Whoaaaa there, fella! A man-version of this article will be following soon, so hold your horses. Your time is coming!
In the meantime, James Brown was wrong when he said that this is man’s world.
Gone are the days when women stayed at 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 pretty much anyone who owns a bike.
The versatility provided by textiles is simply unparalleled.
So with that in mind, let’s have a look at 5 of the best women’s textile motorcycle jackets.
(We have listed them in price order from lowest to highest.)
1. Oxford Montreal Women’s Motorcycle Textile Jacket, £99.99
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 man’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 can be worn 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 to.
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 really add to the comfort of the jacket.
Finally, there is reflective detailing on various points of the jacket. The liner is removable, and the jacket can also be attached to matching pants via the integrated attachment system.
2. Merlin Aurora Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £109.99
We first got to know Merlin through their boots. Promising to be waterproof, we bought a pair. And for the price, they were excellent. Since then, we’ve been firm advocates of the Merlin brand.
The Aurora women’s textile motorcycle jacket comes equally recommended.
We love the versatility of this jacket thanks to its layering system. With its two-in-one customisable layering system, the Outlast Universe temperature regulating liner is removable.
The Aurora is durable thanks to its polyester and ripstop outer fabric construction. Its triple-stitched safety seams add to the durability.
The liner is waterproof and breathable. And the jacket has front and rear ventilation systems to increase airflow.
As with the Oxford, this jacket does not come with a back protector. But it does have a pocket for back armour should you chose to buy it. There is CE certified armour on the elbows and shoulders.
From a standpoint of comfort, there is a fixed, breathable mesh lining for comfort, as well as a neoprene collar. The hips, waist, and sleeves are also adjustable.
Finally, there are reflective details on the jacket for increased visibility. And the integrated zip system allows attachment to matching pants.
3. Furygan Seven Evo Textile Jacket, £129.99
We love a bit of Furygan here at Motorcycle Tourer HQ!
Their summer jackets and gloves are awesome, and their winter jackets aren’t bad either!
Okay okay, so the pretty little flowers on the front might not be your thing. But it’s Furygan Motion Lab designed, has CE approved armour, and is fully tapered to suit the female form.
The protection on this women’s textile motorcycle jacket has CE approved D30 protectors at the shoulders and elbows. As above, it doesn’t come with a back protector. But it is compatible with both central back (level 1) and full back (level 2) protection.
There is also triple stitching on impact areas.
We really like the zippable flap underneath the main zip to create a barrier against wind and driving rain. Further more, there is a removable, waterproof insert.
Finally, the neckband is neoprene for added comfort. And there are plenty of pockets, including a smartphone net pocket.
4. RST Pro Series Adventure Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £184.99
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.
5. Spidi Venture H2OUT Women’s Textile Motorcycle Jacket, £264.99
The Venture H2OUT jacket is a more high-end level of product, and that is reflected in the price.
That said, it’s a dedicated touring jacket that is specifically designed to accommodate the female shape.
It’s a 3-layered jacket which 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 to maintain and disperse body heat in colder conditions.
As you would expect, the jacket has CE approved armour at the elbows, forearms, and shoulders.
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!
All of these jackets are under £300. Which is a world away from a laminated women’s textile motorcycle jacket which will set you back four times the price.
So get yourself a jacket, plan your route, and look forward to touring this summer!
Top image via TMW