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June 12, 2004, 02:34 PM

Hey, I am going to buy a jacket soon and want to know what are the pro's and con's (differences) between Textile and Mesh. I appreciate the help. I haven't looked at them much in person, but mostly i'm concerned with how they'll function when I go down. As they are priced around the same (right?) I want to pick the right one if I can't afford leather.

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June 12, 2004, 04:38 PM

I could be wrong...but I was under the impression that most mesh jackets ARE textile....or made from textile.

so its probably better for you to ask what's better: leather or textile.

I like perforated leather (Joe Rocket Blaster) for early spring (with lining) and early summer (sans lining). Today was a perfect day for perforated leather. (75 degrees, mild wind).

then I switch to my First Gear Mesh-Tex for summer, early fall. Back to leather in the fall/early winter.

I would have to say that Ive survived with just the Blaster, so if $$ is an issue, just go with perforated leather. Plenty of Blasters can be found at a decent price on eBay. Im not familiar with other brands, so hopefully others will pipe in.


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June 12, 2004, 08:05 PM

Ya know, I got my jacket on E-bay brand new from a company out in California. All I did was send in the sizes and it fit perfectly. It is a nice leather, with kevlar inserts, liner and so on... I would check online as it saved me over 250 dollars.

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Location: Manassas VA
June 13, 2004, 12:10 AM

Originally Posted by EduardoSuave
I could be wrong...but I was under the impression that most mesh jackets ARE textile....or made from textile.
Hehe....my 1st thought as well.

I've a got a "textile" jacket from 1st Gear, Kilimajaro. Good quality for $300 (btw themís is 2000 $) and it's got many features such as: vents, armor, hydration pack etc. It's also got to be the hottest most uncomfortable mother-scratcher ever. It's so hot, I can barely wear it in the winter with all the vents open so you can just forget about spring and summer. Additionally, I just don't trust their safety compared to leather.

However, for all my bad-mouthing about "textiles", I know of numerous occasions where they did a great job protecting and can find no hard evidence to support any of my reservations. You just don't crash more than once in them.

I honestly believe that leather is much more versatile as far as heat and protection goes and if I could only afford 1 jacket it would be a decent quality perforated leather.
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June 13, 2004, 10:22 AM

Try out a Joe Rocket Alter Ego. It's 3 jackets in 1:
- waterproof rain liner (removable)
- armor (including back)
- outer shell zips off leaving armor in place, but exposing mesh.

It is the only 4 season jacket I've seen.

My girlfriend has it and absolutely loves it, and you know how fashion conscious and comfort oriented (except for shoes) they are.

I have the First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket and use it all season. It is a little warm in the summer.

The only place I've seen routinely carry the Alter Ego jacket is Coleman's Powersports.

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June 13, 2004, 09:49 PM


Leather jaket for $120 I bought one about 1500 miles ago and it's great. but no armor included. it does have pockets for armor.

One of the zippers handle broke but it still worx

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