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Old 12-12-2014, 03:36 AM   #1
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Question Who here has worn perforated black leather gear in summer?

For Christmas, my family wants to buy me a new riding jacket and some pants. How practical is black perforated leather gear in Houston for the summer? Obviously textile-mesh feels the coolest, but I'd prefer perf leather for extra protection yet still getting some wind.

I currently have a white two-piece perforated leather suit which feels amazing at 80 F/90% humidity. However, that's the warmest temperature I've ever worn it in. For now, I've put in the wind-blocking liner given the colder days.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:51 AM   #2
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its fine, i wear it. while you're moving you're good. white does reflect the sun better but I wouldn't mind a black perf leather jacket again. just make sure it ventilates really well.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:02 AM   #3
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It's not bad while moving. forbid you get on 290 at 430 in June or August, though.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:18 AM   #4
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I appreciate y'alls help. I won't be commuting so getting stuck in traffic and roasting shouldn't be an issue. I'll tell them the black perforated gear is fine then.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:38 AM   #5
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Its fkn hot in the summer. It doesn't matter how fkn fast you're going. That's Tue truth.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:42 AM   #6
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It is hot, but worth the protection. It is what I always wear regardless of temp.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:34 AM   #7
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Its hot when your sitting still, not horrible while moving. Much more tolerable than skin grafts.
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I was just referring to the black. All my gear is black leather and it didn't matter if I was moving or not it was hot as . But black is easier to keep clean than white tho.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:53 AM   #9
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Mine is nice and cool as long as I'm moving. It will turn into a sweatsuit instantaneously when you come to a stop, though.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #10
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It is hot, but worth the protection. It is what I always wear regardless of temp.
Same here. I'd rather have it and not need it than not have it and need it.
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i did. I think it was actually cooler that not wearing one at all because you sweat and get a breeze to cool you off. if not wearing one, it's just roasting in the sun with no shade
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:53 AM   #12
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As long as your moving it feels grrst just don't get caught in traffic.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:16 AM   #13
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as long as its very well perforated you will be fine. I wear a black leather jacket on a grom during summer and do just fine
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:50 PM   #14
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its fine, I wear it daily all summer

your going to be hot no matter what
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:18 AM   #15
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I wear black perf, only time you will even notice is at long lights. When you take off you will forget about it again.
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Bumping an old thread. So you guys wouldn't recommend using textile suits, even in the summer?
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I prefer textile. A lot more breathable.

Leather is hot when its hot & cold when its cold & its not water proof.

I only wear leather on the track. Commuting speeds textile works just fine.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:47 PM   #18
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Commuting speeds textile works just fine.
Willing to bet you have not tested this theory personally yet. I've seen name-brand jackets shred at neighborhood speeds.
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Bumping an old thread. So you guys wouldn't recommend using textile suits, even in the summer?
I've seen how long textile suits last when dragged on the concrete... that made up my mind that it's leather. Textile jackets just hold the pads in place for the initial impact
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Willing to bet you have not tested this theory personally yet. I've seen name-brand jackets shred at neighborhood speeds.
Yep. A good friend of mine's dad has been riding for many, many years. Put a solid 80,000 miles on his commuter bike alone over the course of about 5 years. Also races (or did, at least). He said that at even relatively low speeds textile has a tendency to melt onto your skin. He has been down a couple times over the years and now he only wears leather... Probably for good reason.
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