Last updated 19 October 2022
Whoaaaa there, fella! A man-version of this article is also available for you here – before you start!
In the meantime, James Brown was wrong when he said that this is man’s world.
Gone are the days when women stayed home on a Sunday, doing the laundry and preparing dinner for when hubby got back from his ride out.
She’s now out on her own bike, tearing up the twisties with the best of them. And as well she should be!
If you live in a cold, wet, and blustery UK, textiles are a must for anyone who owns a bike. And with our summers becoming just as hot as those in continental Europe, the versatility provided by textiles is simply unparalleled.
So with that in mind, let’s look at 10 of the best women’s textile motorcycle jackets in 2022.
(We have listed them in price order from lowest to highest.)
Oxford Montreal Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket
We’re big fans of the Oxford brand here at Motorcycle Tourer. Sure, there are other brands out there that offer better stuff. But at their price point, Oxford never fails to offer excellent value for money.
In fact, I’m on my second Oxford Montreal jacket (the men’s version), and it’s been absolutely brilliant.
First, the Oxford Monreal fits well. And it’s waterproof and breathable, thanks to its Reissa membrane construction.
It’s also nice that Oxford took the time to waterproof the pockets, as well as the zips on all the vents.
We particularly like the double zip storm flap system. And the hidden rain hood in the collar (which you can wear under the helmet to avoid water ingress) is an excellent addition.
There is CE armour at the elbows and shoulders. And whilst the jacket doesn’t come with a back protector, there is a pocket to add one if you wish.
With lockable vents to improve airflow, this jacket does a great job of allowing ventilation whilst keeping you dry from the elements.
In terms of comfort, there are multiple adjustment points on the arms and waist to personalise the fit. And the soft cuffs and suede collar add to the jacket’s comfort.
Finally, there is reflective detailing on various points of the jacket. The liner is removable, and the jacket attaches to matching pants via the integrated attachment system.
Rev’It! Ladies Eclipse Textile Jacket
As mentioned at the top of this post, UK summers are getting uncannily hot. With temperatures in the high 30s, ventilated jackets are becoming more and more popular in the wardrobes of riders across the country.
This one from Rev’It! is an excellently priced sports jacket with mesh panelling for optimum comfort and ventilation.
Mesh panelling provides temperature and moisture management, whilst the Polyester 600D construction provides durability and toughness. Knox Lite CE armour is at the shoulders and elbows for protection.
For further protection, there’s a pocket at the back that will accommodate the optional RV type CE level 2 back protector.
The ventilation panels sit on the chest, back, and sleeves. And the adjustable tabs allow for a personalised fit.
Finally, there are slit pockets on the interior and interior pockets for valuables. And there’s also a double jeans loop if you want to attach it to your pants.
Furygan Mistral Evo 3 Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket
I have the previous man’s version of this jacket (the Evo 2) and I can’t recommend it enough. Considering its relatively cheap price tag, it 100% enhanced the enjoyment of riding in warmer temperatures.
If you’re looking for a jacket that will protect you in all four seasons, this isn’t the one for you! It’s a highly breathable mesh jacket that features large panels of Air mesh for optimum ventilation and airflow.
The internal Skin Protection lining stops you from sweating and is super comfortable in warmer temperatures.
For protection, the Mistral has D30 armour at the shoulders and elbows, as well as allowing for the accommodation of the Furygan D30 back protector (not included.)
It has two small hand pockets on the side and a slit pocket on the inner chest.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, ventilated jacket for summer riding, buy this!
RST Pro Series Adventure Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket
Thanks to the mixed ballistic and Martex shell construction, this is an incredibly durable jacket.
The removable liner is waterproof and breathable, and the detachable thermal-quilted liner is perfect for when the temperature drops.
Specifically designed for the female shape, the jacket is super comfortable. And 4-way stretch panels and adjustable waist tabs further add to the element of comfort.
There is CE-approved protection (level 2) at the shoulders and elbows. But unlike the above jackets, the RST also comes with back protection as standard.
There are large zipped vents for airflow and ventilation. And we especially like the removable rear map pocket to go with the myriad of smaller pockets.
There is also a handy rear pocket to house a hydration pack.
Alpinestars Stella T-SPS Waterproof Jacket
If you’re not into the big and bulky touring jackets, you might like this sports touring jacket from Alpinestars.
Smaller and lighter than traditional touring jackets, it still provides warmth via the removable liner and protection from the rain thanks to the external waterproof membrane.
It also looks good when it’s on, too.
The jacket is constructed of hard-wearing 600D polyester and features a double polyurethane coating for added durability.
For protection, you’ll find CE Nucleon Flex Plus armour at the shoulders and elbows.
In warmer weather, the upper side vents provide increased airflow, whilst the quilted liner provides insulation and warmth on colder rides.
For added comfort and fit, the Stella has large stretch panels to accommodate all body shapes, whilst the low-profile collar is quilted and comfortable.
Whilst not provided, provisions have been made to accommodate the optional Nucleon chest and back protection.
Richa Atomic Women’s Textile Motorcycle
We love the look and style of this traditional, almost retro-style jacket with its detachable hood. Incidentally, it’s the only jacket on this list which features a hood.
Despite being less bulky than many textile motorcycle jackets, the Atomic features a waterproof membrane as well as an internal mesh liner for added comfort and ventilation.
It’s constructed from an abrasion-resistant textile compound for durability and protection and features D30 protection at the shoulders, elbows, and back.
The detachable hood provides an extra layer of protection from the elements on those wetter rides. And due to the style and fit of the jacket, it comes in handy whilst off the bike, too.
For a well-priced all-rounder, we like this option from Richa.
Rev’It! Ladies Voltiac 2
The reason we like this jacket is that it covers all the basics for year-round riding. The 600D polyester and 3L softshell construction provide durability and comfort. And there are also Lorica artificial leather inserts for added durability.
There’s a waterproof Hydratex Mesh G-liner for protection against the elements and a removable thermal liner for those cooler days in the saddle.
VCS ventilation zips optimise airflow, and adjustable straps at the waist allow for an optimum fit.
In terms of protection, you’ll find Seesmart CE level 1 shoulder and elbow protector, as well as provisions for the Seesoft CE level 2 back protector insert (not included.)
The price and features of this jacket make it a great everyday option for those who commute and like to enjoy touring in the summer!
Spidi Venture H2OUT Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket
The Venture H2OUT jacket is a more specialised product, and that’s reflected in the price.
That said, it’s a dedicated touring jacket, and is specifically designed to accommodate the female shape.
It’s a 3-layered jacket that results in a jacket that is warm, waterproof, windproof, and breathable.
Tenax Flex stretch panels span the shoulders for comfort. And the inner mesh liner aids with moisture-wicking and ventilation.
Speaking of ventilation, the Venture H2OUT has dynamic vents on the sleeves and shoulders. It also has vents on the rear of the jacket to disperse heat during warmer rides.
Further adding to the comfort levels are aluminium inserts on the outer layer, which help maintain and disperse body heat in colder conditions.
As you would expect, the jacket has CE-approved armour at the elbows, forearms, and shoulders.
Klim Ladies Artemis Gore-Tex Jacket
For the serious tourers out there, this is the Artemis jacket by Klim. It’s not cheap. But if you want a do-it-all jacket, you’ll be struggling to beat this!
For a start, its waterproof Gore-Text shell construction provides protection against the elements. But it also features twin chest vent pockets for ventilation, Klimatec cooling mesh in the armour pockets, and is comfort-mapped for women to provide optimum ventilation and airflow.
D3O CE level 1 protection can be found at the shoulders and elbows, and the D30 Viper CE back protector is also included in the price.
For added comfort, there’s an anti-odour liner, a soft collar liner, and quick adjustments at the arms, waist and hips.
Lastly, you’re going to need somewhere to put all your stuff. And this jacket has hand pockets, a large rear pocket, an upper arm stash pocket, three internal pockets, and a concealed document pocket behind the back protector.
Rukka Ladies Suki Pro Gore-Tex Jacket
Want to take the price a step further than the Klim Artemis above? If money is no object, you can always go for the premium of premium Suki Pro by Rukka!
This jacket is waterproof and breathable with a removable thermal lining and complete D30 CE protection.
It features a 3-layer laminate membrane which is waterproof, breathable, and windproof. And the removable liner is staggeringly light at just 60g.
Ventilation can be found at the sides and back for optimum airflow, and there are also temperature-regulating sleeve ends, with zips, hook-and-loop tightening, and Gore-Tex cuffs.
For protection, Armacor strengthening can be found at the elbows and shoulders, as well as D30 LP1 shoulder and elbow armour and a D30 Air Allback back protector.
Finally, there is a supersoft neoprene collar, reflective detailing for visibility, and a long connection zip for attachment to matching pants.
Considerations When Buying A Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket
As you can see, there are now a tonne of options when it comes to women’s motorcycle jackets.
If you’ve been around motorcycling for a while, you likely have a good idea of what jackets suit you best. But what if you’re new to riding? Where do you start?
Here are a few things to consider when choosing your jacket to ensure it’s the right jacket for the job.
Armour & Protection
There isn’t a biker on the planet who buys a jacket based solely on how it looks. Because before all else, it’s vital to consider the protection any prospective jackets offer before you buy.
Knowing the CE rating of a jacket is a good start. For those wondering, the CE mark on a product indicates that it has been tested and conforms with European health, safety, and environmental protection standards.
If you look at the specs of the product (or even on the label), you’ll see one of three levels of CE rating:
- A Grade – these jackets are usually lighter in construction and have a casual element to them – rather the functionality of something like a purpose-built touring jacket.
- AA Grade – these jackets have been subjected to more rigorous testing procedures to ensure they are suitable for various riding styles on many road surfaces.
- AAA Grade – these jackets have been heavily tested against high-speed, high-impact collisions. As such, they are usually found on track-orientated clothing.
What Protection Does Your Jacket Offer?
Checking the basic details above will give you an overall view of the protection given by your jacket.
But if you want to take it a step further (recommended), it’s worth checking the rating of each protective element in the jacket.
Most good-standard jackets come with CE Level 1 protection at the shoulders and elbows. They may also come with CE Level 1 back protection (but many don’t.)
It’s worth upgrading this armour to CE Level 2 protection for added peace of mind – but beware, you will have to pay for upgrades, so it’s worth factoring this into your budget.
Buying A Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket: Sizing, Fit & Comfort
The motorcycle industry (unfortunately) doesn’t enjoy any standardised sizing – which is why nobody ever knows what size to buy.
For example, in Keis products, I’m an extra small. Yet with Furygan products, I’m a size large. Even different models of jackets from the same manufacturer can vary ins size. So the whole charade can be hit and miss.
The best thing you can do is ignore the sizes on the labels altogether and simply try them on.
Your jacket needs to fit you perfectly in terms of comfort, protection, and individual utility. When you try it on, consider the following:
- General comfort.
- How does the weight ‘feel’ (heavy jackets can be burdensome over long distances.)
- Ensure the shoulder and elbow pads are positioned correctly (they can irritate you if not.)
- Check your range of movement (it shouldn’t be restricting you.)
- Sleeves should cover your wrist so they don’t ride up. And the jacket shouldn’t ride up to expose your lower back.
- Consider what you might wear underneath it. If you plan on wearing layers, a heated jacket, or an airbag vest, you may need to go up a size.
- Check it has enough pockets for your needs and that they are accessible.
- If you can, ask the shop if you can sit on your bike with the jacket on. This will give you a feel for it in a riding position.
Textiles, Leathers, Mesh, Or Waterproof?
Before you make a shortlist of jackets you want, it’s worth considering the kind of riding you do as this will dictate the style of jacket you will need.
Textile jackets are great for year-round riding, offer good weather and protection, and are comfortable and warm with removable liners.
Waterproof jackets can come in two forms. The first is a waterproof textile jacket, usually combining Gore-Tex or similar. These will keep you dry, but they need to be ventilated to prevent overheating.
The second type is a dedicated waterproof shell that offers no protection from a fall. Its sole job is to keep you dry.
Mesh jackets are used in warmer climates or riding in hot weather. They usually offer less by way of protection but are light, comfortable, and extremely well-ventilated.
Leathers are mainly for track riders, though you can wear them every day if you like. Leathers offer the best in terms of protection. But they can be uncomfortable, restrictive, and lack practicality.
Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket Choices: Conclusion
Whilst it’s generally true that you get what you pay for, it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to go touring.
Six out of the ten jackets on this list are under £300 and are perfectly adequate for the majority of riders.
For those who tour a lot and have the extra money to spend, there are also the all-singing, all-dancing options from the likes of Klim and Rukka.
Either way, buy what you like and what you can afford. But whatever you decide on, just get out there and enjoy the world!
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