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This is just a little advice from somebody who has tried several diferent brands of leathers.
First. The only way to be comfortable in really hot weather(about 85 degrees and up) is with perforated leather.
Second. The only way to be really comfortable in cooler weather( about 70 degrees and below is with non perforated leather.
Third. The only way to be comfortable in really cool weather (below 60 degrees) is with non perforated leather, an electric vest, and hot grips. And don't forget the long underwear.
The best protection you can have is with LEATHER, period.
Synthetic gear is okay whaen you need to make a compromise between comfort, price, and possibly wet weather capabilities, but for the best protection when doing serious sport riding, leather is by far the best.
All the leathers I have owned have been two piece for convenience and include: HJC, First Gear, Joe Rocket, and Vanson.
Vanson is the most expensive but also the best made. You can tell just by looking closely. They are definitely quality. Lesley can personally attest to their protective capabilities, and Vanson will repair crash damage. They have an assortment of armor that can be fitted to their gear from soft street armor to hard track armor, as well as built-in hard back protectors.
The other gear I have is still good but I sort of look at it as "one crash" protection. It probably will be handed over to the insurance company for reimbursement if I go down in it. The Vanson stuff just holds up a lot better, and then you just send it back and have it repaired.
And, Doctor D., You are right about hard armor. That is the only way to go. Lesley's jacket has hard armor and back protector and her upper body didn't have a scratch after her crash. BUT, and this is a biggy, she had taken the armor out of her knees for comfort and she paid a price for it. This picture was taken one week after her crash.
Don't forget to buy GOOD gloves with hard armor on the backs of the hands too.
Last edited by JRA; 10-07-2002 at 04:57 AM.