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View Poll Results: Leather or Textile?
Leather! The cow gave up his hide to save mine! 66 72.53%
Textile! Leather is for Fonzi! 18 19.78%
I wear a t-shirt 'cause I'm a squid! 11 12.09%
Leather and lace! I'm for ! 10 10.99%
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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Gear = There Is No Substitute For Leather, Unless Price/Comfort Matters

In a discussion with a friend the other day, the topic of protective jackets came up. This is a common topic of discussion in almost any motorcycle riding crowd, and, not surprisingly, this one went the way I expected it to go. I said that I am old school in that I only wear leather; I don't consider textile jackets to offer enough protection. I do think that textile is far better than nothing at all, but said, as a guy who's been rashed up before, that it's leather for me. He disagreed, citing costs and comfort as the reasons he wears textile. I pointed out that cost and comfort have nothing to do with level of protection, but he didn't seem to care. (He didn't disagree with me about protection level, though.)

What do you wear? What do you think?
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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only leather for me too.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #5
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Considering I wear leather to bed it seemed only natural to continue that tendency on the bike.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #6
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leather is the #1 for protection...although I do wear a textile jacket on teh streets
but the fact that track suits are still 100% leather ought to serve as a point


you don't see Speeds, Hayes and Rossi riding in 1 piece textiles
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leather FTW.

Before I started wearing gear I looked on the web and found a study that showed how long gear would up in a wreck. They covered different speeds, road surface, types of gear, etc.
I first read of this stuff in the late, great Cycle Magazine in the middle 1980s. They showed how they test materials for durability, with the test being very simple and involving a small, weighted wheel rolling in a circle on whatever material you're testing. In time, and with X number of revolutions, the wheel would wear away the material. In all tests, against all comers, leather was WAY better than any other material used for clothing. At the time, Kevlar was the new, hot material. It was second to leather, but about a million miles behind in test results. 20 years later, new materials, such as synthetic leathers, are closer now, but still get lapped by leather multiple times on the way to the finish line.

Freakin' leather, baby!
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Leather for the most protection, no question.

However in the summer months I do wear textile for comfort. I need to add when wearing the textile my pace is more conservative.
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I wear leather, even during the summer months. It's perforated and I wear an underarmor summer gear top under it so it's never been bad for me.

It's like the saying goes: Sweat washes off. Road rash doesn't.
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textile for me during the summer...its to hot to wear leather right now...but i wear my leather jacket during the winter
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i stopped wearing my textile jacket when i got the leather one. i say i'll wear it if its too hot for leather, but i get peace of mind from the extra protection leather affords me.
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Where dose Godsuki find these pics!!! Or are they taken in a mirror?


I bought an A* textile jacket as my first "major gear" purchase, sort of out grew it shortly after but it still zips up. Went down in a turn on 3090 jacket still in good condition so I wore up till my latest major purchase another A* LEATHER jacket. Still getting use to it but might need to up size again to a 46us.

Leather is better but its better. No negative about leather.
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leather - because I like my kangaroos to be skinless.
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btw, i clicked t shirt, but its because my skin is impervious to asphalt.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #17
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I totally agree that leather is the best abrasion protection, and will allow you to slide. What about hitting solid objects? Cars, poles, walls, concrete; what protects the best in those cases.
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