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    Synthetic leather

    Is synthetic leather appropriate for riding?

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    Can you even get such a thing? If you can't afford leather get textile. Synthetic leather might be OK for furniture - possibly - but wearing it would be like wearing a plastic bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hokckeyholic View Post
    Is synthetic leather appropriate for riding?
    I wouldn't think so.
    Comes apart when wet, not abrasion resistant etc.
    I assume you have a non motorcycle jacket you want to use on a bike?
    Any money you save will be lost on Lack of function.
    If I am wrong, make sure it meets some sort of standard and is from a reputable brand.

    If want to see that it contained some sort of reinforcing fibre though. Most synthetic leather is PU.
    So you'll sweat... bad.

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    Some gear has synthetic panels in places, not bad if there is Cordura, Kevlar, leather etc underneath. But they look cheap and tatty quickly.
    Cracking in the sun, peeling in the rain etc.
    Colours are normally spray painted on if they are not a really dull colour and the same top and bottom.

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    Some gear has synthetic panels in places, not bad if there is Cordura, Kevlar, leather etc underneath. But they look cheap and tatty quickly.
    Cracking in the sun, peeling in the rain etc.
    Colours are normally spray painted on if they are not a really dull colour and the same top and bottom.
    Source: selling replacement gear to lots of people who tried to save money buying bonded or synthetic leather boots or gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokckeyholic View Post
    Is synthetic leather appropriate for riding?
    I have experience sliding in synthetic leathers. It was only a slow 30kph lowside but my elbow part melted and created a hole.

    I do not recommend synthetic leathers. They provide decent wind protection but almost nothing in an accident. At least friction is less on textile and you get some decent slide (synth leathers grip like rubber).


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    Quote Originally Posted by hokckeyholic View Post
    Is synthetic leather appropriate for riding?
    Only if you have a synthetic accident.....

    Don't use it for real accidents...

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    Just to clarify, I do have a proper riding jacket (textile to be exact-until I can afford to get a proper leather one).
    I'm asking because I got one for Christmas and so obviously I'm not sure about the safety of it-had I gotten it myself I would obviously know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokckeyholic View Post
    Just to clarify, I do have a proper riding jacket (textile to be exact-until I can afford to get a proper leather one).
    I'm asking because I got one for Christmas and so obviously I'm not sure about the safety of it-had I gotten it myself I would obviously know.
    Yeah, my dad bought me my first bike jacket.
    As a non motorcyclist I'm sure he just bowled into a shop said something like: "My son's just started riding and needs a jacket, he's about the same size as me, waterproof would be good."
    Then bought whatever he was given.
    Which turned out to be a nylon puffer jacket / pit jacket.

    Having all of 10 minutes experience with bikes I knew no better, put it on hopped the bike and set off on my second ride ever. Dad beaming with pride... as I passed 60 the whole thing inflated like a parachute and damn near sucked me off the back.

    Never did tell him. Just stayed under 50 when wearing it. Replaced it with something "with more pockets" and wore it for casual.
    By the time I had my learner licence I was keenly aware, nylon has no abrasion resistance, is prone to burning, and it had no armour.
    Great jacket for cycling in sub zero temps, so not a total loss.


    Best intentions don't make for the best decisions.
    If it was a gift, have a good look at any standards attached, look for reviews of the exact product...
    If be very surprised if it meets any standards. It probably had CE approved armour but that isn't the same.
    If it is stylish enough keep it for casual wearing.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul in NZ View Post
    Only if you have a synthetic accident.....

    Don't use it for real accidents...
    This ^


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