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When to replace your leather Jacket.. - July 2, 2006, 06:02 PM

Ok. I have an old First Gear Jacket and Ive had it for at least 8 years. Its been through about 2 crashes. Notthing too bad though. But i hear the same thing over and over - leather gets better over time. But after seeing some of the leathers after crashes, I have my doubts. What I mean, our leather jackets go through a LOT. I mean rain and sweat takes its toll on leather. I took a look at a friend of mines jacket after he went down and it just looked like the leather desinigrated wheere he went down. Im not even talking about the stitching which was barely non existent after the wreck.

And what do you guys do to clean your leathers?


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Damn good question. I have no clue though. The last time I had a let off, I got back up and rode to work. The wreck I did have, the jacket was done so it was out of here. If the jacket was too soft or brittle, it's done I think.


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July 3, 2006, 07:09 AM

Get some leather cleaner/conditioner and use that to clean it and preserve it.

As for the jacket.....do routine maintenance.......if you feel that it is to soft or couldnt hold up during a wreck.....get a new one. Better to be safe than sorry.

Also if the jacket is not brittle or has any cracks from dry-rott or what have you.........then it would seem good to me...............but if it does, get rid of it and get a new one.


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Leather will dry out quick, especially if it gets wet or damp often. You need the conditioner to keep it nice looking and soft. Just like shoes
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People that know me will laugh because I'm terrible about maintaining leather as it should be...

However, you don't want to use something that will soften the leather too much. The best stuff to use is products designed for saddles. Saddles are expensive as hell and they have to withstand lots of abuse.
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July 8, 2010, 08:37 PM

icon makes a leather cleaner and conditioner, it was only like $15 for both, should be able to order it from anywhere that carries icon


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On average I get new leathers about every 2 years. I've lost weight every year (minus one)

so I get them altered...then crash the shit out of them so i just get something fresh.

My current Astar is still good..a few crashes, but Now I want some color and I want a custom fit suit.

Im about to get a Custom Heroic suit made...mostly black with some neon yellow and red in it.

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WOOW...A 2006 thread...

I have a AGV Sport two piece for the track that have had for about 3 years now and its held up pretty well (The original post was about my street jacket which I did replace because soon after, I got caught i the rain and it pretty much died). Lizzy has fixed it a couple of times. I have been contemplating about a new suit and thought about Heroic's. I dont know much about them tough..


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July 9, 2010, 11:43 AM

Maybe if you keep your stuff perfect and condition and store it just right, it's ok.

But in practice, leather does disintegrate. I've seem some old suits torn apart to shreds the second they hit the ground at relatively low speed.
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