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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Textile Vs. Leather

I started riding about a year or so ago. Bought all the gear in textile. On the plus side, my textile gear is both protective and water proof. That being said, I feel a bit "outside" the culture by not wearing leather.

I think I know what most of you would say, just hard for me to invest in a second set of riding gear.

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If you wanna get leather, get leather. I prefer textile (actually a pretty cheap one) for 4 years or so. Love the zipper vents for warm, liner for cold, armor for just in case.

Just reread my post. Didn't mean it to sound snotty - just meant, if you want leather, get leather

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I got denim Draggin' Jeans with Kevlar lining. Also got the hip and knee inserts but haven't used them. Got some heavy suspenders from Tractor Supply to hold the Jeans up. Looking forward to denim Draggin' jacket next month.
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Thinking leather is more of a harley tradition taken on by other riders, now that harley parts are being made in China, I'd say give it a little while longer, textiles will become more popular. LOL
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I much prefer textile myself. Leather lacks armor (usually) where textile usually has it. And a good, modern, textile setup offers nearly the same protection.

Plus, you'll be glad you've got that textile when the temps hit the triple digits!

But, if you want leather get it! Certainly nothing wrong with it. I got a nice leather jacket at a bike show for $30 used. You can find deals! I don't ever ride with that jacket I just use it for a winter coat, but, point being, it can be found!

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I think leather is still the best protection from road rash but textile is good and a helluva lot better than nothing but a tee shirt, and might be cooler too. That said, my leather jacket has zip out textile side panels that go all the way from wrist to waist on each side (Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0). My riding over pants are textile (Rocktex??).

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I think leather is still the best protection from road rash but textile is good and a helluva lot better than nothing but a tee shirt, and might be cooler too. That said, my leather jacket has zip out textile side panels that go all the way from wrist to waist on each side (Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0). My riding over pants are textile (Rocktex??).
Absolutely. No man made fabrics Can out do leather of similar thickness and weight. But some heavy textile (not mesh) can come close. A general rule of thumb us anything above 600 denier (1000D+ if possible), solid, not mesh, will offer ample abrasion protection even at highway speeds. Ive read 1000 denier thick textile materials made from stuff like Carboflex and Kevlar have 90% the abrasive strength of leather the same thickness.

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I think leather is still the best protection from road rash but textile is good and a helluva lot better than nothing but a tee shirt, and might be cooler too. That said, my leather jacket has zip out textile side panels that go all the way from wrist to waist on each side (Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0). My riding over pants are textile (Rocktex??).
That is probably why the armor got started, I imagine.

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FWIW, that leather jacket has shoulder, elbow, and back armor too.
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Leather Chaps ?

My next gear purchase will likely be for pants. So I'm looking around and am interested in this thread. What do you all think about leather chaps to go over your regular jeans? Are there chaps with knee and/or hip armor?
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