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    Leather...or textile?

    Which do you prefer?

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    Leather is heavier, hotter, more expensive and requires a separate rain suit but looks much cooler and, with equal armor, is better protection. Within the 50-90 degree temperature range, I normally opt for leather. Above or below, textile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    Leather is heavier, hotter, more expensive and requires a separate rain suit but looks much cooler and, with equal armor, is better protection. Within the 50-90 degree temperature range, I normally opt for leather. Above or below, textile.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    Kevlar from motoport.com

    Not much of a contest in the "looks cool" category





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    So leather with armor protects better than the textiles designed for such protection, like kevlar & certain nylons? Honest question, no controversy here.

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    Racers wear leather. 'Nuff said.

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    There is a wide range of qualities with leather. So, hard to compare w/o knowing which leather quality you are talking about. Also, there is the visibility question, and I feel this is very important. I'll stay with Motoport!

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    my choice

    I have a leather jacket, but I feel safer with the armor in the BMW Boulder jacket.. boots are leather however, (Wolverine, Made in USA) and work perfect for motorcycle.

    And the BMW Summer 3 pants that zip out to shorts are quite comfortable for motorcycle pants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    Not much of a contest in the "looks cool" category
    yeah, but I was always taught "Dress for the accident, or to prevent it!"
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    Racers wear leather, on the race track when they are racing. What do they wear on the street?
    I only ride on the street.
    The race track is a rather different environment than the street. And so is the effort for racing.
    There is no question that some of the man made products perform better than natural products.
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    Interesting looking jacket... I know it says "CycleSport" on it, but what model is it?

    And I know there's a reason alot of these jackets cost $400-700+, I just don't know what the reason is.. .. . I'm not buyin' the you-get-what-you pay-for argument; there's plenty of competition in the rag trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    Racers wear leather. 'Nuff said.

    pete
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