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The Latest in Women's Motorcycling Apparel

What's new for 2009

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
3/27/2009

If you're a frequent visitor to WRN, you know I recently returned from two big industry trade shows, the V-Twin Expo, and Dealer Expo, where manufacturers display their latest products for the dealers who look for new items for their stores. Many of the motorcycling apparel manufacturers were at both shows displaying their new women's styles for 2009.

Trends for 09: Pink is still in, in small amounts. We're not seeing full-on pink jackets in mass quantities, rather splashes of it. Subtle, edgy graphics in tribal designs seem to be the hot ticket on ladies riding gear these days as companies try to appeal to a younger crowd, or the over 40 set who wants to look younger with these stylish new designs. Just below waist is the popular length. No more long ¾ or waist length, although there still are some of those styles around.

Women riders expect more from their apparel these days so the companies that want to stay competitive offer thoughtful features like fleece lined collars, large zipper pulls, waist cinches and expandable panels to accommodate a variety of sizes. When buying compare features apples to apples. The more features you get the more versatile the jacket. Women want their riding garments to work with them, not against them. Apparel that has seams that scratch your neck or wrists, no full length liner, pockets that don't have zippers, and not enough inside pockets just aren't worth our time anymore. Manufacturers know women expect more, and more of them are stepping up to the plate.

Below are some riding jackets and pants that caught our eye that we think you should know about.

Scorpion Sports
Scorpion started offering women's motorcycling apparel, and helmets with feminine graphics last year. (Click here to read my review of a Scorpion leather outfit.) Since Scorpion is committed to the women’s market, the company is releasing some hot new styles for 2009. ScorpionUSA.com

Hip and stylish textiles! The Scorpion Nip Tuck jacket (starts at $159.95) is made of an abrasion resistant polyester mesh so it's lightweight. The matching Savannah pants (start at $159.95) are ballistic nylon with mesh panels. Lot of protective features with tons of flash and pizazz!
Hip and stylish textiles! The Scorpion Nip Tuck jacket (starts at $159.95) is made of an abrasion resistant polyester mesh so it's lightweight. The matching Savannah pants (start at $159.95) are ballistic nylon with mesh panels. Lot of protective features with tons of flash and pizazz!

Scorpion founder and V.P. of sales and marketing, Eric Anderson, manages to hold three items with two hands: the Dahlia water resistant textile jacket (starts at $199.95), the matching Black Dahlia EXO 700 helmet - available in more than black (starts at $219.95), and the women's Kat gloves ($59.95). Thanks Eric for making feminine styles fun not fanatical.
Scorpion founder and V.P. of sales and marketing, Eric Anderson, manages to hold three items with two hands: the Dahlia water resistant textile jacket (starts at $199.95), the matching Black Dahlia EXO 700 helmet - available in more than black (starts at $219.95), and the women's Kat gloves ($59.95). Thanks Eric for making feminine styles fun not fanatical.

Fieldsheer
Fieldsheer has been making quality, price conscious motorcycling apparel for years and was one of the first to introduce women's gear. Fieldsheer continues to expand and refine its women's line of textiles and leathers. Fieldsheer.com

Fieldsheer brand manager Wayne Gaylord tells me, "We wanted to make a jacket that was feminine not girly," hence the Breeze that sits below the waist, not quite a 3/4. Soft mesh; full waterproof liner, soft removable armor, and for 2009, comes in this high viz yellow, which is all the rage this year. Riders want to be seen. Generous sizing goes up to 24. $129.99.
Fieldsheer brand manager Wayne Gaylord tells me, "We wanted to make a jacket that was feminine not girly," hence the Breeze that sits below the waist, not quite a 3/4. Soft mesh; full waterproof liner, soft removable armor, and for 2009, comes in this high viz yellow, which is all the rage this year. Riders want to be seen. Generous sizing goes up to 24. $129.99.

Icon
Icon has been at it for a few years now and always seems to be one step ahead of the curve in terms of style. Designs cater to hipper, edgier crowd, and the news style for spring 2009 is no exception. RideIcon.com.

The Hella Crossbone Racer from Icon is all about standing out and making a statement. What you don't see is the back of this leather jacket emblazoned with the number 13 (wicked number 13 according to Icon's Web site) or you can get lucky number 7 on it. At a price of $395, you'll pay to be different.
The Hella Crossbone Racer from Icon is all about standing out and making a statement. What you don't see is the back of this leather jacket emblazoned with the number 13 (wicked number 13 according to Icon's Web site) or you can get lucky number 7 on it. At a price of $395, you'll pay to be different.

Teknic
Another company that's been making women's gear before most others, Teknic has had the time to refine its women's line over the years. Offerings include leather and textile outfits. Jackets are generously sized up to 14 with some garments up to size 16. TeknicGear.com

The Sequoia textile from Teknic comes in a variety of colors including this nicely balanced black and pink. Fully waterproof with all the technical and performance features you'd expect in a touring jacket. Comes in sizes up to 16. Fairly priced at $179.99.
The Sequoia textile from Teknic comes in a variety of colors including this nicely balanced black and pink. Fully waterproof with all the technical and performance features you'd expect in a touring jacket. Comes in sizes up to 16. Fairly priced at $179.99.

Teknic's Bill Ringrose shows off a two-piece leather sport riding suit, the Venom jacket ($299.99) and Venom pants ($199.99). Highly technical with all the protection and breathability you'd want in an outfit that needs to work for you.
Teknic's Bill Ringrose shows off a two-piece leather sport riding suit, the Venom jacket ($299.99) and Venom pants ($199.99). Highly technical with all the protection and breathability you'd want in an outfit that needs to work for you.

We couldn't resist sharing the Vogue jacket from Teknic with you. The hot graphics match the jacket's name for women who want a some style when they're tearing up the streets. High tech features on this jacket justify the $299.99 price tag.
We couldn't resist sharing the Vogue jacket from Teknic with you. The hot graphics match the jacket's name for women who want a some style when they're tearing up the streets. High tech features on this jacket justify the $299.99 price tag.

Z1R
Z1R came onto the scene first as a helmet manufacturer, but this year introduced a line of women's apparel. By waiting until now, the company has had the chance to observe others and create what they think is hot right now. Z1RHelmets.com

Shown is the Nectar jacket from Z1R in two color schemes. The cowhide felt soft and pliable, like it's already broken in; we think it would feel comfortable wearing it. No price available when posting this article.
Shown is the Nectar jacket from Z1R in two color schemes. The cowhide felt soft and pliable, like it's already broken in; we think it would feel comfortable wearing it. No price available when posting this article.

Here's that delicate tribal design I mentioned earlier splashed on Z1R's Burlesque jacket and the Half Helmet in Nomad Burlesque design.  Again, no prices listed at this time.
Here's that delicate tribal design I mentioned earlier splashed on Z1R's Burlesque jacket and the Half Helmet in Nomad Burlesque design. Again, no prices listed at this time.

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