Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Madison Heights, MI 48071
I've always been a leather guy, but I have both. I wear my leather all around town and on some long rides. I wear my textile on the cross country trips I take. The armor in the textile is a bit more protective, but the textile material will shred on impact. However, I like the breathability on the textile on hot humid days, and the range of motion I get. Which is why it is my first choice on long hauls. With that said, the long hauls I act less like an idiot, so the risks of a self inflicted crash are less, then less traffic, less congestion, less risk of crashing.
However, there is something to be said about a biker and leather. So, if you asking, buy a leather. Then move to textile. As you build your riding resume you'll have 5 or 6 jackets in your closet from years of trial and error. Me, I have leathers, textiles for warm weather, textiles for cold weather, perforated leather, and the list goes on...it all starts with choice. And I suggest leather for your first.
Kudoes on the MSF course too..
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