Fieldsheer Women's Lena 3.0 Jacket
Great jacket when the temps are low.
Somewhat of an odd perspective, not often where you have a man reviewing a woman’s jacket by actually using it.
This Lena was purchased in late summer for my wife. She wore it when riding around until the beginning of the fall when the weather turned. Up to this time I have generally ridden in an old military field jacket with an under liner. It has held me up well for a lot of years, but this is the first year that I have had to deal with winter outside of Southern California (Salt Lake City, UT) and I had to up the level of my gear.
For the last month I have been using the Lena as a commuter jacket and it has been remarkable.
I don’t get cold easily and my motorcycle does have a windshield so your mileage may vary. However I have worn this jacket in relative comfort down to the low 20s on a 26 mile commute where half is at freeway speeds.I do get cold in the last bit, but considering the temps this is a great jacket.
In the heat I am a bit less overjoyed with the performance. The venting is limited and temps over 70 degrees will get warm. Especially if you are sitting in traffic. In motion you might be able to comfortably wear the jacket up to 80 degrees.
Fit I can’t comment on too much since the cut was obviously not meant for a male and stuffing myself in this jacket was less than comfortable. However it was cut well for my wife and visually looked good on her.
A few things I liked. The double liner is nice as is the liner zipper. It actually seems to do a better job keeping the cold out over the jacket I just purchased. The way the wrists cinch is also nice and fitting gauntlets over the sleeves was not too bad. A good number of pockets, though I wouldn’t call it ample. The wind break capabilities make this a great cold weather jacket.
Things I didn’t care for. The neck was a complaint for myself and my wife. At first it is pretty stiff and the collar does dig and it takes time to break in. The arms use buttons so the adjustments may not be as customizable as someone may like. The liner can be finicky to install and remove, but once in, the zipped wrists are a nice touch and it makes it really nice to pull the jacket on and off. The limited venting would make me say this is a not a summer jacket, might not even be the best late spring/early fall jacket.
Overall I think you will have a tough time finding a better jacket at this price.
December 7, 2015
It is a 4 season jacket
I really love this jacket, it is sexy and very cozy! Keeps me warm during the winter. Haven't tried the summer yet but, I am confident it will deliver.
As far as protection goes, I haven't had a fall with it yet but, the armor is good, if you'd like better armor you are in luck because it is removable. The armor is easy to upgrade.
Haven't riden in it during the rain yet, my previous accident happened during the rain. So, I am being more cautious for now and I am avoiding riding during the rain, therefore I haven't tested if it is waterproof or not.
And in terms of it being breathable, like I said I haven't used it during the summer yet and, mind you, I live in Florida, so it darn well better be breathable.
The layers are easy to remove, zip/unzip kinda deal, you really can't mess up on removing it.
And, girl, if you gain a few pounds, THAT'S OK! it has adjustable velcro waist straps! Yay! and the side zipper things to adjust it further! I will be using these during the holiday season for obvious reasons.
Buy it, it's good for you. TRUST.
December 7, 2015
Fits true to size - blue is stunning
What sold me on this jacket was a combination of the following:
1) Excellent value for the money
2) Waterproof liner (rainy winters here in PDX)
3) Back protector included
4) It comes in royal blue!
I bought this jacket in an XS, and it fits great -- true to size. For reference, I'm 5'4", 110 pounds, 32A, 25" waist, and basically petite all over. I wear an XS in Alpinestars and an XS / 0-2 in street clothes. Before purchasing this jacket, I was concerned about the sizing, given that several previous reviewers mentioned that it runs small. However, I called up Revzilla, and their lady Gear Geeks confirmed that they had all tried on this jacket and found it to run true to size. I'm glad I ordered it in my usual size, because the jacket fits perfectly and still has room for cold-weather layers underneath -- although the arms are slightly snug if all the liners are zipped in.
If you teeter between sizes, or if you have a large chest, I can totally understand why you might want to go up a size in this jacket. But, for me, my regular size was a perfect fit. Even in blue, I love that this jacket is still feminine in styling. I wear it with my white Shoei RF-1200, and it looks amazing!
Upon opening, trying on, and actually wearing this jacket on the bike over the last several weeks, one of the things that has really struck me is how well it's made. The stitching is quality, the seams are all taped, the zippers are super strong. The liners are all relatively easy to remove and have color-coded bungees (easy to match) so that the sleeves don’t get twisted up inside the shell upon reinsertion. You can tell that Fieldsheer put a TON of thought and intention into every aspect of this jacket. My boyfriend (also a motorcyclist) was so impressed with the construction and features of this jacket that he's thinking of getting a Fieldsheer to replace his current three-season jacket.
I have three critiques of this jacket. First, the shoulder vents are difficult to open with one hand (i.e., when you're already wearing the jacket). The velcro keeping them shut is REALLY ridiculously strong. Fortunately, I won't need to be using these vents very much, as this is my winter jacket. My second critique is that the velcro on the collar rolls in and scratches my neck when I look left to check my blind spot. This happens even when I have the jacket fully closed at the neck. I'm going to have to get a piece of spare velcro and attach it so that my neck doesn't get mauled every time I look left. My third critique -- and this is minor -- is that one of the belt loops at the waist was sewn too high and is thus misaligned with the waist cinch strap. However, I put the strap outside the belt loop, and it's fine. Not a big deal.
Another thing I wanted to note -- neither positive or negative, but worth mentioning -- is that the elbow armor in the left arm had shifted around a bit during shipping. It was easy to secure back inside its velcro compartment. You may want to just check the positioning of the armor when your jacket arrives to make sure it's all still where it's supposed to be!
I have to talk about the color of this jacket for a moment, and how important it is that Fieldsheer listens to its customers and not only offers their women’s jackets in beautiful, practical colors but also doesn't even bother including pink in their lineup. I LOVE the blue of this jacket -- it's a very deep, vibrant shade, and true to the photos. Oddly, the YouTube video makes it look kind of purple, which is nothing close to the color IRL. Anyway, I'm still fairly new to the motoverse but am already tired of having to wade through the overwhelming deluge of pink gear. So THANK YOU, Fieldsheer, for making this fantastic women's jacket in several beautiful colors that aren't pink!
I love, love, LOVE this jacket. Thank you, Fieldsheer!
October 5, 2015
Protected my wife
Wife went down on her sport bike, 60mph around a curve. She has no rash under the jacket, minimal bruising on the shoulders and elbows, but no broken bones or rash. This is an amazing jacket and it did as expected when she laid the bike down.
August 7, 2015
Good jacket for first motorcycle rider
Bought it for my love. She only rides few times a year and i wanted soething universal for her to use. Works well, gets dirty quite quickly but nothing crazy. It is easy to clean. Vents are on a smaller side and ventilation could have been better. Size is small as my love is XS and small jacket was on tight side with all the guts in it.
July 27, 2015
Excellent value for price
This is my first personal motorcycle jacket and I spent a good couple of weeks agonizing over what kind to buy. I've been driving for about a month now and have a year's worth of experience riding pillion (and falling off as said pillion), so it's not as though I'm unfamiliar with motorcycle jackets; I've worn quite a few.
What I wanted: 1) Good price, 2) High performance in different kinds of weather, 3) Fully armored without having to buy separately, 4) Good visibility to other motorists, 5) I wanted to look good, okay? Everybody on a motorcycle wants to look good.
This is the best women's jacket that I found for all of these things. At just over $200 it is VERY reasonable, particularly since you get three layers of lining. It's not as breathable as a mesh jacket would be (...obviously), but if you have the vent zippers undone the airflow is decent. You WILL sweat if you're stuck at a long light, but, well, any jacket that isn't mesh will do that to you if it's hot. With the linings in it has performed well to temps as low as 40 F, but I haven't ridden with it in cooler temps. I would suspect you could probably get away with wearing it in 30 F weather with all layers and long johns underneath, but I do run warm.
The armor is generous and the coat feels like it's made out of sturdy material. I haven't had to test its mettle in an actual spill yet (knock on wood), but considering the last time I was thrown from a motorcycle I was wearing a faux-leather fashion jacket... this definitely is a dramatic step up from that.
I got the royal blue color, which is very handsome and eye-catching. It's also a bit unusual as compared to what most other riders wear. In terms of the style department, the fit can't be beat: first of all it's a feminine cut, since it cinches at the bottom of your ribcage and does create something similar to an hourglass shape. (It will also make your, uh, chest look enormous.) The bottom of the jacket has a slight flare to it; it doesn't cinch around the hips like most of the unisex jackets I've worn. You can control the amount of flare via zippers at the side. I actually prefer this as a lot of the jackets that cinch at the hips are WAY too uncomfortable for me as I've got junk in the trunk and hips; often this would resort in a waist-cinched design getting pushed uncomfortably far up my middle or digging into my hips. This cut is definitely designed with a woman's body in mind. However, if you're looking for something to ride while racing or dirt biking... you may want to pass on this. It's definitely meant more for cruising or commuting.
Despite the feminine cut, though, with the design I have to say I feel like a samurai while wearing it (take a look at how the shoulders and arms are designed; it looks like samurai armor) which is not a bad mojo to sport while on a Japanese bike. The only somewhat-negative about it is that you kind of can't get away with this doubling as streetwear; it's pretty obviously a motorcycle jacket, even though it's a nice-looking one. I've gone ahead and paired it up with the turquoise Scorpion Tiffany helmet and some blue gloves... let's just say my milkshake has brought the boys to the yard on more than one occasion as it's obvious I'm a female biker with this getup and people seem to like that.
In terms of size... I'm a size 16 US with a 40 C bra size and got the "Large Plus." Fits perfect. With the lining in, there's enough room for me to slide on a sweatshirt if I want. I especially recommend this coat to you if you're above a size women's 14 because it's a comfortable fit that makes you look like a female samurai AND will fit you. Basically, I don't have anything bad to say about this jacket and if your list of wants are close to mine, buy this one!
June 10, 2015
The Lena is a very attractive coat, and I love the multiple removal liners. Note the rain barrier is not styled to wear on its own. The blue is a beautiful deep royal blue, not purple or bright blue as some computer monitors might show. Definitely order larger than the size charts indicate. I have a 38" chest and 32" waist, so ordered a large per the size charts. I really needed an extra large. Also, if you want to remover the rain and insulated liners, the zippers are not very friendly. It took quite a bit of effort to re-install the liners once they had been removed from the coat.
May 21, 2015