My lifelong mantra: “You can never have too many pairs of shoes.” As my life has evolved over the past few years into the extremely passionate motorcyclist that I am today, I’ve added to that mantra: “You can never have too many pairs of shoes AND motorcycle jackets!”
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a fairly new jacket on the market a whirl. Think vintage, think comfort, think functionality. The AGV Sport Arc Ladies Jacket was all of those qualities. My first impression when I opened the box to reveal the new piece in my moto-wardrobe was “Wow! Stylish vintage with a little side of badass!” I immediately saw myself perched on one of our BMW scramblers wearing this AGV Sport Arc textile jacket paired with riding jeans and sassy riding boots. The styling of the jacket is definitely something new to my collection of riding apparel, but upon first look, I was feeling it.
But what about comfort, function, and most important, safety? It didn’t take long after receiving this new jacket that I was out on the road putting it to the test. The AGV Sport Arc Jacket was immediately comfortable and true-to-size for me. I wear a medium top/jacket, and it fit me perfectly. The jacket has an adjustable waist which can be cinched or loosened depending on one’s preferential fitment. The mandarin collar is fleece-lined for maximum comfort around your neck. That particular feature is one that’s important to me – it’s so hard to enjoy the ride when you’ve got something scratching at your neck.
Along the lines of comfort, the jacket, in my opinion, could perform well in three seasons. It has both a full-sleeve quilted liner (with inner pockets for phone, etc.) and a separate removable full-sleeve Reissa breathable waterproof liner. On super hot days, the under layers can all be zipped out exposing a soft, fixed mesh interior liner, as well as two air vents at the front of the jacket and two at the back for maximum ventilation. Also, the Arc Jacket features slight padding in the cuff and shoulder areas to give additional riding comfort.
My next concern was function. AGV Sport hit the mark on several areas. I loved the tabs on all of the YKK zippers which made it super easy to zip and unzip the jacket, pockets and vents with gloves on. I know many of you have struggled a time or two with zippers while gloved-up – think toll booth stops or days that started out cool and ended up warm. The collar and cuffs of the Arc jacket have velcro closures for ease of adjustment in different conditions, and the shoulder expansion ribs in the back of the shoulders allow for a great range of motion. There is also a zipper in the bottom rear of the jacket to attach AGV riding pants.
As far as the safety factor, the AGV Sport Arc Ladies Jacket has an abrasion-resistant Polyester 600 Denier outer shell and CE-rated armor in both the elbows and shoulders. Thankfully, I didn’t need to put those features to the test! (One item to note is the absence of reflective material on this jacket.) I believe every rider has certain standards as to protective riding gear which will always be factored into a purchase. Speaking purchase, this jacket retails at only $169 offering moderately protective gear that is reasonably priced.
In summary, this is an all-around great, stylish jacket for short jaunts…or longer, depending on one’s preference. Although it only comes in the gun-metal gray color, the women’s version of the AGV Sport Arc Jacket definitely has feminine lines. As I previously mentioned, this jacket could be paired with a great pair of quality riding jeans and sassy riding boots (along with helmet and gloves, of course) to make a moto-fashionista’s ride complete! 💃🏻