Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Archer Pants

Jul 14, 2015 View Comments by

Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Namib Evo PantsSwiss Summer Gear for the Female Rider – 

iXS Motorcycle Fashion is just now making their first incursions into the U.S. gear market, but the Swiss company has been making high-end riding apparel in Europe for over 30 years. In fact, iXS has a comprehensive gear line that includes everything from GORE-TEX technical gear and full racing leathers to vintage inspired retro jackets and more.

Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Namib Evo PantsZephyra Jacket
We decided to test out some of iXS’ summer riding gear for women. The Zephyra is a lightweight mesh jacket that’s made to keep riders as comfortable as possible in the dog days of summer. The jacket is built with a 500D Airguard chassis with mesh inserts on the arms, chest, and back to flow large quantities of air. A perforated inner lining allows the air to penetrate quickly to the skin for maximum cooling.

For protection the Zephyra has CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows, which feels sturdy, and a foam back pad. iXS offers a CE Level 2 rated back protector as an upgrade, which we highly recommend.

Even in summer cool mornings can be a bit too brisk. To mitigate the chill iXS sells a separate waterproof and windproof inner jacket (the Salta EVO, $75) to be worn under the Zephyra and stowed away when the day heats up.

For comfort and functionality the Zephrya doesn’t disappoint with nicely pre-curved sleeves, a European cut, stretch panels, four pockets (two inside, two outside), and overall lightweight. The Zephyra comes in three colors, black, white-black, and purple-black.

Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Namib Evo PantsArcher Pants
Similar to the Zephyra jacket, the Archer pants from iXS use 600D polyoxford mesh as their primary material. Hot weather relief comes from a several mesh panels. CE rated knee protectors guard the rider’s most vulnerable joints and the included hip pads can be upgraded to CE rating. The Archers can also be paired with a separately purchased inner lining (the Thar, $59) that provides protection from rain and wind.

Both the Zyphyra and the Archer boast premium materials and quality construction with a look that’s upscale and feminine without falling into the trap of gaudiness that so often plagues women’s gear. With an affordable price they give female riders a great option when shopping for gear to beat the heat.

iXS Zephyra Jacket
Sizes: S-3XL
Price: $189
Colors: black, white-black, purple-black

iXS Archer Pants
Sizes: S-2XL
Price: $149
Colors: black, light gray
www.ixsusa.com

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