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Old 09-24-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Looking for leather for winter.

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New rider here, currently using Joe Rocket mesh jacket. For summer. However, I'm looking for suggestions on leather jacket and/or pants for commuting and riding in the winter. I'm a big guy, 6'3" ~300lbs. I wear XXL joe rocket jacket. Any suggestions out there for big/tall leather jackets?
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Howdy,

New rider here, currently using Joe Rocket mesh jacket. For summer. However, I'm looking for suggestions on leather jacket and/or pants for commuting and riding in the winter. I'm a big guy, 6'3" ~300lbs. I wear XXL joe rocket jacket. Any suggestions out there for big/tall leather jackets?

Just FYI, there are many textile options that you may find more to your liking. I used to be big on leather too until I got to Houston. I've discovered a lot of excellent textile jackets which work year round in our weather, and have the added benefits of being lighter, water resistant, more pockets, and less expensive.

Take a look at Tourmaster and Olympia for example. Scorpion makes a couple of good ones too.

Leather? That's a matter of how much you want to spend. Figure as a baseline, start at $300 and go up from there. Budget pricing but still excellent quality would be First Manufacturing. Stay away from HD leather - stuff is nice and soft but overpriced and not very good for protection - looks good though.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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I've heard good reviews about Street and Steel and the few I tried out were extremely comfortable. However, I can't say too much about riding in them as I've never actually owned one, but at a $250-$300 price tag, it may be a decent starting point without skimping or splurging.

Otherwise, HonorsDaddy has a good point; I own a textile jacket with a removable liner which I use for cooler/colder weather and a turtle shell for hot weather.
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I haven't really considered textile. I like the waterproof part. Any recommendations for jackets with good venting for afternoons or spring and big/tall sizes?
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^^ yeah we didn't have one last year! But my mesh sure does let me get chilly. No liner.
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I haven't really considered textile. I like the waterproof part. Any recommendations for jackets with good venting for afternoons or spring and big/tall sizes?
In my experience, Icon is a pretty sturdy brand. My turtle shell and jacket are both Icon and have held up pretty well. Although, like mx6er hinted, we don't really get a "winter" here too often. For the most part, nothing you get is going to be cool in Houston on anything other than the freeway. Even then, it's still pretty sticky. If you're comfortable losing some elbow protection, you could go with a vest in the remaining 10months when it's not slightly chilly.
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I've got the mesh jacket for the remaining 10 months. Anyone know if joe rocket sells liners for their jackets? Came with a rain liner...not sure what happened to that.

What's the consensus on gloves when it's cold? Is one better than another?
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I would get a good set of thermal underwear, a set of glove liners, and a balaclava. In south/central texas weather this is by far the best way to use a ride over the less warm of our two seasons.

Just zip in a windbreaker, layer with a sweater, and have a good base layer. You'll be fine.
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I've got the mesh jacket for the remaining 10 months. Anyone know if joe rocket sells liners for their jackets? Came with a rain liner...not sure what happened to that.
You can get a rain liner if you need one - depending on the jacket. However, you'd be better off getting a different jacket.

One excellent 4-season option is the Tourmaster Flex III. Has a mesh base with an outer shell for cool temps and a liner for cold ones. Perfect in Houston "winters", and yes, the outer shell is water resistant - not proof, but resistant. It does have waterproof pockets though.
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What's the consensus on gloves when it's cold? Is one better than another?
They ALL suck. I've been on the search for the perfect cold weather glove and have finally accepted the only real solution is heated grips and a decent leather to cut the wind - with some light insulation to retain what little heat stays in.
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