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Old 08-21-2006, 10:30 PM   #1
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Textile or Leather in Houston?

I'm looking to get a riding jacket for the Houston weather. I know that leather protects the best but it must be hotter than a !

I was looking at the Cortech GX Sport Jacket, which is waterproof and has a liner for those cold days.

- Performance cut, 600 Denier Carbolex shell incorporates 1680 Denier Ballistic.
- Cortech’s Z.O.Q. (Zip-Out Quilted) Liner features warming 100gm Polyfill insulation.

What is everyone's experience with textiles/leather and what do you prefer.

There is a safety corner but this forum gets more hits.
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:40 PM   #2
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Both, textile for summer leather for winter
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:45 PM   #3
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I like mesh. They are only good for one crash really but if i had leather i wouldn't wear it in this heat. With mesh it's cheaper and i'll wear it in the heat.
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joe rocket and other manufacturers make a preforated leather jacket. look into that leather.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:17 PM   #5
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I have the icon TImax2 mesh and its pretty comfortable, it has a zip out liner though I have only owned it a little while so I haven't really tested it in cold weather I don't think it would be warm enough for anything below 55-60 degrees. Without the liner its cool on the highway but like anything it gets stuffy when I'm sitting at redlights. Its not really a true mesh just a textile with mesh vents for airflow but its pretty solid and makes me feel a little bit more secure.
If I had to buy it again I'd get last year's TImax cause its cheaper and I like the sleeves and the waist panel better, but I do like the one I have a lot.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:22 PM   #6
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I have a joe rocket preforated leather jacket, and its not hot at all for me. It works year around
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:06 AM   #7
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I commute everyday and wanted the extra protection so I went with a perforated leather Frank Thomas jacket with CE padding.

I got my girlfriend a Joe Rocket mesh jacket with so-so padded inserts (better than nothing) and she loves it. She said it is actually cooler with the jacket on because it keeps the sun off her skin and breathes better than a t-shirt.

That is saying a lot because she to no end about the heat.

I think your body size makes a big difference too. I'm pretty thin so I don't sweat too much and can manage wearing a leather jacket in 95 degree weather as long as I'm not stuck in stop and go traffic.

Believe it or not gloves make a HUGE difference in how hot I get with my jacket. I bought a set of Dianese gauntlet-style gloves that make me hotter than an oven. I ended up getting a pair of weight-lifting gloves from Academy for $3.50 and I love them. They are cotton mesh on the back, leather on the palm and are short enough to let the wind run up the sleeves of my jacket.
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Got a joe rocket mesh for summer. Leather for winter.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:43 AM   #10
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I like mesh. They are only good for one crash really but if i had leather i wouldn't wear it in this heat. With mesh it's cheaper and i'll wear it in the heat.
my mesh survived a 60mph highside...

still looks good too

but then again i hit head first
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I use a fieldsheer perforated leather 2 peice. Feels fine. Don't get black like I did. Gets a little warm when sitting still.
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:43 AM   #12
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yeah my jacket has CE armor in it too, though I tried on a frank thomas one at cycle gear and the armor in it was a bit more substantial than mine.

for gloves I really like the icon pursuit perforated leather ones I got... short style so they still let the wind go up my sleeves and they breathe a lot for my hands but they are tough as and have padded knuckles.
Just be aware that they are sized small.
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Sheesh.!! That guy looks like he slid on his arm for a while.
My leather sleeve looked like that but no rash! Leather saves skin..
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I wear a fully perfed Vanson during the summer...It really is more comfortable than my Joe Rocket Mesh was....
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...that is leather btw
that JR jacket that BM posted up? NO it's not, thats areg JoeRocket Phoenix jacket. all mesh.

why i chose my spidi jacket, has a solid shell on the upper part of the arms and shoulders vs ALL mesh.
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that JR jacket that BM posted up? NO it's not, thats areg JoeRocket Phoenix jacket. all mesh.

why i chose my spidi jacket, has a solid shell on the upper part of the arms and shoulders vs ALL mesh.
No I was referring to my TZ-1...my fault
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sometimes i want to buy a mesh jacket but i've been down 3 times and I can't thank my leather enough. So no matter how hot, leather it is for me.
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