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Cool Stay with Text or get Leather Suit - January 19, 2007, 09:09 AM

I am looking for some advice. I am about to start riding this season and am trying to get my gear together early.

I got a A* textile jacket so far and I can't decide between some textile pants or a jump to 2-piece Fieldsheer Revo leathers.

I know the Revo would protect better, but for a novice riding around the street would this be overkill? It's hard to convince myself that's it's OK to where leather pants.
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January 19, 2007, 09:18 AM

ehhh....bikes being absent of seat belts why would you not opt for the best protection you can get? I always wear full leathers no matter what, where or how hot. Some people might make fun of you, but I actually like my skin. I think I will keep it.
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January 19, 2007, 09:22 AM

its your choice - I sometimes wear a textile jacket and sometimes leather. I wear jeans and thats as far as I go unless Im at the track - I wear full leather...


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January 19, 2007, 09:32 AM

More protection is better. Anyone who gives you shit about a newb not needing leather yet is a fool.

If your fashion sense says that leather pants are gay and textile or jeans cool, that is a personal choice. I wouldn’t call you a fool, just someone with different priorities than me.

I always wear my leather jacket, jeans around town and leather pants for the hills.


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January 19, 2007, 09:33 AM

Leather jacket at a minimum. As someone who's been down in text, I'll tell you it's not pretty when it starts to melt.


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Leather jacket at a minimum. As someone who's been down in text, I'll tell you it's not pretty when it starts to melt.
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ehhh....bikes being absent of seat belts why would you not opt for the best protection you can get? I always wear full leathers no matter what, where or how hot. Some people might make fun of you, but I actually like my skin. I think I will keep it.
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January 19, 2007, 10:09 AM

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ehhh....bikes being absent of seat belts why would you not opt for the best protection you can get? I always wear full leathers no matter what, where or how hot. Some people might make fun of you, but I actually like my skin. I think I will keep it.
I pretty much agree with what you are saying. I guess if I have the money I should get the best I can afford. I just wanted to make sure.

The opinions about textile failing is scary so I had always planned to get a leather jacket, but the suit is not much more and appears to have better safety.

Any other recommendations in the same price range as the Fieldsheer Revo?
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I pretty much agree with what you are saying. I guess if I have the money I should get the best I can afford. I just wanted to make sure.

The opinions about textile failing is scary so I had always planned to get a leather jacket, but the suit is not much more and appears to have better safety.

Any other recommendations in the same price range as the Fieldsheer Revo?
Here's the deal. If cost keeps you from being safe, let me know. I will help you out.
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Here's the deal. If cost keeps you from being safe, let me know. I will help you out.
That's very generous, but cost is not the issue for my safety. I actually post-poned getting a bike for a year and getting a cheaper bike just to have the proper gear. That said, I want to spend wisely.

Assuming I get the suit I still need back protecter, gloves, and boots, but I have until March 26 (MSF course) to get it all together.
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January 19, 2007, 10:44 AM

+1 to the leathers.... any time we go out we wear our leathers... locally I wear jeans and my leather jacket at the minimum with boots (and gloves)... you're being smart by getting the proper gear.


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January 19, 2007, 02:16 PM

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ehhh....bikes being absent of seat belts why would you not opt for the best protection you can get? I always wear full leathers no matter what, where or how hot. Some people might make fun of you, but I actually like my skin. I think I will keep it.
agreed, I like my skin just where it is.

Seems most people here prefer leather, so I will go against the grain. I prefer textile. To me it is more versatile. Most are H2O proof, vented, armoured and washable. My favorite is the Aerostich Roadcrafter. It fits over streetclothes and can be on or off in 10 seconds with boots on. Most quality textile suits are as durable in a crash as leather. I have heard,but never tested, that textiles don't create as much friction and you could slide farther.

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+1 to the leathers.... any time we go out we wear our leathers... locally I wear jeans and my leather jacket at the minimum with boots (and gloves)... you're being smart by getting the proper gear.

Just boots and gloves!
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January 19, 2007, 02:55 PM

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agreed, I like my skin just where it is.

Seems most people here prefer leather, so I will go against the grain. I prefer textile. To me it is more versatile. Most are H2O proof, vented, armoured and washable. My favorite is the Aerostich Roadcrafter. It fit over streetclothes and can bo on or off is 10 seconds with boots on. Most quality textile suits are as durable in a crash as leather. I have heard,but never tested, that textile don't create as much friction and you could slide farther.
+1 If you have the right material the textile will hold up in a crash. I wear a full suit, jacket and pants. I would do some research before buying just any textile jacket or pants. I would do the same with leathers, as not all are made the same and some are more durable than others.


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