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post #1 of 15 Old 03-21-2012, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Leather Jackets?

I have been looking to upgrade from my existing leather jacket (nothing wrong with it except that it is a blatant harley jacekt and I catch crap for it all the time), and yesterday my brother asked me if I had found one, cause he was wanted to get leather also... So the search begins again.

I'm lookign for somethign cut similar to the top half of a track suit, with pockets and armor (shoulder, elbows and back like my current jacket) but without all the crazy bling and what not. Anyone familiar with something like this? A simple black jacket with some reflective piping perhaps?

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-21-2012, 09:28 AM
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Lots to choose from...

Dependent upon your budget, I like Dainese for comfort, protection & quality. They are euro sized, so use the conversion chart. I feel they run 1 size smaller than listed on everything (shoes/boots 1/2 size smaller).

I have bought 3 used Dainese leather jackets and have been happy. They hold up well and have special abrasion resistant leather that will take a fall. Buying used, I picked up a $700.00 jacket (Flash 2) for $220.00, a $650.00 (with $80.00 back armor) jacket (Ducati Mecannica) that was mint for $300.00, and leather pants for $180.00 (including shipping). Sometimes there are clearance sales as well (picked up a new pair of boots 50% off).

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I have a Joe Rocket Old School that I've been very happy with...

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joe rocket for budget minded, i order a leather and mesh combo from chapparrel motosports for $200.

I have had A-stars in the past too which I like, but they are lil more pricey.

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If you're looking for something like this, PM me.
This is a NJK import leather jacket, size medium (although I think they're a bit on the big side of the size chart). I'm 5-11 and about 200 lbs.
It's about 4 years old and hardly worn (still needs a little breaking-in).
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I have this jacket and love it. Bought it for $180.

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I've been running this idea through my head as well lately. After much research, the general consensus I have found is...

Fox Creek Leather if you want something with a classic look + thick leather.



Vanson Leathers for a fit that's more tailored to your body.



And while I still haven't made my mind up yet... I've heard rave reviews about the BMG Montana (thinking this will be the one I wind up getting).



I looked at the Dainese stuff, but nothing really caught my attention, they have good stuff if you're looking for a more modern looking jacket, but I prefer to keep it simple.

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Whatever you get, consider protection.

I'll throw out the Alpinestars name, if only because in my case it did a great job.
I landed heavily on my left side ( breaking two ribs ), and the jacket held up, with no seams releasing.


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Wanna sell the Harley jacket? Pm me if you want to send it to a good home

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+1 for the Alpinestars Jackets. They're more expensive that many others, but I love mine and the quality is exceptional.

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I'm lookign for somethign cut similar to the top half of a track suit, with pockets and armor (shoulder, elbows and back like my current jacket) but without all the crazy bling and what not. Anyone familiar with something like this? A simple black jacket with some reflective piping perhaps?
I just returned an Alpinestars "Vector" jacket. Which is pretty much a top half of a 2 piece suit - it has the aero hump, shoulder air dams, ce armor, stretch panels and perforated leather. I returned it because it's too much for the street. I didn't want to be in a race fit jacket all day. I have a 1 piece for track days, and I really wanted something more relaxed for the street. Retail is around $550 - I'm not sure what your budget is.

I then picked up an Alpinestars TZ Reload, which came out last Monday. This is definitely better/more comfortable for the street. I was also looking at the Alpinestars GP Plus perforated as well - I think both jackets would suit your needs, they both run $400. Both are more relaxed for the street, but I can still zip my Alpinestars GP Plus pants on the days I want to drag some.

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Thanks everyone for all the ideas, it's been very helpful. I think I'll spend some time looking for a used dainese cafe style or retro jacket, and if I dont find anything some of these other suggestions look pretty good too.

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If you are looking at Italian jackets they tend to have a tigher torso cut with ape like arms.

just so you know...

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Vanson makes great stuff. Had my eye on a couple of theirs for awhile. Only thing holding me back is our broiling TX summers. Afraid it would spend more time in the closet than on my back. I have an Olympia mesh with an awesome cold-weather liner that I wear year round. Took a low side on it years ago right after I bought it, and it held up great.

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"If you are looking at Italian jackets they tend to have a tigher torso cut with ape like arms."

Perhaps that's why I like the fit of the one jacket i've tried on, I have an ape index of +2!

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