I’ve had a number of Tour Master textile jackets in my moto-closet over the years, and my most recent acquisition, the Motive, is my favorite to date. Designed specifically for women, the pink version’s swirly flamed stitched pattern on the sleeves, combined with the jacket’s PhosLite reflective pink piping, is tasteful and adds a feminine touch — just enough girlie bling for me. If you’re not into pink, the black version offers the same design but replaces the pink with dark gray.
Patterned to accommodate womanly curves, the three-quarter-length jacket shell is made from a 320-denier polyester/nylon blend that offers an oiled-cotton feel. The texture is quiet and soft, yet still waterproof and breathable. Two belts on either side of the waist connect an elastic strip across the back and can be cinched and secured with Velcro; zippered gussets offer extra give. The sleeves offer two elastic tabs that pair to one of three snaps. The cuffs are tightened with Velcro and are finished with a soft, microfiber edge on the sleeve. The same goes for the jacket’s collar.
Two large exterior pockets offer plenty of extra room. The flaps stay closed with two small Velcro strips and a center button. Behind these pockets are zippered handwarmer pockets. And there’s a zippered, built-in fanny pack in the lower rear portion of the Motive, as well as a zippered pocket on the chest, between the exterior and interior linings.
A heavy-duty, durable main zipper closure is equipped with a large, easy-to-use tab. One thing I like about the Motive zipper is that you can unzip it from the bottom, which allows extra give when you’re in a sitting position.
The mesh-lined interior includes three more pockets. Removable, CE-approved impact protectors live in the elbows and shoulders, and a triple-density foam pad protects your back. The Motive includes a zip-out, insulated, quilted liner for all-season use.
Hard Data, Tour Master, Motive, $180, www.TourMaster.com
Story as printed in the January/February issue of RoadBike.