Leather vs Textile

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
4.5 pounds to tear
165 cycles to failure
500 Denier Polyester
8 pounds to tear
180 cycles to failure
200 Denier Standard
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
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
 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)...
 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
 See you next month!!!

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