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The Manufacturers section is a list of companies that makes real protective gear for women. No fluff. These companies also tend to make slightly higher quality, more protective options for us including 1 and 2 piece leathers. AGVSport AGVSport has a moderate American fit. Not as generous as Olympia, Tourmaster or Cortech but not a full European fit either.
Alpinestars Alpinestars carries an extensive women's line that is both stylish and protective. The fit is European and starts at a US 0-2. They make some of the smallest off the rack sizes, starting in Euro 38.
British Motorcycle Gear Formerly known as Belstaff, their textile jackets are excellent for touring, as they're extremely durable, have multiple layers and will keep you warm in extremely cold climates. I was told by one of their dealers that many Eastern European police forces use these jackets. Unfortunately, their women's sizing doesn't run smaller than a US 6. But the good news is that BMG jackets for women run very generous in the shoulders, bust and arms. If you're a curvy woman, with real curves, looking for an incredible winter motorcycle jacket, then you definitely need to check out BMG.
Cortech If you have trouble finding a jacket to fit your bust, and you need something above a US Women's Size 14, you'll find some of their jackets sized all the way up to a US 20. The shoulders, chest, arms and bust are cut generously for those of you with a curvy body and/or muscular shoulders/arms. Everything (including men's line) is cut with a generous, what I call, "American Fit". Nothing in the women's line is priced over $250.
Dainese Dainese has an incredible line of fully protective, leather women's gear. Both for street and track riding. You'll find the Dainese fit to be a European fit, narrower through the shoulders, bust, waist, hips and thighs. The cut/shape is outstanding, especially if you're a petite body type and have trouble finding gear small enough to fit you. Their sizing for women starts at ~38 or ~40 (US0-2), depending on the make/model and goes up to a US14. I have a rather short torso with a higher waist and everything they makes fits me so well. My wallet hurts just thinking about it.
You'll find a full line of textile and leather jackets and pants for women. Dainese has recently opened 3 stores in the US in major cities such as San Francisco, Costa Mesa, Chicago and I hear they're working on opening more stores in 2011 so stay tuned.
FieldSheer Fieldsheer has textile/leather jackets and pants. The Adventure jacket looks like an excellent jacket for touring or cold climates. They've recently posted their size charts on their website as well. The fit is very similar to Tourmaster.
First Gear If you’re searching for waterproof overpants, First Gear is one of the few manufacturers that makes a pant with full length zippers from hip to toe. You'll find the fit to be American with tall options.
GoGo Gear GoGoGear is making highly fashionable scooter / city jackets for women. When I see them, I definitely think of wearing them out to dinner, or as a really cute casual coat. But they do come fully armored, with CE rated elbow and shoulder armor, as well as back protection.
Held USA Held makes gloves in numeric sizes, in .5 increments. Some of their gloves including the Phantoms run as small as a size 6. Perfect for petite women's hands. I'm a 7 and normally wear small/medium women's gloves. Some brands I can wear smalls, but it depends. Held also offers Gore-Tex Pro Shell 2 piece suits for women, a very rare option in the women's motorcycle gear world.
Helimot I'm so glad we're at H, because Helimot is truly a unique store that was started by a wonderful lady by the name of Linda. Please read what she says about women's gear and why she started doing this here.Helimot will custom fit leathers for you in a multitude of colors/patterns to choose from. They also carry the largest selection of Daytona boots, including the beloved boots of which I am a very proud owner. Don't forget to check out my review of the Lady Star boots here.
Hit-Air Hit Air is a japanese brand that has come out with textile jackets and vests with an inflatable airbag system. Safermoto is the sole distributor. There is one textile women's jacket, called the FR Lady. The fit/cut does look on the petite side, as the XL only accommodates up to a 38" chest.
Joe Rocket Full women’s line of gear including jackets, pants, gloves and casual wear. The cut on Joe Rocket tends to be generous in the shoulders, arms and bust. So if you're a size 0-2-4, I would consider a European fit from manufacturers such as Dainese, REV'IT or BMW. They also offer a full set of Diva sizes (18 - 24) in many of their jackets.
Klim Klim offers high end offroad and adventure / dual sport gear for women. They came out with the Altitude Gore-Tex suit, which is modeled after the popular men's Latitude. If you're looking for the ultimate dual sport suit, you can't go wrong with the Altitude.
Macna Macna is based in the Netherlands. They've been in Europe up until 2012 when Twisted Throttle introduced the brand through it's website. The women's offerings are great if you're looking for summer or winter textiles. They even have a really cool 3/4 length leather touring jacket for women. You can see the options available on Twisted Throttle's website. I'm sure they will be expanding the offerings for women riders as their presence becomes known.
Motoport Custom, 2 piece, textile (Kevlar), armored gear for men and women. They also say they have the best body armor available on the market, even better than Forcefield's TPro. Be sure to check out their "Save Your Hide" article breaking down various materials used in motorcycle gear today, breaking down tear and abrasion strength by fabric.
Olympia Motosports Olympia has a couple of great jackets and pants for women, specifically the Airglide jacket and matching pants. They're both waterproof and well ventilated if you remove the liners. The jacket is tapered at the waist and goes past the waist just enough to cover your tailbone. Their sizing for jackets is typically XS-XXXL, and US4-18 in pants. Their pants are sized with a real woman's fit. If you're a 12, you'll be a 12 with Olympia. They're wide leg, so if you have trouble finding pants to fit your butt/thighs well, you'll be thrilled with the way their pants fit. Especially the Airglides, since they have stretch nylon on the front of the thighs, it's not unusual to go down a size in that style.
REV'IT If you want gear that's actually fitted for women, and doesn't look like you're wearing men's gear, you'll love them. REV'IT is ideal for those of you who are tall, narrow in the waist have a long inseam, long arms and/or long torsos. Although it isn't the perfect cut for me, I simply love their gear so much that I don't care that I'm short! Actually, for those of us who are vertically challenged, REV'IT makes many of their pants in Standard and Short inseam sizes. Lucky for me, I have a 29" inseam which allows me to wear their pants in a 'standard' size, vs 'short'. Something that I really like about this company is the fact that nothing has Pink, Glitter, Floral Patterns or anything else that can be marketed as 'girly'. The way it fits on a woman's body is more than enough to tell someone that she is wearing women's gear. The articulation (on the bike) and fit is awesome.
RS Taichi RS Taichi is a premium Japanese brand which only makes textile options for women, unfortunately. If you thought the US had a low percentage of women riders (15-20%), Japan's is even lower. I think I'd scare them if I showed up on my motorcycle! But the textile jackets are so comfortable, and the unisex pants are great as well. The fit is very 'asian', in the sense that it's great for a petite frame (shorter inseams, short torso, compact frame). Needless to say, I love their gear. Shop online at MotoLiberty.com.
Segura Segura is a French company that is currently distributed through a store in Minneapolis called MotoandCo. They offer an interesting range of sport and cafe style jackets, as well as a couple of casual style riding boots. I'll be reviewing one of them soon, so stay tuned.
Sidi Boots Sidi makes several pairs of boots, and is distributed through MotoNation.com. They also distribute AGVSport apparel and Vemar helmets. There are very few track worthy boots for women on the market, and the Vertigo Lei is one of them.
Spidi To view the women's collection, select 'fit for lady' on the category drop down menu and select go. You can buy Spidi online at KneeDraggers.com. The fit is European, much like Dainese or REV'IT, so be sure to follow the size charts to order the right size. Based on the chart, a Euro 38 in Spidi is close to a Euro 34 in REV'IT or Euro 40 in Dainese, all of which are equivalent to a US Women's 0-2.
TCX Boots TCX bought Oxtar awhile ago, and appears to have discontinued the Sunray boot, which I have owned in the past. It looks like they have a replacement called the Aura. TCX is no longer distributed through Helmet House anymore, so they're a little more difficult to find. You can find a dealer locater on their website.
Teiz Motorsports Teiz makes affordable, custom one piece textile and leather suits. They've recently started to offer sizing in smaller women's sizes. The textile suits are waterproof through the shell and have removable, insulated liners. The zippers are even rubberized and sealed! As of Feb. 2011, they are working on women's prototypes (non custom), so stay tuned.
Tourmaster Tourmaster has a great line of textile and leather jackets for women. They also appear to carry a couple of leather pants and gloves as well. As their name implies, check them out if you're looking for a great touring jacket and/or luggage accessories. They also tend to make their gear far better fit for plus size women, even offering Plus Size versions of their jackets such as the Trinity and Motive.
Vanson Vanson is a well known, highly respected gear manufacturer. You can get custom leathers or off the rack on their website or through one of their many retailers. My first jacket was a textile Vanson (which I can't bear to get rid of) and I love it. It's made of a very dense textile, almost like kevlar, with venting in the lower back, front chest pockets and forearms. It's an amazing spring/summer jacket. I also love the waist cinching and comfort fit. I crashed at low speed in it once, and it barely had a mark on the shoulder.