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The ferret Offline
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Post: #11
RE: leather jackets
I wore my Fox Creek leather jacket and gauntlet deer skin gloves all day today. Not cheap at near $ 400 for the jacket and maybe $100 for the goves iirc but I just love the feel and smell of a good leather jacket. Soft, supple with the slide protection of cowhide. I do wish it had armor in shoulders and elbows, for impact protection, but it does have extra leather padding in those areas.

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04-13-2017 02:29 PM
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MM300 Offline
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Pennsylvania
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Post: #12
RE: leather jackets
In 1981 I got my first leather, an Excelled 'Cycle King' style jacket. It cost me $100.00. I wore that jacket all the way up to 2006 when I wrecked my Kawi Z1000. I was doing 65 - 70 mph, highsided and skidded Evel Knievel style up the road for 30 or 40 yards. The bike was totaled and everything I was wearing was shredded, including the jacket.

After the road rash on my right hand, Losing that jacket was the worst part about the accident. Loss of the bike was third.

I'll say this though, that jacket saved far more than $100.00 worth of my skin. Excelled is long gone but the exact jackets are available in decent shape on eBay...for around $100.00.

I got another one as soon as I started riding again because they're available at a decent price and have proven (at least to me) their value in an actual accident.
04-13-2017 02:32 PM
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EmptySea Offline
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Chicagoland, USA
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Post: #13
RE: leather jackets
A high quality textile jacket will save your skin better than an average quality leather jacket. At least that's what I've read. You're going to have to go north of $300 to get a decent quality leather jacket and, as you can see from previous posts, $400+ is more likely. I've heard great things about Vanson and Fox Creek as well as Roland Sands. I can't afford any of those at the moment, so I wear either a Joe Rocket or an Olympia textile and CE-armored jacket and Olympia textile and CE-armored pants.

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04-13-2017 03:22 PM
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4 Paws Offline
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MM 199 on BRP (Fancy Gap VA)
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Post: #14
RE: leather jackets
I'm an old fart and set in my ways. Leather beats everything else even if it isn't waterproof.
Better cowhide than my hide.

Best thing I learned from my dog"Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride". - Dan D.
04-13-2017 05:09 PM
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PowerDubs Offline
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Post: #15
leather jackets
(04-13-2017 07:47 AM)hb9400 Wrote:  For my $ the Joe Rocket Classic 92 jacket has been the best leather jacket I've owned

My wife has that jacket. I bought it for her on clearance for $130. For that price, it is a great jacket. I did buy all the extra ce pads for it as well. The fact that it comes with a cold weather liner is nice.





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04-13-2017 06:00 PM
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offroadfx4 Offline
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Post: #16
RE: leather jackets
What is the best summer jacket with shoulder, elbow and spine protection?

2014 Honda CB1100 STD
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04-13-2017 06:58 PM
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Roper Offline
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Post: #17
RE: leather jackets
I like the Klim Induction jacket.

http://www.klim.com/Induction-Jacket-5060-001
04-13-2017 07:09 PM
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PowerDubs Offline
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(04-13-2017 06:58 PM)offroadfx4 Wrote:  What is the best summer jacket with shoulder, elbow and spine protection?


Best by what metrics?

I really like my Dainese cruiser jacket. Some others may want something more flashy.


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04-13-2017 07:59 PM
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offroadfx4 Offline
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Indiana
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RE: leather jackets
Really don't care about flashy....looking for something is relatively cool (temperature wise) ;-) , water proof and offers some protection....oh and blends in with my black CB1100 ;-)

Do I want mesh, textile or what? I'm assuming leather wouldn't be very cool?

I found this on EBay looks good, don't know how cool it would be in summer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/371905335692?_tr...EBIDX%3AIT

(04-13-2017 07:09 PM)Roper Wrote:  I like the Klim Induction jacket.

http://www.klim.com/Induction-Jacket-5060-001
Thanks! I do like the black one: http://www.klim.com/Induction-Jacket-5060-001?color=9

2014 Honda CB1100 STD
1984 Kawasaki GPZ750
1978 Yamaha YZ125
1976 Honda CB750 (cost $1776 new)
1973 Honda CB350
1970 Honda 50 Mini Trail
(This post was last modified: 04-13-2017 10:19 PM by offroadfx4.)
04-13-2017 09:55 PM
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Cormanus Online
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Queensland, Australia
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Post: #20
RE: leather jackets
It gets pretty hot in the summer where I live and I figured leather would be too much. I couldn't afford 2 jackets at the time so I bought a British RST Ventilator III jacket. They're up to about Model V now. See https://www.rst-moto.com/rst-pro-series-...acket.html

It's mesh with a zip in waterproof liner and a zip in thermal liner. You can wear all three or just the jacket with either one of the liners or just the jacket which makes it pretty versatile from summer through to winter. It's got shoulder, elbow and back armour as well.
(This post was last modified: 04-13-2017 10:59 PM by Cormanus.)
04-13-2017 10:59 PM
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