Review: Women’s Contessa jacket by Motorfist

by Kirsten Armleder

Woman wearing Contessa Jacket on a black sled.
The Contessa jacket is available in green as well as blue and black. Monte Smith photo

The Contessa jacket is Motorfist’s answer to technical riding gear that is designed specifically for women—real women who want a garment that looks good but more importantly, stands up to the elements. That it did. 

From socked-in, deep snow days to the warm, sometimes rainy rides of early spring, this jacket always kept me dry. The fabric is extremely durable. The zippers never let me down and I appreciated the oversized front pockets, which double as vents, and the shoulder vents to let the steam out. What this jacket is missing, however, is a chest pocket.

Since the Contessa jacket is an uninsulated garment, layering is key to its success. The technical shell acts as an excellent windbreaker, but anything below -20 C and I had to add so many layers that the jacket felt constrictive.

Like I said earlier, the fabric is very durable, and it stands up well to tree bashing and other abuse. But it’s also very stiff, especially around the neck. I expected the fabric to soften up as the season went on and it did, to a degree, but after 25 rides, it still felt stiff. The colder the weather, the stiffer it got as well.

The jacket comes with an interior powder skirt. Monte Smith photo

That being said, this jacket is a high-quality garment that will last for several seasons.

Other features of the Contessa jacket include:

  • A removable hood
  • 3L stretch panel shoulders for maximum mobility
  • Waterproof powder skirt snaps
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Lycra powder cuffs with thumbholes at the wrist
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective panels and print details
  • A tether ring at the waist

Visit the Motorfist website for more info. 

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