Need help with leather riding gear...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HOFNAR, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. HOFNAR

    HOFNAR Adventurer

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    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.

    Jesse
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  2. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Something like this would probably work best:
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    Just kidding... but hey, it bumps your question to the top.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Rule #1: One can NOT own too many Leather Riding Jackets
    Rule #2: One can NOT own too many Pairs of Riding boots
    Rule #3: One can NOT own too many motorcycles

    :1drink
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  4. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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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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  5. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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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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  6. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    :dealWhat 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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  7. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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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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  8. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    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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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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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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  10. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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  11. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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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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  12. Prettyboy

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  13. 8dust

    8dust why not?

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    The best, by far, is from the hide of a kangaroo.
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  14. BikerGeek99

    BikerGeek99 Horizon Chaser

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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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  15. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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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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  16. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    I have the FXRG gear, jacket and pants (yes, I said pants, not assless chaps). Not completely waterproof, but good solid high quality, comes with liners for winter. Very well thought out stuff. Not cheap for sure.

    Also comes with a "lifetime" warranty, or did when I bought it. After five years the zipper broke, I took it in, they sent it to the factory for repair and they decided to send me a brand new jacket. Very nice. It does say "Harley Davidson" on it, so if that bothers you.....get a Harley and you'll be all set.
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  17. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    find what fits you. One brand will fit you well for instance Alpinestars fits me nicely. It's just like finding a camera - something will more comfortable right away. Also dont forget that things like jackets take years to break in and they can be uncomfortable for the first few weeks.
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  18. RogerWilco

    RogerWilco Been here awhile

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    Vanson. The fully perforated jackets will vent better than just about any other jacket, leather or textile. They are made from competition weight heavy leather and have large zippers made from real brass, not the cheap plastic found on many other brands. The arms are rotated slightly forward for comfort while in a riding position, and a windproof liner is available.
    Many of the non-perorated models have very good vents. They offer a variety of styles, as well. The down side: they ain't cheap. They are some of the best jackets available, though.

    MAJOR CAVEAT: Vanson, at some low point in their past, farmed out production of many models to Pakistan. Any of these jackets I've examined were of very, very low quality. One could literally tell the difference between the U.S. and Pakistani made jackets from across the showroom. The leather was subpar and thin, with stitching that would rival anything a four year old could produce.
    Vanson next moved production to El Salvador. These jackets were sewn in a very modern factory and are of high quality. They were, however, a logistics nightmare for Vanson to manage. Many will be glad to know that most of the current models are again made in the U.S.A., back in their own factory, and the ones which are not are clearly identified on their website.
    I would advise anyone purchasing any Vanson garment to inquire as to the country of origin, which will be listed on the label found sewn into the lining, and take a pass on any Pakistani goods.
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  19. _cy_

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    that's what I ride with .. an old 80's BMW leather suit made in Germany from Kangaroo leather. amazingly lightweight.

    when the package arrived with my BMW leather jacket .. it felt so light, thought it was empty. had problems finding matching leather pants. finally purchased another BMW suit to get the leather pants.

    just sold an old Bates leather jacket that looked like it was made in the 70's .. that was amazingly light too, probably kangaroo leather.

    Motoport, Aerostich and BMW kangaroo leather ...
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  20. Trophy Mike

    Trophy Mike w/extreme prejudice

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    another Vanson caveat --
    stick with their Competition Weight
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