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I've been looking at all the jacket options and found some that I like the looks of, but I want real world feedback from those of you that own different jackets and that may have had the unfortunate circumstances to test the durability and safety features of them when you (or a friend) went down.

I don't do track days, I don't ride recklessly so no wheelies, speeding, etc. Leather? Textile? I'm open to suggestions and feedback. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge.
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Personally, I like to have at least one leather and one perforated textile jacket for hot summer days. If it's really cold out but the roads are rideable, I use my snowmobile jacket. That's my $0.02.

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I'd say the technology of textile and even some mesh jackets have come a long way and may protect as well as leather in an accident. When it comes down to it though, I believe high-grade leather is still the best material for abrasion-resistance.

The key is to get gear that fits and is made for motorcycling. You want a jacket with CE-approved armor in the elbows, shoulders and back. Most of the time you'll need to upgrade the stock foam backpad, but several manufacturers make CE upgrades or you can buy universal fit options from an armor specialists like ForceField.

I can't upload the pics b/c I'm at work, but I had a nice little 40mph off when a car pulled in front of me in an intersection a few years back. I was wearing a fully perforated Tourmaster Magnum leather jacket. I hit the ground hard, rolled onto my back and asphalt-surfed for a while. It all happened so fast I couldn't process what was happening until I stopped. The damage to my gear totally reinforced my idealogy of dressing for the crash.

Get a good leather jacket, if you can't afford new check out the second hand stuff on Advrider or the nesba boards to start. I just picked up a perfect condition, fully perf'd Vanson leather jacket with GP armor for $260. The deals are out there, you just have to be patient.
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Thanks for the great insight Dasrider. All of the ones I have been looking at have been true cycling jackets, all mesh/textile, and since they are cycling jackets they all have the basic CE protection at the elbows, shoulders and back.
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Avoid fine soft mesh nylon jackets like the Joe Rocket stuff. Aside from the aggravating issue any velcro on your bags or gear causing the mesh to unravel and look like shit I have seen multiple instances where in a crash the nylon heats up from friction caused by sliding and actually melts into your skin.
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I have two jackets, a Revit mesh jacket for hot days and a leather one for when it's cooler.

Both have CE rated armor in them, and include zip out liners.

You may want to look at some protective pants as well. Either leather or textile pants with kevlar lining.

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It's hard to beat a well fitting, broken in leather jacket in comfort, performance, and protection. Textile is good for more technical/weatherproofing.

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I've been looking at all the jacket options and found some that I like the looks of, but I want real world feedback from those of you that own different jackets and that may have had the unfortunate circumstances to test the durability and safety features of them when you (or a friend) went down.

I don't do track days, I don't ride recklessly so no wheelies, speeding, etc. Leather? Textile? I'm open to suggestions and feedback. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge.
One of each is a nice combination like mentioned. I like the Teknic textiles over the others.

I have had just about every maker of leathers. That is a feel / fit thing to me. It is best to try some on in a store or convention show. Each maker sizes a bit differently.



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I'm a bit of a gear head. Riding gear that is. I have four jackets, leather pants, kevlar-lined jeans, 3 pairs of gloves, 3 helmets, and so on.

For what you're asking, I'd go with a good quality leather jacket. 1.2mil thick, topgrain leather. By good quality, I mean names like Alpinstars, Dianese, Icon, and the like. Plan on spending about $300-750 for new, or $150-300 used.

By the best protection you can afford when it comes to riding gear. Your life and reduced injury is worth it.

Dianese is the best stuff out there for street. imo

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Jacket suggestions?

I just ordered a Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0 jacket last night haven't gotten it yet, but seems to be good quality leather and has removable side sections with perforated material under the leather for hot days... I can update more with pictures when it arrives on Thursday, I paid $290


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