The Search for Functional Fashion in the World of Motorcycle Gear
Ah the world of women's motorcycle gear. What better reminder is there that you are an intruder in a male dominated world?
How many times ladies have you ordered a jacket online, only to find that what they called a "women's cut jacket" was in reality a men's small. Shapeless. Barrel-like. Too long in the arms. Bursting off of your frame like a puffy marshmallow?
So in frustration and hours of searching, you find a legitimately cool jacket that is definitely made for women. Ah! But this jacket is a "fashion" jacket. There's no reinforcement, no armor, and it's made of material that will evaporate in seconds if lightly brushed against pavement.
I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to find a legitimately nice looking jacket. I'm 5'2" 115 pounds. It's REALLY hard to find a jacket that looks good on me, and has the proper protection. And it cost me over $700. It's the Dainese "Mike" in women's size (Yes Dainese actually distinguishes their women's style from the men's).
Never to fear, this jacket is now about $550 on Revzilla, and it's totally worth it.
Having crashed in this jacket, I can verify it's impact and abrasion protection, and it definitely fits a woman's proportions.
The best part is that it will stretch to fit you better, so go with the size that's just a little too tight (you should still be able to zip it). After just a couple of weeks of wearing it will form to fit you perfectly.
The leather is high quality, it has dynamic pro-shape armor which is flexible until impacted, then it hardens (cool right?).
Not to mention the fact that with insurance, there's no reason not to splurge on a jacket. This is your body we're talking about. Insurance covers your gear (or it should, make sure yours does), so if there is any damage to it, it will be replaced for full replacement cost. I saved thousands in hospital bills because I was wearing this jacket.
My one complaint is that it is not really water proof. I would say barely water resistant. You spend about 40 minutes in a moderate rain and it will be completely soaked through. But that's my fault for not wearing proper rain gear. It does have good air flow in the heat. As long as I opened up the pockets and wrist zippers and it was as good as any other leather jacket I've worn.
There are many good jackets out there, and it will depend greatly on your shape and riding style, but if you feel completely lost, start with Dainese. They seem to be the only quality brand that cares about women's curves.