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03-09-2013 12:49 AM
Lockjaw Yeah, I wear textile if I'm gonna be offroad and real hot, but leather is tough to beat. Literally. And yeah, I feel weird on my bike without gear and usually do something stupid as a result.

03-08-2013 11:33 PM
650Stew Truthfully there are good and bad points to both materials, ideally a person could have one of each and switch out depending on weather and riding conditions. My leather jackets were fairly old school and didn't really have any venting even though they were "real" motorcycle jackets... I think the one had some zippers under the armpits and some in the side but I never really noticed a huge difference with them open. I'm guessing the modern leather offerings are much better.

Anything is better than nothing though, I went down on pavement myself last August at about 50kmh. Stupid spill, no gear and I've got the scars to show for it! Wish I could say young and dumb, but in my case it was old and stupid... Just going around the block, what could happen? Those are the ones that bite you. T-shirt and polyester track pants, it wasn't pretty... The track pants didn't melt into my skin but they also offered zero abrasion protection, I might as well have been wearing shorts! Leather or textile would have provided 100 percent protection on that spill I'm sure, would have made the difference between picking the bike up and laughing, to hobbling into the house bleeding and being off work for a month and sore for months after that. I know better now. ATGATT even around the block!

Edit: Holy crap, I just ran across some pics of guys that had get off's at higher speeds with textiles... Made my spill's damage look like a hangnail! Y'all have convinced me, next time around I'm getting leather and I'll just wear a high viz vest over it. Yikes!
03-08-2013 09:29 PM
Originally Posted by 650Stew View Post
I'm sticking with textile
I'll have to disagree here. For me it's about abrasion resistance as Spec cited in an earlier post. The textiles can't even come close in a get off on the pavement compared to good leathers. Road rash is a terrible thing I have personally experienced. Young and dumb, wearing jeans and a tee shirt during only around a 30 mph fall the jeans went to my flesh in about a nano second it seemed and my upper body had no chance. Never again.

I have read, but never experienced, textiles actually melting onto the skin due to the friction of sliding on pavement. Just something to think about. A good leather jacket will have ample venting to be comfortable in all but the hottest weather. Here in Texas when it reaches close to, or over 100 degrees I can't wear my Hein-Gericke and have my eye on the same jacket Spec is looking at here.

Looking back I thought that jacket was perforated leather, it is not. Anyone have a perf leather jacket they can recommend?
03-08-2013 08:45 PM
650Stew I'll dare to be different here, I wore leather jacket's since I started riding street at 16. I really liked them except when it rained (I treated them, but it seemed to wear off fast... And I didn't notice until it rained!). They didn't have any vents to speak of either, so they got quite sweaty in the warm weather. Seemed kind of cool when it was cold out too, so I always had to layer to stay warm.

Fast forward to about 3 years ago when I bought my first textile Tourmaster jacket... Wow! Toasty warm with the liner in it, and cool on the hot days with liner removed and the vents open. Got caught in a couple of downpours and stayed warm and dry. I'm not a huge fan of velcro but it gets the job done. I'm sticking with textile
03-08-2013 07:43 PM
n8tureboy 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.

03-08-2013 07:37 PM
n8tureboy 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!
02-21-2013 02:12 AM
planalp Typical "Big And Tall" guy like me trying to find a leather motorcycle jacket:

02-20-2013 09:14 PM
Lockjaw 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.

02-20-2013 02:43 AM
Scrapper 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.
02-20-2013 02:23 AM
Snakeboy66 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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