best womens dirt bike riding gear

Best Women’s Dirt Bike Riding Gear

Dirt bike riding is no longer the domain of just guys, we are seeing more and more girls and women getting into the sport, whether it’s on the trails or on the track.

It’s good to see, the more the better I say. It’s a lucky guy who has a girlfriend or wife that shares his passion.

Finding the right gear to suit your frame size and shape can be challenging for women riders. Some manufacturers tend to overlook women who ride.

Ideally, the best women’s dirt bike riding gear has to work specifically for women and not be just redesigned men’s gear with different color schemes.

It’s important that each piece of gear fits each part of your body, so you may have to mix and match sizes to get the best fit.

As the sport of women’s motocross and other forms of dirt bike riding continues to grow, we are now seeing some of the top companies put out higher quality products for women.

The gear is not only comfortable and flattering to the female form, but it is also able to withstand the punishment of aggressive riding.

There is a lot more than just pink available now. Although there is a lot of pink in the product images below, most of them are also available in multiple colorways.

Leading brands like Fox Racing, O’Neal, and Alpinestars produce a good range of sizes and colors designed for women.

The Alpinestars Stella range is a good example of gear designed specifically for women. It includes MX, Dual Sport, and street riding jackets, pants, boots, and gloves.

Here’s a little inspiration from top professional motocross racer Tarah Gieger.

Tarah became the first female racer ever to compete in the ‘Motocross des Nations’ in 2007. She won the first women’s Supercross event at the X Games XIV in 2008.  The rest is history.

Her amazing skill is evident in the slow-motion shots in this video.

Women’s Dirt Bike Helmets

Your helmet is your most important piece of dirt bike riding gear (followed closely by your boots). While most helmets are unisex, some women-specific helmets can be found with sizes and colors that will appeal to a lot of women riders.

If you are just beginning in dirt bike riding, you may be able to save some money by buying used riding gear, but NEVER buy a used helmet.

While it may look unmarked on the outer shell, you never know whether the inner shell has been damaged or compressed in a crash, which will make it unsafe.

There are some good helmets available in the under $200 price range. A lot of the safety technology found in the higher-priced helmets is now finding its way into the entry-level helmets, which is good news for the beginner riders.

For some useful tips on buying a helmet: Buying A Dirt Bike Helmet – What You Need To Know

Fox Racing V1 Race Helmet

Fox Racing V1 Race helmet

The Fox Racing V1 helmet is Fox’s entry-level helmet which also includes the higher-priced and V2 and V3.

The V1 is constructed from an injection molded polycarbonate shell, which is lightweight and proven to provide reliable protection. It is the most common material used in helmets of this price range.

It is engineered for an excellent fit with 3 shell sizes and 4 EPS liner dimensions to allow you to get a precise fit to your head size and shape. It is available in sizes from XS to XXL.

The helmet has excellent airflow through 9 intake and 4 exhaust vents so it will keep you cool even on the hottest days riding.

The plush liner is removable and washable so that you can keep your helmet fresh and clean for next time you wear it.

It is available in Pink, Green/Purple, Red, White/Black, Orange

Features:

  • Injection-molded polycarbonate & ABS shell construction
  • 3 shell and 4 EPS sizes for a precise fit
  • 9 intake and 4 exhaust vents for optimum airflow
  • Exceeds ECE 22.05 and DOT certifications
  • Matching gear set available from Fox Racing
  • Sizes: XS to XXL

Women’s Dirt Bike Gloves

Gloves are also something that is best fitting when designed specifically for women. Here are a couple of good examples.

Fox Racing Women’s Dirtpaw Prix Gloves

Fox Racing womens dirtpaw prix gloves

The Women’s Dirtpaw Prix gloves are designed specifically for women to give you top performance without the high price tag.

They have a padded Clarino palm for comfort with a stretch mesh in the finger gussets for excellent mobility.

The wrist is secured with a hook and loop closure and the fingertips have a silicone print which helps for lever grip.

The fingertips even have touchscreen compatibility for use with your smartphone, very important these days, especially if you are using them for dual sport riding.

They are a lightweight warm weather glove ideal for the entry-level rider.

Features:

  • Women’s specific fit with stretch mesh finger gussets for mobility
  • Durable main body fabrics which provide excellent wear resistance and durability
  • Compression-molded neoprene cuff for a secure fit
  • Padded, single layer conductive Clarino® palm
  • Fingertips are touch screen compatible
  • Silicone print at finger tips for lever grip
  • Hook and loop wrist closure for a secure fit
  • Available in Black & Pink
  • Sizes: Small to X-Large

Alpinestars Women’s Stella Shore Motorcycle Glove

Alpinestars womens stella shore gloves

The Alpinestars Women’s Stella Shore gloves are a warm-weather women’s specific glove.

Alpinestars call these a street glove, but I have included them here because they would also be ideal for dual sport riding, being lightweight with lots of mesh inserts for airflow and flexibility, leather palm and knuckle protection.

Stretch fabric on the back of the hand allows your hand to breathe in warmer weather.

Padded foam panels on the knuckles give you protection from branches and other hazards when trail riding and the synthetic suede reinforcing on the side of the palm and fingers would be welcome extra protection in the event of a fall on the road.

The all-important touch screen compatibility on the fingertip is also included.

They’re a great allrounder glove at an entry-level price, and they’re Alpinestars.

Features:

  • Lightweight summer street glove
  • CE Certified
  • Multi-material, multi-panel main shell construction
  • Leather palm and fingers for comfort and performance
  • Synthetic suede reinforcements on side of the hand and fingers
  • Stretch fabric, spandex, and mesh for a personalized fit and breathability
  • Hook and loop wrist closure
  • Ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm for flexibility
  • Touchscreen compatible fingertip for use with smartphones
  • Padded foam 5mm knuckle zone
  • Available in Black/White and Black/Fuchsia (with pink Alpinestars logo)

Women’s Dirt Bike Boots

There is a good range of dirt bike boots available now specifically designed to suit a female body with a narrower foot, less calf volume, and shorter overall height.

Here are 3 excellent women’s boots. I personally use the O’Neal Rider men’s boot so can recommend the Rider boot for comfort and durable protection.

For some tips on buying boots: Dirt Bike Boots Buying Guide – What You Need To Know

O’Neal Women’s New Logo Rider Boot (Black/Pink)

O'Neal Rider Womens boots

The O’Neal Rider is a quality entry-level boot from a well known and respected company.

The main construction of the boot is microfiber reinforced with TPU in the hard-wearing areas that take the most impacts.

At the top inner (medial) side there is a layer of synthetic leather that gives some heat resistance and aids grip on the bike. The inner ankle area which cops a lot of punishment from your bike’s footpegs and the engine is protected with extra depth TPU, as is the lowest buckle.

3D air mesh interior lining around the ankle adds to the comfort, and there is a cushioned insole. They can feel a little stiff at first and need a bit of wearing-in time.

The stitched-on type sole has a moderate grip tread which helps when walking on slippery trails.

Accordion panels at the front and back of the boot allow the boot to flex and make walking more comfortable.

Features:

CONSTRUCTION

  • Microfiber with TPU reinforcing in hard-wearing areas
  • Metal toe guard to protect the front of the sole against delaminating
  • Durable Goodyear welt sole which is properly balanced so there is no unstable rocking

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Synthetic leather heat shield on the inner side which also helps with grip on your bike
  • Metal shank insert which reinforces the boot and adds support
  • Injection-molded TPU plates for impact protection

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Moderate grip sole which is great for the track, trail or ATV riders
  • Snap-Lock fully adjustable four buckle closure system
  • Air mesh interior lining, generous heel support and cushioned insole for extra comfort
  • Rear pull tab for extra leverage when fitting the boots
  • Straps and buckle replacements are available
  • Colors available: Black/PinkSizes available: 5 to 12

Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3 Boots

alpinestars stella tech 3 boots

The Tech 3 is the entry-level boot from Alpinestars. The Stella Tech 3 has recently been upgraded and now incorporates a lot of the technology of the men’s Tech 7 and Tech 10, which are a lot more expensive pro-level boots.

They now feature the new arrow type buckle system which is a lot easier to use, especially with gloves on. They are strategically placed in alternate directions so that they don’t get caught on rocks or terrain while you’re riding.

The toe box is reinforced with TPU and the reinforcing extends all the way around the foot and also protects the buckles.

The inner (medial) side of the boot also incorporates TPU panels which help you grip your bike and also act as a heat shield against the engine and exhaust.

Accordion flex zones on the front and rear Achilles areas of the boot help with flex when walking and operating the brake and gear levers. The flexion is also helped by the ankle pivot system on the medial and lateral sides of the ankle.

The microfibre gaiter around the top of the boot helps seal out excessive water and dirt entry, although the boots, like all motocross boots, are not waterproof.

The Stella Tech 3 makes an excellent entry-level boot if you are starting out riding dirt bikes, with a lot of features you normally see in much higher priced boots.

Features:

CONSTRUCTION

  • Specially designed calf for an optimized women’s fit
  • PU-reinforced microfiber upper for flexibility, abrasion resistance, water-resistance, and weight-saving
  • Contoured shin plate is injected with high modulus TPU for high levels of impact and abrasion resistance
  • The medial boot side incorporates TPU panel with specially designed sculpturing for maximum grip contact with your bike and improved heat and abrasion resistance.
  • Instep and Achilles accordion flex zones for superior control and support.
  • Rubber compound sole is seamlessly integrated into the base structure for superior durability, high performing grip patterning and feel.

SAFETY FEATURES

  • CE certified to EN 13634:2010
  • One-piece injected dual compound foot shell with co-injected hard toe protector and integrated steel shank.
  • The shell is highly resistant to abrasion and impact, adding to the boot’s streamlining.

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Excellent flexion is provided by a low profile medial and lateral pivot system to offer movement and support.
  • An extended microfibre gaiter helps seal out excessive water and dirt entry.
  • Soft poly-foam padding surrounds the ankles and collar for comfort, fit, and additional shock absorption.
  • Internal mesh textile lining for improved air circulation and comfort.
  • Removable anatomic footbed for comfort and support ensures even weight distribution.
  • Buckle closure system incorporates polymer and fiberglass buckle arms and high-impact aluminum bridge closures for durability and weight-saving.
  • Ergonomic buckle system features memory and quick release/locking with self-aligning design for precise closure.
  • All buckles are easily replaceable.
  • The sole is replaceable.

Fox Racing Women’s Comp 5 Boots

Fox Racing Womens Comp 5 Boots

The Fox Racing Women’s Comp 5 boot is specifically designed to suit a female body with a narrower foot, less calf volume, and shorter overall height than the men’s Comp 5.

The new-look aluminum ‘Soft-Touch’ pivot lock buckles have been modified with a decreased size locking pin on the buckles which makes them easier to operate.

The reinforced contoured shin plate has extra TPU protection at the top front of the boot and the medial side.

The toe box and sole is the ‘bonded’ design (as opposed to the stitched-on type sole of the O’Neal Rider boots above) which gives you a more streamlined lower profile look.

They are suitable for Motocross, Supercross, Enduro and Trail riding. The boots are comfortable right out of the box and need no ‘breaking in’ period.

The Comp 5 is Fox’s entry-level boot in the under $200 price range and is ideal for the new dirt bike rider who is looking for a competitively priced boot that doesn’t compromise on safety.

They are available in Black/Pink and Black/White.

Features:

  • Engineered for the entry-level rider but with a high quality look and feel.
  • Bonded outsole, specifically molded for each size boot. This enhances durability and comfort. It also gives the boot a new modern look.
  • Easily to operate aluminum ‘Soft-Touch’ pivot lock buckles lock down securely and operate smoothly.
  • Anatomically contoured shin plate and medial plastic shield protection.
  • Full leather upper construction. Pliable and comfortable right out of the box.

Women’s Motocross Body Armor

There are 3 basic types of body armor for the upper body.

These are: Padded Under Armor, Hardshell Roost Deflectors/Chest Protectors, and Body Pressure Suits.

They are not all created equal. There is some confusion between Roost Deflectors and Chest Protectors. They are not the same.

  • Roost Deflectors: are designed to protect you from flying rocks and stones kicked up by other riders, or minor brushes with branches and the like when trail riding. They are not designed to protect you from impacts in a crash. Some are CE rated, but only as a stone shield.
  • Chest Protectors: are a little more expensive than Roost Deflectors and are designed to give you impact protection in a crash. The best ones are CE rated for impact protection.
  • Body Pressure Suits: These are the ultimate in body protection. They usually integrate chest, shoulder, elbow, and back protection, as well as a kidney belt, all held together by a one-piece breathable mesh chassis. The best ones are CE certified for impact and are generally more expensive than the chest protectors.

For more on Body Armor: 10 Best Body Armor For Dirt Bikes

It can be difficult for women to find the right Chest Protectors and Roost Deflectors that are women-specific.

The problem with wearing men’s or unisex chest protectors is that the chest plate is fairly flat and can be uncomfortable for women to wear.

Here are a few that are designed specifically for women. Judging by women reviewers’ comments, they are a great women’s fit.

Fox Racing Women’s R3 Roost Deflector

Fox Racing Womens R3 Roost Deflector

The Fox Racing R3 Women’s Roost Deflector is designed specifically for women, as a body-hugging, race-form fit roost deflector.

The chest, back, and shoulder pads are a polycarbonate construction, with lower profile shoulder pads which are adjustable to allow you to personalize the fit.

The arm guards are fully adjustable and removable if you choose to not wear them.

The Fox Racing R3 is the ideal choice if you’re looking for roost protection for motocross, enduro or trail riding, without blowing the budget.

Its body-hugging race-form fit and low profile shoulder cups allow you to wear it over or under your jersey.

It is also available in a Youth size R3 Girls Roost Deflector.

Features:

  • Polycarbonate chest, back and shoulder construction
  • Low profile shoulder cups
  • Fully adjustable and removable padded arm guards
  • Adjustable shoulder connections for custom fit to suit your body
  • Women’s specific anatomical fit chest plate
  • The chest plate is CE EN 14021 certified stone shield
  • Sizes: Small/Medium and Medium/Large
  • Colors: Black/Pink and Black/Grey

Leatt 4.5 Jacki Women’s Chest Protector

Leatt 4.5 Jacki Womens chest protector

The Leatt 4.5 Jacki Women’s Chest Protector is a CE certified hard shell chest protector. It scores a total of 12 points on the Leatt protection rating system.

It is specifically designed to suit the female form and integrate with the Leatt neck brace if you choose to wear one.

It gives you full wrap-around flank protection to your sides. For comfort and ventilation, the inner lining is a perforated 3DF AirFit impact foam.

Shoulder protection pads are not included with the Leatt 4.5 Jacki.

The next level up in safety is the Leatt 5.5 Pro Chest Protector which scores a total of 15 points on Leatt’s protection rating system.

Features:

  • CE tested and certified as impact protection:
  • Chest prEN1621-3 Level 2
  • Back EN1621-2 Level 2
  • Flank protection to the sides
  • FFM-French Federation Certified
  • Total Leatt protection score of 12 points
  • 3D pre-curved fit specifically designed for the female form
  • HDPE (High-Density Poly Ethylene) hardshell outer protective shield
  • Perforated 3DF AirFit impact foam inner lining
  • Multi-layer multi-plate articulating design
  • Weight: 1080g (2.38lbs)
  • Lady Fit: 55-95kg (121-209lbs)

Alpinestars Women’s Stella Bionic Jacket

Alpinestars stella bionic jacket

The Stella Bionic Jacket is a form-fitting body pressure suit that includes CE certified back, chest, elbow, and shoulder protectors.

It also has a built-in kidney belt and is all brought together in a body-hugging perforated chassis. A high-quality YKK zipper on the right side allows you to slip it on easily like a jacket.

The chest shield gives you female-friendly protection without pinching or binding.

The upper part of the back protector is removable to allow it to integrate with the Alpinestars BNS neck brace if you choose to wear one. It is designed to be worn under your jersey.

Features:

  • Mesh Grid technology allows the product to be lighter and improves the breathability and air ventilation
  • Soft-touch BNS puller for easy and safe engagement with the BNS neck brace
  • Kidney belt system attached to the lower section of the back protector
  • Removable back panel accommodate fitment of Alpinestars BNS neck brace
  • Premium, auto-locking YKK zippers for main frontal closure and on detachable sleeves to ensure secure fitting
  • EN 14021 chest (stone shield)
  • EN 1621-1:2012 / level 1
  • EN 1621-2:2014 / level 2
  • Back protector CE certified according to the EN 1621_2: 2014 level 2.
  • Grid technology embedded on the back protector
  • Special ergonomic (for women) shaped chest protector which is CE certified against the EN 14021 (stone shield)
  • Shoulder and elbow PU foam soft formulation and channeling design for more flexibility. CE certified according to the EN 1621_1: 2012

Women’s Motocross Riding Gear

The problem with wearing men’s jersey’s and pants is that they are not very flattering and they just don’t fit well on most women riders. The jerseys tend to be too baggy and can be too tight in some areas.

Men’s pants have a lower crotch and tend to ride up on most women, making the pants waist go up past your belly button which is not comfortable.

Women’s jerseys and pants should be form-fitting while still giving you the protection needed, with the flexibility to allow you to move on your bike.

Fox Racing 2020 Women’s 180 Jersey – Fyce

Fox Racing 2020 Women's 180 Jersey - Fyce

 

The Fox Racing 180 Jersey has been designed specifically to fit the female body and provides the ultimate combination of motocross style and comfort.

It is constructed from a moisture-wicking fabric that helps draw sweat away from your body and features mesh side paneling for airflow and breathability.

The extended dropped down tail helps the jersey stay tucked into your riding pants while riding.

This highly stylized jersey is available in about a dozen vibrant colorways in sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large.

Features:

  • Moisture-wicking fabric provides a soft, lightweight fit while moving sweat away from the body to keep you dry
  • Vented mesh paneling increases breathability and airflow
  • Mesh collar and sleeve cuffs improve fit and comfort
  • Dyed or sublimated graphic panels for rich and vibrant color
  • Drop-tail design keeps the jersey tucked into your riding pants
  • 100% polyester
  •  Sizes XS to XXL

Fox Racing 2020 Women’s 180 Pants – Fyce

Fox Racing Womens Pants Fyce

The women’s 180 Pants are a matching combo with the 180 Jersey and have also been designed specifically for women.

They feature the ‘Rider Attack Position’ (RAP) construction which means that they are tailored to fit best when you are on the bike in the riding position. This means a more comfortable fit.

Combine this with the strategic stretch panels and you have greater flexibility and a more natural feel on the bike.

For durability and longevity, the main body of the pants are constructed from a tough 600D polyester fabric.

Leather knee panels provide heat and abrasion resistance to the most critical wear areas.

Features:

  • Rider Attack Position (RAP) construction for a better ergonomic fit when on the bike.
  • Heat and abrasion-resistant leather knee panels increase durability against knee braces, guards, and the bike.
  • Woven ‘TruMotion’ zonal all-way stretch panels provide unmatched mobility.
  • 600D dyed polyester body with screen-printed graphics and logo for hardwearing and long-lasting good looks
  • Hip pads included.
  • Specifically designed for a women’s form

Final Thoughts

While doing my research to find the best women’s dirt bike riding gear that is actually designed specifically for women, not just re-colored men’s gear, I gained an understanding of just how hard it can be for women to find the right gear.

As I’m a guy, not a woman I don’t have first-hand knowledge of how it fits, so I had to rely heavily on reviews from women users when selecting the best.

All the gear in this review has had overwhelmingly positive reviews from women. I have done a lot of the groundwork, so hope this has helped save you some time in your search for the best women’s gear available today.

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Is there any women’s riding gear that you have used, or are using now that is a great fit and excellent quality, that should be added to this list? Please feel free to leave your thoughts below to help out other women riders.

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8 thoughts on “Best Women’s Dirt Bike Riding Gear”

  1. Yes, this women’s dirt bike racing and the special protective gear does make this sport safer.  I was excited to find the gloves as my nieces’ birthday is coming up in about 6 weeks, and I knew that is what I wanted to get for her if they were in my budget.  With the information you have provided about being able to use their phones while wearing these gloves, it makes sense that they would be safer and more comfortable with the finger gussets, a feature I would not have know to look for.  

    As part of the family is loving this dirt bike racing sport, am sure I will be back to your site to see what else I might find along the way.  This article is about Gear for Women, but I assume we will be seeing children’s wear as the niece’s kids are excited about this activity as well.  We have some good riding areas in our part of the world, so we see them do some of there meets along the way.  Definately a high action sport, and when it is fun for you to do, am so grateful for safe gear to help protect and be comfortable as well. Thanks, Sami

    Reply
    • Hi Sami. I think both of those gloves in the review would be in your budget, they are both entry-level gloves under $40. You mentioned riding gear for children, I will be doing a review of youth riding gear in an upcoming post very soon. Thanks for dropping in.

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  2. I don’t spend much time outdoors but when I do, I enjoy dirt bike riding. This is a trait that my daughter shares and together, we go on bike rides sometimes. However, we’ve been unable to do that since the start of this stay at home order. This post has been quite helpful tho. My daughter and I have helmets and gloves but not the right shoes. I like the ones featured on this post and I’ll look to get one.

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    • Hi Carol. Yes, it will be good to be able to get out riding again soon. You must have the right boots for riding. After your helmet, boots are the next most important piece of protective gear. Your feet cop a lot of impacts when dirt bike riding. Any of those boots in the review would be excellent, and they are all reasonably priced.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

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  3. Indeed, Tarah Gieger is properly inspiring. Made me we want to learn to drive a dirt bike myself. Yeah… But getting on that level I assume is more than proper hard work.

    And absolutely agree, I feel the sport is still largely dominated by men (and thus, men’s gear). Which inherently makes finding suitable stuff for women (not even speaking of the best here) quite challenging, to say the least. That’s why articles like this one are such gold. Truly saves a ton of time (and headache, and the going back and forth).

    I really appreciate your input and the time you spent researching this, Greg!

    Have a Great One!

    Matiss

    Reply
    • Hi Matiss. I spent two weeks researching what was available for women, so this article will save people a lot of time because I have done the groundwork and put it all together. I will add more gear when I come across items that are good enough.

      Tarah Gieger is certainly an inspiration for women riders or any rider for that matter. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  4. Hey nice article you have there. the Alpinestars Stella Bionic Jacket is exactly the kind of protective gear any new rider to wear; it’s not just the extra layer of confidence one gains, it’s a true physical barrier to protect against the bruises and abrasions that comes with falling on the dirt, which is an inevitable part of the learning process.

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    • Yes, the Alpinestars Bionic jacket is top of the line protection. It has the chest, back, shoulder and elbow protection, and a kidney belt all in the one package. I personally use a male version of the same thing and it’s saved me on numerous occasions. Thanks for your comments.

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