The largest piece of equipment for a motorcyclist is a jacket. In general, jackets can be divided into several types, starting from the main material for it:
The eternal dispute: what is better, what is more profitable, what is more convenient?
Leather vs textiles?
In short and objectively, leather jackets are classics. They are quite durable, reliable, very stylish. The motorcycle rider in leather outfit is a direct reference and tribute to the history of the motorcycle world. Icon has a whole atmospheric line of Icon 1000 Retrograde that only gets better with wear. True labor. In leather, you can start the motorcycle season early, and it’s not scary to end it later than others, because leather jackets are really distinguished by increased strength, wind and moisture protection. They keep you warm in the off-season and bad weather. However, in the heat, you will want to undress in such a jacket, because it does not breathe enough to feel light in the middle of a summer day.
Many users of leather motorcycle jackets notice that such products are heavier than textiles, and of course require some maintenance. Whatever one may say, but leather is a specific material, especially when it comes to thick leather. But it can withstand more than one fall, for which motorcyclists love it so much.
Textile jackets, thanks to modern developments, are quite worthy competitors to leather. It is convenient to ride in them on warm days, not so hot in summer. Especially if you wisely bought a mesh, perforated model that blows through perfectly. Textile jackets are multifunctional, unpretentious and all kinds of bright original colors. In addition to the stylish appearance, which pleases ordinary people so much, textile jackets are lighter, have more pleasant bonuses, many external and internal pockets, membrane lining of various combinations. Textile has a lot of space for the motorcycle gear designer. Textile jackets are easier to wash and dry, they are not capricious, like leather. However, there is an observation that textiles are not as resistant to falls as old leather.
Motorcycle jacket or turtle?
Since one jacket is not enough for full protection, most prudent motorcyclists wear tortoises or just backs under their jackets. There is never a lot of protection, you realize this during a fall at 100%. In addition, you need to know how to use protection correctly. The turtle is worn under a jacket if your model does not have the necessary rigidity and protective inserts. When there is a thermonuclear heat outside, motorcyclists undress without exception, as even in a very good jacket it becomes unbearably stuffy. In this case, it is wise to use a turtle so as not to be completely defenseless. The turtle can be comfortably combined with jersey or lightweight mesh jackets. In any case, your body must be protected, even when you decide not to take a jacket with you, use a turtle.
The turtle, as an independent element, is used according to the weather. Perfectly complements lightweight models of jackets that do not have protection or have, but are weak. Wearing a turtle under a regular jacket, leaning on “maybe”, is not a good plan, because a motorcycle jacket implies the possibility of you falling. It was not for nothing that the designers developed a special cut and selected wear-resistant materials. Ordinary civilian jackets will not be able to provide you with minimal protection in case of a fall, and a motorcycle jacket is resistant to abrasion, definitely many times more durable.
If you are choosing between a turtle and a motorcycle jacket, then definitely a motorcycle jacket is much more practical, logical and functional. If you are confused by the weakness of the protection of the jacket, then you can always replace the insertable protective elements or buy the same back.
Security elements and D3O
When the turtle seems superfluous to you, it makes sense to pay attention to the protective elements of the motorcycle jacket. In every serious model, there are sure to be inserts on the elbows, shoulders and back. By and large, in motorcycle jackets, protection is located in the same places as on a tortoise, protection of all joints (elbows, shoulders) and protection along the spine is mandatory. Even the pockets for inserts can be adjustable to comply with all anatomical curves of the body, which is very important for the comfort and safety of your joints, and also banally excludes the insert from slipping from its rightful place during an impact or slip.
Modern protective inserts are made of the popular D3O material in the motorcycle world, the essence of which boils down to plasticity in conditions of a slowly changing position and instant fixation of the shape with a sharp application of force to it. They have earned themselves great fame for the convenience in the process of wearing clothes, because the mobility of the material does not completely restrain the motorcyclist. However, the material instantly hardens when a sharp force is applied to it, such as from a fall or an accident.
Motorcycle jackets always have a well thought-out design and anatomical cut with reinforced seams, some models can be fastened to trousers, there are sliders and waterproof zippers. Maximum attention to the comfort and ergonomics of the product.
Features of the cut of motorcycle jackets are also in the elongated floors in order to limit the blowing of wind under the jacket, for the same purpose you can find zippers on the sleeves. Most motorcycle jackets allow for long gloves, so it’s no surprise that the sleeves taper for comfort and wind protection. In civilian fashion, you will nowhere find such sensible, thoughtful clothing for riding a motorcycle.