Leather vs Textile “Nothing says irresponsible amateur “squid”, like riding with no protective clothing.” Leather Issues Can be hot on some days Known to be heavy Not water resistant Color choice is limited Styles are somewhat limited Textile issues Melts in a slide Armour restricts some movements Unlimited styles, colors To many choices – Kevlar, Nylon,Poly Designed for younger generation 4 Things to Look For Impact protection Abrasion strength Tear strength Seam strength A simple fall at 30mph can subject your clothing to more than 100 pounds of tearing force Statistics For 50 MPH Slide Leather competition weight, 3 oz/sq ft .... 86 feet Kevlar 29 Aramid fiibre, Style 713 .... 22 ft 1 in Cordura nylon, type 440 .... 18 ft 3 in 2 year old 100% cotton denim jeans .... 4 ft 5 in Leather, fashion weight, 1.75 oz/sq ft .... 4 ft 4 in Leather, fashion weight nude finish .... 4 ft 3 in Senior ballistic nylon .... 3 ft 10 in New 100% cotton denim jeans .... 3 ft 10 in More Statistics Product / Material Pounds of force until fabric tears Abrasion cycles until fabric fails Cotton Jeans 4.5 pounds to tear 50 cycles to failure 70 Denier Standard Nylon 4.5 pounds to tear 165 cycles to failure 500 Denier Polyester 8 pounds to tear 180 cycles to failure 200 Denier Standard Nylon 7.5 pounds to tear 275 cycles to failure 500 Denier Cordura 22 pounds to tear 710 cycles to failure 620 Denier Cordura 35 pounds to tear 1200 cycles to failure NEW Competition Grade Leather 80-110 pounds to tear 1200-1700 cycles to failure 1000 Denier Cordura 110 pounds to tear 1780 cycles to failure Air Mesh Kevlar 1260 pounds to tear 1800 cycles to failure Stretch Kevlar Blend 420 pounds to tear 1800 cycles to failure Comments from Authors Leather should be worn snug because when leather folds it's tear strength lowers considerably a test by Popular Mechanics magazine indicates that 1.4 mm leather (the standard for a quality leather motorcycle jacket) provides as much as four times more abrasion resistance than kevlar More Info Each time leather gets wet and dries it can lose up to 20% of it's tear and abrasion strength In 2007 the German automobile club "ADAC" decided to shred some leather and textile suits, by dropping a crash test dummy at 60 mph in a lowside slide. Very interesting results - according to this test, in the case of a slide you are better off with $200 leather jeans than a $2000 Rukka (European Gore-Tex clothing)... Questions? Hope this small study helped solidify why we ride in Leather and not textiles. While textiles have their place, leather is your best opportunity to avoid skin issues! See you next month!!!