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.
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.