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Leather jacket thickness?

#1 Unread post by Superfly3176 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:32 am

So I been looking at leather jackets cowhide type. But I'm wondering what a good thickness is. I see anywhere from 1.1 all the way to 3mm, but most sit at 1.1-1.5mm. Is this any judge of how well you are protected or am I just dillusional in thinking this. I want to get a jacket with body armor as well. And have been seeing some good deals online for jackets at sub 200 around 1.4mm thickness.

Like I said I'm not sure this means anything so help a noobie out please!

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#2 Unread post by Gummiente » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:31 am

1.1 to 1.4 is the general range of "heavyweight" leather that is used on most motorcycle gear. The heavier the weight, the better the protection and resistance to abrasion. "Super heavyweight" leather can get up to 3.0 and heavier, but you usually only find this on expensive racing outfits used by the pros.

Most motorcycle shops will carry a good selection of heavyweight leather with or without armour inserts. Some of the online deals you see may look good on the screen, but you'll have no idea if they fit properly until you've already spent your money. It's like buying a helmet; a size Large Bell may not fit you as well as a size Large Arai and you won't know for sure until you physically try both of them on. If you have your eye on a particular brand or style of jacket, you'd be much better off finding a dealer who has some in stock so you can try it on before you buy, as well as make comparisons with other brands.

In the end, your choices and options are limited by your wallet, really.
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#3 Unread post by Superfly3176 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:44 pm

^I dunno man the site I was looking at has a full money back or exchange guarantee. File return within 15 days of receiving. I don't know it almost seems worth it to take the chance on it, but maybe I will go out and look places.

I figured that 1.1-1.4 would be regular heavyweight leather/abrasion resistance.

Thanks alot man!

I appreciate the help.

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#4 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:23 pm

Its still a PITA to return stuff unless you get it right the first time.

I tend to buy anything except helmets online, though. The sizing for my Olympia gear ran true to their sizing charts.

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#5 Unread post by Amdonim » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:26 pm

Usually what I do is find a jacket I like looks wise, then go to the local shop and try on a similar jacket by the same maker. If I like it, then I'll just buy it at the shop.

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#6 Unread post by Superfly3176 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:36 pm

Sadly I went to check the only non-dealer that had this sort of stuff and they closed down. Sad state here. Some dealers are very expensive when it comes to gear. I think I'll just take a shot at this jacket and pray for the best.

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#7 Unread post by RockBottom » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:48 pm

Thing is with leather that it's not just the thickness of the hides, but the quality of stuff like the stitching and zippers that matter. Plus all the budget stuff is made in China or Pakistan. I'm a huge, huge fan of Fox Creek leather stuff. http://www.foxcreekleather.com/ I consider a leather jacket something that I'll live with for years, more like a dog than a wife (he types, knowing no one else in his household knows how to access this forum).
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#8 Unread post by Johnj » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:53 pm

RockBottom wrote:I consider a leather jacket something that I'll live with for years, more like a dog than a wife (he types, knowing no one else in his household knows how to access this forum).

Those are some bold words there. :|
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#9 Unread post by Gummiente » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:56 pm

Johnj wrote:Those are some bold words there. :|
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#12 Unread post by TorontoBoy » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:33 pm

In general avoid "fashion leather" has thicknesses of 0.4-0.7 mm leather. Leather in the 2.0mm thickness would be very heavy, stiff and hot, so best left to cows. Motorcycle jackets with thicknesses of 1.0-1.6 mm are a good compromise. Cow is better than sheep.

Fit is also important. If the jacket is too tall for you the elbow padding will be in the wrong place, for example. Motorcycle-specific leather goods should fit you better but will cost more. They will have armour and extra padding.

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#13 Unread post by havegunjoe » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:40 pm

I searched long and hard for a good leather jacket. Finally bought one from a friend who was selling his bike and all his gear. I wanted something with lots of pockets, vents, armor; snap at the neck but no collar. I also didn’t want to pay an exorbitant price. There is nothing wrong with Craig’s List my friend. The heavier leather the more protection but the hotter it is too.
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#14 Unread post by XB08 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:27 am

some leathers can be thiner a be just as good . lamb is better then cow , and can be thin , but your pockets will be alot lighter.

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#15 Unread post by RockBottom » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:29 am

XB08 wrote:some leathers can be thiner a be just as good . lamb is better then cow , and can be thin , but your pockets will be alot lighter.
Lamb is very fragile--not recommended for a motorcycle jacket.
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#16 Unread post by JC Viper » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:58 am

They have lamb hide jackets? I thought it was either cow or Deer. Cowhide is very strong and can be very warm in the winter. My tourmaster jacket is said to be many layers of cowhide which makes it quite heavy and bulky.
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#17 Unread post by slimcolo » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:12 am

Most leather in North America is sold in weight not thickness. Thickness in MM is used mainly for Continental European and Asian made leather. English Leather is measured in irons.

Each ounce (in weight of leather) is 1/64 of an inch or .75 iron. (aprox .4mm)

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#18 Unread post by RockBottom » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:16 am

JC Viper wrote:They have lamb hide jackets? I thought it was either cow or Deer. Cowhide is very strong and can be very warm in the winter. My tourmaster jacket is said to be many layers of cowhide which makes it quite heavy and bulky.
You can find stuff in cow, goat, lamb, sheep, deer, elk, and kangaroo.

Most motorcycle jackets are cow because goat and lamb aren't robust enough, and deer, elk, or 'roo are expensive. I have deer and elk gloves from Fox Creek. The deer is softer and more comfortable, the elk is much tougher and thus gives better protection.
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#19 Unread post by PhilipHudson » Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:35 am

The thickness of the jacket should be more than 1.4 and then it can be considered more or less safe. I didn't have to test it in real life, and thank goodness.

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