i prefer textile. i find it way more comfortable, and cooler in those hot months. i live in the mountains of western north carolina. so i get both hot, and cold weather. as far as protection goes, leather is great. but textile offers very good protection from road rash. especially if you wear a jacket with pads, ie. shoulder, elbow, back and so forth. so for me textile is the way to go. i use wear a joe rocket kawasaki textile.