Those who like to wear denim while riding know its difficult to find a riding jean that provides adequate protection without adding too much bulk. In this article, we review two pairs of “lighter” riding jeans from Icon and Gravitate Jeans—do they achieve the elusive middle ground? Check out our review, plus a bonus video from WRN Editor Genevieve Schmitt.
I’ve always said the best jacket is the one you don’t realize you have on. Women’s riding jackets have many pitfalls when it comes to fit and function, such as bulky collars, restrictive fit, awkward cut in the chest or arms, lack of protection, and lack of adjustability. Normally I can find at least one of these problems in each of the many jackets I’ve worn, but not so with Speed and Strength’s To The Nines Textile Jacket.
One of the most frustrating things I’ve found about the market for women’s motorcycle gear is the difficulty of finding a pair of shorty gloves that work. In my 11 years of riding, I can’t tell you how many shorty-style gloves I’ve tried, and most of them either do not fit properly or don’t last.
A new riding season is a good reason for women riders to clean out their closets and invest in some new gear. Now that the cold weathers on its way out, we’ve got some great new jacket and pant options from several trusted (and new!) names in motorcycle apparel.
I live in Idaho, and our riding season is quite short—we’re lucky if we’re able to ride seven months out of the year. But earlier this spring, I was fortunate enough to receive a Rukka Armiina riding suit to try out. The Armiina is a three-season motorcycle-riding suit intended to insulate you from the weather and give you more time on the road. I am pleased to say that I (comfortably!) started riding a month earlier than usual thanks to this suit.
If you think you have to ride a Triumph to wear one of the company’s jackets, you’re short-changing yourself on a great piece of women’s riding apparel. The women’s Sympatex Explorer Jacket has been elevated to top billing in my motorcycle gear closet.
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.
Spidi has been involved in the manufacture of motorcycle racing products in the European market for 25 years. The companys new Lady Lizard Tracksuit provides the protection you need, with a women-specific fit that looks distinctive both on and off the track. Check out this weeks selection for the latest motorcycle product news!