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Old 07-24-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Need help with leather riding gear...

For those that wear leather exclusively, what styles and/or brands are you guys wearing? I use my bike primarily for commuting three seasons out of the year and week-long road trips a few times a year. I currently use a Firstgear jacket and overpants and a Tourmaster mesh jacket for hot weather all with armor built in. In addition, I wear kevlar jeans, knee pads and spine protector under all that. For footwear, I will be switching to touring style boots like the Aerostich Combats. Thanks for any tips.

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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Something like this would probably work best:

Just kidding... but hey, it bumps your question to the top.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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I have a Tourmaster Coaster II leather jacket that's more on the budget end (shitty zippers and zipper pulls) but I like it and it did a good job of protecting me in a crash. I've since switched to textiles but I still wear it on occasion.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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I'm enjoying my AGV Sport Willow pants quite a bit this season. Very comfortable, breath very well (I have the perforated version for the summer).
Also quality built. Had a few offs in them already (slow stuff no highway speeds), and nothing ripped, and just a very slight scuffing which you won't even notice if you didn't know it was there.

These are dedicated moto pants though, so not exactly office attire.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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What Dakez said.

If you don't mind the patrol-style jacket for cruiser, I'd recommend seeing if you can locate a Teknic Sturgis on close-out. Teknic is Tango Uniform now, but you can still find many of their leather jacket for ridiculously low prices. The leather is good and thick and most of them have very good armor. My three-season jacket for my cruiser is a Teknic Sturgis. The armor arrangement is excellent and the venting is exceptional. I ride in a very large Turkish bath environment, and the Sturgis frankly does as well or better than my mesh jackets at keeping me cool, and I know which one I'd rather bet on in a crash. Right now I am trying to score a NOS Teknic Durango for riding on my s-t, and when that happens, I will part company with at least one of my textile jackets.

Teknic has made lots of other good leather jackets and they are all over the place. Check ebay.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:21 AM   #7
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How about Dainese? Their stuff is pretty spendy, but is it just buying the label? I'm looking at the Alien at the moment. Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:07 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by HOFNAR View Post
...what styles and/or brands are you guys wearing?
Basic old biker leathers.

The coat I got many decades ago. It is very heavy and very thick, and might even be horse hide.

Similar the chaps. I've never found any as heavy as my coat, but they're simple and do their job.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:27 AM   #9
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If you want highly finished leather clothing, it will be Italian. Dainese makes really nice stuff, but not very durable in a crash.

If you want old school heavy grade leather, think Vanson or Bates. Not very stylish but rugged like iron.

My personal experience with leather is racing suits. Have Pilot gear now, but I don't think they make fashion wear.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:36 AM   #10
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:58 AM   #11
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Vanson makes good stuff for sure. I've also had good leathers from Fieldsheer and Teknic. Not as stout-feeling as Vanson but much more affordable, and still high enough quality that you know the thing won't rip apart at the seams if you go down in it.

I know leather's not really the preferred choice around here, and it makes sense if you're doing some off-road riding to wear textile instead, but if I'm going to have to participate in an unplanned pavement slide session, I want a thick piece of dead animal skin between the pavement and my own. There are a lot of textiles that are good at abrasion protection, and there's one that claims to be better (and may well be), but there's a reason the professional road racers are all wearing leather.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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Fox Creek Leather makes some very nice jackets which have pockets for armor inserts.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #13
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #14
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If it's in your budget, check out the Aerostitch Transit Suit. I've had mine for about 4 years now and, yes, it is 100% waterproof.

If you can find it, Harley makes a getup similar to the Transit Suit - it's their FXRG gear.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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I have 2 Vanson Jackets, (one perfed), and the Traveler pants. Nicely broken in after 11 years. Tough as nails. I would buy them again in a heartbeat, they are made so well.
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