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What type of jacket to get???

I am a new rider, and plan on buying a bike within the next month or whenever I find one for that matter. I have looked at and sized jackets, gloves, and helmets. I feel comfortable in an Icon Dayton jacket, and they dont cost too much.Do these jacket provide adequite protection from the road incase I go down?Also, I live in louisiana, so the weather sucks even now. Its about 70 outside with 99% humidity at 9 at night. Do leather jackets Ventilate well, or should i maybe look at a jacket that "breathes"better?I havent looked at riding boots and I dont want to ride in running shoes or anything , but should i buy riding boots , or maybe just some leather "work" boots? Gloves are already taken care of . Any other suggestions or advice would be greatly apprecieated.
 

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Leather does not breath that well compared to textile or a mesh jacket, but it is by far the safest.

Get riding boots. The leather work boots just don't cut it in a hard fall. And get some riding pants, jeans are absolutely worthless in a any fall.

Don't worry about looking good. You should be and feel protected.
 

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You could look into perforated leather jacket & pants, they let some air in.

Also, they make tex/leather and mesh/leather mixed jackets and pants also.

newenough.com has great prices on gear.
 

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I ride in a FeildSheer cargo sport mesh jacket. It breathes well in the summer and has a liner that can be put in for colder weather. I know leather offers more protection, but in FL I fear passing out from a heat stoke in a leather jacket. Also look at Icons riding boots, I have their superduty 2 boots. They do pretty well and I haven't had any problems with them. They breathe pretty good on those hot days.

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bhartwig32 said:
Leather does not breath that well compared to textile or a mesh jacket, but it is by far the safest.

Get riding boots. The leather work boots just don't cut it in a hard fall. And get some riding pants, jeans are absolutely worthless in a any fall.

Don't worry about looking good. You should be and feel protected.
My exact sentiments.

On the other stuff: For the SE US, I don't think perf'd leathers will necessarily be cool enough, but it depends on how you ride (city/town or country; high speed or low?).

I'm a Fieldsheer owner. I had one problem that consumed something like 40-60 hours of my own time, all for a warranty issue. This is the worst company for customer service EVAR. And I'm in my 30's, so I've seen quite a few bad companies in my time. Try someone else or buy them locally so you don't have to deal with the manu :2cents:
 

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Ive been looking online and reading alot about all the different types and everything else about jackets, but I have no idea what I should/shouldnt get. I have the money to spend, so I dont want anything cheap. What would you suggest that I buy? I live in Louisiana, so the forecast is balls to the wall hot and full of humidity.Leather? Perforated leather?Textile? Mesh? Help me out, I'm in over my head tying to figure this out on my own.
 

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I'm in over my head tying to figure this out on my own.
It ain't that deep. Just go to a shop and try on everything they have to check fit and sizes. Then get online to either Newenough, Kneedraggers, or Ebay and find what you like. You need the protection but you should also be comfortable. Get what you feel safe in.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but a perforated textile jacket should be stronger than a mesh one but would still be plenty cool enough for our southern heat. About the whole F/S warrenty issue, just make sure the company you purchase your jacket from will take returns/exchanges due to defects that way you can avoid dealing with the manufacturer. Kneedraggers is pretty good about exchanges, Ive had to send a few thing back to them for exchange, if its a size issue they do ask you to pay the shipping back to them. But like Bhartwig said, best thing you can do is go to your local shop and see what you like. I would definatly suggest a jacket with a removable WATER PROOF liner. Ive been caught out in the rain many times on my bike and I'm thankful that I have it with me. Its the same thing with riding boots, look around at the stores and see what fits and is comfortable, just dont buy at the stores lol. They overchage, alot. You might also look at your local small buisness bike shop to order through. I get alot of stuff through my mechanic because he is a liscensed dealer for alot of stuff. I got my brand new Suomy Spec1R Xaus helmet from him for $150 off the retail price. Just look around and make some friends:D

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SepiasSoul said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but a perforated textile jacket should be stronger than a mesh one but would still be plenty cool enough for our southern heat.
I think it is. The mesh ones are like a jersey with armor in it.

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Just look around and make some friends:D
You wouldn't believe how far you will get by making friends.
 

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Yes, I absolutely agree here, a perforated textile jacket is the way to go. I ride with that sort of jacket plus a perforated textile/leather combination pants. And I do so in 90-95 degree summer weather. (although I don't have anywhere NEAR the humidity you're talking about) Full leathers are going to be extremely hot for you. Like they say, the best gear in the world isn't going to do you any good if you're not going to wear it.

By the way, I also wear Fieldsheer gear. Haven't personally had any problems with their service, but I dealt with their retailer, not them directly.

See http://www.brocktoncycle.com
 

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Bushmaster, If you find stuff you like and need help finding the best deals, let me know. I love diggin around the net searching for good deals :D I also know a few lisenced retailers for various companies around here in FL that would probobly be willing to ship to you. This goes for any of my fellow riders readin on here. Let me know.

Sepias
 
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