Leather vs. Textile 60mph lowside shredding test

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Gruesome, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. ukAdventurer

    ukAdventurer Long timer

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    The test was really about old vs new hides from different animals and how much impact strength is lost through aging.
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  2. Cam

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    I went down in a Z Custom leather jacket and gloves where I slid about 50' on asphalt before bouncing off a curb and shattering my right shoulder. The jacket and gloves were over 15 years old and easily had 50k miles on them. Both were made of deerskin. The outer layer of the deerskin was trashed but it never ate fully through. I don't know about the other leather materials but I learned to trust quality deerskin the hard way.

    My last accident was in some fairly light summer goat skin gloves. The palms held up pretty well to abrasion but the stitching sliced right through the leather causing the gloves to fail.

    General point is... abrasion resistance while important is likely acceptable for most decent quality leather hides. What may be a more important factor is how well the stitching holds.