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Old 05-28-2012, 05:25 AM   #1
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How Important Are Leathers?

I'm sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I wanted to ask you guys how important do you guys think leathers are when you ride? I've heard some say you just shouldn't ride at all but I've seen people ride without them.

So yeah, how important are they?
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:27 AM   #2
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How important is your skin? I bought leathers since they're required for the track. I wear them while weekend street riding since they're not doing me any good hanging in the closet.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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^^ +1.. Leather is the next best thing to a carbon fiber + molded Kevlar coated with kryptonite.

Textiles are good. BUT.. if you eat it at a pretty fast speed, some have melted into skin.. very slim chance.. but has happened to a friend that wore a mesh jacket. His skin looked like it was molded in fishnets.

Are you just looking for a cooler jacket for the summer days?
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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You have to weigh the weight/uncomfortableness/crazy looks if you get off the bike in public versus the protection offered and make your own mind up.

Obviously there are people who wear a full race kit on the road and then there are jack holes who wear wind shorts and flip flops....

I fall somewere inbetween.....

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Old 05-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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This is gonna sound smart , but it really depends on if and the nature of the crash...

If you ride like a maniac, it's a lot more important to have them. For the record, every crash or spill I've taken was completely unexpected for the situation I was in.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #6
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Like the other said, up to you really. I dont wear em, but i also dont go to the track (yet). I have textile jackets and they have done me well so far
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:17 AM   #7
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Comfort is also a factor in your riding gear selection. If you are just doing a day's ride in clear weather (no matter the temperature), and plan on a very spirited pace, go with leather. Leather offers the best abrasion resistance period.

If you are touring or the weather is inclement or the pace is lower I'd say go with textile. They are lighter weight, retain much less heat, don't absorb a ton of water, breathe better, and are much more flexible. For street riding get-offs the impact protection is similar to leather, even though the abrasion resistance isn't.

There is a lot less sliding on the street and a lot more hitting things if you are going any speed. Get the jacket and pants with the best armor plus a good back protector before worrying about the material. The material is important, but good armor is more important, at least on the street.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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Take it from someone who is currently in the hospital after crashing a week ago. If I had had my boots on, I would've walked home that night. Leathers are the only reason I'm not covered in rash.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:51 AM   #9
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I had work shoes on. I don't generally wear my riding boots whilst going to work. Learned my lesson
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Any gear is better than no gear. I wear either leather and mesh depending on temp. If you are on tight budget, just search online for good deals. I've bought a brand new Icon jacket for $150 shipped and PowerTrip mesh jacket for $75. Great protection doesn't have to cost a fortune, even for track leathers. There are always sales going on.

If it get too warm to ride, I park the bike.
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i started with mesh, went down twice on my 250. once had a fractured elbow (there was armor, just stating) i then went to a leather jacket which was extremely heavy. then went to textile. the drivers here scare me, im okay with heavy gear now so im saving up for full leathers.
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Both my leather suits are perforated so there's nice air flow at speed
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My dainese leather jacket is perforated enough and breathes better than my textile Astars... Actually, it keeps me cooler than my 50$ bilt brand mesh. But when stuck in traffic.... I cook like bacon in an oven.
Also.. My dainese jacket is white.. Sorta helps a bit.. But it's all the same when ur not moving.

Also, they were very heavy and I had issues with them as far as mobility.. After a week and 1000 miles later, felt fine..

Anything u buy, specially costly gear, you CAN get used to them as long as they are the proper fitment. , for about 6 months, I was wearing 2xL touring jacket.. Was so big the elbow pads were close to my wrist.. But I was short on cash and they were the only ones I could afford at the time. At minimum, I'd suggest buying armor.. Back protector, knee/elbows pads.. Then save up for some good gear.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:19 PM   #15
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I ALWAYS wear leathers and after a bad get off wearing Redwings, I always wear riding boots as well.

Between buying used gear, BiLT at CG, and great local vendors, there is no cost reason to not wear leathers (unless you just don't want to).

Yes, they can be hot, but road rash sucks more.

Do what you want, but I recommend wearing cow (or kangaroo). A decent Aerostitch or other quality textile is a good second. The Mesh types are OK for one time use; that's why I recommend leather, you can still wear leather again after a crash.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:00 PM   #19
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It only takes one bad accident to make you wish you had leathers. Just save yourself the trouble of having to deal with that and get leathers from the get-go. Like others have said, Mesh and textiles are a one time wreck, were as most leathers you can still wear and fix.
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My leather Jacket was $100 free shipping from LeatherUp.com

You will go down and you will be sorry if you don't have one on.

Jeans will slide, but may tear upon initial impact. You will get blisters underneath.

You need a set of leather gloves with knuckle protection.


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