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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Leather VS Textile

hey I was thinking about getting a new jacket and I was wondering how much of a difference there is (heat wise) between textile jackets and leather jackets. here are a couple of options I was thinking about:



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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 09:59 PM
 
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Ofcourse leather gives better protection but I prefer my mesh jacket due to the high temps down here in Houston. But to answer your ques there is a huge diff in the amout of heat... leather is HOT. I guess it depends on where you live- if I lived in a cooler climate I would definitely go with leather.

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well most of the leathers now a days are built with vents, etc to keep you cooler, but that is usually the concern. Leather doesn't breathe as well as textile . Its also more expensive, and wearing it in the rain is a BAD idea. if it gets wet it will bleed and smell.

BUT it will also last longer and typically offers better protection. Leather is bar none the best protection on a bike.

Textiles offer just as good protection, but usually sacrifice weight and size. you need more padding and layers. they are really only designed for ONE crash, also. where as leathers can very well last you a couple spills and come out just a little worse for wear. Textiles are like todays modern collapsible frame cars (they are made to keep you safe, but the unit itself will usually be destroyed) whereas leathers are more durable like the steel frame behemoths of years past.

There are a lot of good leather/textile combo's out there too!
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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well I suppose it wouldn't be so bad in spring and fall, but I could just buy a textile and just wear a sweater underneath. Plus leather jackets are much more expensive. Right now I have the Team Merc Stage 2 jacket but I bought the jacket a size too small so I'm thinking about keeping that one around for passengers and picking up a new one. if anyone has interesting suggestions please don't hesitate to post a pic.
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oops I was writing that last post before I saw None too Soft's
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I wear a shift jacket right now and i love it. Relatively inexpensive brand that is very comfortable and very attractive. I wear my snowboarding base jacket underneath of it to stay cozy right now, and it has a zipper linner that'll come out in the summer. So until i feel like buying something nicer i'll be good. Textiles are very durable as far as temperatures go. you can check it out if you look at My TWF Photos
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okay, what about this jacket. Anyone used this one? And how do shift jackets fit compared to Joe Rocket or Icon?

Shift Streetfighter Hybrid Jacket
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Maybe you should so like I did and split the difference with a hybrid jacket. I bought a Cortech HRX, which has leather in the impact/slide areas, mesh where you want it, and cordura or strech panels in between. Then I got the matching pants that attch to the jacket with a perimeter zipper, and also feature Velcro for knee slider placement. Both the jacket and the pants came with two liners each, one for wind/water and the other for warmth. (You can wear one, the other, or both.) The suit is legal at the track where I race too. I love it!

I went for the silver one:


Here is the back of a blue one:


Here are the pants:


Here is the best part :
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like i said, cant go wrong w/ shift. Mine is quality made down to the tags and zippers.
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Maybe you should so like I did and split the difference with a hybrid jacket. I bought a Cortech HRX, which has leather in the impact/slide areas, mesh where you want it, and cordura or strech panels in between. Then I got the matching pants that attch to the jacket with a perimeter zipper, and also feature Velcro for knee slider placement. Both the jacket and the pants came with two liners each, one for wind/water and the other for warmth. (You can wear one, the other, or both.) The suit is legal at the track where I race too. I love it!

I went for the silver one:


Here is the back of a blue one:


Here are the pants:


Here is the best part :
oh that is the ****! think i found my jacket purchase for june. where'd you get that at l48
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oh that is the ****! think i found my jacket purchase for june. where'd you get that at l48
Action Honda in Bentonville, AR, but any Cortech dealer should be able to order it. I linked their website, which has a dealer locater. I was very pleased with my (previous generation) GX Air summer jacket, so I went for this right after it came out and have been very happy with it. I even had a get off at the track and slid a bit in the grass and dirt, and it came out undamaged.
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like i said, cant go wrong w/ shift. Mine is quality made down to the tags and zippers.
how is the sizing?
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lemme check, i've got a perfect fit on mine, and im about 5'10 160.
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hmm, well I'm about 180 6'3" and a XL Icon jacket is about right.
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hmm, well I'm about 180 6'3" and a XL Icon jacket is about right.
your the same build as me... my A* jacket is a 54 it's snug... but feels good.
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Two Wheel Forum reviewed the Shift Hybrid jacket. https://www.twowheelforum.com/showthread.php?t=10781



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Buy the best that you can afford. If you can't afford a leather and a textile at the same time then go with the textile. It's more versatile than leather even though it has less abrasion protection.

Most of these outfits are the same anyway: Icon, Joe Rocket, First Gear, CorTech, Shift, etc. AlpineStar starts to get into the high end of the market.
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with the both comment. but If you can only afford one. then go with the textile if you are in a warm climate.

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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-12-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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There's nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said. There's a SIGNIFICANT difference in temperatures with a textile to a leather as well as a difference in purpose for the two... Good luck with your choice!!
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