BikeBandit knows, the time is now for women riders.
I was a unicorn once upon a time. When I first started
riding motocross, I was usually the only female on a big bike on the main
track. People quite literally stopped and watched me unload my CR250 and kick
start it “all by myself.” Fast forward to 2020 and I am a unicorn no more.
Today is quite different for women riders. Not only is it totally common to see
numerous women at the track, it’s not uncommon to see one or two sailing over
With so many girls who started young and are now coming up through
the ranks, the talent level has risen, as well as the numbers. Even as my lap
times remained consistent, the growing tide of talent was making me feel like I
was going backwards in ability. Was this a bad thing? Not in the least! How
exciting to see the women’s experts now lined up on row 1 instead of row 3 at
grand prix races! How wonderful that women racers now had their own full gate
at the motocross races, and that more fans are watching! More exciting yet was
seeing some of the truly incredible women rising to the levels of men’s pro in recent
Factory rally racer Laia Sanz began competing among the top
ranks of FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championships, Vicki Golden became the
first woman to ever qualify for an AMA Supercross, Shelina Moreda and Melissa
Paris are going toe-to-toe with the best AMA Pro Road Racers in the nation.
Shayna Texter is not only competing alongside the men in AMA Flat Track Racing,
but is a top championship contender!
Of course, it’s not only about the elite. Altogether, women
riders of all ages, abilities and disciplines have commanded respect from the
powersports industry, from our skill level to our buying power. While we can
share a starting grid with the men, one thing we don’t have to share is our
gear. Greater participation in motorsports has brought with it more attention
for women riders, and thanks to companies such as Thor, Klim and Oxford, there
is more at our fingertips than ever before.
Here is a look at some premium choices in motocross,
off-road, adventure and street gear, much of it designed and styled by women
Oxford Women’s Bradwell Jacket
Style, protection, fit, comfort and function—there’s no reason they can’t all come together in one incredible piece. Take a look at the Oxford Women’s Bradwell Jacket and see not only the great style, but the details, layers and protective quality built in. It’s pretty incredible what can be accomplished with today’s textiles, blending lightweight comfort with durable protection, or breathability with waterproofing. Oh, and did I mention style? Put me down for the Oxblood Red!
Shop Oxford Women’s Bradwell Jacket
Oxford Women’s Dakota 2.0 Jacket
Proof that comfort and protection don’t have to add bulk,
take a look at the sleek Oxford Women’s Dakota 2.0 Jacket. The contoured fit,
long lines and fun color-accent options make this jacket a great choice for
everyday street riders. Inside that form-fitting jacket is a thermal layer,
precurved arms, vents, pockets, windproof/waterproof material and built-in
waist and hip adjustment to ensure the ideal fit, comfort and function. Ride
smart with good protection at a great price, all while looking good.
Shop Oxford Women’s Dakota 2.0 Jacket
Klim Women’s Artemis Jacket
Take a walk down the ultra-premium aisle of BikeBandit.com
and you’ll find Klim, and some incredible top-tier adventure wear for women. When
you’re in it for weeks on end, adventuring across continents through
all-weather conditions, it’s less about fashion and all about function.
Storage, fit, performance, comfort… there’s so much going on with this jacket
it takes a 10-minute instructional video to review it all. But all you need to
know is that this is the ultimate in women’s ADV gear. Designed for women
adventure riders, by women adventure riders. Yes, it’s pricey but for a good
reason: It simply doesn’t get any better than this.
Shop Klim Women’s Artemis Jacket
Klim Women’s Arise Vest
Motorcycle gear that can double as trendy activewear? Yes
please! While their premium adventure gear may be all about function, style is
by no means overlooked by the lady designers at Klim. Take a look at the Arise
Vest, available in four different colors with a removable faux-fur-rimmed hood.
Use it as a thermal layer, wear it with hiking gear or even keep it casual.
Thinsulate insulation and stretch panels at the side seams mean core-hugging,
form-fitting warmth for just about anywhere. What’s not to love?!
Shop Klim Women’s Arise Vest
Klim Women’s Artemis Pants
Of course, there are pants to go with all these jackets and
vests. The Klim Women’s Artemis Pant is the perfect pairing for the Artemis
Jacket. All the premium function and protection of the men’s gear, and the cut
and finish designed for women riders, by women riders.
The pant sizes are available not only from 0-16, but in
Regular and Tall options, as well! Like I said, never before has there been
this level of options for women riders!
A further example of Klim’s dedication to women riders,
adventurers, off-roaders and snow-goers is the company’s dedicated social
channels. Check out @klimwomen on Instagram to see the ladies Klim doing what
they do best, and all the latest premium gear for ladies only.
Shop Klim Women’s Artemis Pants
Thor Women’s Pulse Fader Jersey/Pants
For far too long, the women’s offerings in the off-road and
motocross divisions were the low-end men’s option with a slightly slimmer cut,
dyed pink. For too long, serious women riders were forced to shop in the men’s
department if they were looking for real quality, protection and durability.
Not anymore. Fortunately that paradigm has shifted over the past decade, with
some companies farther ahead of the curve than others. Thor is another company
that has brought women riders into its design teams in order to appeal to the
ever-growing female clientele. Thor’s Women’s Pulse Fader Jersey/Pants is the
latest offering for ladies, and currently my personal gear of choice. With
great fit, quality materials and tasteful style that demonstrates we don’t need
pink sparkles to be feminine, Thor managed to offer a mid-price high-quality
gear set for ladies who like to look good while pounding out laps. Look for me
out there in the purple/black!
Shop Thor Women’s Pulse Fader Jersey/Pants
Sidi Women’s X-3 Lei Boots
It’s one of those things you don’t fully realize until you
put it on. Is a women’s foot really so different from a man’s (of comparable
size)? When you slide your foot into something like the Sidi Women’s X-3 Lei
Boots, specifically designed around a women’s last, you’ll suddenly understand
exactly what you’ve been missing. Sidi’s lady-off-road boot is another thing
you’ll find in my gear bag. And even if the blue/pink color scheme (which I
love) doesn’t exactly match my red/yellow/black gear set, the X-3 Lei boots are
always a perfect match for my slim foot and high arch. Do yourself a favor and
check out the options for women among all boot manufacturers. The quality
parallels the men’s footwear and the fit is something you never knew you always
Shop Sidi Women’s X-3 Lei Boots
With so much available for women riders, I’m also happy to report that shopping for it all in one place just got easier! BikeBandit.com now has a dedicated section for women’s gear where you will find anything and everything for lady riders of all walks (err… wheels).
The best part about it is you will also find all things unisex in the same sections. Hats, socks, hydration packs, goggles, helmets are all in there, as well. You’ll even find accessories like tires, comms, video camera mounts. The BikeBandit.com women’s section will show you all of it (everything but the men’s gear) so you don’t have to run separate searches—BikeBandit gets it. So shop away, ladies, there’s never been more, it’s never been better, and it’s all here!