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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old May 1st, 2008, 1:09 pm Thread Starter
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leather USA jackets?

I've had the hots for an armored leather with good ventilation or maybe a perf, for some time. If I ever buy a good one, I want it made in the USA if possible. Looking more at sport/competition (made for the crash) styles.

I have a cheesy comp leather for local running and general use, no armor.

Looking at Fox leathers, vanson or one I really like from johnsonleathers (the forcefield armor guys).

don't much like logo's on my stuff and I ain't no spring chicken so no ICON or DEATH FROM ABOVE on my jkts, stuff like that

I own a BMW savannah II, my cheesy leather and a vanson mesh jkt at the moment, also a full BMW raingear suit.

On the KS, even my vanson mesh blows around a lot. The Savannah is a bit large for cooler riding weather with a gerbings underneath.

And with new KS shocks on the near horizon at 2k to replace (non-ESA) I must be nutz looking at leathers, but they seem to work much better (with a good fit) on the sport bikes.

I'd prefer to buy something off the shelf rather than a custom ($$), however, it appears some companies take detailed sizing for the right fit anyways.

I'm all ears...
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Aerostich has a brand new set of leathers (jacket + pants) which are ventilated (micro-perforated) and completely water proof, with a bonded Gore-Tex membrane. They claim it has a solar-reflective pigment that lowers temperatures in the sun by 30%. No logos; very plain black leather with the Stich signature reflective band across the rear shoulders. Very pricey, though, but maybe not so much compared to BMW factory gear.

Here's a link: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...t-p-20133.html

Pants here: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-20134.html

Definitely not the high speed zip-in, zip-out features of the standard Stich that I would have a hard time doing without but if you're looking for leathers, it might be a nice way to go.

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Aerostich has a brand new set of leathers (jacket + pants) which are ventilated (micro-perforated) and completely water proof, with a bonded Gore-Tex membrane. They claim it has a solar-reflective pigment that lowers temperatures in the sun by 30%. No logos; very plain black leather with the Stich signature reflective band across the rear shoulders. Very pricey, though, but maybe not so much compared to BMW factory gear.

Here's a link: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...t-p-20133.html

Pants here: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-20134.html

Definitely not the high speed zip-in, zip-out features of the standard Stich that I would have a hard time doing without but if you're looking for leathers, it might be a nice way to go.
The Stich leather pants may actually be zip-in / zip-out. If you look at the pictures you'll see the zip runs all along the side of the pants; at least I believe it does. I have called Aerostich and they are going to confirm this for me. Most of their own staff haven't seen the suit yet either and thus can't comment on it.

Also, the leather is perforated, but it does not vent like perforated leather since it has a goretex inner layer - air does not get in (unless you open the zips - like any other regular jacket).

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Got one you can have cheap.

Problem is on the back is 'MY OTHER BIKE IS YOUR SISTER" And I note you dont like any printed stuff.
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Well now, mmm...mmmmm...I just may have to make an acception in that case, what size isi it?

since thats priceless, whatever $$ you want for it is fine
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www.johnsonleather.com/n-200-afr.htm

lets see if that link works, this is more like the styles I've been eyeballin'...what a nice jkt.

The Fox leather is somewhat similar, I'll get a link for that one too.

thx for the suggestions above. I have seen the new aerostich leather but its not really what I'm looking for, as you'll probably note after checking out the n-200 afr model.
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I've had good luck with Vanson products.

Link to their perforated/armored leather jacket:

http://www.vansonleathers.com/produc..._perf_veo2.htm

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I bought a Fox Creek perforated a couple of years ago and I love it. It has no armor but is reinforced at the elbows and shoulders and has additional padding at the lower back. I wear this year round in a sub tropical climate and feel comfortable on all but the worst days.
The leather quality and finish is 1st class.
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Great guys at Helimot! Years ago, I went in there intent on getting a custom leather riding suit. They took the time to discuss my needs and how I would really use the suit. Based on the discussion, they recommended I not purchase from them and go order a textile Aerostich. Happy camper ever since. Amazing customer service even though I never became a customer!
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