Jackets.. Leather vs. Textile
October 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm #2198
Hey all.. Just wanted to get some opinions on this… Just got my first cruiser and looking to buy a jacket.. I’m trying to decide between a textile jacket with CE body armor pads or a standard leather jacket.. I like the look of the leather but I’m concerned with the protection it offers vs. the ones with body armor.. Especially while still learning to ride again.. My other thought is with winter approaching (Even though the rains here in Cali are far and few between) I may want something waterproof as well..
Any thoughts and comments are appreciated…
I just want to make it out of this life alive…October 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm #13292
Many to choose from.October 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm #13294
Most of the leather armored jackets I have seen have been more sport style rather than cruiser.. Also they tend to be quite pricey as compared to the textile armored jackets.. After looking around some more today I have found a couple armored leather jackets within my price range that have a more cruiser look to them..
I just want to make it out of this life alive…October 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm #13295
I guess you’re in SoCal as here in NorCal we can get plenty of rain in the Winter.
Motorcycle grade leather’s definitely better for protection but armoured textile is more versatile and can be waterproof and windproof and vented or mesh (for hot weather) or all of the above (with removable liners).
If you go with leather, you should get one which has zippered vents and armour. Also pack some PVC or similar over-clothes in the Winter as there’s nothing more miserable than riding in a heavy soaking-wet leather jacket.
You’ll probably end-up with more than one jacket if you ride all year.
I like my Olympia Motosports Airglide gear which is probably as near as you’ll get to an all-weather jacket and pants. See the review on the home page.
That said, there’s lots of similar gear now from loads of vendors and there are some real closeout bargains to be got in “last years fashions”.
Competition AccessoriesOctober 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm #13336
Check out newenough.com tab in their closeouts/barginbasement they have a couple of crusier leather jackets for $99 with armor. I just bought a Joe Rocket Blaster Leather which has zip off sleeves (mesh underneath) for $159 since I didn’t want plain black.October 5, 2008 at 6:57 pm #13339
I actually found one I liked on LeatherUp.com so now I just need to wait for it to get here and hope it fits right.. I hate buying clothing on the net.. I like to be able to try things on..
Thanks for all the advice all..
I just want to make it out of this life alive…October 5, 2008 at 7:03 pm #13340
I might be wrong, but I think the inside of the arms might be textile on that jacket.
Some reviewers are recommending ordering one size larger.October 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm #13400
if you can try what ever you order on..I still think people want(think) that motorcycle jackets ahould fit like a street/style jacket(loose) and it should NOT..it should fit realtively snug(but not constricting but it SHOULD be a bit snug) so that IF a crash happens its not lose so the armor shifts around leaving parts that should be armored exposed.. I bought a jacket that in the reviews said buy a size up(most that said that in reviews made it seem as if they wanted extra room for a sweater/sweatshirt lol) when i wnet to buy mine I asked the customer service guy and he told me what to get i ordered it ad it fit like a motorcycle jacket should..a bit snug, not loose and perfect!October 6, 2008 at 3:40 pm #13404
Well according to the companies sizing chart I fall smack in between a L and an XL.. So I opted for the XL.. This has always been my problem with ordering clothing online.. Never seems to fit right the first time.. *crosses his fingers* Hopefully it fits cause I need it for my MSF class in 2 1/2 weeks…
I just want to make it out of this life alive…
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