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Old 10-31-2005, 01:04 AM   #21
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:21 AM   #23
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Coo...I guess i'll take pinoys word for it. Sux ur bike was stolen man but im sure u wont settle for anything less when gettin ur next bike. I'm all over 1960 since I live right by it an we all know how 1960 is...I need all the protection I can get. So if ya see a dude wit a 03 blue/white 750 m4 cf exhaust n icon jacket, that'll be meeeeeee, goin 30 on a 45 mph road haha
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:36 AM   #24
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went down @70-90mph and only a small rip? . how did you land?
yeah i call bs, but what do i know...he probably braked to about 30-40 when he finally touched down.

y? i tested both mesh and leather jackets personally at 30 and 80mph. :icon_bigg
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:38 AM   #25
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Coo...I guess i'll take pinoys word for it. Sux ur bike was stolen man but im sure u wont settle for anything less when gettin ur next bike. I'm all over 1960 since I live right by it an we all know how 1960 is...I need all the protection I can get. So if ya see a dude wit a 03 blue/white 750 m4 cf exhaust n icon jacket, that'll be meeeeeee, goin 30 on a 45 mph road haha
haha...half these people dont know what pinoy is.....talagang crazy.
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I wear mesh yr round. Been in 1 wreck resulting in a few scuffs in the jacket.
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i have leather, i heard it protects better than mesh, but is hot as during the summer
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Old 10-31-2005, 08:02 AM   #29
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Leather vs mesh vs textile, good question.
Just as much of a question of what it's made of, is, how it's made. I've seen some supposed "high quality" gear, both leather and mesh, come apart at the seams after a relatively mild get off.
Look for features like: double and triple stitching, internal seams, taped seams, CE armor. How long is the back? How long are the sleeves?
There's a lot of good stuff out there. Unfortunately there is just as much bad.

This time of year you might want to think about a textile or a leather. Here's how it breaks down: ( note, I'm referring to good quality stuff )

Leather: Best slide protection, especially at competition speeds. Heavy, fair windblocking, but no insulating qualities unless there's a liner, breathabilty is zero unless it's perfed or has some vents, not waterproof. More expensive, expect $250.00 up for a good quality jacket.

Textile: Very good slide protection, lighter, excellent wind blocking, insulates well even without a liner, with todays fabrics good breathability (allows moisture to escape while keeping in heat) waterproof / water resistant. Reasonable, $100.00 - $200.00

Mesh: Medium slide protection, lighter, great ventilation. Cheap, around $100.00

Most people know how I feel about Fieldsheer, it's good stuff and has yet to let me or any of my racers down. I've personally crash tested their leather and textile stuff with great results.
Brandon as well as a few more have crashed in their mesh stuff with great results too.

For a long time, 20+ years, I only wore leather. The advances in textile and mesh though have made them a viable alternative.

What do I wear? All 3 ; mesh or leather in the summer, and textile or leather in the winter. Depends on how hard I'm riding.
That being said, I brought only one jacket with me to the Hill Country; it was a textile with a liner. In the morning I'd wear it with the liner, and in the afternoon when it got warm I'd take the liner out and open the vents.
It worked well in temps ranging from 45 to 86.

For most people the best set up is probably a mesh for the summer and a textile for the winter. They are very affordable and do a great job.
While leather is the most "protective" the best gear in the world won't do you any good if it's left hanging in the closet in August because it's "too hot".
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I have an armored mesh jacket for commuting and wear a full leather suit on weekend rides / track days.
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Old 10-31-2005, 10:29 AM   #32
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... While leather is the most "protective" the best gear in the world won't do you any good if it's left hanging in the closet in August because it's "too hot"...
Word. Don't forget it's alot easier to take a shower than to make new skin.

Also, FWIW, I own a Joe Rocket Sonic perforated leather jacket and a Filedsheer mesh jacket. They are both about the same temp AT SPEED. The Fieldsheer is cooler in city traffic.
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I wear my leather all the time. Its perforated so its lots cooler. If it gets to hot i zip halfway.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:03 PM   #34
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i have a mesh Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket, but i hardly wear it. the padding on it is like foam. i guess if you are in bad traffic, mesh would be preferable, but i'm usually just on a near empty highway so i don't really need it. i probably feel more discomfort from wearing a helmet in the heat than a leather jacket.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:14 PM   #35
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i have a mesh Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket, but i hardly wear it. the padding on it is like foam. i guess if you are in bad traffic, mesh would be preferable, but i'm usually just on a near empty highway so i don't really need it. i probably feel more discomfort from wearing a helmet in the heat than a leather jacket.
is bad traffic asphalt somehow diff. then country road asphalt?
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I used to commute with a nice A* jacket that matched my bike a few years ago. It really was not to hot in the morning and in the afternoon I did not care if I started sweating on the way home.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:21 PM   #37
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is bad traffic asphalt somehow diff. then country road asphalt?
not that i know of, just not as much of a breeze in bad traffic going 5 mph as on an empty highway going 65.
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Ah, nothing feels more like a hot hair dryer in your face then a cruize at 65 in 100 degree weather.
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So you are saying that standing on the road in a leather jacket feels the same or even less hot than going 65 mph on your motorcycle? Because that hasn't been my experience. Even if it is 100 degrees, the breeze from riding seems to cool me down. Maybe it's the sweat evaporating and taking the heat from the surface of my skin into the breeze, I don't know.
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just buy two kinds. a mesh/textile jacket for the hot days and a leather for the cold. i ride with a joe rocket speedmaster jacket in the cold days and i still need to wear thermal underwear all over and some face protection (on the freeways)
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