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Are you looking for touring gear or track gear? If you are touring textile is more flexible but if you are on the track leather should provide more protection. Those are rediculously broad generalizations but...

 

Dave says you should wear a thong (France is more liberal with those kinds of things). That said no one listens to Dave.

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I vote for textile. Leather is too hot--unless you really need that level of protection for track riding.

 

Olympia Moto Sports

Aerostitch Roadcrafter

TourMaster

MotoPort

Joe Rocket

 

I'm still trying to decide on one, but I'm leaning toward the Olympia (best value) or the Roadcrafter (easiest on-off).

 

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I am a firm believer in leather. I have used textile before and have seen too many textile garments just not function as one would hope they do (especially mesh). The textiles that do function how I would want, are pretty much the same "comfort level" as functional leather. So I switched back to leather. Perforated leather for hot weather riding. . I do use textile in winter as it actually functions better than leather in terms of warmth/layers (and I'm using the heavier duty stuff).

 

That being said - I can see where textile is useful if you're going on a trip. Because while you can get waterproof leather, its generally not as good venting as the perforated leather options that you have. So, if you're going on a trip where you need to handle cool, hot, wet and dry - then textile certainly might be more flexible than leather.

 

As I generally keep my rides to dry weather and I can choose when/where I ride (not on a trip), I can limit my choices to what the weather is that day.

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Heat is not the problem here 90% of the time - chill and rain is. As such, textile offer a good compromise for shorter rides. But in my experience, they really aren't weatherproof. And they leak wind all over the place. Although slightly less convenient, I prefer leathers together with proper rain gear if its cold and/or wet. Or, if it's really cold, winter insulated textile with rain gear on top.

 

As to protections, leathers sits miles above textile. I suffered a low speed get-off last summer, perhaps 25 mph, and tore a hole on the knee of the pants and had several holes on the arm and shoulder of my textile gear - bought for the trip in hope of having my cake and eating it too. Had I wore my usual leathers, they'd barely be scuffed a bit.

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Heat is not the problem here 90% of the time - chill and rain is. As such, textile offer a good compromise for shorter rides. But in my experience, they really aren't weatherproof. And they leak wind all over the place. Although slightly less convenient, I prefer leathers together with proper rain gear if its cold and/or wet. Or, if it's really cold, winter insulated textile with rain gear on top.

 

As to protections, leathers sits miles above textile. I suffered a low speed get-off last summer, perhaps 25 mph, and tore a hole on the knee of the pants and had several holes on the arm and shoulder of my textile gear - bought for the trip in hope of having my cake and eating it too. Had I wore my usual leathers, they'd barely be scuffed a bit.

 

Depends on what you get to determine whether things are waterproof. I find if you get the Goretex proshell type of jackets - where the jacket material and waterproof laminate are one piece and NOT a separate goretex liner - then the entire system can be made pretty wind/water proof. I have gone 8 hours in cold/wet without a drop of water. ..

 

I can deal with cold and wet all day. I don't like hot, don't like hot and wet. Cold or cold and wet is a much easier problem to solve than hot or hot/wet. . .

 

As a reference - for cold or cold/wet look at Rukka Armas. Ridden down to 0c without a problem and is good for up to about 25C. It's made up there in Scandinavia no less. .. However good Rukka gear is for cold and cold/wet - its not good for hot. .. And if you don't get the laminated gore-tex type of units - then the liner based units have problem like all the rest.

 

 

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It depends in what you'll be confident in as well. For me, leather is the only option for alot of highway/twisties riding. For around town I wear a textile jacket. Had a couple of low speed crashes wearing that and it does rip and wear away a bit, but I just stitch it back together. laugh.gif

 

Riding in the wet... I've just come to accept that I will be damp and slightly uncomfortable. Everything pools to my crotch. 'Wets' or 'waterproof' over-suits have never lived up to their name. I have applied a sealant to the seams so I'm waiting for a good downpour to test that out.

 

I have heard alot of great things about the Roadcrafter textile suit as well. I believe you can even get them custom made with leather knee sliders.

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