Indian Motorcycle Arlington Women’s Mesh Riding Jacket

Lightweight comfort and protection for hot riding days

By Tricia Szulewski, Editor

Indian Arlington Jacket

We are now in the middle of summer and temperatures around the world are heating up. While there are plenty of things we can do to stay cool and keep riding safely, the most obvious is to get a good vented riding jacket. Mesh riding jackets, like the Indian Arlington jacket reviewed here, allow the air to flow easily through the entire garment.

From Indian Motorcycle’s Heritage collection, the lightweight Arlington ladies jacket keeps the sun off riders’ skin while offering comfort, protection, and style. The hot weather mesh jacket is made of 95% polyester with its 5% leather in the form of two stylish tan stripes. CE level 2 certified back armor and removable, slim, lightweight protectors in the shoulders and elbows offer additional protection without extra bulk.

Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
When it’s hot outside and I want some air flow on the bike, I reach for Indian’s Arlington jacket. The stylish women’s jacket comes in sizes XS – 3XL for $249.99. The fit is true to size, and I am happy to report that even my XX-large bosom fits comfortably in my usual XL jacket size.

Original American Style

The Arlington incorporates fit features I always look for in a motorcycle jacket—action back, arm length long enough to cover my arms to my wrists, adjustability features, comfortable armor, and an elongated back to keep my butt covered, even when leaning forward in a more aggressive riding position.

Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
The stylish Indian logo and trademark red lets everyone know what brand you support. The action back allows for arm stretch to the motorcycle’s grips without restriction.
Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
An American flag patch on both sleeves and Indian Motorcycle branding on the front and back depicts the proud heritage of the company.

Arlington Adjustability and Fit

The Arlington has a fairly straight fit for a women’s jacket but does offer some adjustability in the lower waist. Personally, I’m okay with the straight cut, as it fits my curvy bust and hides some of the extra bumps in my mid-section. More importantly, it allows some room to add a thicker layer, such as a sweatshirt, if I need more than the thin liner the jacket comes with.

Indian Motorcycles Arlington jacket
I appreciate the extra length in the back of the jacket that covers my butt when riding.
Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
Snap adjusters at the cuffs and waist help tailor the fit. There’s also a snap closure at the collar.
Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
The quilted padding on the elbows incorporate the jacket’s thin and flexible removable CE armor.

Zip It Up

Every good riding jacket needs plenty of pockets. The Arlington gives riders plenty of choices for storing all the small items you want on a ride. Most of the pockets are zippered to keep contents secured in place.

Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
The main zipper has an easy-to-use pull tab, but is only one-way. A two-way zipper would allow the bottom of the zipper to be loosened, which is helpful to prevent bunching up in the front while riding.
Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
A zippered interior pocket is the perfect place to store a wallet, phone, or sunglasses. There’s a non-zippered pocket on the other interior panel, too.
Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
Two external zippered hand warmer pockets are perfect for keys, lip balm, and a phone.

Even the included liner has an interior pocket for storing some extra stuff. I tend to stuff pockets like these with things like eyeglass cleaning cloths and electrolyte tablets.

Indian Motorcycle Arlington jacket
The Arlington’s included full size removable lightweight liner offers some wind protection if an extra layer is needed. It’s very thin and easy to squish into a very small bag when not in use. Zipping it in takes seconds and does the trick well if you don’t want full airflow.

WRN Recommendation

Riders and passengers alike will enjoy the free flowing air you feel while wearing Indian’s Arlington jacket. The cut is fairly straight, which works well for my XL body, and allows extra layers to fit easily under the jacket. Thin and flexible armor is unnoticeable while riding and makes this jacket easy to fold and store in a saddlebag. Ladies who ride often in muggy and hot climates will appreciate this quality mesh riding jacket from Indian Motorcycle.

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