sexy, safe gear for women

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Carbon12Eve, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Carbon12Eve

    Carbon12Eve n00b

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    So I'm a total noob. I brought a used Joe Rocket jacket, shoei full face (gift from bf), gaerne boots, draggin jeans and some gloves on sale from a harley/truimph dealership. I aspire to better gear as I've been riding for about six months and want to stick with it through the rainy season (want to replace my car with a motorcycle but gotta try a rainy season first). My bf really likes/owns the Aerostitch Roadcrafter. I like the safety factor of it but the Michelin man profile leaves me cold. I'm not a sport bike rider (mine is an '84 Honda Shadow 500 -- beginning bike) but I'd kinda like to look sexy, sporty whilst enjoying all the utilitarian ideals of temperature proof, water proof riding (knowing that no suit is perfect for all climates...I'd probably avoid the high temps as I live in Northern CA). In short, are there any rugged touring suits that look good on women? Any help appreciated. During the week only commuting but more fun/distance on weekends!

    Update: 10/5/12
    Thank you so much to all of you for the replies (Big shoutout to PhoenixGirl, very helpful, thanks!). I am still wrestling with the sexy vs. safe. I am getting to the point where I don't care about sexy as much, unfortunately, because I feel like there just isn't the option out there that will keep you dry and look good doing it. I did see 1 posting of a scantily clad lady...I thought she was dressed quite sexily but her "gear" didn't quite cover enough to qualify as safe. I'm considering the Olympia or perhaps Rukka at this point (big price point difference...not sure if Rukka is in the budget). Thanks again!

    Update: 10/10/12
    Ordered a two piece Road Crafter. They are actually doing women's sizes on the pants now. But since this portion of their line is so new their only sizer in my size was out (smallest they do right now is size 8). So I'm trying a men's size. I did manage to get a discounted jacket in my size from the sale site (worn for a modelling shoot). I was going to get the Transit suit but after reading reviews that they might not be able to repair it (they are currently contracting with a local cobbler) and talking to their rep who confirmed that they might not be able to repair it despite it not being "totalled" in the typical sense (usually when the repairs would cost half the value of the suit) I opted to go with their tried and true line the roadcrafter. The Rukka was just too damn expensive. So I admit defeat and leave you with this new tagline made up specially for the occasion...safe keeps your sexy for another day!!
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  2. PhoenixGirl63

    PhoenixGirl63 Adventurer

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    Hi, Eve -
    I have the Olympia Airglide jacket and overpants. I like them because they are a mix of textile and mesh (great for summer) but also come with liners (thermal and water proof) that can be zipped in and out, which makes it a 3 season (almost a 4 season) outfit. I've worn them on city streets commuting (currently an hour each way) and on long weekend trips. I've worn them out on dirt and gravel roads, in rain and in sun...and I'm really happy with them. There are a lot of gals over on www.twowheelfemales.com, another forum that I frequent, that wear this combo, too.

    Last year, I rode on New Year's Eve. The roads were clear and there was no snow (highly unusual for Chicago). Temp was around 30 degrees, though. Still, my Olympia gear kept me warm (with fleece under layers and using the liners), the only things cold were my hands (but, my Hippo Hands helped out with that before I got Gerbings heated gloves).

    The jacket fits a woman's shape with adjustable tabs on the sides. Dainese has good stuff and has a very sexy shape (I have a beige mesh jacket for summer.. but it's very spendy, too. But that jacket is definitely NOT waterproof.

    Welcome to riding! And good on you for being full ATGATT! Enjoy the ride and here's to plenty of (s)miles to come!:freaky
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  3. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    You appreciate the Michelin man profile more after the bike goes down at speed. :lol3
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  4. space

    space a.k.a. Jake

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    My wife likes her two Rev'it suits -- and she looks damn good in them! Decent protection, but with fitted waists and non-stupid colors. (She is not a fan of the pink and baby blue that too much women's gear comes in.)

    That said, if you want temperature and rain protection, there's going to be a good bit of bulk.
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  5. Wistrick

    Wistrick Been here awhile

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    here is the website ur looking for

    Gear Chic http://gearchic.com/

    real riders real curves

    Enjoy

    Dan
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  6. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  7. janeuner

    janeuner Get Some

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  8. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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  9. scootertrog

    scootertrog Been here awhile

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    Rev-It has some really nice stuff for women, check out Revzilla and their YouTube reviews. That combo is always the first stop we make when looking for gear for my wife (and usually the last stop).
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  10. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    I have pretty much given up on trying to get my girl to wear gear, ergo, i dont push her to ride with me too much anymore either. Its just not worth the fight. Apparently its my fault that gear makers dont make stuff that fit women with curves. Ill check out some of the recommendations above, hopefully it doesn't end up in another fight.

    :hide
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  11. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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  12. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Here's an interesting blog with pics showing some of what is out there:

    http://themotolady.com/

    This is her - I think the jacket is Icon:
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  13. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    This is pretty sexy gear:

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  14. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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  15. Downer

    Downer Downer

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    I picked up some used Revit pants and jacket from an Inmate for my wife off the flea market. I was just looking for something reasonably priced with good protection. We took a guess on the size and got lucky and everything fit great. Even she was happy with the way it fit and looked. I can't believe even a custom Roadcrafter would look as good.

    She rides with me only on occasion so the Roadcrafter was a bit of overkill for what she needed. If she was looking for 12 month everyday gear I would take a long look at the new Roadcrafter cut for a woman. They were on sale in the very recent past. For gear you are going to be taking on and off if a bike is your primary transportation I don't think anything beats the Roadcrafter.

    I ride in a Roadcrafter 90% of the time. For the Virginia weather I ride with some fleece and a heated vest I ride all year. If I had to get by with one set of riding gear I would go with the RC. I am past the point of caring what I look like and am more interested crash protection, weather protection and comfort.

    Good luck with the decision. Lots of great gear out there.
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  16. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    One other option - pricey, but not as bad as aerostitch. One piec suit, custom fit to you, $899.
    http://store.teizms.com/revolution

    They also do custom/women's pants, but not jackets (yet).

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  17. Johnny Lawless

    Johnny Lawless Adventurer

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    Motoport has their Monroe jacket. Supposedly built specifically to accommodate feminine architecture.
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  18. seevtsaab

    seevtsaab Been here awhile

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    +1 on Rev-It. Mrs seevtsaab has Gear pants and ignition jacket. Good road kit (I'm 1 year in Gear pants). She's shapely and fit is great. No armor flopping about. She shrunk some and had to go down a size in pants, I've got hers posted in flea market.



    Tapatalk made my iPhone do it
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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    She said she wants sexy:huh
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  20. RocketMoto

    RocketMoto 2 Many Motersikles

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    Go-Go Gear
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