended construction for protection. No bulk, all the agility. EU sizes 23 – 34.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Classic slim fit
  • Single-layer stretch 13oz denim with 25% Dyneema
  • High heat conductivity, reflects the heat
  • Reflective cuffs
  • Black thread embroidery in front
  • Reinforced with chain stitches
  • CE approved to pr-EN17092 as a Class AA garment
  • SAS Tec CE Level 2 protectors on the knees and hips
  • Knee armor is adjustable to two positions

Protection & Safety

  • The Pando Moto Kissaki jeans are unique because they offer fantastic abrasion resistance in a single layer, thanks to the Dyneema construction, so they feel more like regular jeans than other riding pants.
  • The abrasion resistance of this material is exceptional.  Less bulk also means less heat and fatigue. CE Level 2 Knee and hip protectors are both included as well.
  • Finally, reinforced stitching keeps the garment together under high stress. The Pando Moto Kissaki jeans boast a fantastic safety package for a fair price.

 

Pando Moto Kissaki motorcycle pants

REV’IT Westwood Jeans

Price: $240

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Super comfortable, lightweight, form-fitting, and a little more forgiving across the hips with a nice mid-rise for a non-bulky clean look.

Specifications

Specs:

  • Outer Shell: 10oz Cordura stretch denim with CoolMax element
  • Lining: poly/cotton twill
  • Composition:
    • outer shell: 55% cotton, 30% polyester, 15% nylon
    • lining: 80% polyester, 20% cotton
    • protective layer: 100% polyamide
  • Protection: SeeSmart CE-level 1 protection at knee, pocket for optional Seesmart CE level 1 hip protectors (sold separately), double-layered with PWR | shield at seat and knees, safety stitching at inseam
  • Visibility: 3M Scotchlite reflection at turned up cuffs
  • Fit: slim fit
  • Features: zipper fly front closure, comfort seat, triple-needle stitching at side seams and back, safety stitching at side seam, extra comfort by mechanical stretch of outer shell, moisture-wicking function by CoolMax element
  • Pockets: 5 jean pockets

Protection & Safety

  • Another pair of single-layer jeans, the REV’IT Westwood Jeans offer decent abrasion resistance thanks to Cordura. These will also feel more like regular jeans than 2-layer riding pants.
  • The abrasion resistance of this material will hold up to a decent slide at in-town speeds.  Less bulk also means less heat and fatigue. CE Level 1 Knee armor is included, but you’ll need to purchase hip protectors to level-up the impact protection factor of these jeans.
  • Reinforced stitching keeps the garment together under high stress, and reflectivity helps with the chance of being seen at night. For under $250, The REV’IT Westwood jeans are a good value.

 

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