While motorcycling remains a primarily male activity, more women are riding their own bikes and as passengers. Still, it’s often difficult to find riding wear that is cut specifically for women, and especially top-line gear at a reasonable price. That’s why I was enthused to find this new Tour Master Trinity Series 3 jacket for my friend, Patti.
The three-quarter-length shell of this textile jacket is made of 400-denier nylon dobby, with a waterproof and breathable barrier. It also features waterproof zippered chest and sleeve vents, and rear exit vents for flow-through ventilation. For low-light situations, it is equipped with reflective material on the sleeves and back.
Inside resides a soft microfiber-lined collar and cuffs, and the collar anchor snap eliminates flapping while the collar is open. There’s CE-approved armor at the elbows and shoulders, along with an articulated triple-density back protector. In warm weather, the full-sleeve quilted liner zips and snaps out, and can be reinserted just as easily. With the liner out, the adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearms and biceps can be utilized to customize the fit and help secure the protective armor. Two zippered vertical gussets in the waist improve fit and comfort when seated in the riding position, and adjustable waist belts with hook-and-loop help fully adjust the fit.
After removing the liner and opening the 11-inch-wide zipper across the back, and the 10-inch zipper that extends down each shoulder and upper arm, Patti reported that the cooling wind blew through nicely. Reinstall the liner and the fit is both cozy and adjustable.
The Trinity’s carrying capacity includes a pair of handwarmer pockets, an inner zippered wallet pocket and a larger pocket suitable for carrying maps. Two internal pouch pockets for mobile media items are located in the liner, but when the liner is removed an identical pair of pockets is also sewn into the inner shell itself. Across the hips is a zippered rear pocket that can serve as a vent when opened, or when zipped closed could be used to carry soft items such as a cap or scarf.
The Trinity scores high points for temperature versatility, and works very well in terms of style and pockets. My only concern is that the neck opening is larger than ideal, and could cause a chill in colder weather. I recommend that it be sealed with a scarf, if needed. We were unable to test the Trinity’s water-tightness during the drought that is currently gripping California. Overall, the Trinity is a very good choice as a three-season women’s jacket for its versatility, protection and style. Then consider that its MSRP is a very reasonable $169.99 and you know it’s a winner.
In addition to standard sizes, the Trinity is also available in Tall and Plus sizes. Colors are black, cream and silver (shown).
For more information: See your dealer or visit tourmaster.com
(This Gearlab review was published in the January 2015 issue of Rider magazine.)