Best women's motorcycle clothing

While clothing options for men are enormous, and have been for years, that’s not necessarily the case for women’s kit. Up until fairly recently, women had little choice but to wear the appropriate size of men’s clothing but this is far from the ideal solution. As it does for men, clothing for female riders needs to be designed and built for female riders, to provide the right fit – and hence, comfort and protection – at all times.

A decade ago, small men’s clothing, possibly with some pink trim added, was the only real option. But in the past few years, manufacturers have responded to growing numbers of female riders so that now, most offer versions of their popular clothing in particular which has been designed specifically for women.

Typically, jackets and trousers are more tailored to ensure a good fit with no excess material to flap around in the wind while riding or mass-produced sections to feel constrictive. Material technology is the same as with men’s clothing, so CE ratings, for example, should be comparable, as should the specification of armour and protection.

Gloves and boots can also be cut differently to offer the same levels of protection as men’s versions but with a proper fit and helmet fit can often be tailored by changing cheekpads or linings. Riding jeans are naturally more fitted than men’s versions so now, it’s possible to choose the perfect outfit for the conditions, the ride or the bike itself.

Best women’s motorcycle clothes

For riding in winter, many swear by Merino wool for its natural, heat-retaining properties. This long-sleeved top and leggings from EDZ will keep you warm while wicking moisture away from the skin. In addition to the long-sleeved top, there’s also a short-sleeved version, a camisole and a vest to suit all preferences.

For those who can’t wear wool or want something with a bit more flexibility, these Sesto items get great reviews. Purporting to regulate temperature, they are reported to work well in cold climates, as well as help wearers keep cool when things start to get warmer. Double-layered material, seamless design and moisture-wicking ability mean they should keep you comfortable in all conditions.

Price: 120.00 (was £150.00)
If you’re after versatility for riding in the cold, then the latest heated vest from Keis should do the trick. This, and it’s higher-collar sibling, are dubbed “the only heated motorcycle garment made especially for female motorcyclists” and can be worn as they are, providing warmth thanks to the fleece design or increasing the temperature significantly when the electric heating system is switched on. Powered directly from the bike’s battery, they will keep you warm on the longest – and coldest – rides. There are also optional batteries for use off the bike.

Price: 169.99 (was £269.99)
This four-season jacket features an Outlast thermal liner to regulate the body temperature inside a polyester outer with a laminate layer to provide protection from wind and rain while allowing the body to breathe. It is AA rated and comes with CE armour to the shoulders, elbows and a back protector. The thermal lining is removable for when things get warmer and vents allow cooling air in. There are plenty of pockets and adjustment to allow for all conditions.

Every rider needs a leather jacket in their wardrobe and this classic-styled Richa blends performance with style and comfort. It’s made from calfskin leather and is available in Cognac, Black and Red. It’s AA rated and comes with Level-1 armour in the elbows and shoulders and there’s a pocket for an optional back protector as well. There’s waist, cuff and neck adjustment and a neoprene edge to the collar for comfort.

Built the same way as the men’s AA-rated Metro trousers, the ladies version is also formed in Denisweave and ballistic materials with CE armour to the knee. There is also external padding on the hips and the knees and a wind and waterproof membrane keeps you dry. A removable thermal liner will also keep the chills out but let you cool down when it’s warm. Plenty of adjustment is possible for a perfect fit and they will also zip to compatible jackets.

With a CE rating of AA, these jeans will be perfect for a more casual look and feel, especially if you want to spend some time off the bike. The outer heavy denim layer is a classic five-pocket design and the aramid armoured lining means complete protection when on the road. CE Level-1 knee and hip armour is also included and the company will tailor the leg length and add foot stirrups for free if required.

These gloves from German brand Held will keep hands warm and dry throughout the winter. Constructed in leather, there’s Thinsulate insulation to keep the heat in and a Hipora membrane keeps the wind and rain out while allowing the hand to breathe. There’s padding on the knuckles and the palm and grip panels across the base of the fingers. A visor wipe on the left hand helps also helps to maintain vision in tricky conditions.

Price: 31.91 (was £39.99)
For many, a pair of short, or mid-length, gloves are great for summer use. These are long enough to have a proper cuff yet still offer plenty of protection without screaming ‘racer’. There is carbon hard knuckle armour, soft armour on the fingers and thumb as well as on the heel of the palm. The leather is perforated and there are also vents to allow air in to keep the hands cool.

Price: 356.57 (was £419.99)
Not cheap but it you want a technical boot that will keep you warm, dry and protected year round, then this is it. The Daytona upper is formed in cowhide and it uses a Gore-Tex membrane bonded to the inside to keep wind and rain out. Twin zips make getting them on and off easy and there is plenty of protection thanks to heel and toe boxes and a steel-inlaid inner sole. There’s also a raised-heel insole to help riders with shorter legs get their feet down easily when stationary.

Price: $226.99
Despite a more casual look and feel, the Ayda 2 is still a very protective boot. Formed in full-grain leather, it also has a waterproof membrane as well as a high-heeled rubber sole. There are D3O ankle protectors as well as reinforced heel and toe cups and the protective gear-pad is removable so they don’t look out of place when you’re off the bike.

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