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View Poll Results: Leather or textile jacket for year-round
Frank Thomas Velocita leather 10 58.82%
Frank Thomas XTi textile 7 41.18%
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:12 AM   #21
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Spring r1 what was tv brand of textile you went down in? Would love to have one of those, cause if I was going 80 all my skin on the rt side would be gone.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:18 AM   #22
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I've got a Fieldsheer mesh hanging up in my shop that Brandon was wearing when he went down at over 100 mph.

Granted, it's shredded, but he walked away with no rash.

Obviously leather will always give the best protection, and textile will typically be a one time use and trash it option, but at typically 1/3 the cost of leather, it's better than nothing, just make sure you buy well fitting, good quality gear.

The only downside I've seen with leather is that it's hot / heavy in the summer months here in Houston, and most people do not have the discipline to wear it all of the time.
Mesh / textile is more bearable to wear in the summer heat.

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Old 01-25-2009, 08:33 AM   #23
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1.2-1.4mm thickness is what it is which is the standard on leather for motorcycle jackets. ANy major lable will use leather in that range since it offers the best balance of protection, cost and flexibility.

Anyway you need to get multiple jackets for the most comfort. I have a mesh for the hottest days, perforated leather for cool to warm days, solid leather for slightly cooler days than the perf leather, and a textile with full quilted internal lining for the coldest days or wet days.

The cloth sections in teh sleeves of leather jackets are designed to be blow through, make sure in colder weather you layer up under them. Most motorcycle jackets are NOT designed for warmth, they are designed or safety. When its below 55 I have a long sleeve shirt on under the jacket, under 50 I add a second t-shirt, and under 45 i add a sweatshirt, under 40 the sweatshirt becomes a fleece sweater...and that is a non perforated/non vented jacket.
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