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Textiles or Leathers?

Discussion in 'Helmets, Leathers, Boots and Gloves' started by UncleBucket54, May 27, 2017.

  1. wm.brooks

    wm.brooks Member

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    This is a timely thread for me, I was just looking at a Rev'it Airways 2 mesh/textile jacket as an alternative to a leather jacket for a September cross USA ride. Seems a reasonable balance of protection - armor, back protection, zips to pants- and cool enough for south west US heat. Goes against the grain, so to speak, but I think leather is likely too hot for some of it.
    Bill
     
  2. Daboo

    Daboo Active Member

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    Leather is not the only answer....
    I ride year around in Seattle. Leather wouldn't cut it. Nice for track days, but lousy for commuting in rain.

    Chris
     
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  3. PabloMS

    PabloMS New Member

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    It depends on the ride...I still don't have my RS but when I get it I will ride: Leather alien pants, leather dainese stgermain boots, textile gore tex dainese continental jacket and NXR for the rides and the trips.

    To do anything else I will wear Nike or Carmina shoes (depending the occasion) jeans, and my leather belstaff jacket.

    I also wear my HITAIR Gillet no matter what.

    I read the posts and it looks that everybody prefer the textiles...im a lot into leather!! Think it protects nice and looks even better...guess I worry too much for the looks...:cool:
     
  4. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I used to ride in leather all of the time - until I got trapped in a rain storm once and then found that it was impossible to get my New England fisherman's rubber rain suit over wet leathers and when leather gets wet it takes about a month for them to dry out and after that they just never seem to feel or fit the same again. o_O Now I prefer riding in water-proof textile clothing that I no longer have to condition or hang out to dry. ;) When they get dirty I can just toss them out and buy cheap new, made-in-Pakistan, China or Vietnam, motorcycle riding gear. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Dan smith

    Dan smith Active Member

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    I agree , for a while I was stuck on buying
    new dainese ,or alpine *s stuff . I would look so cool and a lot of sport ,riders I ride with have them. That phase has passed and gosh,they are so costly.
     
  6. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Speaking of leathers, my Kushitani leather riding suit (purchased for $300 off the back of a truck just after the LA Watts riots - when their warehouse was trashed) was getting pretty ripe after 30 years. I was wondering how to deodorize the perforated lining without damaging the lining or affecting the leather, which seems to have been shrinking over the years. :rolleyes: Then I discovered that Febreze, sprayed liberally into the interior of the suit completely solved the odor problem. So the $3 I paid for a spray bottle of Febreze at the Grocery Outlet, "Bargain Market" was sure a good investment, compared with sending the leathers out for a professional cleaning and hoping that they would be returned with the thin perforated lining and its interior pockets intact. :)
     
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  7. Dan smith

    Dan smith Active Member

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    I just used a sponge and some mild soap on the inside of mine ,over the Lining and then just rinse , with a garden hose ,inside the arms and legs . Hang dry . A lite sponge on outside , later some olive oil, Did not notice any shrinking. I will check out the Febreze , A good deodorizer :)
     
  8. To and Fro

    To and Fro Active Member

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    I had a low side slide going less than 30mph in a Joe Rocket Survivor suit (one piece) several years ago. The suit received zero damage! I still use it in winter. It's too warm for me to recommend use in the Texas summer but the rest of the year it works well.
     
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  9. Chief Crazy Horse

    Chief Crazy Horse New Member

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    Well it may just be me but i just dont feel right without a well fitted leather jacket with good back shoulder and elbow armour. been using a triumph perforated leather jacket now for near on eight years. i once came off at over 100k/h in king G shorts and work shirt after someone took the front out. anyone remember the cheech n chong skit with the nurse removing the bandages?
    Even in 45deg c + weather i will still usualy wear leather uppers. pants ive become fond of full kevlar lined jeans unless i go out with the udea of being a hooligan with no regard for law or.life in which case its leathers alround. mind you i spent a week riding around malaysia in a textile jacket. it would be horible in leather. There it torentialy rains every day at 4pm and the rest of the day was 28deg c and 98% humidity
     
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  10. m1bjr

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    Weise UK leathers here, they have removable waterproof liners - small enough to put under a seat or in a fanny pack.
    Leather with flexible textile stretch panels, thermal and waterproof removable liners and decent armour.
    Looks good too.
    I found most textiles are fine if you are on the large build side, otherwise the armour doesn't stay where it should so is questionable in a a crash. Leather unless you really cannot cope with the heat.
     
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  11. Jim Evans

    Jim Evans Well-Known Member

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    For three season riding (well, I do live in Canada) I'm really pleased with my Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket. When it's hot you have a mesh jacket, but it only takes a minute to put on the waterproof, windproof outer jacket. It's cheap and does the job, it's warm (or cool) and I haven't got wet yet.
    For all that, I would dearly like a set of two-piece leathers for good weather riding. If I hadn't spent all my money on the bike...
     
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