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Old 08-22-2006, 11:45 AM   #21
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yeah i wear my komodo ceno jacket, that thing is like friggin body armor
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I saw that pic last night and sent it to my gf. She's getting leather too as soon as I can afford it.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:20 PM   #23
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My Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket which is mesh on the inside and textile on the outside, kept me from road rash when I went down on the freeway at 80mph.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:21 PM   #24
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I wear perf leather in this heat and it's not that bad
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every accident is different, and what held together in 1 accident may not hold together in another.

leather is better then textile, but it usually hotter. it's all a risk and theres no 100% safe.
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Well the reason I think my textile held up ok is because I flipped down the freeway instead of sliding. If I would have slid, then I probably would be missing a lot of skin right now. When I wrecked in my leathers, I had absolutely no road rash.
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i used to sport a joe rocket preforated later jacket year round.....here lately Ive been using a joe rocket balistic mesh and a pheonix mesh..... IT is a bit cooler at speed, but not as much protection from rash...

Id go with a mix.... buy one of each... it works for me.
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I have a mesh A* jacket, but want a leather one bad. When I bought my gear, it was either get a cheaper helmet(I wanted an X-11) and buy a leather jacket, or vice versa. I figured my head was a little more important.
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yeah i started with an hjc and went to buy a new one and was talked into the x11, ill never go back, so glad i bought it. now im going to try agv ti tech next
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i have the joe rocket gsxr jacket.....just got it like 2 weeks ago
it's a textile.....and it's still hot...but in the summer....you need to wear it.....

when the cooler weather rolls along.....a leather jacket will be needed......so....in houston, both is the best answer you gonna get
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my timax has the CE armor all the way down where that guy's rash is in that picture, and then it has extra padding (not armor) all around the wrist.
I don't know how well it would hold up but I'd bet that all the extra armor that makes it heavier and hotter would save my forearms from looking like his.

thats actually why I bought the timax2, because of the additional padding down the forearms, the metal panels on the back and sides, and the extra padding on the chest and front.
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i have both a leather and mesh, it all depends on if i am going to be riding twisties or just going around town.
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:45 AM   #33
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NOT a big fan of the Joe Rocket stuff. I've seen too much of it come apart too easily.
Leather is definitely better than mesh, but if it's 100 degrees outside, not everyone has the discipline to wear leather.

"The best protection in the world won't do you any good if you left it in the closet because it's too hot to wear it."

That being said, if you decide to get mesh, check for a couple of things; CE armor and at least double stitching. I really like mesh jackets that have some type of ballistic material at the sleeve & shoulders.

Fieldsheer mesh has worked very well for me as well as a lot of my customers.

Nowadays I usually only wear leather at the track or in the fall and winter, although I also wear my heavy textile fieldsheer to tour in as it is more comfortable / warmer than leather.
I've crashed in both without any / minimal road rash. (I actually got some abrasion burns through my leathers while sliding a looonngg way through turn 1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway).) YMMV
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Old 08-23-2006, 04:47 PM   #34
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