Specific to Women

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by VelvtRide, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. WNDRLST

    WNDRLST Adventurer

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    I'm pretty sure it's not a Kili. At least, not from the last 3 years. lack of chest pockets, cream color, and the fitted cut are all unlike a Kili. Every touring jacket seems to be pasted all over with pockets, has a very square cut, and is either black or grey; I'm very interested in finding one that is none of these things.

    Maybe I should give up and aim for an easier goal; like a goose that lays golden eggs. :(:
  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Finding women's riding gear isn't easy. I wear this jacket and like it: http://www.jafrum.com/Shop-By-Brand...s-Womens-Tour-Master-Motive-Motorcycle-Jacket I'm a round gal and I found this in women's sizes. It's big enough around my bust and hips but yet the shoulders and sleeve legnth aren't so big I'm swimming.

    Mine is black with pink piping. I prefer black just because the dead bugs don't show as much as they do on light colors but that's just what I like. The biggest thing for me was finding something that fit, is comfortable, and didn't cost so much I had to put the bike away for a season to afford it.

    Most years I go to the International Motorcycle Show in Seattle and was able to check out all sorts of jackets there. The nice guy from Helmet House dug this jacket out and told me it would fit. I didn't believe him because other sales people had tried to put me in bigger sizes, that were too big in the shoulders or into men's jacket :lol3 I am so not built like a man.

    Good luck finding your prefect riding gear. Keep looking it might be where you least expect it.:thumb
  3. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    As soon as I thoroughly check out my finances I'm going to get mesh motoport pants and a jacket. The 3/4 length jacket is not stylin', but you can have them leave off all of the giant front pockets. I just need the hand warmer pockets and a tiny chest pocket for my iPod. pricey, but custom made and they're 20 minutes from my house. I'm hoping they can fit the jacket so I don't get the "sir, excuse me" from people behind me when I'm wearing my "football shoulders" jacket.
    sigh........:puke1
  4. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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  5. WNDRLST

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    I need to hit one of the big motorcycle shows and try on stuff. I tried on helmets at the MotoGP races at Laguna Seca, and was able to rule out 3 brands entirely, and get 2 good options for my next helmet, But there wasn't much in the way of women's riding gear (lots of tank tops, but not much actual riding gear).

    Someone just told me about Held, http://stores.heldnorthamerica.com/StoreFront.bok which has some promising stuff for women. I just found out I'm going to the UK for XMas, so I think I'll check out some of the European brands while I'm there. Two months isn't too long to wait to find The Perfect Jacket (I'm so tired of compromising with badly fitting, not-quite-functional gear).

    Always looking for more ideas for gear!
  6. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    We have a shop here that carries a tiny bit of women's riding gear (mostly men's) and lots of skimpy little tops.....
    hmmm...... Guess some clothing manufacturers haven't quite clued in yet.......
  7. AnyDay

    AnyDay Wants more time off

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    I really like Olympia jackets. They have pockets, features, protection, and take curves into consideration. Their sizing chart seems to run true (as in, I had to order online because no one had one for me to try on but it actually fit).
  8. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I have an Airglide 3 Olympia jacket and love it. It's got a quilted and a waterproof zip-out liner, so it's very adjustable for temps. The pants zip to the jacket to make it truly waterproof.
  9. WNDRLST

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    I like Olympia; I have their pants, and they're pretty great. For jackets, it looks like I will probably end up in an Olympia AST 2. It meets most of my requirements: waterproof, good ventilation, placket over the front zipper. And at least it comes in grey (which is not great, but is at least not black). The fit reports sound like it will mostly work. But I'm guessing I'll still look like a little girl who stole her daddy's motorcycle in it.

    I will try to make do this fall with lots of layers under my mesh, until I can go to Europe and try some stuff on there. If nothing works, well... <sigh> a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do.
  10. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    I have an Olympia AST2 and I like almost everything about it. I bought it before riding to AK in May, and it kept me totally warm and waterproof the whole time. In fact, two weeks ago I went out riding on our first really cold, lookin-like-winter day with just a thin layer on under and stayed plenty warm, even when hitting a small bit of snow. Sadly, I bought a small, not knowing that an x-small was available. Mine is in super obnoxious hi-viz yellow. Slightly less so now that it has seen 14,000 miles. :D

    The only thing about the jacket I don't really like (and would have been less of an issue if I had the smaller size) is the collar making it a little more difficult to turn my head. It's not that I can't, I just have to work a little harder at it. Make sure you try the jacket with your helmet.

    I like the protection of my gear. I don't like that you can't tell I'm a woman when I'm in it...:cry
  11. SansSand

    SansSand Dirty Smile

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    The BMW comfort shell is great and you still look like a women! Feels funny when you first try it on...but sit on the bike and it all falls into place.
  12. WNDRLST

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    Funny you should mention the Motorrad stuff....

    I went by the BMW dealer on Friday, to see if they had any women's Olympia stuff I could try on for size, and I walked out with a Tour Shell jacket.

    It's a very expensive impulse purchase for me, but it had something I couldn't walk away from: IT FIT. The shoulders, chest, length, hips, sleeve length & volume were PERFECT. The outer shell is waterproof (check off that requirement); the front zip comes diagonally around your neck and has a little piped placket underneath to keep rain and wind out (almost as good as a placket on the outside, so check off my second requirement); and there are diagonal side vents and back
    vents that should move enough air to keep me comfie in reasonable heat (85 or 90?), (hits my third requirement).

    I went for a 400 mile ride in it yesterday; it was 45 when we left the house, so I had my Gerbings on underneath (yes, I'm a sissy about the cold) and was fine. It was 36 when we hit the East Mountains, but there was zero wind coming in that front zipper (score!!!!).When it warmed up to the mid-60s I put the Gerbing in the saddlebags and was comfy in just the jacket, a thin fleece, and silk thermal camisole. Still, ZERO wind in the zipper or in the collar. When the sun set, I put the jacket's own thermal liner in and was comfortable in the low-50s temps.

    Only drawback is that the back protector is much too tall, and was catching on the back of my helmet and keeping me from raising my head to look up. This morning I trimmed about 1/3" off both the top and bottom with a rotary cutter. I just did a 35-mile ride across town and didn't notice the back protector at all. Also opened up the vents to get a sense of the airflow, and I'm feeling pretty hopeful that they will do fine next summer.

    Haven't seen how it handles water yet.


    But did I mention that IT FITS!!!! :clap:wings
  13. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Hmm, I noticed the back protector in my GogoGear hoodie was a little high when I rode with it on Friday for 140ish miles. Thanks for the idea of trimming it down a little bit as the symptoms are similar to yours.
  14. SansSand

    SansSand Dirty Smile

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    That's the one...it use to be called the comfort shell! The jacket "skin" Opens up in heat and shuts down in cold. It is super waterproof! I didn't know that when I bought it...but I do now! Yes about the back...I am short and it gives me some issues. After washing it will take a bit to get it all comfy again! Also...use non detergent items to wash...woollite or rain gear hiking wash.
    Extreme heat...it is still hot... But better than other jackets.
    Lastly the cold...not a sissy in my books...smart is what i call it! The gerbin dealer told me i should nit need layers with this jacket...but if i do...put my layers over the grebin...he was so right. The heat needs to be against your skin. What works best is silk weight...gerbin...then a fleece if you need it...but you might not. Congrats on you investment!
  15. SansSand

    SansSand Dirty Smile

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    When storing for the winter...get the carb treatment and run the fuel out of the line...the bike has issues when it is it ridden.
  16. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Thanks for the info, can the bike sit a month without being ridden?

    I'm in southern California so we're just getting into prime desert riding season, but if I go traveling without a bike.....:cry
  17. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    should not be a problem at all - if you battery is weak just put it on a tender
  18. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    As Cuttle said stick it on a tender..
    BUT 1 word of caution..
    Please make sure the battery is FULLY charged first!!!
    Before sticking it on a tender....
  19. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Why, I use the tender to top up my battery if I haven't ridden for week or two since its alarm can drop the battery level.
  20. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    I don't worry about it how full the battery is at this time either