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post #1 of 13 Old 05-22-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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What is a reasonable lifespan for textile gear?

What, in your experience, is a reasonable lifespan for a textile jacket before sun and such deteriorate it to the point it is no longer safe?

And, in the same vein, how often should foam armor be replaced?

I don't want to be surprised by my gear disintegrating when I go down for one reason or another.

My primary jacket is about six years old now.

Your thoughts?
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I think that ultraviolet light causes the most decay, if you keep gear in a closet like me, its not age as much is it is mileage of exposure, back when I was riding 30k + per year, 2 years and I started getting wear holes, now about 5 years, so I have to say about 60k



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I have had my Olympia Airglide jacket and pants close to 7 years now. About 46000 miles on pants and 35000 on jacket (also have winter version).

On the jacket I had replaced the Velcro closing straps and over the elbow armor adjustment straps but other than that... the jacket looks good? It is light grey in color...

On armor, I take extra care to never ever put pressure on it.

In short, I have been thinking about the same but don't see why I should replace yet... :-O

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I think a lot has to do with conditions and maintenance.

I regularly (twice a year/every 10 thousand kms) wash and Nikwax my gear which has a restorative effect. I make sure to hang wet gear to dry. I ride a lot in cold inclement weather as opposed to hot sun. I run Gerbings heated jacket/pants.

Sweat has a deleterious effect. It will rot fabric if left to do its thing.

I think my current set has about 5 years/90 thousand kms on it? The zippers and velcro will be the deciding factor regarding replacement. The armour and fabric are in fine shape but the fasteners are showing their age.

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What, in your experience, is a reasonable lifespan for a textile jacket before sun and such deteriorate it to the point it is no longer safe?

And, in the same vein, how often should foam armor be replaced?

I don't want to be surprised by my gear disintegrating when I go down for one reason or another.

My primary jacket is about six years old now.

Your thoughts?
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The armor not as much of a problem as a helmet, it's in the dark, not QUITE as sweaty. I have some that must be five years old and still feels like new. If it starts to flake, collapse or gets really stiff, replace it.


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I wear Olympia jackets I have had a few and after 4 or 5 years they just wear out. They get too dirty to get clean and the piping starts to fray. On the other hand I wear Motoport pants and they are like new after 5 years. Guess you get what you pay for.
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At 9 years and 200,000 miles , I just hung up my old textile summer jacket. It was overdue though.

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It depends on the quality of the textile.
I've got a 18 year old Aerostich Road Crafter 1 piece that has over 100,000 miles on it. It's still in GREAT shape. I recently had them alter it after I lost some weight, and also give it an exam, and they said it was in good shape.

I also HAD a early 2000's Joe Rocket textile jacket/pant combo. The jacket fabric started to fray after 5 years and probably 25K miles.

Regarding the interior armor, i've never heard a "life" stated for ANY companies armor. But I do pull mine 3-4 times a year to wash it (and the stich) so I give it a careful examination. If you see anything that gives you even the THOUGHT that the armor is wearing out (flaking, tears, etc) replace it.

You can also try to contact who makes your jacket/pants and ask THEM what the expected life of the Jacket/armor is. I would trust the manufacturer more than I would trust some idiots (like me) on the internet!
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Long term sun exposure damages the Cordura nylon fabric that many riding coats and pants are made of.

Good idea, contact the coat maker and see what their recommendations are for fabric life and armor life. The armor is easily replaceable and upgradable. The usual mail order vendors, Revzilla, etc., have upgraded armor. The SAS-Tech spine protector is one I use--it is a stiff foam that hardens when struck depending of the velocity of the impact.

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