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post #1 of 37 Old 09-17-2015, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Protective Clothing

Hello

I am interested to hear and see what Protective Jackets and Pants riders have. Mine are very tired and due for replacement.

There is a multitude of products on the market and varying $$$.
Considering this is a major consideration when riding, I am keen to hear from members about there experience and recommendations.

It will be hot on my trip but it does not matter where you go you can always get 4 seasons in one day so a good all round combo would be great.

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post #2 of 37 Old 09-17-2015, 04:17 AM
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Only my opinion mate, nothing but leather........

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What's the temperature like where you are ?.

I like leather as well, but at best it's usable only 4 months of the year here.
The rest of the year it's a very open weave mesh jacket with MX body armour under it, I don't ride at speeds where synthetic is going to be a problem.

There is very good kevlar mesh gear now, but I havn't seen any yet with open enough weave to make it significant cooler than leather.

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What's the temperature like where you are ?.

I like leather as well, but at best it's usable only 4 months of the year here.
The rest of the year it's a very open weave mesh jacket with MX body armour under it, I don't ride at speeds where synthetic is going to be a problem.

There is very good kevlar mesh gear now, but I havn't seen any yet with open enough weave to make it significant cooler than leather.

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I'm not looking for an argument, because I believe everyone has the right to wear whatever they want. I do a fair bit of dirt bike riding and when you come off, the armour never stays in place. It's good for the initial impact, but any further sliding moves it around and exposes body parts. I seriously doubt that any of the mesh gear would be any better. I've seen the results of damage to synthetic "protective" garments when they've met the bitumen and it wasn't at 'high' speed [60-80kmh], not very confidence inspiring, I can tell you. As for 'comfort' levels, the leather is only a problem heat-wise when you're not moving, significant skin loss is a lot more uncomfortable.
Not trying to discredit you, PeteW, so please don't take it the wrong way, but I've seen some pretty ugly skin damage over the years!
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post #5 of 37 Old 09-17-2015, 06:28 AM
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I started with Kevlar jeans but worry about body impact damage from time to time. Synthetic jackets work well for me but the armour moving about worries me a little too. I'd look forward to some comment on leather too Flash24. Certainly some of our Ulysses riders who have been riding all their lives wear leather all year around so it can't be too uncomfy in our long central Vic summers.
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I wear quality kevlar jeans pretty much all year round. A pair of winter gloves and summer gloves, both with hard protection over the knuckles.
As for jackets, i have 5 i rotate throughout the seasons:
A Dririder for winter, with zip out liner and inbuilt armour. If i had to choose one jacket, this would be it!
A leather jacket big enough to get a windcheater underneath, also has inbuilt armour
A Dianese non leather jacket for when it starts to get warmer.
My trusty 30 year old Mars leather jacket. Cant get a windcheater under it any more, must have shrunk over the years......padded, no armour
A mesh jacket for summer with inbuilt armour.

Oh and a full face helmet!
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post #7 of 37 Old 09-17-2015, 07:11 AM
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Leather forever

Been for a slide down the bitumen at 110kpm 30 years ago in a leather non padded jacket, leather gloves, leather boots and levi jeans. Tore the gloves to pieces with no damage to my hands. You can almost see through parts of the leather jacket with no skin damage, only the odd bruise here and there. My feet were ok, boots still in wearable condition. I lost most of the skin off my right knee, my jeans were destroyed. These days around town I wear synthetic armoured jacket, kevlar jeans, leather gloves and leather boots. Out of town I wear my leather armoured (vented for summer, standard for winter) leather jacket, leather jeans, leather boots and leather gloves also for both areas a full face helmet. I enjoy having a full coverage off skin on my body. Leather slides better down bitumen better than any other material, that is what racing riders wear! My choice is leather, your choice up to you. Happy riding. Hope you never have to test your apparel choice.
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I'm not looking for an argument, because I believe everyone has the right to wear whatever they want. I do a fair bit of dirt bike riding and when you come off, the armour never stays in place. It's good for the initial impact, but any further sliding moves it around and exposes body parts. I seriously doubt that any of the mesh gear would be any better. I've seen the results of damage to synthetic "protective" garments when they've met the bitumen and it wasn't at 'high' speed [60-80kmh], not very confidence inspiring, I can tell you. As for 'comfort' levels, the leather is only a problem heat-wise when you're not moving, significant skin loss is a lot more uncomfortable.
Not trying to discredit you, PeteW, so please don't take it the wrong way, but I've seen some pretty ugly skin damage over the years!
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I won't deny I have a different perspective on it.

The armour in and under my mesh gear won't move and won't wear through - point being though if you are stupid from heat you are a lot more likely to have an accident in the first place and round here leather is far too warm even at 100kph in summer. Mesh/ventilated MX pressure suit with an evap cooling jacket underneath very comfortable.

If I rode at speeds above 140kph I'd agree, leather is the only way to go, but my setup is a lot more protective against impacts than a leather jacket.

Just FYI, I stopped for a bike accident a couple of weeks ago, the rider wasn't badly hurt but his leather Alpinestars jacket had shredded down the forearm and he'll have reminders of that one for a year or so.


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I wrote quite a response (for me anyway) then lost it signing in. Yuk, my mistake. Quickly though, it included thanks to those whose contributions helped me split my riding requirements into local and further/faster riding. I'm thinking leather for faster/further and my usual Kevlar jeans and synthetic tops for local. Boots, protective gloves and helmet all the time. Photos of ripped up feet and torn hands sink into my tiny brain too. Summer heat? I'll just handle it like so many others do.

Thanks and keep smiling.
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You're pretty much right, RazzleH, you have to weigh up your chances. I too wear kevlar jeans around 'town', but always leather on longer trips. As Pete quite rightly points out, leather isn't a total shield against injuries, nothing is. Last time I went down the road, the leather wore through at two high impact points, but protected a lot more as well. Would be nice if we didn't have to worry about coming off!
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