GEAR RIGHT. LOOK TIGHT. FOR WOMEN WHO RIDE.

With more and more women having made the leap to two wheels, gear manufacturers have quickly realised that adding some pink detailing to guys jackets and boots simply doesn’t cut it. Thankfully, brands like Black Arrow, Saint and Blackbird are making seriously sweet gear tailored specifically to women. Here are our picks of some of the best combinations of safety and style for women who ride.

HELMET

BILTWELL GRINGO S

Biltwell makes some of the slickest, stylish and cost effective lids on the market. Their Gringo is one of the original retro helmets and looks right at home, on everything from a Harley to a Honda. The Gringo S is build around an injection-moulded ABS outer shell with a shock-absorbing EPS inner liner. The liner is backed-up with hand-stitched interior padding and cheek pads, with a BioFoam chin bar for added comfort. The Gringo S’ visor has a simple hinge mechanism, which not only allows for easy removal for cleaning, but gives the lid a neat and uncluttered look.

FEATURES:

  • Injection-moulded ABS outer shell with hand-painted finish
  • Expanded polystyrene inner shell
  • Hand-sewn brushed Lycra liner w/ contrasting diamond-stitched quilted open-cell foam padding
  • Internal BioFoam chin pad with contrast stitching
  • Injection-molded, laser CNC cut polycarbonate eye port shield with aluminium hinge covers and mounting hardware

SEE MORE AT BILTWELL

JACKET

BLACK ARROW GYPSY MOTORCYCLE JACKET

Black Arrow makes some of the sweetest retro jackets out there and their ‘Gypsy’ takes old-school cool and adds some modern touches. The Gypsy’s fit is unique, with a longer quilted shape back section ensuring there’s no lower back exposure and a snug fit across the chest. To give the rider some room to move, the Gypsy has a set of gussets at the back of each armhole and stretch panels above the elbow.
To add some all-weather usability, Black Arrow has added hidden zippers out back to increase air-flow on those hot days. The modern touches include DuPont Kevlar lining and removable CE-rated shoulder, elbow and back armour, which is low profile enough to look just as good off the bike, as on. The icing on the cake?
A sweet red satin lining.

FEATURES:

  • 100% pebbled texture leather outer 1.2mm-1.5mm thickness
  • Red satin lining
  • DuPont™ Kevlar® lining panels
  • Removable CE-rated Lvl 1 shoulder, elbow and back armour
  • Press stud straps at sides for tailored adjustment
  • Two front zippered pockets
  • Inside zippered pocket
  • Stretch panel above the elbow
  • Quilted panels on the elbow and lower back
  • Gusset panels at back armhole
  • Hidden back zipper air vents
  • Underarm gusset with eyelets for ventilation

SEE MORE AT BLACK ARROW

GLOVES

BLACKBIRD MOTORCYCLE WEAR LADY IN RED

There’s nothing like the feeling of a soft leather glove, and they don’t come much softer than Blackbird’s Lady Red gloves. The Lady Red’s leather isn’t just soft; it’s thick, with 7mm of pure cowhide leather protecting your digits. In addition to the cowhide, there’s 4mm of foam padding on the upper hand and a stud fastening to stop the whole glove coming off, when you least want it to.

FEATURES:

  • Padded perforated knuckle area
  • Padding and rib detail on fingers
  • Perforated fingers for ventilation
  • Stud fastening at wrist for close fit

SEE MORE AT BLACKBIRD MOTORCYCLE WEAR

JEANS

SAINT WOMEN’S STRETCH HIGH-RISE JEANS

If you want a pair of jeans, that also look great while you’re off the bike – and save your bacon if you come off your bike – then Saint’s High Rise jeans have what you’re looking for. Saint put their single layer Dyneema blend to use, which means you get a 4.1 second (50 metre slide time) while feeling exactly like a normal pair of jeans. The Dyneema fabric features a 180 degree stretch and is stronger than steel. This means, you get the perfect mix of strength, comfort and style.

FEATURES:

  • Saint Unbreakable 4.0 Stretch Denim
  • Single layer protective stretch denim
  • Traditional five pocket design
  • Tapered Leg

SEE MORE AT SAINT

BOOTS

GASOLINA SHORTCUT BOOT

Gasolina is all about high-quality boots, made from top-notch leather. Their Shortcut Boot is no exception and it isn’t just a pretty face. Gasolina offers customisable fits, based on foot length and foot width to ensure your boots fit as good as they look.
The Shortcut’s are constructed from top grain leather, which is vat dyed to allow the colour to soak through the leather. This allows the boots to resist scuffs and wear better than most. The soles are solid rubber to prevent vibration reaching your feet and the Goodyear welt construction means the Shortcut can be re-soled, should they ever need it.

FEATURES:

  • High quality top grain 1.8-2mm outer leather
  • Solid, natural rubber soles
  • Double buckle adjusters
  • Shift protectors
  • Ankle protection

SEE MORE AT MOTOFEMMES

ARMOUR

CE APPROVED ARMOUR

You can buy protectors separately, if the built-in protectors don’t fit snugly or your gear doesn’t come with armour as standard. Armour comes in a variety of materials including plastic, moulded rubber and dual density foam. High standard armour has CE EN1621 approval, which is what you should be looking for. Some of the most common is D3o, which is an extremely flexible, low profile and lightweight and offers incredible protection. The best bit is, most of this armour is removable. Meaning you can wear your gear comfortably off the bike.

Armour can typically be fitted to Back, Shoulders, Elbows, Hip & Knee. Ticking all these boxes keeps you much more protected when on the road.

SEE MORE INFO AT D3O

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