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Review: Leather Motorcycle Jacket with Braided Detail Made in USA

This rider tries out wearing leather for the first time

By Fran Mayko, Milford, Connecticut; Photos by Tricia Szulewski
9/21/2016

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Note from Editor: Hot Leathers has been a longtime supporter of Women Riders Now and recently wanted to get the word out to the readers that the company's leather jackets are not all made in another country. In fact, the Connecticut-based motorcycle apparel company has a line of Made in the USA motorcycle riding leathers that are high quality and beat the competition's prices. 

Women Riders Now was invited to review one of the company's ladies leather jackets. We asked longtime reader Fran Mayko, a writer herself, to wear the jacket and ride in it and tell us what she thinks. Below is her review. 

I've never owned a leather motorcycle jacket before, so my preconceived notions about its weight, feel, and fit were quickly altered when I tried on the Ladies Leather Jacket With Braided Detail from Hot Leathers that's made in the USA.

I had always thought a leather motorcycle jacket would be heavy, bulky, and cut specifically for the male build. And the leather jackets made for women I'd seen looked too pretty to be functional. And since I prefer practical over pretty in motorcycle clothing, I’m delighted this jacket offers several functional features: a removable quilted liner, several pockets, side and cuff zippers, pre-curved sleeves, a collar snap, and heavy-duty zippers.

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Longtime Women Riders Now reader Fran Mayko happily testing out her very first leather jacket as she gives us what call the “WRN Salute,” peace sign while seated on her 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200XL Low that she named The Divine Mizz B. “B” stands for blue.

Because of my stocky frame, I usually have trouble finding clothes that fit properly. But if you follow the manufacturer's sizing suggestions you'll most likely get a good fit. Measure your chest, waist, and sleeve length and select your size based on your largest dimensions. If you plan to wear extra layers, the sizing chart recommends a size larger.

My usual jacket size is a Large, so I chose an XL, which fit comfortably. This size offered me enough room across the chest and the option to wear an extra thin layer under the quilted vest.

Made of heavyweight cowhide leather, this Hot Leathers ladies jacket feels soft and supple. I thought the sleeves were too long at first, as the cuffs extend past my fingertips. But I was happily surprised at how well the extra length worked when I sat on my Sportster and reached my arms forward to its reduced reach handgrips.

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Fran likes how the braided detail down the front and back of the Hot Leathers ladies leather jacket offers a bit of personality to its otherwise basic leather look.


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She also likes that the jacket adequately covers her backside when seated on the bike. Note how the braided detail down the back of the jacket provides a slenderizing effect.

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The zip-out liner is a thin quilted vest; it provides an extra layer of warmth on the torso when worn inside the jacket.


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A deep satin-lined interior pocket with a snap closure on the left panel is large enough to hold a cell phone or small wallet. It’s accessible with or without the liner zipped in.


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The jacket also has two external zippered satin-lined hand warmer pockets that are not as deep as the interior pocket. Zippers are good to have on exterior pockets on a riding jacket so items stay safely inside when zipped.


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The collar’s heavy-duty snap closure gives you added protection from the elements. Fran finds it quite comfortable saying it doesn't bind around her neck like some collars do. There's even enough room for a bandana to fit around her neck.


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Note the quality stitching along the shoulder seams. The sleeves are stitched to the jacket's shoulders in a way that allows ample arm movement and flexibility for reaching up to the motorcycle's handlebars.

 
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The zippered cuffs easily cover the gauntlets of your riding gloves to keep cold air out. Wearing unvented leather like this on hot, humid days can be very uncomfortable. Leaving the jacket's sleeves unzipped allows some air to flow up the arms while riding.


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Snaps and zippers on both sides allow for some airflow and adjustability in the fit. Leaving them opened and unsnapped when you’re seated on the bike prevents the front of the jacket from bunching up.

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Hot Leathers offers three great leather jackets for women that are made in the USA, along with two pair of chaps. And there are USA-made jackets and chaps for men. All are assembled and stitched at Hot Leather's original and oldest location in South Windsor, Connecticut.

The Hot Leathers Ladies Leather Jacket with Braided Detail (JKL5002) retails for an affordable $299.95 and is available in sizes S – 2XL. The company offers a generous five-year warranty against defects on its Made in the USA leather goods.

Click this link to order the jacket online and use the code "WRN" to receive free shipping.

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