Let’s face it; a small bloke’s jacket just doesn’t cut it. Women are of a different shape to men and if you wear a men’s jacket, you end up looking square and not very, erm, lady like.
Thankfully motorcycle clothing manufacturers have finally cottoned on to this female thing and there’s now a great range of jackets designed and cut to suit the female form.
And do you know what the best bit is? Not all of them are pink.
We’ve selected our best picks for women’s motorbike jackets to cater for all different styles, applications, and conditions. Whether you want a sharp-looking leather jacket or a fully waterproof jacket for your next adventure, we’ve got it covered.
The rest is down to you.
With a 600D polyester construction, this jacket is a long design with zip closure. Abrasion-resistant, waterproof and breathable makes it suitable for wear all year round. Tailored for a women’s form, there is stylish reflective piping, an adjustable waist, sleeves, cuffs and neck for a better fit. Featuring armour on the shoulders, elbows, and back for added protection, it is available in sizes 8 – 22.
Designed from a 600D outer shell, with TLS triple-seam lock technology, this jacket is durable and fully waterproof. A detachable thermal lining will keep you warm in cooler conditions while the adjustable hemline, arms, and waist closure aims to keep heat in and the wind out. Featuring CE approved armour in the shoulders and elbows, this jacket also includes provision for a back protector and chest shield. If you need to attach jeans, a zip attachment for ARMR moto jeans is included on the underside.
A short textile jacket that is both waterproof and breathable making it suitable for any season. The new updated design of this jacket gives a modern look that is both practical on the bike and stylish off. The detachable thermal lining makes it perfect for cooler days while the adjustable zips under the arms add ventilation when you need to cool down. The CE certified shoulder and elbow pads add the protection you need in a jacket with the option to insert a back protector. The addition of padding around the collar makes for more comfortable wear while the adjustable cuffs and waist give a more fitted feel.
This aniline waxed cowhide leather jacket has well-designed stretch panels down the sides which make this leather jacket fit like a dream on us more top-heavy ladies; there’s no need to go up a few sizes and compensate with a less fitted jacket in the waist. A mesh fixed lining adds more comfort during wear and there’s also a removable thermal quilted liner for cooler days. For protection, the Kate jacket has contoured shoulder and elbow pads which are CE certified and an ICM-S Impact Core CE certified back protector is included. With an adjustable waist and antique style poppers, it’s simple yet fashionable so you can get away with wearing it off the bike too.
Normally, if you want style, you sacrifice on practicality but this ladies’ leather jacket by Furygan breaks the rules. Made from super-soft buffalo leather with a removable thermal lining with aluminum inserts, you get superior quality and style at the same time. The D30 shoulder and elbow protectors give plenty of protection by reducing impact injuries and you even have the option for a D30 back protector. The dual rear zips allow for comfort by adjusting the waist.
The ultimate fashion accessory. This jacket looks chic from every angle and is thin enough to behave like a second skin and flatter your shape, whatever your size. Made from soft grain leather, it includes stretching zones to optimize fit up top and create all-day comfort. With removable CE certified low profile shoulder and elbow armour, you have a high level of protection while out on the road. The pre-curved arms help to reduce fatigue and an extended low back helps you ride in comfort. The addition of an internal waist connection zip allows for the connection of Alpinestars Vika V2 jeans.
Coming in at under £200 this vintage-look waxed cotton jacket by Spada is really good value for money. Waterproof and featuring a tartan-patterned thermal liner, waist adjusters, a removable fur collar, CE-approved armour in the shoulders and elbows and vintage-look brass buckets and poppers. Top quality protection with ’60s style.
Made for colder climates, this Cordura 500 textile jacket has a detachable Gore-Tex lining which is 100% waterproof, perfect for our British weather or touring in wetter regions. The D30 Air shoulder, elbow, and back protection are great at reducing damage during impacts. A soft neoprene collar is included which is designed to keep the cold out without the need for a neck warmer and the adjustable upper arms, waist, and cuffs allow you to adjust the fit for your comfort.
This jacket a spec list that makes some adventure jackets that are four-times the price look silly. It’s a three-layer jacket, with an outer made from hard-wearing ballistic textile. There’s a Sinaqua waterproof lining and a thermal quilted inner jacket. It features CE approved armour in the shoulders and elbows and a CE Level 2 approved back protector. There’s all manner of adjustment and venting, to ensure a snug fit or maximum airflow. There are great details such as the map pocket, two Napoleon pockets, reflective detailing and a comfortable Neoprene collar and removable storm collar.
The Airwave has had an upgrade in the form of the Airwave 2. With a more fashionable design, this high-density polyester 600D summer jacket is abrasion resistant and comes with Knox Flexiform CE shoulder and elbow protection. If you want further protection, you have the option to add a back insert. Ventilation panels allow a flow of air on warmer days while the adjustment straps on the arms reduce billowing. If you want to connect Rev’it trousers, there’s a handy hidden zip or jeans loop for denim jeans.
This short, classic style jacket by Richa is made from high-quality calfskin with a soft cotton-mix liner for comfort. Super flexible for optimum movement with a neoprene collar which is soft and comfortable on your neck. Protection is provided from the D30 CE back, elbow and shoulder armour while the adjustable waist, sleeves, and cuffs allow you to adjust the fit to your requirements. This jacket is available in sizes 6-20 and with well-placed darts, fits the female form well and creates a flattering figure.
If you’re out there to be seen, this jacket is a perfect choice. Featuring a leopard print design with subtle pink detailing, you’ll certainly be noticed. This jacket is fully waterproof for those wetter days while the vents provide enough airflow to cool down when it starts to warm up. The armour on this jacket includes D30 impact protectors in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Not bad for the price.
It's always a good idea to try on different jackets from different manufacturers if you can. This will give you a good idea of how they feel and what you like about each one. If you're looking for the best ladies motorcycle jacket, no matter what your budget is, these are the features that we think you should be looking out for.
If you're never going to ride in the rain, don't go for a Waterproof or Gore-Tex jacket - they're more expensive and you could end up getting too warm on hot days.
Cheaper jackets tend to skimp on areas like multiple layers, the quality of the built-in armour and the zips.
Wearing an under layer will make any jacket more comfortable as it'll move around your body with less resistance.
Don't feel embarrassed or pressured when trying on a jacket. You need to wear it for a few minutes to get an idea of how it fits and ideally sit on your bike or any bike to see how it feels.