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Old 11-12-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Which is better for our city weather? Kevlar or leather?

Which is better for Houston's weather which is north of 70 degrees 9-10 months out the year....plus which is stronger and will keep me safer in terms of skids in a crash?

Basically your opinion on both?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Leather provides more protection but is more expensive. Kevlar/textiles provide less protection but is cheaper.

I personally use a mesh jacket with removable liners. The mesh will provide good airflow for hot weather and the removable liner will keep me a little warmer during the colder months.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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Sucks to say this but you just need to learn to deal with the heat, It sucks at stops but other than that its not so bad,I usually like to wear my leather jacket over my mesh,makes me feel more comfortable,I open all my vents on my helmet and sometimes leave my jacket zipper a little bit down from the top. Don't focus on prepping for going down so much,ride your pace and always watch out for t soccer moms yapping away on the phone. If u want a good combo,leather, knee pucks, back protector and ride a pace u are comfortable in....they make jackets entirely of Kevlar?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:58 PM   #5
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There is no way I could ride year round in Houston with 1 jacket. Mesh is a must for 85+degF. Cooler months you can ride with whatever your wallet and sense of style dictate. Leather is still King for protection IMHO.

Not sure what you meant by kevlar, as there are not too many kevlar gear out there. Maybe you meant textile?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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This is what I use. Best of both worlds

http://www.alpinestars.com/moto/jack...er-jacket.html
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way to expensive, I could get track leathers for that much

http://www.motoprimo.net/-detail.htm...423&source=bmf

I use this all year. It's hot in the summer. Plenty warm in the winter if you throw on a sweater and a liner.

if I had a ton of money I would have a non perforated leather jacket for winter, and a perforated one for winter.
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Even if you could buy a leather jacket that is tolerable in summer heat, the problem is the amount of sweat it would absorb over just ONE season and how to clean it. i tought about getting a leather/mesh hybrid jacket for better protection but decided against it for this very reason.

With mesh, I just remove the CE armor and throw it in the washer.
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its more about personal preference than weather. The weather here just barely gets cold enough to require layered clothing. I'd choose leather in almost any temperature though.
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Even if you could buy a leather jacket that is tolerable in summer heat, the problem is the amount of sweat it would absorb over just ONE season and how to clean it. i tought about getting a leather/mesh hybrid jacket for better protection but decided against it for this very reason.

With mesh, I just remove the CE armor and throw it in the washer.
I wear mine all summer, 5 days out of 7 and sometimes in the rain.

After a rain, I put it in front of a fan. Otherwise, it dries out in the AC on my coat rack.

I don't clean it except to put some lather conditioner/UV protection on the outside once a year. Jacket is 3 years old now and looks great.

I wouldn't worry about the moisture unless you don't have A/C.

When it's 35 degrees outside, your gonna want layers if you ride. Most end up taking a car with AC.
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the reason i'm even bring up kevlar in discussion is i've read that it is better than leather in tear resistances and doesn't scrap up....idk just stuff i've been reading and i also read it was cooler but wanted opinions from real people in my city on this...thanks everyone that gave their 2 abe lincolns
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the reason i'm even bring up kevlar in discussion is i've read that it is better than leather in tear resistances and doesn't scrap up....idk just stuff i've been reading and i also read it was cooler but wanted opinions from real people in my city on this...thanks everyone that gave their 2 abe lincolns
Nothing beats leather when it comes to abrasion resistance. Why do you think most tracksuits are made of leather? I can't think of ANY tracksuit that is not made of leather.
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Nothing beats leather when it comes to abrasion resistance. Why do you think most tracksuits are made of leather? I can't think of ANY tracksuit that is not made of leather.
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as I was reading these articles I was like huh, aren't most suits made of leather or leather with textile in them....so just wanted clarification
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I wore leather year round and rode daily. I also had to keep short hair and axe on-hand lol. The only reason I wore a jacket was protection so why sacrifice it for comfort in a textile?
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Heavily perforated for summer, non- perf for winter.....two suits is all you need...My 2 piece frank thomas is over 5 years old and still works great...

Leather is better anyway you look at it...lasts way longer and is stronger..
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I ride with A perforated leather Dainese jacket. The air flows a billion times better in it than my alpinestars textiles. You get what you pay for as far as gear.
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This is probably what the OP is asking about. I am considering purchasing one of their kevlar mesh jackets.

http://www.motoport.com/

I have no experience with it but there is a thread in the gear section of the forum, from a member that purchased some.
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I'd prioritize armor over abrasion resistance for the street. You are pretty likely to hit something before you slide too far, there isn't a runoff zone on the street. Leather may last you more than one crash though.

For year round commuting I use a textile jacket with a good thermal liner and lots of vents. Above 90 degrees you are going to sweat in any jacket, and a vented textile is almost as good as mesh once you start moving. The upside, and selling point, is for cool, but not cold weather it works as a windbreaker.
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Nothing beats leather when it comes to abrasion resistance. Why do you think most tracksuits are made of leather? I can't think of ANY tracksuit that is not made of leather.
The Aerostich suit is the only one that can be used in some places. I know a few racres that only wear them but they cost as much as leather and then cost more to repair than leather.

I mostly use a perf leather jacket and a mesh on the hottest days and my Aerostich on the coldest.
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Get leather and a mesh when it warms up...unless you're just gonna do fair weather riding.

Leather can handle and be repaired in a get off, mesh...more likely a 1 shot deal.

Properly fitted leather is probably going to hold the armor in place better than a mesh jacket in the case of a get off also.
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