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Old 10-05-2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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Question all leather the same?

as my first cool riding season approaches, been looking for a leather jacket to replace the txtile. does more money mean better quality? or is leather just leather?
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Leather can be measured in thickness.

Dont forget stitch.

Even zippers have different ratings.

Not all jackets fit the same so I'd recommend speaking to someone that knows their stuff. Motorcycles Unlimited does fittings and guarantees; but they have a selection. Check sponsor section.

People have preferences but the jacket is just the beginning; spline supports can be added and choice in breathability and foam/plastic injected protection needs to be considered too.
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^^^ +1 to everything he said.

My personal favs are Alpinestars or Komodo.
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I'd recommend speaking to someone that knows their stuff. Motorcycles Unlimited does fittings and guarantees; but they have a selection.
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also, some higher quality textile jackets can be warmer then leather... just throwin it out there....
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ooo good thread. Question,i kno my jacket has a zipper on the lower back for the pants, (its the mesh gsxr jacket that everyone and their mama has).ne who, are the majority of jackets able to zip on to other pants? or do you have to match them accordingly?

i was interested in trying to piece together a some race leathers, not all at once, but maybe a jacket this month, and pants next month or something.
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Some leathers stretch as for some dont. I have an Icon that has stretched sleeves and a dainese that is holding its shape so far.
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come on man, I thought you knew, the more money the better.
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There's details to look for:
Thickness and type of leather.
Stitching: is it single, double or triple stitched?
Is the stitching internal or external?
Are the seams taped?
Does it have a removable liner?
Vest or full sleeve liner?
Does it have armor?
CE approved armor or just dual density foam?
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Or just buy a really big windproof winter jacket and wear it over your textiles.
Pros: cheap as chit at a goodwill store.
Cons: you look like a goof with the wind billowing on your ginormous gear.

If you have the money I recommend the leather.
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Lether is cold when its cold & hot when its hot.

A parka style textile tour jack is the .
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Leather can be good in the winter, but if you have a textile with a liner its going to be just as good if not better. A leather with a liner will be slightly warmer as the leather better blocks the wind than most textile however it doesn't have as good insulation properties. However, I find that with the cold weather you need wind protection or your aren't going to be warm anyway. Go to a shop and try some different brands on and see what fits. Then once you find something that fits start looking at the nitty gritty details
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:37 PM   #13
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i figure internal stitching is best, either double or tripple stitch. with ce armor. tape on the seams?, never heard of that.. do perforations compromise durability in event of a crash?
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Lether is cold when its cold & hot when its hot.

A parka style textile tour jack is the .
Seriously? You really believe that?

Perhaps you need to consider leathers you didn't buy at the mall.

Leather is going to block the wind far better than textile, and with the right liner, you'll be toasty warm. Personally I cannot put my liner in unless its below 50 degrees. I get too hot.
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