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Old 11-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #21
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I wear a Cortech leather/textile/mesh pretty much year round, and an un-perforated leather when it gets cold enough.

Pure mesh won't cut it in a crash, it tends to melt.. I bought this one as it had a spine protector, leather on the normal impact areas, and textile/mesh combo over the rest. Airflow is great and it comes with a liner, altho I size my summer jackets to fit snug without the liner.

What ever you choose it needs to fit correctly to hold the armor in place and not twist around. One that fits snug with the liner(s) in place will be far too loose when worn without.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 AM   #22
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A mesh jacket is mostly just a placeholder for the armor pieces. I look at the scars on my track suit from a minor low side and the impact areas are all where there are armor behind it. I have perf'ed and non-perf'ed leather and wear them as often as I can tolerate, but mesh with armor is still better than riding squid.

I'm still working on tolerating the Houston summer heat. There are weeks that I just don't bother to ride - even with mesh. Motorcycling is supposed to be fun. When it ain't, I don't ride.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:34 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by lone_rider View Post
This is probably what the OP is asking about. I am considering purchasing one of their kevlar mesh jackets.

I have no experience with it but there is a thread in the gear section of the forum, from a member that purchased some.
That would be me. Before buying their gear, I did hours upon hours of research. Their Kevlar is TEN TIMES stronger, and more abrasion resistant than leather. That, and leather degrades with sweat. Someone earlier mentioned that you don't see any racers in gear other than leather. Has nothing whatsoever to so with leather being better, or stronger. It purely comes down to sponsorship and marketing budget.

The big name leather guys put free suits on the top riders, to get their name out there in front of everyone. Motoports gear is fully approved, by the regulating bodies, for racing use to the highest level. In fact, they are the ONLY non-leather product that is. They just don't have the bucks (or maybe desire) to put a suit on Lorenzo, Pedrosa, etc.

Stay away from ALL of the textile products, short of 1,000 denier Cordura. Everything else is all but worthless for abrasion strength.

As far as your actual question goes, the full Kevlar "Air Mesh" jacket and pants are absolutely AMAZING in Texas summer heat. No way that perforated leather can even begin to come close. In fact, even my old (now too smart to wear) mesh textile gear didn't come close, for air flow, and cooling.

Highly recommend the Motoport Kevlar gear! My problem now is that if flows air so well, I am going to have to figure out how to stay warm, in winter.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Rael View Post
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.
What he said.

My 2c: I use This olympia motorsports' AST2 (all season touring 2) jacket but I wouldn't recommend it 'cause it leaks in the rain. I've ridden with that jacket from 27 - 107 F (liner and sweater - wicking tshirt). I feel that street riding the ability of the cagers to see you is better than the added abrasion resistance of leather. I will buy something similar, but get one that actually works better for the rain. Don't forget: good gloves, boots, over-pants, knee pads, and full face helmet or else why worry about just the jacket?
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