Speed and Strength American Beauty Women's Textile Jacket
Finally a good looking jacket with room for 'the girls'
I bought this jacket for my better half after we frustratingly tried (and returned) three other jackets from various manufactures. For some reason the vast majority of women's motorcycle jackets are cut on polar ends of the spectrum; very slim and petite or very large and frumpy. This jacket hits the in-between. She is 5'7, 130 lbs, with the following measurements: B: 37.5", W: 26.5", H: 39". I got her the size medium in grey and it fits quite well.There's plenty of room up top without excessive fabric or strange fold lines, and the waist draws allow her to slim it down to fit her hourglass frame. Length is perfect in the tail and sleeves for her height. Fit is relaxed enough to ride standards or cruisers sitting upright, yet sporty enough that shes very comfortable leaning way forward on the back of my sportbike. The texture is softer and more pliable than I expected, but still very robust material. The jacket has some nice features for the price point, including CE rated back protector and belt snaps to prevent it from flying up and exposing the small of your back. I cant speak for how it fairs in ranges of temperature, but it has done quite well in moderately cool temps with a sweater underneath. I expect it would be quite hot above 90 degrees or so.
Overall its a very nice jacket at a great price. Made my American Beauty very happy.
January 19, 2016
Overall, I love this jacket.
If, like me, you're looking for a motorcycle jacket which offers protection and serious style then look no further. I ordered the black/red though the black has a "distressed" look which makes it look more dark grey than black. This jacket is comfortable and does not restrict my movement on the bike in any way. There's also enough room to wear heavier clothes with the thermal liner zipped in and not feel claustrophobic. Though the two front pockets and inside concealed pocket meet my basic needs, it'd be nice if the front pockets were a little deeper and the zippers a little bigger to accommodate my clumsy gloved fingers. Though the large jacket fit my waist/hips perfectly (30-31"), this jacket is a little loose in my shoulders/arms. I considered trading for a medium but ultimately decided to have a jacket that is a little looser than borderline tight. Airflow is decent if you have the vents unzipped and some speed built up, but the thick material and darker coloring may have me looking for a lighter mesh option next summer. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase.
September 28, 2015
I'd say runs a little large. As I was in between sizes, I opted for the small, and fits perfectly for me! (5'6" approx. 143 pounds) Bought in the vintage black, looks dark grey in person. So far, only worn once, but very comfortable on the ride. Happy about a full-sleve thermal liner for cooler months. Concealed zip pocket inside jacket is actually larger than "hand warmer" pockets on front, so is the only place I could fit my phone, not a big issue though. Not much else to report, just a great jacket that I'm sure will see a lot of use!
PS. I live in Australia, shipped in just over a week!
September 16, 2015
Great protection for the money!
This jacket offers great protection for the money! The style is cute and retro as well. I love the fit/design as it seems shaped for a women and not bulky and boxy. I went with the vintage black and the color is great. Almost looks charcoal gray rather than black. The interior lining is full sleeve which is an added bonus and will keep you warm in cooler weather. Definitely a 3 season jacket in the Midwest. I also like how the collar on the jacket does not seem to pull or choke me like some others I have tried on. I would recommend this jacket!
July 6, 2015
Jacket you'll want to wear on and off the bike.
This review is by my wife, who we bought this for - as I couldn't wear it:
I ordered this jacket preemptively- I am transitioning from the backseat to the front at the end of the month. I wanted something both fun to wear and functional, which is why I chose this over some of the mesh options.
1) The small is fit as advertised. If I had a larger chest it wouldn't fit (i'm 5'5ish, 145 on good days - and between a small or medium in most jackets. If you're chesty or worried - go a size up.) The fit is slim in the waist - I have 28-30" waist and its pretty snug without being uncomfortable. Big plus - it stays in place over my lower back even without connecting it to my belt.
2) Even with the armor this jacket doesn't feel too bulky. It was obviously designed/cut for a woman, unlike the mesh jackets I have inherited from other riders. (see note above regarding waist)
3) the textile is sturdy and the removable full sleeve liner is comfortable over a t-shirt. No itchiness of fussing. It stays in place when you put the jacket on or take it off too.
4) The vents and gussets are easy to work - even with my gloves on (Speed and Strength Motolissa gloves)
5) Removable armor (included) means I can wear this jacket out and about when I just want to - which is always - without the bulk. Armor is sturdy and hits right where it should on me. Even with it in its a comfortable jacket off the bike
I got the "vintage" grey and Red (I will be riding a red 1976 Honda CB360 - the orange and black was to HD for me) and the finish is awesome. Its like a good faded pair of stormy grey jeans with the red and black detail.
March 9, 2015
This product is exactly what you need in a Winter jacket
I had to order a small because Revzilla was out of stock on the XS size and I needed a jacket asap. It is slightly big on me but I love the style. I love that you can remove the pads and the inner liner. When riding I feel really protected compared to other "thin" jackets that are really overpriced. Love speed a& strength! Only wish that it was rain-proof to be an everyday rain or shine jacket.
November 7, 2014
What I wanted
I think this product is very good and I like the style and all, but the quality isn't top-notch. The zipper came off and though it was easy enough to fix, what a hassle! I've never experienced that on a jacket.
I still like it though and will continue to buy Speed and Strength because I like the style.
October 13, 2014
Great jacket for my wife, fit true to size, maybe just slightly bigger. Made well. We ordered the grey one, nicer color in person than in the photos , kinda reflects what ever color your wearing.
June 30, 2014