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post #1 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Leather Jacket

Another textile jacket is nearing the end of it's life and I'm seriously considering leather this one actually.

My beefs with textile:

1. Velcro, hate it. Hard to open small vents when new and won't hold when old. I had to install snaps on my cuffs and neck flaps. Velcro, hate it!

2. Most textile jackets aren't sized to fit. You can buy a leather jacket in your actual chest size! I'm a skinny guy but wear a size large so the elbow armor just kinda floats. I don't think it would stay in place if I actually needed it.

3. My current jacket (Olympia AST) is 3/4 length which I guess looks adventurey and all but bunches up when sitting on the bike. Kinda gives the Dolly Parton effect!

4. The jacket also has pockets all over it. I use 2.

5. 3-5 year lifespan for me anyway.

So tell me about leather those of you who ride or used to ride in it. I know it's not waterproof. I llve in the desert so not that concerned I'll throw a rain jacket over it in the event. My AST leaks in prolonged wet anyway.

I believe in Hi-Viz so I'll wear a vest over it. My AST is not near as bright now as when new.

Black leather is going to be hotter yea know that. I'm mostly impervious to heat though, desert rat!

So leather?

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 01:39 AM
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I don't see how you could go wrong with this jacket. Are you going to get the armor? While I've never tested the theory, I still think a good leather would be much more abrasion-resistant (i.e. sliding contact with pavement) than a textile jacket. I concur with all your beefs about the standard features of textile jackets.




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I got fed up with the textiles after melting a sleeve on the exhaust. I was ready to drop around $600 on a leather jacket and went shopping for it. None of the shops had one my size and was I ready to order until my wife pointed one out on a consignment rack. This was a Hein-Gericke, had all the features I was looking for, almost new condition, AND fit like it was made just for me. Unbelievable luck. $200.

That was three years ago and I've never looked back, winter or summer. For what you will eventually spend on textiles go for leather as your "keeper".

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I don't see how you could go wrong with this jacket. Are you going to get the armor? While I've never tested the theory, I still think a good leather would be much more abrasion-resistant (i.e. sliding contact with pavement) than a textile jacket. I concur with all your beefs about the standard features of textile jackets.

I would take the armor out of my AST intially may upgrade in the future.

You're right about abrasion, can't find the source for this data but I've seen it muliple times:

"For the Drag Test, samples were stitched to a bag that held a 75-pound
sandbag inside a milk crate, then dragged behind a pickup truck..."

New, 100% Cotton Denim Jeans ----------------------- 3' 10"
Senior Balistic Nylon ----------------------------------- 3' 10"
Leather, Lightweight, Nude Finish, 2.25 oz/sq. ft. --- 4' 3"
Leather, Fashion Weight, 1.75 oz/sq ft. ------------- 4' 4"
Two-year-old 100% Cotton Denim Jeans ------------ 4' 5"
Cordura Nylon Type 440 ----------------------------- 18' 3"
Kevlar 29 Aramid Fiber, Style 713 ------------------ 22' 1"
Leather, Competition Weight, 3 oz/sq. ft. -------- 86' 0"


Taber Test

"For the Taber Test, the specimen was mounted on a rotating platform and
scuffed by two rubber-emery grinding wheels." The numbers represent the
number of revolutions until the fabric totally fails. A vacuum clears
debris.

Two-year-old 100% Cotton Denim Jeans 168
New 100% Cotton Denim Jeans 225
Kevlar 29 Aramid Fiber, Style 713 506
Cordura Nylon, Type 440 559
Leather, Lightweight, Nude Finish, 2.25 oz./sq. ft. 564
Leather, Fashion Weight, 1.75 oz./sq. ft. 750
Senior Ballistic Nylon 817
Leather, Competition Weight, 3 oz./sq. ft. 2600

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Gentlemen,

I like the idea of a high quality leather jacket but have always worried about the rain. Arent leather jackets horrendous in the rain?

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i bought an old used pakistani leather jacket that fits great in a harley shop in gatlinburg for 100 bucks, thats all i use. took my spill in it last spring, you can't even tell it was in a 40 mph crash into a mountain. i love the heavy duty zippers on it. the only velcro on it is little clasps on the cuffs that cover the zippers that expand the cuffs. i think i made out alright for 100 bucks.

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For years I've worm a 'Joe Rocket' leather jacket I got from newenough for $100 or so. AWESOME jacket. Treated for rain. I love it. I wear kevlar pants, but leather up top unless it is too hot (rarely) or going offroad...leather wins.




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Typical "Big And Tall" guy like me trying to find a leather motorcycle jacket:




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post #9 of 14 Old 03-08-2013, 07:37 PM
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I have a Schott leather jacket that I've had since 1984 and I still wear it exclusively. The jacket was $200+ back then and today it sells for $500+ on the Schott USA website. High quality and stylish jacket. It's hot in the Summer though, but it has a zip-out liner that helps. Ride on!
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I can't get the hyperlink to work, but here's the URL link for my sweetheart. She's been with me since the mid 80's....we're inseperable.

http://www.schottnyc.com/products/ot...cle-jacket.htm
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