Gear Guide for Big Girls: Textile Jackets and Pants

Sizes 14 and up, including tall

By Alisa Clickenger

Textile motorcycle riding gear was once worn only by adventure-touring and off-road riders. Now these abrasion-resistant fabric jackets and pants are nearly as popular as leather gear among the mainstream street-riding population. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen major advances in fabric versatility, as well as in style and sizing. You asked, and designers listened. Now more than ever, the largest selection of women’s textile riding gear in sizes up to 26 is available.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of textile jackets and pants in womens sizes 14 to 26, including tall, withcurrent sizing and prices. Due to space restrictions, we’re able to show just one item from each manufacturer, but we mention other styles available in the same size range where applicable. This buyers guide is organized by size, with the largest sizes listed first. Manufacturer Web sites and sizing charts are listed at the end.
Use these guides as just that—a guide to get you started. Certainly in your own research you may find other brands that carry large sizes. Weve listed the leading brands, as well as those smaller companies that were familiar with.

Textile Size 26

Firstgear Mesh-Tex Jacket
Sizes: 4-26
Price: $129.95
Constructed of polyester mesh with a lightweight nylon perforated lining. Has a detachable full-sleeved water-resistant liner and adjustable side-waist snaps. Shoulders and elbows feature armor and two layers of mesh fabric. Matching Mesh-Tex Pants available up to size 18. Also available up to size 26 are the Kilimanjaro Jacket ($299.95) and the Contour Tex Jacket ($149.95).

British Motorcycle Gear (BMG) Adventure Suit Jacket
Sizes: 8-26
Price: $279
A true dual-sport jacket originally designed for the Paris-Dakar Rally. Includes a removable hydration system, multiple two-way vents, zip-off sleeves, a removable waterproof liner, and an adjustable waist. Armor in the back, shoulders and elbows. Note: This jacket is unisex, but is included because it fits the author well and offers matching Adventure Suit Pants in waist sizes 23-46 inches, inseam 26-37 inches (also available in Tall) for $199.

Harley-Davidson FXRG Textile Jacket
Sizes: XS-3W (approx. 2-26)
Price: $500
Constructed of lightweight, windproof and waterproof nylon thats abrasion- and tear-resistant. Removable lightweight liner can be worn separately. Features multiple vents, removable kidney belt, action back, precurved sleeves with zipper cuffs, and reflective material piping and inlays on front sleeves. Removable CE-approved lightweight body armor at elbows, shouders and back. Pull-tab snaps allow easy installation of Heated Jacket Liner (sold separately). Five-year warranty. Other styles up to size 26 available.

Olympia Moto Sports Airglide 3 Mesh Tech Jacket
Sizes: 2-26
Price: $269.99
Made of Cordura with ballistic nylon mesh panels for airflow. Has a waterproof insulated liner jacket, two waterproof pockets, an interior cell-phone pocket, and a connecting zipper for pants. Armor in elbows, shoulders and back. Matching Mesh Tech Overpant available up to size 18. Also available up to size 26 are the Bonneville Mesh Tech Jacket ($189.99) and the AST 2 Jacket ($329.99).

Nelson Rides Jessy Jacket
Sizes: Custom
Price: $195
Constructed with Cordura fabric. A flare from the waist and a higher cut on the sides gives the illusion of a slimmer waistline. Includes a lining that allows the sleeve of the jacket to rest over gloves without cold air entering. Features stretch panel fabric and two inside front breast pockets, but no outer pockets. Armor in the elbows, shoulders and back.

Teknic Sequoia Jacket
Sizes: 6-26
Price: $179.99
Below-the-waist-length waterproof jacket made of Cordura with a zip-out insulated full-sleeved liner. Has two underarm vents and a large vent on the upper back. Includes a snap adjustable upper- and lower-arm cinch system, plus a hook ’n’ loop adjustment on the collar, waist belt, hem and cuffs. Armor in elbows and shoulders. Spine guard also included.

Textile Size 24

GoGo Gear Trench Jacket
Sizes: 2-24
Price: $259
Inspired by 60s icons like Diana Rigg and Ann Margret. Suitable for mild to cold weather. Constructed of waterproof abrasion-resistant fabric with reflective details in the collar and cuffs. Includes a reversible reflective belt and an elastic inner wind cuff with a thumbhole. Armor in back, elbows and shoulders.

Draggin’ Jeans Retro Fit
Sizes: 8-24
Price: $109.95

VaVaVroom 1.0 Riding Jacket
Sizes: S-3XL (approx. 6/8-22/24)
Price: $149.99
Accessible for all shapes and sizes, with tightening straps at the waist and cuffs and hidden elastic at the waist. Includes snap-down hood and removable polyester liner, plus back venting, reflective armbands and piping, a removable back pad, CE-approved removable armor at the shoulders and elbows, and a water-resistant nylon Cordura shell for abrasion resistance.

Textile Size 22

Firstgear Monarch Jacket
Sizes: 4-22
Price: $469.95
Waterproof, breathable nylon outer shell. Zip-in liner works as stand-alone jacket. Features an adjustable waist and arm straps, zippered side gussets, a fleece-lined collar, and a zipper system to allow attachment to your favorite pair of riding pants. Two-year crash protection policy. Armor in the shoulders and elbows.

Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Jacket
Sizes: XS-2 Diva (approx. 2-22)
Price: $239.99-$254.99
Constructed of waterproof heavy-duty nylon with wind tunnel cooling ventilation technology. Has an adjustable waistband, a removable insulated full-sleeved liner, zipper for pant attachment, and a removable spine pad with a pocket for an optional armored spine protector. Armor in shoulders and elbows. Matching Ballistic 7.0 Pants available in sizes XS-XXL (approx. 2-22) for $149.99-$163.41. Also available in “Diva” sizing (sizes up to 22) are the Heartbreaker 2.0, Luna 2.0, Lotus 2.0, Cleo 2.0, and Atomic 4.0 (prices range from $149.99-$214.99).

Lady Biker Stuff Two Tone Tri-Tex Motorcycle Jacket
Sizes: 4-22
Price: $69.95
Made from high-performance, breathable, waterproof laminated fabric. Features a full zip-out liner, front zipper closure, a collarless design with snap-button closure, elastic siding, and adjustable snap-button straps on the arms. Armor in the back, shoulders and elbows. Matching Armored Tri-Tex Motorcycle Pant available in sizes 2-22 for $54.95-$64.95.

Power Trip Jet Black II
Sizes: XS-2 Diva (approx. 2-22)
Price: $129.99-$144.99
Outer shell is made of Rock Tex 600 with a full front mesh ventilation intake hidden behind front zipper panels. Has a removable insulated vest liner, precurved sleeves, adjustable waist, and a removable spine pad. Optional back armor available. Armor in the shoulders and elbows. Also available in “Diva” sizing (sizes up to 22) are the Dakota II, the Lola and the Ronin (prices range from $119.99-$169.99).

Textile Size 20

Star Motorcycles Drifter Jacket
Sizes: 6-20
Price: $149.99
Features a mesh shell, plus a two-stage, waterproof and insulated liner that can be configured to match riding conditions. Has precurved and rotated sleeves, adjustable waist belts, and a jacket/pant zipper attachment. Armor in the elbows and shoulders, with external padded back panels and an EVA back pad. Can be attached to the All-Season Pant in sizes 6-20 for $149.99.

Vanson Leathers Odyssey Jacket
Sizes: 4-20
Price: $339
Made of Cordura and mesh nylon. Features large front vents, three rear vents, and interior front channels that move moisture out of the jacket. Armor in shoulders, elbows and back. Matching Odyssey Pants in sizes 4-20 for $268. Also available up to size 22 is the Vent Max Jacket ($199-$219).

Tour Master Trinity Series 2 Jacket
Sizes: 6-20
Price: $149.99
Nylon three-quarter-length shell has a waterproof, breathable barrier. Includes a zip-out quilted liner; zippered chest, sleeve and rear vents; adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep; adjustable waist belts; and a jacket/pant zipper attachment. Armor at the elbow and shoulder, plus an articulated triple-density back protector.

Cortech LRX Series 2 Sport Jacket
Sizes: 6-20
Price: $139.99
Made of a nylon and polyester performance-cut shell with a waterproof and breathable barrier. Has sleeve and rear vents for ventilation, adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep, and a zip-out quilted liner. Armor at elbows and shoulders, plus an articulated triple-density back protector. Also available in Tall.

Rukka Lady Focus Trousers
Sizes: 4-20
Price: $595
Made from Cordura with a Gore-Tex membrane. Has a removable thermal lining, removable and breathable air protectors at the hip and knee/shin, adjustable and detachable suspenders, and an adjustable waist with an all-around connecting zip to the matching jacket. Also available in Tall.

Textile Size 18

British Motorcycle Gear (BMG) Pioneer Pants
Sizes: 2-18
Price: $229
Waterproof, breathable and windproof. Constructed of three parts: an outer layer of 500 denier Dupont, a second layer containing a waterproof and breathable drop liner for total water protection, and a detachable quilted liner. Features fireproof leg panels, plus hip and knee armor. Also available up to size 18 are the Ezeon Pants (choice of 31-inch or 35-inch inseam) for $139.

Draggin’ Jeans Modern Fit
Sizes: 2-18
Price: $99.85
Prewashed, preshrunk denim with a Kevlar lining that extends from just below the belt loops to just below your bottom. Knees and part of shin are also lined with Kevlar. Knee and hip armor is sold separately. Features a boot-cut, five-pocket design, and a modern midrise waist with a higher rise in the back to accommodate the riding position. See our review of Draggin Jeans here.

Firstgear TPG Escape Pant
Sizes: 6-18
Price: $329.95
Sized to fit over your pants. Shell is a waterproof, breathable nylon with a removable zip-out liner that can be a standalone pant. Articulated knees and seat, reinforced Kevlar underlay at knees for skid protection, two front-thigh air intake vents, and an adjustable waist. Includes two-year crash protection policy. Armor in the hips and knees. Also available up to size 18 is the Mesh Tex Pant ($165.95).

Fieldsheer Corsair Ladies Jacket 2.0
Sizes: XS-Plus L (approx. 2-18)
Price: $269.99
Made of a breathable Carboflex outer shell with a waterproof, breathable liner. Reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility. Features two hand-warmer pockets, phone and cargo pockets in liner, adjustable Velcro waist tabs, and a zippered pant connection. CE-approved armor in shoulders and elbows, plus a memory foam back pad. Other styles up to size 18 available.

Girl Gear Diane Jacket
Sizes: 6-18
Price: $205
All Girl Gear GG2 jackets feature a wind-resistant outer shell with a waterproof, breathable membrane and waterproof zippers. Front and back venting, pit vents for added cooling, a removable vest liner, and room for the bust with extra material in the shoulders and back. Protectors in elbows, shoulders and back. Also available up to size 18 are the Tuscany Jacket, the Diner Jacket and the Nautica Jacket (all available for $205).

REVIT Tornado Jacket
Sizes: 2-18
Price: $299
Waterproof and breathable summer riding jacket with a detachable thermal liner and membrane. Has vent panels on chest, back and arms, and a double short connection zipper. Armor in shoulders and elbows, with perforated foam in back. REVIT is a European company, so jackets are narrow in shoulders, chest and waist. Matching Tornado Pants in sizes 2-18 for $259.99. Also available up to size 18 are the Air Jacket ($189.99), the Siren Jacket ($299.99), and the Ventura Jacket ($449.99).

Textile Size 16

BMW AirFlow 4 Suit Jacket
Sizes: 4-16
Price: $599
A summer suit for warm to hot temps, with a special finish on the black material that prevents it from heating up. Two straps allow jacket to be carried like a backpack during off-motorcycle time. Adjustable armor at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, with a back protector with ventilation apertures for air circulation. Matching AirFlow 4 Suit Pants in sizes 4-16 for $399. Also available up to size 16 are the ComfortShell Suit Jacket ($749), the StreetGuard 3 Suit Jacket ($959), and the Trailguard 3 Suit Jacket ($639).

Held Samina Jacket
Sizes: 4-16
Price: $269.99
Touring jacket with a polyester outer shell. Inner lining is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Features a connecting zip, arm and hip adjusters, a waist belt, and a soft collar. Armor in the elbows and shoulders, plus foam in the back. Held is a European brand whose jackets have a slim cut.

Scorpion Kingdom Jacket
Sizes: 4-16
Price: $199.95-$229.95
Made of a waterproof nylon outer shell with a removable full-sleeved thermal liner. Features two sleeve vents and chest vents, stretch panels for a contoured fit, side zippers for waist adjustment, and a lightweight perforated lining for maximum airflow. Armor at elbows and shoulders. Foam back pad included, but armor is extra. Matching Empire Pants available in sizes 4-16 for $116.95-$179.95.

Speed and Strength Coast Is Clear Textile Jacket
Sizes: 4-16
Price: $199.95
Water-resistant outer shell with a removable waterproof liner. Includes zip-off panels with controlled ventilation; waist adjusters in the cuff, sleeve and waist; an insulated vest liner; and a zipper for pant attachment. Armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus a removable dual-density back protector. Matching pants available in sizes 4-16 for $149.95. Also available up to size 16 is the Little Miss Dangerous Jacket ($119.99-$129.99).

Rukka Armiina Jacket Pants
Sizes: 4-16
Price: $1,195
Made from Armacor, a three-layer laminate with a Kevlar-reinforced polyamide fabric as the outer material and a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell as a climate membrane. Features waterproof vents at shoulders. An all-around zipper allows jacket and pants to be combined as one. Armor in the elbows/forearms, shoulders and back. Trousers available in sizes 4-16 for $895. Also available up to size 16 are the Anna Jacket ($749) and the Julia Jacket ($995).

Touratech Compañero Riding Suit
Sizes: 6-16
Price: $1,500 (jacket); $1,000 (pants)
Waterproof, three-in-one, all-season riding suit with lots of ventilation, adjustments and custom-fit features. Touratech worked with a German motorclothes company to design this suit for all conditions and terrains. It’s European-made and must be special ordered. A long zipper joins the suit together as an all-in-one. Armor in the elbows, shoulders, back and knees. Also available in Tall.

Textile Size 14

Alpinestars Stella Seville Waterproof Jacket
Sizes: 2-14
Price: $199.95
An urban commuting jacket with armor at the elbows and shoulders. Back protector insert and chest guards optional. Coordinating Stella Scout Drystar Pants available in sizes 2-14 for $249.95.

Yamaha Minx Jacket
Sizes: 4-14
Price: $179.99
Made from an Armor-Link mesh shell with polyester shoulders and Carbolex elbow impact panels. Features precurved and rotated sleeves, adjustable waist belts, a two-stage waterproof insulated liner, and a pant zipper attachment. Armor at elbows and shoulders, plus an articulated triple-density back protector.

Pokerun Mirage 2.0 Jacket
Size: 4-14
Price: $159.99
Constructed of a Carbolex outer shell with a waterproof, breathable membrane. Has vents on the sleeve and back for airflow, and a zip-out full-sleeved quilted liner with polyfill insulation. No armor included.

Manufacturer Web Sites and Sizing Charts

Alpinestars | Web site|Sizing chart

BMW | Web site|Sizing chart

British Motorcycle Gear | Web site|Sizing chart

Cortech | Web site|Sizing chart

Draggin Jeans | Web site| Sizing chart

Firstgear | Web site | Sizing chart

Girl Gear | Web site | Sizing chart

GoGo Gear | Web site | Sizing chart

Harley-Davidson | Web site | Sizing chart

Held | Web site | No sizing chart available. Contact Held directly.

Joe Rocket | Web site | Sizing chart

Lady Biker Stuff | Web site | Sizing chart

Nelson Rides | Web site | No sizing chart available. Contact Nelson Rides directly.

Olympia Moto Sports | Web site | Sizing chart

Pokerun | Web site | Sizing chart

Power Trip | Web site | Sizing chart

Rev’ It | Web site | Sizing chart

Rukka | Web site | Sizing chart

Scorpion | Web site | Sizing chart

Speed and Strength | Web site | Sizing chart

Star Motorcycles | Web site | No sizing chart available. Contact Star Motorcycles directly.

Teknic | Web site | Sizing chart

Tour Master | Web site | Sizing chart

Touratech | Web site | Sizing chart

VaVaVroom | Web site | No sizing chart available. Contact VaVaVroom directly.

Vanson Leathers | Web site | Sizing chart

Yamaha | Web site | No sizing chart available. Contact Yamaha directly.

6 thoughts on Gear Guide for Big Girls: Textile Jackets and Pants

  1. Harley’s riding gear is fabulous. However, the tops and shirts frustrate me. The sizes are almost always too small according to the US sizing charts. And if I go a size bigger the armholes in a tank top go way down exposing more fat and bra. Yes, I am a bigger girl, so I’m picky about fashion and I wear only Harley-Davidson tops and have for years. As expensive as they are I have to buy mostly online which makes it even more difficult to get fitted correctly. I never dry my tops which shrinks them. Instead I stretch the sh!t out of them hoping when I get done stretching horizontally they wont be too short and let my belly hang out. And there is a fabric that is very thin and clings to my love handles. I can’t stand it. I’ll spend $60 on a new shirt and it’s so thin it clings and shows just how out of shape I am.Harley-Davidson, please design your tops for fat girls to flatter. There are tons of styles that don’t make me look fat. Nothing worse than trying to suck in your belly all day because you can’t relax with all your stuff hanging out. I hope you get a fat designer in there someday to help fat girls like me feel beautiful. Sure, I could go with other brands but no. I’ll suck it up and suck it in all day long to be cool in Harley-Davidson clothing.

  2. Great article! It’s good to see more manufacturers finally producing more women’s gear in real world sizes. My biggest problem is finding pants. I would love to find a pair of armored mesh over pants for the brutal summers we have here. I am 5 feet 2 inches and wear a size 24W. No one has any women’s pants that fit me and it seems as if the men’s short sizes all end at the size below what I would wear. Plus they fit like…well, men’s pants. I’ve tried Bohn Armor and they are nice but they don’t provide road rash protection, and layering them under jeans in the summer heat is unbearable.

  3. Wow, too bad you didn’t mention Aerostich. fter spending thousands on ready made stuff that didn’t quite fit right, I got a suit that fits perfectly. And I got it in the color combo I wanted. I didn’t have to settle for what was available. And since I happened to be in the neighborhood of their ‘factory’ (yes, they are made in the USA!) they did measurements while I sat on my bike. I couldn’t be happier with my Roadcrafter.

    1. We do not cover Aerostich because they do make any gear in women’s specific sizes, and that is a criteria for the gear we include on Women Riders Now.

  4. Tour Master Trinity 2 is the jacket way to go. It was a love affair the moment I put it on. Total comfort, pockets galore, dry in a downpour. Dislikes – back shoulder vent zipper pulls do not hide away like all the others [I see them when lane checking!]. And sorry I had two other jackets before finding this one. Overpants are next! I want to wear shorts under them to walk around in comfort on hot days. PS. I am big busted which adds to my comfort level. Three quarter length is a definite advantage too.Visibility at night makes me safer [I have the silver with reflective piping].

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