Dainese Rapida Lady Leather Jacket Review [Perf For Summer]

You buy a leather motorcycle jacket for two reasons: protection and image. Dainese has a well-deserved reputation in both departments, and the Dainese Rapida Lady Perf Leather Jacket does not disappoint. This perforated version of the Rapida Lady leather jacket means I can wear the jacket on all but the hottest summer days. Even before putting on the Rapida, I could tell this is a serious riding jacket. It has the satisfying heft of gear that I’ll feel secure in when riding fast. There is a bit of stiffness in the durable cowhide leather as I slip into the jacket, mitigated by the calculated use of stretch fabric to provide flexibility.Dainese Rapida Lady leather jacket review: For saleLong vertical stretch panels run from the top of the shoulders down the sides of the jacket. There are also inserts on the inside of the arms and on the chest, as many strategic areas to allow the rider to move as naturally as possible on the bike. The Dainese Rapida Lady Perf Jacket has a close fit without being close fitting. The flattering design falls just at the hips, with a slightly longer tail. I like the coverage in the back, especially because the current style of riding jeans is mostly low rise. It works well whether in spirited riding or in a more upright position, as do the slightly pre-curved sleeves, which follow your arms to reach the grips. It all adds up to a comfortable fit that doesn’t interfere with your ride. The Rapida’s neat fit is aerodynamic, with nothing blowing in the wind – snug and useful – and it can be customized at the lower waist with Velcro tabs. I have to unclip the cuffs when I take the jacket off, but the good thing about this spare sleeve design is that it’s not difficult to tuck the sleeves into a minimal glove cuff to prevent sunburn on the wrists.Dainese Rapida Lady Leather Jacket Review: PriceMy only comfort complaint with the Rapida Lady Perf is the collar. If I appreciate the thick leather of the jacket, it irritates my neck despite the short Mandarin design. When it comes to protection, the Rapida is reassuringly technical. In addition to the abrasion protection offered by the rugged leather, the Rapida has extensive internal impact protection in the shoulder and elbow area. Dainese’s exclusive soft Pro-Armor is a CE certified protection that bends with the body and is really comfortable. It adds peace of mind to the feeling of physical armor I got when I zipped into the Rapida. There is also a zippered pocket where you can insert an optional back protector. We consider back protection essential, so I installed the Dainese D1 Wave G.1 Short Back Protector ($86 MSRP), which is CE level 1.Dainese Rapida Lady Leather Jacket Review: MSRPAs its name suggests, the Rapida Lady Leather Jacket Perf is designed to circulate air. The front leather inserts and the back of the jacket are perforated (“Perf”), as is the interior lining. The latter is treated to fight odor and bacterial growth, especially helpful when worn against bare skin. I got stuck in slow traffic on the freeway in 94 degree weather. While I couldn’t specifically feel the air flowing through the jacket at 25mph, I wasn’t sweating or clammy, just warm. And lest you think the protection will impede air movement and make the jacket warm, the installed armor circulation air is optional due to their construction. External aluminum shoulder plates are more than just a MotoGP-inspired styling cue. Just as GP riders minimize injury by sliding instead of tumbling, these slippery-than-plastic aluminum plates are designed to encourage sliding versus tumbling. Even at more warlike speeds on the weekends, I’m glad to have a little extra confidence. Speaking of which, don’t forget to take advantage of the zipper that allows you to connect your jacket to your riding pants. If you’re going for a quick run, you don’t want to find yourself sliding down the road with the jacket riding up. For after-hours riding, the Rapida has nicely reflective Dainese logos running down the outer forearm.Dainese Rapida Lady leather jacket review: motorcycle jacket for womenSerious sports jackets don’t devote a lot of space to pockets. The more you carry, the more likely these items are to inadvertently hurt you if you fall. The Dainese Rapida Lady Perf leather jacket has two zipped hand pockets and an inside square zipped pocket. As this internal square pocket sits just across from a hand pocket, you need to be strategic about where you place your essentials to avoid a lumpy mismatch. I put my keys and hearing protection case in the outer left pocket, and my Wojo wallet in the inner pocket that backs onto it. The right pocket takes care of my iPhone SE. That works.Dainese Rapida Lady leather jacket review: CE certified performanceAs with all Dainese riding gear, the Rapida is not just a premium functional riding jacket, it is also stylish. From the subtle black on matte black stripes on the arms to the more obvious collar, the jacket has that Italian fashion sense that makes me feel cool. Don’t miss the little detail that only reveals itself when the jacket isn’t fully zipped: a vertical tricolor Italian bar pin at the top of the zipper placket. The Dainese Rapida Lady Leather Jacket Perf is a classic motorcycle jacket with sports riding protection. you’d expect, once you add back protection, in a comfortable perforated package that performs in all but the most extreme temperatures.Photograph by Don WilliamsDainese Rapida Lady Perf Leather Jacket Quick Facts

  • Sizes: 0-16 (US); 38 – 52 (euro)
  • Colour: Black-Matt/Black-Matt/White

Dainese Rapida Lady Perf Leather Jacket Price: $530 MSRP ($615, as tested)

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