Tuesday, May 01, 2007

~ Joe Rocket and Icon I love you ~

This is also a Wordless Wednesday Post

Pictures taken at Garden of the Gods, Colorado

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For over a year I have been on the lookout for purple gear. Or even any gear made for women. More and more the motorcycle industry is recognizing that they need to meet the needs of women. There are many of us out there who ride and don't want to wear gthe unisex gear that fit us like a box. Over the last year I have been amazed at how the industry is stepping up to the plate in designing boots, jackets, helmets, gloves, etc for us and with safety in mind. I applaud them and really appreciate the slowly growing choice of gear to choose from for women.


I recently bought the Joe Rocket - Womens Cleo 2.0 Jacket in purple. I was sooo excited when I saw this mesh jacket and how beautiful it is. It's reasonably priced and it has hard armor in the shoulders and elbows and a substantial armor plate for the back. It also comes with a liner that works pretty well in chilly weather. I was equally happy when it fit so well. Some of the women's jackets have designed their arms so they fit too tightly, but not the different women's Joe Rocket jackets I tried on.


So now I am set for the summer. This is a mesh jacket, which allows air flow thru it and it's significantly cooler for summer use. Because I love this jacket so much I wore it to work in 34 degree F. weather with my REI One jacket underneath and it kept me pretty warm.


Then I went looking for a matching helmet and found this ICON - Women's Hooligan Helmet. I love this helmet so much more then the red HJC LOOK CS-12. Mainly because I can now wear sunglasses with the helmet on and I love the violet color of the ICON. Whenever I tried to wear sunglasses with the HJC helmet they would pop up at a weird angle and I was constantly adjusting them, distracting me from the road. But that is no longer. My solution with the HJC helmet was to buy the tinted shield, but the plastic hinges broke a few times when changing out the different shields due to day/night changes. We were getting frustrated having to buy a new shield just because of stupid plastic hinges breaking.


My criteria when looking for motorcycle gear (in order of importance)


1. Safety - jackets must have armor, gloves must have decent protection


2. fit - It really must fit right and be comfortable


3. Looks - I look for something that I think looks nice for me as a woman


I was then able to find a very cool pair of ICON black/Purple gloves that fit nice and has good protection for the hand and fingers. They are for summer. For winter I will use my black leather gloves that I love and have already.


Now I need to find a winter jacket to go with my new helmet. If I have to, I will wear my red jacket with my violet helmet when the cold weather hits, but I sure hope not.

34 comments:

Marcia said...

Definitely worth the wait, the purple is awesome. .

Gattina said...

It's about time that male creators accept that women do the same things as men and should act accordingly whatever it is. But can you immagine your grandma on a bike with your beautiful purple jacket, lol ?
I still admire women who did horse riding in skirts !

Jenn in Holland said...

Purple becomes you!
My youngest is sitting in my lap this morning as I "work" and he can't get over this photo of you with your motorcycle!
"Mom! Do you see that motorcycle?"
Thanks! You've made his day!

anyhowblogs said...

Gratz on finding ur purple gear. This is one of the longest WW i've seen so far. LOL

amy said...

You are awesome..Love the photo


There is still time to join the blogging scavenger hunt over at AMys Random thoughts which started today. WE have over 80 people playing, interesting prizes and we would love to have you..Wouldnt take long to catch up either.zneojg

AnnaLiza said...

you look great!! i'm married to a HOG. i love my biker "babe." and my dad has a volusia (suzuki). young moms recommend the bikes to be gone. i grew up with them, i enjoy rides with my "biker babe."

nice!

maiylah said...

looks good on you! :)

jams o donnell said...

Looks good and will protect you. I'm glad you found what you wanted

Amazing Gracie said...

Purple is my favorite, too...
Nice to have good-looking riding clothes to go with that bike! How's your nanday?

palmtreefanatic said...

great shots! nice blog too!!

Angela said...

I love the purple! Thanks for visiting!

Melli said...

Geeeeee... if only the rest of the clothing industry were so accommodating! (as far as making clothes FIT women!) LOL! You look verrrrrrry nice in purple!

Janne said...

Congratulations on the new purple gear!

Sarge Charlie said...

Purple betty, cool, thanks for stopping by my place.

Mitey Mite said...

I don't even like purple, but I like this!

ribbiticus said...

very cool gear! purple is very flattering on you. my ww's up! ;)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

looks good but not "wordless", ha ha ha... love purple!

smiles, bee

Michelle said...

Love all the purple! And its a quite stylish jacket - as well a functional! Mine's up!

Stacie said...

Wow, that purple is fabulous.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That purple color is great.
Thanks for the visit.

tegdirb92 said...

I love the purple--AWESOME pics--have fun :)

CodyandMichelle said...

Yeow, that's the Shizzle BB! Me likey, something about a woman in purple...........
Peace!
Cody

Dawn said...

Ahhhh I love the purple gear! All the girls around here have pink (which is my favorite color) BUT I like to be different...hehe So I have baby blue but dang I wish I would have seen the purple --- it's great :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Crazy Working Mom said...

I love those colors...the baground is amazing as well. :)

the night owl said...

Good Afternoon,....You have the coolest..... color . Great outfit ...
Happy riding and thanks for viewing my blog today. Baba

Linda said...

I was going to say that I liked the background of the photo but that I liked your purple leathers even better! I love purple and that just looks way too cool!

Mr. Althouse said...

Nice get up. I hope all is well with you. My bike is coming home from the shop tomorrow - I can't wait.

Mike

Comedy + said...

You go girl. And be stylish too. I love purple and you looks fabulous. Happy WW ♥

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Cool! Love the purple.

Angel Mama ( Pearls of Wisdom)

Pamela said...

You ROCK(et)

Giest said...

Now you are seriously stylin'! Great gear, betty, by great names. I have an Icon Mainframe full face that I use for long rides. It's a great helmet that's comfortable and very quiet. You made some good choices there that you shouldn't be disappointed with.

Lauren S. said...

The purple looks great! It looks really great against that backdrop!

anyhowblogs said...

The answer to WW : Guess-It is up. Go on down and see if you hit the jackpot this week.

Holly Ristau said...

Hi Betty!
Now that you've had your helmet for a while, do you still like it? How are the noise levels? Is there anything you would change about it?