As the long days and warm nights of summer quickly approach, women riders can gear up for the open road with new styles of boots, helmets and a jacket from Harley-Davidson. New riding gear technologies and performance enhancements combine to create a collection of footwear and apparel ready to be worn on your next road trip.
Hydration Pack Jacket
The new womens Wind Crest Mesh Jacket from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes is a break from traditional black leather in both color and design. This jacket acts just like a Camelback with internal pockets that accept accessory hydration packs for so you have access to water while riding. Like a Camelback, you can suck on a tube attached to a water bottle thats packed right inside your jacket. Great for long, hot days in the saddle.
The polyester mesh outer construction allows air to flow to the riders torso for additional cooling on those warm days. Internal pockets at the shoulders and elbows accept lightweight FXRG body armor for increased protection. Sublimated and embroidered graphics on the back are distinctive during the day, while reflective piping is visible to other motorists at night. A mandarin collar and two hand-warmer pockets in the front make this jacket an all around great summer must-have. Available in XS – XL, and in extended sizes. The Wind Crest Mesh Jacket retails for $125. Check out the new Skyline women-only helmet below that matches the jacket.
New Womens Helmet Style
The new Womens Shimmer Hybrid Ultra-Light Skyline Half Helmet from Harley-Davidson is constructed with a hybrid fiberglass and Aramid shell using an exclusive process. The entire helmet weighs just 1 pound 6 ounces, which is 17 percent lighter than traditional fiberglass helmets. The Skyline is Harleys line of helmets specifically designed for women riders.
In addition, Harley-Davidson is introducing a new Skyline Half Helmet that matches the Wind Crest jacket mentioned above. It retails for $175.
Like other Skyline helmets, its woman-specific design includes a 10 mm deeper cavity for a lower profile fit, a washable anti-static comfort liner that reduces helmet hair, a pony-tail notch and interlocking side and crown liners for a customized fit. Its available in sizes XXS – XXL and meets all DOT requirements. The Shimmer Hybrid Helmet retails for $235. Its high priced becuase its lighter weight construction and the the graphic design.
New Riding Boots
The womens Calico boots are made with supple full-grain leather. The knee-high boots feature a 3-inch heel, rounded toe and inside zipper for easy on-and-off. A corset-inspired leather lace-up criss-crosses the back of the boot from the heel up to the calf ending in a bow. A rubber outsole and Welt construction add a bit of stability and durability for the woman on the move.
The logger-inspired Laramie womens 8-inch lace-up features subtle design details that give this classic style a distinctive edge. Made with a full-grain leather upper, the boot features an oil, abrasion and slip-resistant rubber logger outsole, helping to provide increased stability on multiple terrains. Contrast stitching, branded metal rivets and a metal Bar-and-Shield logo complete the look of this boot.
Created with serious women riders in mind, the engineer style of the Linda gets a modern make-over. The Linda features riding technologies that include a screw-secured heel, peg bars, heel rest and 3M reflective material for visibility on the road. These boots also feature an abrasion, oil and slip-resistant rubber outsole and an inside zipper for ease-of-wear. Silver buckles at the ankle and calf highlight the white Harley-Davidson Motorcycles stitching and de-bossed phantom logo.
Mens and other womens styles are available at Harley-Davidson dealerships and select retailers around the country. To locate the nearest dealer or to view more Harley-Davidson styles online visit Harley-Davidson.com.
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7 thoughts on A Riding Jacket That Carries A Hydration Pack
The Calico boots looks so stylish and amazing.
I just bought the new Calico riding boots and I wanted to make sure I submitted a review/comment on them because no one at the dealer could give me an opinion on how they are for riding. Today was sprinkling out, so it was a perfect day to test the soles as well. I'm going to review them 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.
Style – 5 – these are super cute boots
Comfort – 3 – really soft leather, but the higher heel is going to limit the time wearing them
Riding – 2 – no issues with the sole for stopping, but the heel didn't work so well with the pegs on my forward controls. When I lifted my feet off the pegs to put my feet down, they got stuck and the pegs came with the boots. Shifting wasn't too bad. I just had keep the peg wedged in there and pivot my boot under the peg to up-shift and over to down-shift, different than I'm used to, but not horrible. Braking was a little more difficult, since my boots didn't quite reach the brake lever as I'm used to, so I able to apply the force I'm used to. I'd either have to shorten the brake lever or unwedge my foot to apply more force. Over time I think I could get used to riding with the boots on, but I'm worried that safety is compromised and in an emergency braking situation, I definitely would not be able to stop as fast. I don't think these boots were very thought out for riding and I think I'll keep them for going out rather than riding.
Thanks for your review.
I totally agree with Cheryl. The article is great, and the products are fantastic. It would just be nice to have a tall boot that was sexy and functional for the women riders. I most definitely like the Calico boot, but would not buy it for fear of that type of heel getting caught in a small enough pothole to throw you, or getting caught on the mid-controls. It's alright for those that ride as a passenger but not those at the helm. I know Harley-Davidson can make it sexy and functional at the same time. I really do love that Calico boot though.
I agree with Cheryl, would be nice to see the Calico boots with a bit more of a square heel. For some riders who need a bit more height when on the bike, these are great and they look good too. I like the summer riding jacket too. H-D does have some innovative designs.
I just bought the Wind Crest jacket today, but didn't realize I could put an entire water bottle inside. I did see the back pocket, where I plan to put hydration packs to provide evaporative cooling in our hot Texas summers. I also like the fact that it's mainly white, to reflect those sun rays. We have already had temperatures near 100, and it's still May!
The Calico boots are really cool looking. I wish Harley-Davidson would make a boot like that except make it a 3.5- or 4- inch heel like the Laramie boot or the Linda boot sole. The reason is not all women like those types of heels that are on the Calico boots and some women would prefer a taller square heel sole because they are on the short side. I find those types of heels on the Calico uncomfy to walk in for a long period of time. I have looked everywhere for a knee high boot like the Calico with the more square heel and with a 3.5- or 4-inch sole.
I don't mean to criticize the boots. I do enjoy reading about all the new products that come out. Keep up the great Web site.