Women may have a more difficult time finding the right motorcycle gear than their male counterparts. Not only are they searching for items that fit their body type, but they are also looking for products that work with a distinctive style. After all, not every female motorcyclist wants a smaller, more colorful version of typical men's accessories - they want pieces that are made for them.
Luckily, there is a formidable section of street bike gear that cater to women. Klim makes several of those products, and the Altitude Jacket has a number of features that any rider might be impressed with.
What's On The Inside Counts
The wonders of the [mageProductLink sku="261-5093-000-120-600" title="Klim Altitude Women's Jacket"]Klim Altitude Women's Jacket[/mageProductLink] start on the inside. A micro fleece-lined collar is available, and there are collar-to-shoulder fasteners included in case you want to keep the collar open.
Klim has outfitted the jacket with several pockets to store all of a rider's possessions. In addition to a hidden passport pocket, there are also two upper zippered mesh pockets and two lower Velcro-closure mesh pockets. Outer pockets include two lower hand compartments and two larger, horizontal chest pockets.
Also coming with a zipper option are the vents incorporated throughout the jacket. Found on the biceps, underarms and the back, these openings allow for air to circulate through the piece, regulating the temperature and maintaining a comfortable environment for all wearers.
But The Outside Matters, Too
While the interior of the Altitude jacket is certainly impressive, the exterior is nothing to scoff at, either. It is made with a Gore-Tex Misano performance fabric. This material is incredibly strong - not to mention adept at keeping out the elements and other obstacles. It even boasts several nylon abrasion zones that are specifically designed to guard vulnerable areas in the event of collisions, and these are found at the elbows, shoulders and lower rear hem.
Riders will also take comfort in knowing that the 3M Scotchlite reflective strips on the outside of the jacket increase the visibility of the rider in various conditions. Other details, such as the Velcro wrist-tab closures, external waist belt and adjustable side gussets at the waist allow the jacket to be personalized to fit a specific shape, all without sacrificing the fit or snugness of other areas.
The protection offered by the Klim Altitude Jacket extends throughout the outside of the piece. Elbows and shoulders are covered with D3O EVO armor, and a D3O FLO back protector is included as well. These shields are recognized for their ability to stiffen on impact, providing the ultimate protection in a fall without inhibiting movement along the way.
Women who are searching for motorcycle jackets may need to pay extra attention to sizes, as the fit could be more exact than what they are used to because it was designed specifically for a woman's body. However, because the jacket was made with input from female riders, the details and features might be more in line with what women want in a dream jacket. Plus, it works well with corresponding [mageProductLink sku="261-5094-000-004-600" title="Klim Altitude Women's Pants"]Klim Altitude Pants[/mageProductLink], ensuring the wearer can get an entire outfit with the fit and features needed to make riding safe and fun.
The entire process of creating the Klim Altitude Women's Jacket involved collecting comments from riders to incorporate the touches that many deemed to be the most important. Add that quality with the adjustable portions and all-around better fit, and the end result is a product that may be a wise investment for anyone.