You want the same things from your kit everyone else does: protection, functionality, comfort and style. You just need it to fit differently.
It’s hard-going trying to find any comprehensive advice on buying motorcycle clothing for all you awesome female riders. Especially when it comes to getting the right fit. Today we’re changing that, with our ladies’ guide to buying motorcycle clothing. From what to look for in the fit, to all the features we recommend, we’re covering it all in this blog post. Read on and enjoy…
Choosing motorcycle clothing: The Basics
Fit is probably the most important thing when it comes to shopping for your motorcycle kit. Your gear should feel comfortable and fitted, without being tight. There are two important things to remember when trying new kit on:
1. Don’t judge the fit until you get on a bike
Motorcycle clothing has been designed and made for you to wear while riding. We know, it sounds a bit obvious, but what we’re trying to point out is it maybe a motorcycle jacket fits wrong when you’re standing in front of the mirror, but it will be far more comfortable on the bike.
2. If it’s too comfortable, it’s probably too big
You’re motorcycle gear needs to be fitted, especially at the areas most likely to take the impact first in a crash. Those are the elbows, shoulders, hips and knees. A good fit in these areas ensures your armour will not move while you are riding. A good fit also helps to keep your body temperature regulated (it stops air blowing up inside your kit) and feels more comfortable to wear when you’re riding for long periods.
What kind of motorcycle clothing should I buy?
The motorcycle clothing you should buy largely depends on the kind of riding you plan on doing. Race-style gear will probably serve you best in a crash, but you may not feel as comfortable riding long distances in a racing suit as you would in textiles. And, if you’re more comfortable while riding, you’re probably less likely to be distracted and come off the bike in the first place. So ‘active’ safety is important to consider alongside everything else.
Textile or Leather?
Choosing textile or leather is all about personal preference. Leather is great in the summer, but textile motorcycle clothing tends to be warmer and more waterproof for colder and wetter months.
Leather should be at least 1.2mm thick, however if it’s too thick it will be uncomfortable and restrict your movement.
Ladies Motorcycle Jackets
Here are some key features should you look for on a good ladies’ motorcycle jacket:
- Adjustable collars/wrists
- Sealed zips (to help keep water out)
- Vents on the chest and/or back
- Clinched/belted waist to adjust fit
- Exterior and interior pockets
- Flaps on pockets (to help keep water out)
- Stretch panels at the elbows and over the shoulder blades for added flexibility
- Removable thermal linings
- Articulated fit for riding position
- Pockets for CE/EN rated back protection, shoulder and elbow armour
- Quality construction (look for double or triple stitching)
When trying on any motorcycle jacket always check the following:
- The sleeves are long enough to wear under the gauntlet of your gloves
- Back protection, elbow and shoulder armour sit snugly against your back/elbows/shoulders
- That your armour does not move while you are on your motorcycle
- Look for a snug but comfortable fit around the neck to ensure water does not get in.
Here are some of our favourite ladies’ motorcycle jackets currently on the Infinity Motorcycles website…
Price at Infinity: £229.99
Colours: Black, Rifle Green, Blue, Oxblood
Sizes: 8 - 20
This classic waxed cotton jacket has removable CE-approved elbow and shoulder protectors. It also has provision for extra back armour. It features a micromesh breathable lining and a removable quilted thermal liner (for easy washing!). We love the chic-country style of this jacket with its large pockets, adjustable belt, popper cuffs and collar. Its water repellent finish makes this jacket the killer combination of style, practicality and protection. Win, win, win!
Price at Infinity: £199.99
Colours: Black and Grey
Sizes: S - XXL
Alpinestars are a globally renowned and well-trusted motorcycle clothing brand and this jacket is pretty hard to fault. Its durable polymer-coated fabric is 100% waterproof and its removable, long-sleeved thermal liner makes this jacket wearable all year round. The Alpinestars Climate Control system helps to regulate your body temperature and the Velcro waistband and collar means you can adjust the jacket for the perfect fit. For extra comfort, this jacket features a neoprene collar, an extended and reinforced lower back and pre-curved ergonomic sleeves. For protection, the jacket includes CE certified bio-armour in the elbows and shoulders, as well as chest and back protector compartments. We love it.
Price at Infinity: £389.99
The Dainese Mike Pelle Ladies Black leather Motorcycle Jacket is a great fashion jacket with armour. This classic leather jacket is surprising because you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell it’s armoured. Don’t let the good looks fool you, it comes with Dainese Pro-Shape armour at the shoulders and elbows (certified Standard EN 1621.1) and a pocket for a back protector. It is lined with TechFrame and 3D-Bubble fabric that traps air and helps regulate the temperature inside the jacket making it a great choice for both autumn and spring.
Colour: Black and Pink
Rukka make some of the best quality, luxury motorcycle clothing on the market (for both men and women). This Gore-Tex jacket comes with D3O Evo Range limb protectors which meet the requirements of CE Norm EN 1621-1 2012, this range of protectors has been designed especially for ladies. It also includes the Rukka D30 Air full back protector and pocket for the Rukka D30 Air central back protector. Its detachable liner has 60g insulation and Outlast temperature regulation. It also has a detachable collar, four waterproof pockets (including one for your phone) and a connecting zipper for trousers. Adjustable arms and a soft, neoprene collar add comfort. In fact, this jacket has so many features it’s hard to list them all here, we suggest you read them all there. So at £699.99, you definitely get what you pay for.
(Matching trousers available too)
Ladies Motorcycle Trousers
The most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are to your legs and your feet, so you should buy yourself a decent pair of motorcycle trousers. Here are some key features should you look for in a good pair of ladies’ motorcycle trousers:
- Adjustable waist (to allow for layers)
- Adjustable ankles
- Sealed zips (to help keep out water)
- Flaps on pockets
- Abrasion resistance
- Armour or provision for armour
- Quality construction (stitching)
- Waterproof/ water resistant
- Convenience for boots
Trousers should be snug but not cutting in at the waist, they should not bunch at the hips or behind the knees and they should be long enough to cover your ankles when you’re wearing boots. Trousers should look too long when standing, but the right length when you are on a motorcycle.
Here are some of our favourite ladies’ motorcycle trousers currently on the Infinity Motorcycles website…
The Stella Missile trousers from Alpinestars have been designed especially to fit women’s bodies! These trousers are made from durable leather with reinforced stitching for tear resistance. For protection, the trousers come with removable CE-approved GPR knee and shin armor, replaceable foam hip pad inserts a reinforced seat and knees. Internal and external stretch panels make these trousers easy to move in and the pre-curved legs make for a comfy fit on while riding. Plus loads of other helpful features. These trousers are designed to go with Stella performance riding jackets but can fit with most Alpinestars jackets and a high extended rear waist means you won’t have to worry about your lower-back being on show.
Colour: Black and Pink / Black and White
Sizes: 36 - 46
The Suki Ladies Gore-Tex motorcycle trousers come with all of the key features would you expect from a high-end brand like Rukka including: a removable thermal liner, waterproof pockets, ventilation, inbuilt armor and an adjustable waist. These trousers are at the luxury end of the market, but with Rukka, you always get what you pay for.
If you really want to wear jeans, make sure you go for motorcycle jeans from a brand like Bull-it whose motorcycle jeans look like fashion jeans. The difference is, they have high abrasion resistance and provision for armor. These won’t protect you as well as other riding trousers, but they’ll do a lot better than your ones from the Gap!
Ladies Motorcycle Gloves
It’s a good idea to get two pairs of gloves, summer gloves and winter ones. Winter gloves need to keep your hands warm and dry, though they should never be so thick they prevent you from moving your hands and fingers easily. Summer gloves tend to be more lightweight but still need to provide good abrasion resistance.
- Cuffs – winter gloves should have cuffs which extend over the end of your sleeves
- Quality stitching
- Adjustable wrists
- Wrist protection
- Reinforced palms for abrasion resistance
- Knuckle protectors
Look for a nice snug fit as your gloves will stretch out when they are worn in.
- Go through the motions of riding and see how the gloves feel.
- When your hands are curled, you should be able to feel the seams inside your gloves.
- Make sure the gloves do not bunch on the palms.
Remember, gloves will expand in width, but not length.
Here are some of our favourite ladies’ motorcycle gloves currently on the Infinity Motorcycles website…
Colours: Black and Pink/White and Pink
Sizes: S M L
These stylish leather gloves from Alpinestars have reinforced palms, carbon fibre knuckle protectors, built in foam padding and a handy (forgive us) Velcro closure at the wrist.
Infinity Price: £29.99
Sizes: S M L
With double leather reinforced palms, carbon knuckle moulds and Keprotec inserts these are one tough pair of gloves. These are great value for the price.
Ladies Motorcycle Boots
Your motorcycle boots need to be at least above ankle-height to provide support and protection. They should be made from good quality leather and be waterproof and sturdy. Strong soles are extremely important for protecting your feet in a crash. The thicker the sole, the more your boots will absorb the vibration of the bike.
Key features to look for:
- Reinforced soles
- Adjustable fit
- Safe Zips and Velcro
- Flexibility – boots that are too rigid will lead to discomfort
You want to find a boot with a snug fit so that when they do break in, they will fit just right. Too tight and your boots will make your feet numb, too loose and you’ll find it difficult to control the gear lever and brake. Remember that your boots will get softer and more comfortable with use.
- Try your boots on with the socks you wear while on your bike.
- Your foot position is going to change while on the pegs, off the pegs, breaking and shifting. See how your foot feels while doing all these things.
- If you can feel your foot moving sideways or back and forth inside the boot, consider going down a size.
Never buy boots the way they feel in the store, but how they will feel 100-200 miles from now.
Here are some of our favourite ladies’ motorcycle boots currently on the Infinity Motorcycles website…
These boots are waterproof, windproof and breathable. Fitted with a serious shin plate for added protection and reinforced toe box. These motorcycle boots are great for riding all year round.
Colour: Black / Black & Pink
Trust us when we say these boots are tough. They use a special Mutli-Link-Contro system to prevent ankle-twisting injuries. In addition, they have a contoured shin plate protector and are injected with high modulus PU for better impact and abrasion resistance.
Other important bits of motorcycle kit
It is vital that your back protector is the right size if it is going to absorb the impact from a crash effectively. Label sizes refer to torso length. If you are not sure about taking your own measurements, we recommend you coming in store to be fitted. See our full range of back protectors here.
So, those are the secrets for finding the perfect ladies’ motorcycle jacket/trousers/gloves/boots. Can you think of anything we’ve missed? Let us know on Twitter!
Luckily, at Infinity, we understand you ladies need a variety of good-quality motorcycle clothing to choose from in order to find the perfect kit to suit your shape. Shop our range of women’s motorcycle clothing now.