The best women’s motorcycle leggings

Functional and fashionable jeans, jeggings and leggings


by Justin Hayzelden |

The market for women's motorcycle gear has been growing steadily in recent years, giving female bikers a wider choice both in terms of fit and protection. MCN's guide to the best women's motorcycle leggings focuses on form-fitting garments that offer comfort, peace of mind and look good too.

CE Standard

As with all protective motorcycle clothing, leggings are tested against the CE standard of EN 17092:2020 (or the previous standard of EN 13595, which is valid until March 2023), which, if passed, will earn the item a rating between C and AAA. The higher the letter, the better the score, so look for the most 'A's on the label. Hip and knee armour is also subject to CE approval and is rated at either Level One or Two. It's worth bearing in mind that not all leggings come with armour as standard, so there may be an additional cost

Advanced Fibres

Abrasion resistance is achieved by technical textiles such as Kevlar, Aramid and Spectra, to name but a few. Some of these textile weaves can offer additional advantages like water resistance, moisture-wicking and heat dissipation, as well as having the ability to stretch for a comfortable fit.

Fit

Women's motorcycle leggings come in a range of sizing, leg lengths and rises to cover different body shapes. Although many manufacturers run true to size, be prepared to be flexible for the best fit. This may be affected by the fitment of armour, which needs to sit snugly to do its job properly, but not so tight as to affect comfort and mobility.

Oxford Super Leggings 2.0
Tested by Ali Silcox for three months, 1,500 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 5/5

Oxford Ladies Super Leggings 2.0 motorcycle
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Getting riding jeans to fit has always been an absolute nightmare. It’s a complete minefield because sizing is so out of step with non-riding gear. In ‘normal’ clothes I’m a size 12 with long leg length but over the years I’ve ended up with jeans ranging from 12 to 18, which does a lady’s ego no good! It was like a breathe of fresh air, trying on these super stretchy leggings from Oxford because the sizing is accurate.

CE approved and with aramid reinforcements, knee protectors and pockets for hip armour, they offer the same protection as standard denim riding jeans but being made from super stretchy material they fit, perfectly. There’s a high waistband, so no awkward gap between jacket and jeans plus no fear of a muffin top and if you wanted to purchase a belt connector, it fits to zip to your riding jacket. Front pockets are large enough to stow keys or a phone, when off the bike.

They look stylish both on and off the bike and can be worn with either short baseball style riding boots or touring boots. They’ve been through the wash a few times and they haven’t lost shape or colour.
One thing to bear in mind, they aren’t waterproof, that said they don’t claim to be. I did get caught in a shower and they absorb water like a sponge.

They come in a full range of sizes and three leg lengths, I opted for long and, for once, they’re slightly too long. I opted for black, they’re also available in khaki, grey and burgundy.

Bull-it Ladies Eclipse Slim Covec Jeans
Tested by Saffron Wilson for 4 months, 2,468 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 5/5

MCN Rated: Best ladies jeans
Bull-it Ladies Eclipse Slim Covec Jeans

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Protective riding denim for ladies that actually look like a pair of fashion jeans. They look great on the bike as well as in the pub, which is somewhat a novelty with ladies biking jeans.

They also fit well (after a bit of breaking in and a wash) with the recovery yarns for stretch retention, and they also have AA-rated abrasion protection, lower thermal conductivity against friction burns, and Level 2 hip and knee protection as standard - although the slim design means squeezing the armour into the internal pockets is a little difficult.

That said, the cut means they’re up to date with trends on and off the bike, and I could easily fit a pair of waterproofs over the top (as long as I took the linings out) but the shower-resistant finish will get you through a few drops of rain easily.

Knox Scarlett Skinny Fit Jeans MK2
Tested by Saffron Wilson for nine months, 1,685 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 3/5

Knox Scarlett Skinny Fit Jeans MK2

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Jeans are an essential in everyone’s wardrobe, especially for biking. With these women’s-fit Knox jeans, the Coolmax layer works well when you’re on the road, but because they’re partially lined with a layer of abrasion resistant Aramid, I personally found them a little too warm on summer days. But when there’s a nip in the air, they are a great option. The extra lining also helps give them an AA rating for protection.

The stretch Cordura denim is lovely to touch and very comfortable to wear, but I found them slightly baggy on the thighs and at the knee (which gives ample room to pop in the included knee protectors). I’m not sure whether I should have got the size down, but they fit well at the waist, so I decided against it. After all, I think when it comes to jeans – especially bike jeans – it’s always trial and error, but at this price it’s worth getting the exact right pair for you.

Oxford Original AA Approved Jeggings

Oxford Original Approved AA Jeggings
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These CE-approved jeggings can boast a AA rating, thanks to Oxford's highly durable Armourlite™ denim. Level two knee and level one hip armour come as standard and a two-way stretch ensures comfort and mobility. Quick dry technology adds an element of water repellency, as well as helps to draw moisture away from the body.

Alpinestars Banshee Leggings

Alpinestars Banshee Leggings

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With a stretch fabric outer shell for a close and comfortable fit, combined with a full aramidic lining for advanced abrasion resistance, Alpinestars' Banshee leggings have form and function covered. CE Level 1 armour features at the knee, whilst the foam hip pad inserts can be replaced by Astars' optional CE-approved Nucelon hip protectors.

Bull-it Ladies Fury II Covec Skinny Jeggings

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The Fury II features CE level 2 knee armour, plus a mesh inner liner for comfort. As is typical with Bull-It jeans, these classic 5-pocket slim jeans feature high-performance Covec denim and a water-resistant coating. A Sportsbikeshop best seller.

Richa Kodi Ladies Motorcycle Leggings

Richa Kodi Ladies Motorcycle Leggings

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These slim-fit, high-waisted leggings from Richa come with CE-approved D3O® knee and hip armour as standard. A polyester and spandex outer shell allow for a comfortable fit and unrestricted movement both on and off the bike. Abrasion protection comes in the way of an aramid fibre reinforced inner, with extra layers at the hip and knee. Available in short, regular and long leg lengths, in sizes 8-30.

Knox Women's Shield Single Layer Spectra Jeans

Knox Women's Shield Single Layer Spectra Jeans

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At the top of the tree, in terms of protection, sit British manufacturer Knox's CE AAA-rated high-waisted, skinny-fit jeans. Cut from Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibres, their strength-to-weight ratio is unrivalled, with the added advantage of being both water repellent and having cooling properties. Knox CE-approved Micro-Lock armour comes standard for both hips and knees.

Weise Aurora Textile Leggings

Weise Aurora Textile Leggings

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Described by the manufacturer as a 'flattering figure-shaping trouser', these stretch denim riding leggings from Weise feature a 250gms aramid fibre lining and removable CE-approved hip and knee protection. A high waistband provides extra comfort and there are two waist pockets for storage.

Dainese Ladies Alba Slim Textile Jeans

Dainese Ladies Alba Slim Textile Jeans

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Elasticated slim-fit denim jeans with internal aramid fibre jersey reinforcements at vulnerable areas. CE-approved Pro-Armor knee protection is included, plus there are pockets for optional Pro-Shape hip armour. Reflective inserts are a nice touch for riding at night.

Draggin Drayko Racey Jeans

Draggin Drayko Racey Jeans

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Draggin is a pioneer in the world of durable denim, and the Drayko Racey skinny-leg mid-rise jeans follow firmly in that tradition. Constructed with a Roomoto MR7+ protective liner, they exceed the CE AA rating for slide time, yet remain lightweight and breathable. Rivet free, so you don't scratch your paintwork, and although armour isn't supplied there are dedicated pockets provided at the knee and hip.

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