In recent years, female motorcycle clothing has seen great advancements, and finally, women can buy kit that protects and looks good.
Women now have a choice of kevlar jeans, armoured leggings, styled and tailored textile trousers and leathers that come in more colours than just pink.
Designers are finally considering the female body and how that affects fit.
Fit affects comfort and safety, so it is one of the fundamentals to get right.
Here are our top women’s motorcycle trousers.
Best Ladies Motorcycle Trousers, Jeans and Leggings
Let’s dive into our top picks
Oxford Ladies Super Leggings
Oxford got the name perfectly right with these leggings as they are, well, super!
Where they excel is in the level of comfort that they give those wearing them. The stretch material allows for free movement, and it is quite easy to forget that they are protective clothing.
The leggings come with Oxford’s CE Level 2 certified knee protectors, but you can swap these out to something else if you prefer, and there are pockets that can accommodate hip armour.
Abrasion resistance is high as they are fully lined with Dupont Kevlar Lining, the same as what is used in standard motorcycle textile trousers.
I have worn these at work after riding the bike in the morning, and my only real complaint was that I got a little hot; otherwise, I was perfectly comfortable all day.
They can also be a bit tricky to get on as they are both thick and tight.
Leggings are tight-fitting anyway, but the Kevlar lining adds another tough layer that you might struggle with. Peeling them off after a long summer days riding can be a bit gross too.
The flip side is that the way the leggings fit means that they hold the armour in place, and it doesn’t slide around or move out of position as it can do in some motorcycle jeans.
Style-wise they are plain black with subtle belt loops bearing the Oxford logo. Besides the knee armour, you could get away with these as a pair of regular leggings or slim-fit joggers.
Another huge positive is that these leggings come in Short, Regular and Long length, and for a change ladies, they fit true to size; we know with bike kit, that can be a big problem.
- Great value
- Stylish and excellent standard of fit
- High standard of protective lining with options to upgrade included armour to suit
- Not waterproof
- Can get very warm on a hot day
Richa Ladies Kodi Aramid Leggings
Richa has one of the best reputations in the business for providing excellent quality motorcycle clothing. Their Kodi Aramid leggings are no exception to the rule.
Not dissimilar to the Oxford Super Leggings, the comfort of the Richa Kodi leggings is second to none.
Reviews from customers across the board state they fit true to size as if you were buying a regular pair of jeans or leggings.
They come with CE certified flexible D3O knee and hip protection. D30 armour is considered some of the best around, being durable, flexible, soft and subtle for when you are riding, but on impact stiffens to absorb the energy and protect the rider.
Armour quality is where the Richa leggings excel, and it is a step above the Oxford offering.
Fully lined with 100% abrasion-resistant aramid fibre, abrasion resistance quality is not up for question.
Value-wise they are more expensive than the Oxford leggings, but you do get the top-notch D30 armour.
- Excellent protection in terms of abrasion but also D30 armour for knees and hips
- Expensive for what you get and are not all that different to cheaper competitors
- Not waterproof
Draggin Ladies Classic Aramid Fibre Jeans
Draggin Jeans are renowned as the leaders of casual-look protective motorcycle jeans and it could be argued the pioneers that paved the way for other brands to create casual yet protective jeans/leggings/hoodies etc.
For Fashion-conscious ladies, these jeans are a good fit, slim forming with only a slight bootcut so that you can get your motorcycle boots under the jeans.
See our guide to the best ladies motorcycle boots.
Comfortable to wear on and off the bike, and the high waist is a massive bonus.
Not every lady likes high waisted jeans normally, but on the bike, this feature is a must-have for comfort levels and no breeze flying down your back between the jeans and jacket.
The jeans come with pockets for knee armour but are not supplied with any. Further to which there are no hip armour pockets; you can purchase them separately to stick in yourself.
Given Draggin are proud of passing abrasion resistance testing, I would have thought they would prioritise knee and hip protection; this is the one major flaw in the jeans design for me.
Something about sewing in my own hip armour pocket doesn’t sit quite right, mainly because I am not a professional and wouldn’t know about the strength or integrity of the pocket stitches/placement in the event of an accident.
Overall though, the Draggin ladies jeans are a good option again, mainly for Summer riding, and you have the reassurance that the Aramid Fibre and Dyneema mix will hold up in a slide (in the main crash zones, at least).
- Tested extensively for high levels of protection
- Great casual look
- Comfortable and made for a woman’s body shape
- Not fully lined only in the most common impact zones
- More expensive than competition
- Questionable protection in regards to hip armour
Buffalo Ladies Turin Jeans
If you can’t get your head around wearing casual-looking clothing on the bike and think it just isn’t as protective as the more traditional textile or leather options, then these Buffalo jeans may be worth a look.
Buffalo is a renowned brand in the motorcycle community selling both lower and higher-end gear; it has become a firm favourite standing up against the likes of RST and Alpinestars.
These ladies textile trousers are excellent value for money. The features alone seen on these trousers are pretty impressive; similar trousers from other manufacturers can be found for double the cost.
The big advantage they have over casual jeans/leggings is that they come with a waterproof/windproof lining and a removable thermal liner. This makes them suitable for use all year round and a good choice for ladies who go touring.
I am always dubious about companies claiming to be waterproof; the fact is that it is really hard to make waterproof clothing at a reasonable cost. Unless you are looking at something like Rukka, it would be best to take the ‘waterproof’ label with a pinch of salt.
So while I would suggest the drop lining in the trousers will keep the majority of water out, I would not be surprised to find them fail after an extensive period. For the odd rain shower, however, customers seem to be very pleased with them.
At the thigh and waist, Velcro allows the wearer to get the perfect fit, making them comfortable to wear on the bike. The same is said of various stretch panels and poppers.
The trousers come with CE approved armour at the knees, and the outer liner is constructed of 600 Denier polyester. This is a pretty standard material for textile clothing and has held true for its abrasion resistance for quite some time.
These Buffalo jeans are like the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycle trousers.
Removing the thermal liner and opening the vents up in the summer, then adding it back in for winter is perfect and is a feature that you can only really get with textile motorcycle clothing.
- Quality construction
- Perfect for all-year riding, with multiple vents, thermal, waterproof and windproof lining
- Extensive comfort features
- Great value for money
- Just how waterproof the trousers are is up for question
- Sizing can be a little off
RST GT CE Leather Jeans
Having covered everything else, it is time to swing back to good old traditional leather, and while I love my Oxford leggings, there is nothing like getting kitted up in leather to feel like a real old school biker.
We have turned back to RST for their GT CE Leather Jeans, and once again, please be wary of sizing, best to try on in-store if possible, or order a couple of sizes online so that you can return the ones that don’t fit.
A key note here with RST leathers is that calf size tends to be very small; this can be problematic with boots and getting the trousers to fit right.
On the whole, however, to give RST respect where it is due, their leather is excellent; wearing the trousers in, you will notice how comfortable and supple they become.
The bubble mesh liner helps with this, no rough leather on the inside here.
As the tradition goes, they also look better with age.
The trousers are CE AAA certified, which is the highest certification for protection, and they come with CE level 2 knee and hip armour.
There isn’t much more you can ask out of a leather motorcycle trouser, and that is why these are a very solid option.
- Supple leather
- Quality Construction
- Great value
- High level of protection
- Styled for women specifically
- Sizing and fit can be very off
RST Ladies Aramid Fibre Straight Jeans
If leggings are not your thing, then these RST jeans might be more suitable.
RST is best known for their leather and textile kits. The brand has a reputation for offering a decent level of quality for good value.
However, it is widely known that RST sizing can be way off. These Aramid jeans are no exception, and it is my advice based on experience that you should go up at least one size from your normal fitting.
Having spent a while working in a store selling motorcycle clothing, RST stuff was always problematic for finding the right fit.
This is particularly true with anything that isn’t their higher-end one-piece or two-piece leathers. It seems quality control can be a little slack when it comes to sizing; for example, sometimes, two pairs of size 14 jeans meant to be identical would be physically completely different.
Where possible, it is best to go in-store and try on RST clothing to get the best fit, or if ordering online, check the returns and exchange policy.
Unlike the motorcycle leggings, these Aramid reinforced jeans are lined only in the knee and seat areas, which are most likely to need protection (the leggings discussed are fully lined).
They have a breathable mesh liner, which makes them great for the summer; the lack of full lining also allows for more airflow than the leggings.
RST Contour Plus CE knee armour is included, which can be adjusted to different heights to get it to sit on the knee correctly. They also come with hip armour pockets that can accommodate hip protection.
Style-wise they are claimed to be a straight fit, but they are more on the skinny side, the denim feels pretty good, and they are not a bad looking pair of jeans.
You could wear these out to the shops as well as on the bike.
Best suited for Summer riding, the breathable liner and lack of waterproofing makes them a less favourable choice for Winter riding.
- Great for Summer riding
- Look like a well designed and styled pair of women’s jeans – not just resized men’s jeans
- Sizing is poor
- Not waterproof
- Only lined with Aramid fibres in select areas.
Considerations, Cost and Care
Having read through the reviews of our best options for ladies motorcycle trousers, you may be more confused than ever.
So, here is a short buying guide that will help explain the different types of trouser options available to help you make the most informed decision possible.
Textile trousers are a popular choice for riders who commute, ride all year or go motorcycle touring.
Usually, they are full of features such as waterproof breathable linings, plenty of air vents, removable thermal liners and more pockets than you know what to do with.
Often textile trousers will have either a half zip or full zip to connect up to a textile jacket of the same brand.
There’s a reason leather is still the only type of clothing allowed at track days and in professional racing.
As much as technology advancements have been made with textile clothing and they continue to pass relevant safety tests, leather seems to come out on top every time.
You can check out this video about a leather vs textile jacket, which breaks down the main differences.
Leather is a heavy material, and it can get very hot in the summer, which is when textile clothing tends to take over as favourite.
Leather is not just restricted to sports styling anymore, with brands focusing on casual look protective leather jackets and trousers to cater to a wider market.
Leather is not waterproof. It can be made somewhat water-resistant with various oils and sprays, but it will never be as good in the rain as a good waterproof set of trousers.
Kevlar/Aramid/Dyneema jeans and leggings are some of the newest additions to the market and offer a more casual look while remaining protective.
There are a lot of jeans on the market, and some are better than others. Fully-lined jeans are the better option, in my opinion, as they are abrasion resistant all over rather than just select areas.
Check out this video that runs a test on half lined and fully-lined jeans to see the difference a full lining can make.
There are plenty of different styles of jeans, from skinny to bootcut, so you will most certainly be able to find a pair to suit your style that you are comfortable with.
This type of motorcycle trousers is best suited to Summer riding as they lack wind protection and are not waterproof.
Motorcycle leggings are the newest addition for women and, in my opinion, are brilliant. They offer more comfort than standard jeans and keep your armour where it needs to be.
While not waterproof, they are comfy and slim enough to throw a waterproof layer over the top without too much trouble. You may be able to get more use out of them in cooler weather.
Most leggings will be fully lined with some Kevlar or Aramid fibre which is another advantage over and above half-lined jeans.
Key Differences for Women
For many years, women have struggled to get motorcycle clothing that fits, is attractive and protective. For a long time, ladies have spent many riding hours in men’s kit that is ill-fitting, heavy and unsuitable.
That has now largely changed, there’s a long way to go, but there has been a 100% improvement over the last decade.
Motorcycle clothing designers are now accommodating women of all sizes and body shapes.
You will see trousers in the stores with velcro/poppers/zips for an adjustable fit, different leg length options and sizes from XXS to 5XL.
Finally, someone has realised that women have hips. Hips that are significantly wider than men.
Trousers are now being produced with higher waists and more room in the hip area, allowing ladies to sit comfortably in the saddle all day long.
Current ladies’ style and fashion trends have been thought about and have filtered down in the form of skinny riding jeans and leggings.
You can get any style of jeans under the sun to ride in now, and ladies can feel good knowing they are in style but also protected.
For so long, men’s jackets in ladies sizes with a pink stripe were sold as ‘ladies’ jackets. That isn’t the case anymore, and women have a lot of choice about what they want to wear when they ride.
Nothing against pink; I think it is just nice to have other options from time to time.
When looking at motorcycle clothing, the big factor is whether it is waterproof and whether I need it to be.
Textile clothing is the only option for waterproof gear (other than a set of waterproofs thrown over your clothing).
There are different levels of waterproof standards and ways manufacturers achieve this. The most common has been stitching in a drop liner on the inside of the jacket/trousers. This waterproof liner is intended to keep water getting through to your clothes and skin beyond this.
It works to a point; however, if the zips aren’t waterproof, water can seep through, and over time the liner can get worn, rip and be no longer fit for purpose.
Another way is to laminate GoreTex (or something similar) to the outer material of the jacket/trouser. This stops water from getting through at all.
Previously only to be seen on expensive high-end brands like Rukka, Richa and Dainese. More recently, Alpinestars and Oxford have started producing waterproof laminate kit.
The second thing I think about is how breathable something is.
Even in the depths of Winter, breathability is essential; there is nothing worse than wrapping up warm with layers on layers, going out for a ride, getting back and being drenched in sweat because your heat had nowhere to escape.
Textile trousers are awesome as they allow the heat to escape with the vents open, and then you can close them if things get a bit chilly.
Jeans and Leggings are a good choice too, as they are not lined with a windproof liner, so you will get some airflow.
Leather, however, unless it has perforated holes, will not allow for as much breathability and, as a result, can get very hot in the Summer.
In terms of protection, motorcycle trousers are the same for men as women, and the levels of protection available are equal.
Two types of protection are essential when it comes to trousers: the level of abrasion resistance and the protective armour used.
Leather is the only material for clothing that is allowed to be used on the track, and as such, the general rule of thumb is that leather offers the best protection, especially in high-speed environments.
However, textile clothing made of 600 Denier (super tough) polyester has also held its own in testing environments; some now argue that textile is actually more effective at resisting abrasion.
Kevlar/Aramid Fibres/Dyneema and composites of such fibres are relatively new to the market as motorcycle protective clothing. Essentially these are the same fibres used in bulletproof vests and stab vests used by the police and military.
The theory is that with a lining made of these fibres, any textile on top is strengthened and abrasion-resistant.
FortNine channel on YouTube has a great video showing the durability of motorcycle jeans. Check that out here.
Fundamentally, what material wins in terms of protection is down to personal choice. They all do a pretty good job of abrasion resistance.
I have seen many strictly leather-wearing riders switch to Kevlar jeans and never look back. Equally, I have seen them switch and switch back straight away due to feeling uneasy and unsafe on the bike.
There are several types of armour available on the market, and some are not much better than a piece of foam, whereas others are extremely good at protecting you in an accident.
It is always best to go for armour that is CE approved. There are two levels, Level 1 and Level 2.
The short version is that CE Level 2 transmits less energy through the armour and protects you more from injury.
Go here for a more in-depth discussion of motorcycle armour.
Be warned that some clothing will come with ‘armour’, but it is actually just a piece of cheap foam and serves no protective purpose.
Always get the armour out of your new clothing to check if it is CE approved, and therefore you know it has been tested as suitable for riding.
I love D30 armour and also Forcefield back protectors; both of these are supple and soft when in your clothing and also lightweight.
You can ride all day and not be irritated by bulky, heavy armour. However, when you need it, the armour kicks in to absorb the energy.
Read about the tech in the Forcefield armour here.
There is a set of motorcycle trousers out there for every woman, and we have covered some pretty great options, with a useful guide to help you decide.
I love the Oxford leggings for everyday riding and think a lot of women will too.