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View Poll Results: leather or textile jacket
leather jacket 67 65.69%
textile/mesh 28 27.45%
who needs a jacket...that's why I have skin 7 6.86%
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:39 AM   #21
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:42 AM   #22
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I have a Joe Rocket mesh, an A* textile, and a Dianese perf. leather jacket ... i use all 3 for different reasons.

- Hot summer days = Mesh
- If it might rain = Textile
- Cold days = Textile or Leather
- Intense rides = Leather + knee guards


and no matter what the jacket ... always got the helmet and gloves on!
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #23
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I just feel safer in my leather. I tried a mesh armour in the summer, but it just didn't seem as safe and with the sun beating down on me, the leather was actually not hotter. I just like it better.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:07 AM   #24
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Slid on the conrete in both styles of jacket and they both held up great, if you get a good textile jacket then you should be fine depending on the crash but after being down in leather and textile I prefer leather. The textile showed more of the crash and i had a small strawberry from how I slid. But the leather was a lot nicer to slide in. Either way both are better protection than just skin.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:18 PM   #25
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leather, regardless the heat.. its not that hot... you cool off quickly...
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:26 PM   #26
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leather, regardless the heat.. its not that hot... you cool off quickly...

Like Louie says "Heat is a temporary condition, but skin grafts last forever."
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:31 PM   #27
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Perf Leather. That is all.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:57 AM   #28
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Slid on the conrete in both styles of jacket and they both held up great, if you get a good textile jacket then you should be fine depending on the crash but after being down in leather and textile I prefer leather. The textile showed more of the crash and i had a small strawberry from how I slid. But the leather was a lot nicer to slide in. Either way both are better protection than just skin.
Thats why they call textiles "throw aways" or "one use." They are designed to protect you for one crash and then be replaced, whereas a good set of leathers can last you many crashes (and often be repaired in the event they are damaged).

The idea is that leather is best... but if youre not gonna wear your leathers cause they aren't comfortable or are too hot and heavy, then a good textile is designed to offer the best protection possible without the cost/bulk/heat.

Some of the cheap mesh JR jackets some of my friends wear have disintegrated in small low speed wrecks, and failed to hold the padding in place. I have one of the icon TI max2 jackets that has the tight mesh that looks like textile. Its hotter but it sure looks like it would hold up better. never tested it.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:44 PM   #29
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I rock my leather all the time no matter what the temp is. Even had a guy give me for it in 95 degree weather with the sun beating down on us. Just by chance I lowsided that same day on a members 05 ZX10, got right back up, picked up the bike and went on my way, didn't even scuff up the leather. I rather sweat my off then have to take the 4-5 weeks to deal with even minor road rash.

One of my members went down on 35 about a year ago doing 95; he was wearing a JR textile. He got tossed over the bars and slid a long ways, when he stopped the bike caught up and took him out again, pushing him a few more yards and snapping his collar bone in two places. The jacket was destroyed but it did his job.
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:54 PM   #30
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Leather all year round, although it can get hot during summer (specially in traffic).

I heard textile jackets can roll up if you lowside, correct me if I'm wrong.
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