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Offline GD45

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Perforated or not?
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:23:32 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm a new rider and looking for a new jacket for the road. I've pretty much decided on leather (at least at first) because I have a healthy fear of skin grafts / no misconceptions about my skill level etc :icon_salut: but was wondering whether to go perf or not. I was at OGTC the other week and the dude there was saying definitely got perforated in Ottawa, but I was unconvinced. I figure given our weather, straight leather might extend the season a bit. Anyway, I toyed with a couple of ideas;
1) Go perforated and throw a carhart vest or the like over top when it's starts to cool down
2) Go non-perf and maybe grab a cheap textile or mesh for crazy hot days
I'll probably just have the one jacket for a while so any advice suggestions from Ottawa riders with a few seasons nder their belt would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

PS. the jacket(s) i'm lookin at are the Alpinestars Brera perf and non

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 09:52:23 AM »
Definitely go perforated.  In this heat and humidity it is a must have.
Some perf jackets will come with a removable liner that can be used on colder days to extend the riding season and your jacket use.





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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 10:48:02 AM »
I agree with above. Go with a airy mesh especially if doing much city driving (ie: sitting in traffic). Just make sure you get once with an inner/removable liner and then you'll be fine for colder riding as well. Mine was a synthetic mesh type thing with armour in it, not farmiliar with the leather versions though.
For real cold riding (+10 and below) I ditch the armour jacket altogether and literally wear my ski jacket with a couple sweaters underneath..... and hope all those layers will add up to protect against road rash.

Good luck, drive safe and keep the rubber side down. :icon_salut:

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2017, 11:13:40 AM »
Motoport?  I'm thinking of saving for a suit.

http://www.motoport.com/the-save-your-hide-guide/
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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 11:15:33 AM »
Perfect. Yeah after talking with a few guys at work the perf looks like the winner. Thanks for the quick responses!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2017, 06:29:45 PM »
Another vote for perforated leather.  You need the enhanced breathability. 

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 12:24:25 PM »
Yes to perforated leather or at least a jacket with many vent. Don't ride in the city if you can help it. Cottage country roads are a lot more fun and you're always moving, so you don't get hot.

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 05:23:20 AM »
Speaking of hot.  No one looks better in Leather than Ninja Johnny.

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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2017, 05:33:12 AM »
Speaking of hot.  No one looks better in Leather than Ninja Johnny.

Leather?  I thought he was wearing spandex...
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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2017, 12:02:03 PM »
Leather?  I thought he was wearing spandex...
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Re: Perforated or not?
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2017, 04:39:04 AM »
I have a leather jacket that I almost never wear anymore.
the textile jackets are plenty good these days, and you can buy 3 of them for the price of one leather jacket.

if you crash, your textile will most likely be trashed, but leather might have to be repaired.

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/leather-versus-textile-motorcycle-gear#page-9

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