A few years ago I wrote this post about heated motorcycle gear options for women.
I thought it would be a good time to update since we have NEW options for those of us looking for 12V (plug into your bike) heat. 12V(olt) heat offers the most heating to anyone who rides a 50-75mph on a motorcycle. Because 7V heat is great to go to a football game / fall festival / walk the dog.
But when you want something that will provide the most heat possible and keep you warm all day riding at highway speeds, you need 12V gear.
Keep in mind that this means you need a rock solid outer jacket to wear over these new Olympia options. Something along the lines of this Rev’it Horizon Jacket. If you haven’t even started there, then we need to talk offline.
When I wrote that post 3 years ago, there was only 1 option for 12V gear for us; WarmnSafe. But now we have another !
Hello North Bay Heated Jacket and Pants by Olympia.
I haven’t tried them on yet, or ridden in them but I’m very excited about the prospect of another gear line just for women. Especially 12V gear! You can find a ton of 7V products on the market because there are far more women doing everyday activities like going to games, bicycling, walking to work, etc.
But far fewer ride motorcycles! (which many of us are trying to change).
I’ll have to see how these Olympia compare in terms of fitment and comfort.
The reason I love my Warmnsafe Jacket is because it fit me so well. It’s stretchy and fitted, and was always comfortable under my gear. I always loved the fact that it also heated my collar, sleeves AND neck.
The North Bay doesn’t do sleeves. That’s also the reason why I never did vests, because I always needed full sleeve warmth too. I know for many people that if they’re core is warm enough then the sleeves won’t matter but that simply isn’t the case for me. Even with the best baselayers, and the warmest winter jackets to block as much as wind as well.
The two things to note about this outfit:
All connections are Coaxial and work with pretty much everyone else (Gerbing, Warmnsafe, Hotwired, etc.)
The controller is a single button on both garments! NO external controllers!
The button is raised so you can feel it through your main jacket. And it seems like an easy reach whether you’re right or left handed.
And I know what half (yes, that many of you) of you are thinking. Pink? Yep, even I can get past it because it’s such a great jacket. I got my hands on one of the men’s ones today and if the woman’s jacket is the same material and stretch comfort, you are going to love it. My theory is that it will have a similar fit profile as their regular riding gear; more on the generous/American fit. I’ll report back as soon as I have a fit update.
I would also like to mention that the new Gerbing Jackets are also a great option for the curviest of women out there, I would say ~45”-55” chests and/or waists. For example, you’re 5’8” and your bust is 45” and your waist is 42”. this will have plenty of room around your waist and just enough room over your hips. Not quite a full woman’s fitment for hips but since the waist has a little give around the hem and the roomy fit, it’s a great option for many women out there.
Like I said, they run VERY boxy. Even for the men, the Gerbing lines run big and almost everyone sizes down.
Another bonus that I discovered recently is this AMAZINGGGG PORTABLE BATTERY with a Coaxial Input! (e.g. you can plug your heated jacket liner into it!)
Aside from this bonus feature, it also acts a fully portable jump starter for your motorcycle, car or truck! We have the smaller one just for our bikes, the Sport Power Supply. It totally works and fits easily under most reasonable seats.
So for all the hardcore women riders out there that need heated gear for your next trip to Alaska, NovaScotia or Canada I hope this is works out for you. Please, report back!