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#1 i_needit

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 04:21 AM

I'm just wondering what is the difference & what are the pros/cons of each material.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 07:01 AM

Textile is a solid material with much greater tear resistance than mesh. It is compatable to leather in tear resistance. Normally water tight, very long wearing. Gives top protection for rider. Not quite up to full leathers but much more useful. Hot even with all vents open.
in summer it is too hot to use.
Mesh-Coolest jacket around. gives protection while maintaining ventilation. Much better than non motorcycle jackets. I wear mine every time I ride. Not weather proof, but much more comfortable while riding in the heat.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 11:44 AM

Textile is a solid material with much greater tear resistance than mesh. It is compatable to leather in tear resistance. Normally water tight, very long wearing. Gives top protection for rider. Not quite up to full leathers but much more useful. Hot even with all vents open.
in summer it is too hot to use.
Mesh-Coolest jacket around. gives protection while maintaining ventilation. Much better than non motorcycle jackets. I wear mine every time I ride. Not weather proof, but much more comfortable while riding in the heat.

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More accurately textile is fabric woven from natural or artificial fibers. The abrasion resistance of textile depends on what fibers it is made of. Denim and silk are textile and not very abrasion resistant. Mesh is a type of textile with an open weave to allow cooling air to flow through and I think it is not neccesarily any less abrasion resistant than a tight weave garment made of the same fibers.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 12:34 PM

I doubt textile mesh has any abbrasion resistance at all. Asphalt will cut right through it.
If you get yourself some mesh gear, make sure the area's that are most likely to get into contact with the asphalt when you go down (elbows,shoulder,knee,back,hips..) is made of regular tightly woven textile or (preferably) patched with leather.
Also remember that gear (textile or leather) should be designed that after a getoff, you slide to a halt, not tumble to a halt. Leather doing the best job here as it has a smooth closed surface and good abrasion resistance. You can't slide waering a textile mesh suit.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 12:48 PM

Here are some close ups to give you an idea.

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I have been down in my mesh jacket before. Slow speed (30mph) on a gravel road. It held up very well with no scrapes or cuts to myself, however it does have a leather upper (shoulders, arms) on it. So I can't say anything bad about it, as it saved my skin, but I will say that when I go to buy new gear I will be getting some more leathers, longer life and easier to keep clean.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:16 PM

Tight-weave Cordura is considered one of the best textiles out there right now........ :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 October 2007 - 04:04 PM

Well I have been leaning to leathers, but I know how warm they can be & how reluctant I would be to wear them all the time. I have an A-star stage perforated jacket and I was thinking about these: Shift Havoc Leather/Textile Pants, any opinions?

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:57 PM

Here's what happens to mesh when you hit the pavement:

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Just so you know.

You might sweat a little more in perf'd leather, but your skin'll be much safer... :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:04 PM

Ya, thats why I'm wondering if these will do the trick

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:42 PM

Here's what happens to mesh when you hit the pavement:

Just so you know.

You might sweat a little more in perf'd leather, but your skin'll be much safer... :thumbsup:

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I had a mild 30mph lowside and did a short tumble and slide on the pavement for a few feet before hitting the dirt. My mesh jacket wore through the mesh, the armor, and my arm. Textile pants did a little better, but not a whole lot.

From then on I have worn only leather and have had no more road rash despite numerous attempts.




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