A while ago Leatherup.com contacted me to do a product review for this jacket: the Xelement Women’s Black and Silver Multi Vented Motorcycle Jacket ($119.95).
Here’s the manufacturer’s item description:
Women’s Cowhide Black and Silver Multi Vented Motorcycle Jacket combines style, comfort and protection with the latest in venting technology. Made of premium high grade cowhide leather, the jacket features a large back zippered vent as well as two smaller zippered vents on the front side for maximum airflow. The jacket also features high quality zippers and hardware, fully removable quilted zip out liner, two inside snap button pockets, tapered zippered cuffs, silver stripe accents, quilted leather accents under arms and large zippered vent on left arm.
Here are my thoughts:
First of all, I love how super slick this looks when it’s on. I am partial to the silver stripes and piping. It’s a subtle visual detail that compliments the jacket’s sleek design. The leather is smooth and durable with good quality stitching, but it is slightly on the stiff side and some breaking in will be required. I think once you get it good and comfy, it’ll hold up for a long time.
All the zippers (and there’s lots for the pockets and vents) have nice, soft suede zipper pulls– a small detail I can appreciate after having jackets without them. Nothing worse then fishing for a tiny metal zipper when you’re hands are tired and freezing.
The inner, zip out liner is a bit on the thin side, so I wouldn’t depend on it to provide a whole lot of warmth on a super cold day, but a little insulation is better than nothing. I like the fact that it has two inside pockets instead of one. I don’t know about you, but I keep a lot of crap in my pockets (keys, ear plugs, lipstick (yes, seriously), money for toll booths, tissues…pretty much whatever I might immediately need, so I don’t have to fish through my bags)! There are two vents in the front and one large one in the back. I definitely open the vents on my jackets when I ride in warmer weather, so I really appreciate that large back vent.
Now the down side: I think the sizing on this jacket runs small. If you’re a woman blessed with a petite frame, then the sizing will most likely be accurate for you. Otherwise, I suggest you order a size up without feeling bad about yourself. It’s not you, it’s the manufacturer. Does anyone else out there think this is a common issue with women’s motorcycle gear in general, like I do?
Overall, if you’re in the market for a new jacket, definitely keep this one in mind. It’s got great style, good quality and some really nice features for a price point you really can’t beat. Thanks to Leatherup.com for giving me the opportunity to review one of their products. Now I’m going to go peruse their site some more because I saw no less than six pairs of boots that I liked!