Women’s motorcycle jackets have come a long way, and it is great to see such a vast selection on the market.
There are jackets across all categories of riding styles to suit every female rider.
We have gathered our favourites here for you, followed by a buying guide that will ensure you know what to look out for in a good protective jacket.
Here are our top women’s motorcycle jackets.
Best Ladies Motorcycle Jackets Reviewed
RST Ladies Pro Series Adventure-X CE Textile Jacket
Ladies can now get their hands on the ultimate adventure jacket without breaking the bank.
RST has produced the Pro Series Adventure X jacket with CE Level 2 armour at the shoulders, elbows and back; it is also made from the ballistic and Maxtex material for the best abrasion resistance.
It has a CE-AA rating making it suitable for everyday road riding situations, and it has been tested for such.
The jacket is loaded with useful features to make riding a breeze, including a removable waterproof and breathable liner, detachable thermal liner, rear map pocket, rear hydration pack pocket, and large front vents.
Also, there are many comfort features, with adjustable waist and cuff tabs, connection zip for trousers, and stretch panels.
Overall it is an exceptional jacket, with only one niggle, that the sizing is a little small, so it is best to order a size up.
- Removable waterproof liner
- CE Level 2, shoulders, elbows and back protector
- Ballistic and Maxtex shell construction
- Hydration pack pocket
- Great value
- Sizing is unpredictable
Richa Ladies Nikki Leather Jacket
Richa is renowned for making quality riding gear, and the Nikki jacket is no exception to this rule.
It comes with D30 armour at the shoulders, elbows and back for the most comfortable armour available with excellent protective properties.
It is also rated CE-AA, which covers most normal riding situations.
The leather is of high quality, it is nice and supple off the shelf, so there is no need for much of a breaking-in period.
There is an extra piece of leather at the back, covering your lower back.
Stretch panels ensure free movement when riding; it is not a stiff, heavy leather jacket of days gone by.
Overall, Richa has produced one of the best ladies’ leather jackets there is. While it is suited for sports riders, it wouldn’t look out of place on any motorcycle, thanks to its subtle styling.
- D30 armour at shoulders, elbows and back
- True to size
- Quality leather construction
Dainese Carve Master 3
When the men’s Carve Master jacket came out, it was one of the first laminated Gore-Tex jackets (aside from Rukka) that was more affordable.
I loved it, it was so comfortable, but it just didn’t fit properly. The women’s version took a while to be released; years on, we have the Carve Master 3.
It is still as good as the original, with a laminated Gore-Tex liner, which essentially prevents water from getting through the outer material, reducing dampness in heavy rain. It is fully waterproof and breathable.
You get CE level 2 armour at the shoulders and elbows with space for a Dainese Level 1 or 2 back protector.
The thermal liner is removable, and the materials used for the lining are plush, soft and comfortable.
There are plenty of adjustability options for the perfect fit, and the jacket cuts a nice figure when you have it set up to your body shape.
It is best suited as a winter riding jacket, as even with the thermal liner removed, it is a pretty warm jacket.
- Laminated Gore-Tex liner
- CE Level 2 shoulder and elbow protection with space for back protection
- Small sizing
Furygan Bella Lady Leather Jacket
The Bella Lady Leather jacket is a traditionally styled black leather jacket that will suit cruiser and modern retro riders.
It is made of premium grade leather, super soft and easy to wear from the get-go.
You get D30 Level 1 armour at the shoulder and elbows with an option for a back protector.
The jacket is also equipped with a removable thermal liner that has aluminium inserts to help retain heat in cooler weather.
- Removable thermal liner
- D30 armour at shoulders and elbows
- Quality leather construction
- No back protector as standard
Richa Ladies Toulon 2 Leather Jacket
Richa has done it again with the Toulon 2 jacket, which is just an excellent leather jacket.
The bonus of this one is that it maintains a casual style with a removable hood etc. but retains its protective properties with D30 armour at the shoulders, elbows and back, and it has a CE-AA rating.
There is no need to sacrifice protection if you want a more casual look on the bike, not when the Toulon 2 is available.
The leather is of a high grade, there is a removable thermal gilet for added warmth, the hood is removable, and there is a mesh lining which is there to control your temperature, so you stay comfortable.
Stretch panels allow for easy movement on the bike.
There is no need to go for just a kevlar shirt or hoodie to look casual when a protective casual jacket looks this good.
- Casual style
- Climacontrol mesh lining
- D30 armour all round
Fortunately, we ladies have quite a large selection to choose from now when it comes to motorcycle clothing, but what that means is that it can be a bit of a minefield to navigate when looking for what you want or need.
There are some key things to think about when buying a jacket which will help narrow down your selection and select the right jacket that is fit for purpose, for the right situation.
Here are my top tips for buying a ladies’ motorcycle jacket:
Before anything else, you should always consider how protective a jacket is, as the most critical purpose is to protect you in the event of an accident.
You can get a basic idea of a jacket’s protective capabilities by looking for the CE rating label.
All motorcycle clothing now sold as Personal Protective Equipment needs to have a CE rating legally; 3 ratings can be applied: A, AA and AAA.
- A grade is applied to jackets suitable for urban riding; they are usually lightweight and more fashion-conscious.
- AA grade jackets have been tested more extensively for everyday riding conditions on various road situations and surfaces.
- AAA grade jackets are the highest-rated for safety and will be the most heavily armoured jackets available, typically aimed at sports riding where high-speed impacts are a significant risk
Looking for the CE rating on the jacket’s label will give you a good indication of the conditions the jacket has been tested and approved for.
The next step is to check the jacket’s armour that it is supplied with.
You should also then purchase a CE Level 1 back protector to go in the jacket’s pocket.
There are a couple of things to check:
- Some jackets still come with a foam back protector that is not actually armour but keeps the shape of the jacket; you should replace this immediately with real CE-approved armour
- The shoulder and elbow pads are often just Level 1 armour to pass the CE approval tests
- A good option is to upgrade this armour to CE Level 2 for the best protection possible
I always recommend that you don’t depend on a jacket’s size label to guarantee it will fit.
In fact, it is much better to not even look at the size of a jacket and just try it on. This is mainly good for your mental health. I often come up 2 or 3 times my usual size in motorcycle jackets, which has me questioning my belly!
Motorcycle clothing is notoriously all over the place with sizing, manufacturers have not set an industry standard for sizing, and it can be a serious nightmare.
Your jacket needs to fit you properly to offer you the most protection possible. An ill-fitting jacket can be pretty hazardous in an accident, and discomfort can also be distracting and annoying.
Here is what you need to look out for to know your jacket fits properly:
- The shoulder and elbow pads are sat in the right place with no digging in or restriction of movement.
- It needs to be a snug fit but not restrict your movements; struggling with a jacket as you reach for your controls can be fatiguing.
- Make sure the jacket isn’t too loose, as should you end up in a slide, the jacket can ride up, exposing you to the road, and your armour won’t sit in the right place to protect you.
- Ensure the sleeves cover your wrists and aren’t too short, and ensure the jacket covers your lower back when in the riding position.
Focusing on how the jacket fits as opposed to the size label will ensure it is comfortable and will offer you the best protection should you need it.
What sort of riding do you do?
Choosing a motorcycle jacket can be difficult as there are so many styles to choose from, and each suits a different type of riding, more so than others.
You need to think about your riding style, so consider the following questions:
- Do you ride all year?
- Do you ride in the rain?
- Are you more of a sportsbike rider?
- Do you prefer to just ride in warm, dry weather?
- Do you wear a protective armour shirt?
Questions like these will help narrow down what you need from a jacket.
The main jacket types and the riding styles they are best suited for are:
- Textile jackets – Suited for all-year, all-weather riding, with removable liners, usually waterproof ventilation systems.
- Leather jackets – Suited for sportsbike riders with lots of armour and race humps, but also traditional style leather jackets will suit summer riders.
- Waterproof jackets – Specific jackets built to tackle the wet weather; the best are lined with Gore-Tex and will keep you dry no matter what
- Casual jackets – Lightweight, stylish and best suited for urban riding, suitable for a commuter, can come in the form of armoured shirts or hoodies; those who wear armoured shirts might opt for a light casual jacket.
There you have some of the best ladies’ motorcycle jackets available, along with a guide to help you make the right choice for you.
Without a doubt, the RST Pro Series Adventure-X jacket offers the most bang for the buck and will see you through all year in all riding conditions.
However, if you want a leather sports jacket, the Richa Nikki would be my number one, thanks to its superior leather quality, comfort, and standard D30 armour.