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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2002, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Riding gear: Leather vs. other

As a newbie I'm also concerned, but not yet particularly knowledgeable, about riding gear. I've seen both leather and fabric gear and I wonder which generally offers the most protection. I also am beginning to sense there is a controversy of sorts over Kevlar vs. other fibers. Let's hear from you experienced riders. I'd like to avoid becoming a talking road rash if I can avoid it.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2002, 04:01 PM
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The racers wear leather for a reason. It's the best for protection. It's more expensive, sure, but so are skin grafts. Better the cow get scraped than me. And there's lots to choose from from conservative stuff to Power Ranger stuff. Your choice.

With that said, there is good fabric gear out there. I wear a Joe Rocket Reactor jacket here because it's 110 degrees out everyday (But a dry heat ). It's mesh, but it's that or a t-shirt. I'll take the protection anyday.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2002, 06:03 AM
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one word, LEATHER ! ! !
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-05-2002, 10:57 PM
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Definitely go with leather. I've done both and I have to say leather feels much safer than the other fabrics. Sure, it can get hot, just buy well-ventilated gear. Once you get moving its not hot anyhow. Don't scimp, either, get some good quality stuff with the plastic armor. It will be well worth it if you ever need to use it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-06-2002, 10:38 AM
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The old time rule that leather is best is getting challenged by the new textiles. Vanson now has a textile suit that is approved for racing. As the textile suits get better and better it will get to the point that they get acceptance, even from the old guys. As it sits now, a GOOD textile is acceptable for street riding.

I've got a textile suit because it is way more practical, and a little less expensive. The textiles are lighter, waterproof, and cooler, making it easier to wear protection ALL THE TIME. The best leathers in the world are no good if they're such a pain in the ass you don't bother putting them on.
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