Leather jackets are a popular selection for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts, and good reason. Not only do they give off that outlaw vibe and classic biker tough-guy (or gal!) appeal, they’re durable and offer some of the best protection for you while you’re riding.
Not only does leather look tough, but it is also tough. Leather has been used for nearly the entirety of human history as a peak form of personal protection, up until we began manufacturing bullet-resistant synthetic materials.
With that in mind, you might wonder how much protection these jackets offer. According to a study conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, leather motorcycle jackets decreased the likelihood of injury following a motorcycle accident. It reduced the chances of abrasion injuries as well as bruising.
Leather also has natural durability, not only for protecting you but also for ensuring its longevity. Leather will, with age, become more supple, but as long as it’s cared for, it won’t crack or split. With proper care and attendance, your leather jacket can last a lifetime.
Harley Davidson Women’s Leather Jackets
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the official Harley-Davidson leather motorcycle jackets for women.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Intrepidity Leather Jacket
The Intrepidity jacket is made of washed, midweight buffalo leather. It has sanded seams that give it an attractive, classic vintage look. This jacket also has a polyester mesh lining, which helps with breathability and comfort.
It also comes with plenty of pockets. With body armor pockets on the elbows, shoulders, and back, along with an interior zipper pocket and zip-up hand-warmer pockets on the outside at the front, you have plenty of places for your phone, keys, and other items. Additionally, there’s a snap-flap coin pocket and two-way zipper front and cuffs.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Wild Distressed Leather Biker Jacket
This distressed leather biker jacket creates an attractive, classic silhouette when worn. It’s made with cowhide leather and has a wax finish. It’s washed and tumble-dried during production, then hand-sanded individually to create an aesthetic of being well-worn and classically appealing.
The cowhide leather is relatively lightweight even when you consider the polyester taffeta lining. It features chunky-style zippers with underarm grommets, studded snap epaulets, and a snap-down collar to complete its classically appealing look.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Kenova B&S Logo 3-in-1 Reflective Leather Jacket
This is another midweight jacket, and it’s made of washed cowhide leather. This is a three-in-one jacket that includes a removable, four-way shell-bonded microfleece hoodie. It helps to provide additional warmth for when you’re riding or showing in lower-temperature climates or colder months of the year.
It comes with 3D high-intake mesh panels and multiple vents throughout for improved airflow. This increases breathability in warmer situations. This jacket can be zipped shut to assist in thermoregulation.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Hairpin B&S Reflective Perforated Black Leather Jacket
The Hairpin B&S Reflective leather jacket is made with midweight buffalo leather and polyester mesh lining. It has decorative, perforated leather accents that feature attractive, contrasting white underlays.
Not only does it come with multiple vents for comfort, but it also features hip release zippers and pre-curved sleeves. Additionally, it has stretch panels for improved comfort and fit, as well as power-stretch waist tabs to give you a relaxed or snug-fitting jacket.
The 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material stripes allow a high level of visibility for when you’re riding your bike at night.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Epoch Leather Jacket
This jacket is stylish without being overbearing. With embroidered graphics on the left side of the chest and across the back, there’s no mistaking that this is a Harley-Davidson jacket. It has an attractive, contrasting accent piping as well.
It’s also got pockets! This includes the body armor pockets at the elbows and shoulders as well as hand-warming pockets and a vertical, single-zipper interior pocket.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Agitator Leather Jacket
This is another 100 percent goatskin leather jacket that’s lightweight with comfortable, breathable lining in the sleeves and body. Additionally, it has light padding in the back waist area, shoulders, and upper arm sections.
With zip-up chest pockets, hand-warmer pockets, and an interior, vertical pocket, you have plenty of space for your items. It features an embroidered leather patch with stud embellishments on the right sleeve and embroidered applique graphics with studs across the back.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Triple Vent System Mantle Leather Biker Jacket
If you want a jacket that’s got lots of vents, you want this leather jacket with its inclusive triple vent system. It features three strategically-placed vents on each side of the body. This allows for customizable, versatile airflow.
It’s also got embossed studding and a snap-down biker collar. The collar features hidden wire to help with shaping and stability of the collar and the lapels, so you can be sure that your look will be perfect every time. The jacket’s made of lightweight, 100 percent cowhide leather that’s been treated for a vintage appearance.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Priscella Leather Biker Jacket
The Priscella leather jacket is, in no way an exaggeration, iconic. Made with midweight, distressed buffalo leather, you get a classic, vintage look with the kind of durability and quality you would expect from a Harley-Davidson jacket.
It’s got an action back and mildly pre-curved sleeves, so you may have to break them in a little bit more for full comfort in your range of motion. It also has double-buckle waist tabs, so you can further customize the fit of this jacket.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Winsome Studded Leather Biker Jacket
This cowhide leather jacket is lightweight and is designed with a vintage steam treatment. This treatment not only gives it that attractive aged, broken-in look but also makes it feel much more comfortable from the moment you first put it on.
It’s got padded shoulders, an action back, and pre-curved sleeves for added comfort. There are two back waist zipper gussets and snap waist tabs. The jacket also has a mix of black, silver, and copper stud embellishments on the collar and cuffs for that fierce chick look.
Harley-Davidson Women’s VIX Denim & Leather Riding Biker Jacket
Harley-Davidson’s VIX is a combination denim-and-leather jacket. Don’t worry, denim is also durable and protective, and the contrast in fabric colors and textures has an attractive, aesthetically-pleasing quality. The leather portions are made of 100 percent buffalo leather.
It features cotton sheeting as the body lining and polyester twill lines the inside of the sleeves. It has belted buckle waist tabs, and two back-hip area release zippers for easy, secure adjustability. The contrast stitching throughout gives it a unique, authentic look and appeal that are unmatched.
How to Choose the Right Jacket
There are several factors that you should consider to help you select the right jacket for your needs and preferences.
The length of your jacket is essential in determining how you’ll use it and when you’ll wear it. Leather jackets are just that, though – they’re jackets, not long, weatherproof coats. As such, there are some things to remember to ensure a proper fit.
For starters, the bottom hem should fall to around your waist. High, snug-fitting hems are more stylish for events or gatherings. Loose-fitting jackets that go past the belt have a more rugged appeal and aesthetic, though.
Generally, you want your jacket to allow the belt of your pants to be visible when you zip or button it up unless you’re also planning to use it to work outdoors.
Your leather jacket will be made of leather. However, not all leather is created equal, even when it comes from the same animal as another leather type. There are five main types of leather that your jacket may be made from.
Cowhide is the most common type of leather that you’ll come across. It’s tough, thick, and might be a little stiff at first. As a result, you should be aware that it may take a while to break these jackets in.
Deerskin is more flexible and tends to be lighter than cowhide, but is just as sturdy and naturally weatherproof. It’s usually softer to the touch and has a small amount of surface fuzz to it.
Goatskin is lighter than cowhide and usually has a more visible texture when new. It also weathers more obviously, developing surface lines and creases over time that makes each jacket unique.
Lambskin is the lightest, softest leather you’ll see used for a jacket and is usually lined with fleece. It needs to be treated more gently than other leather types and is usually best for three-season jackets that won’t be used in the winter.
Bison or Buffalo Leather
Bison or buffalo leather is the toughest. It’s textured and rugged, with fine creases throughout and natural ruddy color. It’s becoming more common with the uptick in bison farming, so keep an eye out!
Yes, pockets, something that seems to be missing from a lot of clothing for women. Thankfully, this trend doesn’t seem to extend into the field of leather jackets, as most usually come with at least two usable pockets.
The styles of these pockets may vary significantly from jacket to jacket. Many fashionable jackets will have vertical, or diagonal-slit jetted pockets for a more streamlined shape and feel.
However, if you want a more casual jacket, you’ll likely find some with flaps and rotated or horizontal pockets. Some may also have pockets sewn into the interior of your leather jacket. You may also find jackets with much larger patch pockets.
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