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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Help Me Pick A Leather Jacket

Folks,

Made of money I'm not, but I want to ride during as many Winter days as I can, so I want to buy a leather jacket. Leatherup has three that I like:

1.
http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Moto...ket/50125.html
2.
http://leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcyc...mor/53282.html
3.
http://leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcyc...ket/91142.html

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...and for windproof gloves - a little research revealed these:

1 -
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...on-Gloves.aspx
2 -
http://thesocksite.com/head-waterpro...ket-p-581.html
3 -
http://www.ruoutside.com/vortex-2-glove.html

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I can't make up my mind people.... Help me past my wishy-washyness.
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I like jacket #3 and the 1st pair of gloves.
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I cannot rave enough about my FirstGear Scout IV jacket. Not only does it look great, it fits me better than any other jacket I've tried, because I have long arms and FirstGear has "Tall" sizes in jackets with longer sleeves.





It's basically waterproof, with a "Kwik-Dry" leather treatment, venting ports and a removable thermal liner, as well as CE armor and support for an optional foam back pad (which I got for about $10). Plus a clever two-level front zippering option so you can close the front up tight, or loosen it out if you're wearing bulky sweaters underneath. It looks great off the bike, too, with a nice, smooth matte black color (rather than pebbled).

Best of all, right now they're on mega-sale at New Enough, about $220 down from over $400. I know that's $40 more than the most expensive jacket you'd listed already... I haven't seen the Xelement jackets in person but I will tell you from first hand experience, the FirstGear jacket is top notch.

As for the style of jacket among the three you've got listed, #3 looks a lot like this one, and Gloves #2 to me seem your best option. I am a big fan of gauntlet style gloves for cold weather riding, you do NOT want air on your wrists or forearms, and those are not only waterproof but also have a heat pack option. For $35 you can't go wrong (in fact I'm intrigued enough to consider getting a pair to check out myself).

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X2 on jacket 3, glvoes 1. Order one size up when ordering from leatherup. Also since its leather, allow for some break-in time. Like everything leather its gonna be uncomfortable while breaking in but once it is, it'll feel like it was custom made for you.

FYI, there are battery powered glove liners out there that have the heating element running the full length of the fingers and back of the hand for 50 beans. I could be out in 35 degrees all day with them puppies...
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I lean toward jacket number three because of the added features, but could live with any of them. Gloves #1 are water resistant, not waterproof, and don't have a gauntlet to keep cold air from entering the sleeve cuff. So my vote is for gloves #2 because they are waterproof and have a full gauntlet.

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Save your money, my girlfriend picked up my jacket from goodwill for $20, and I honestly do not think it was ever worn before I put it on
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msh I just got this one from leather up a couple weeks ago http://leatherup.com/p/Xelement-Mens...ket/42576.html. It looks similar to jacket #3 you have listed. Mine just has a grey stripe and no armor. It appears to be good quality leather for the price. I really like it. Do go up a size. I wear XL t-shirts but got a 2x jacket. I've ordered from leatherup a few times and have never had a problem.

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^^That's pretty close to the one I got. I got this one and love it...

http://leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcyc...ket/41224.html

Chest, arm, and back vents, zipper pockets big enought to fit a bluray in its case, velcro open wrists, and uber thick leather for a hundred beans. The white stripes are reflective too...
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Jacket #1 side zipper looks like and gloves #2.

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Get the black one

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