Leather is Better
Besides the space suit, motorcycle safety gear might be the most advanced apparel invented. It keeps you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot, dry in all weather and alive in a crash. It’s like a super suit for those who prefer to live life on two wheels.
As impressive as it is, gear can be expensive. But it’s a lot cheaper than the tens of thousands of dollars you will rack up in medical bills when you crash without it. Protection from broken bones, bruised organs and skin infections from road rash is truly priceless. Cue leather riding gear.
SAVE YOUR SKIN
Feeling the wind on your skin does not outweigh the benefits of good leather riding gear. Leather gear is built to be comfortable, while still providing as much protection as possible. Quality pieces will keep your joints safe and skin intact.
Look at the purchase of leather gear as an investment; you get what you pay for. Lower quality leathers may provide some protection in a crash, but high quality leathers are most likely to save your hide.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN LEATHERS
- When choosing leathers, think about quality, stitching, thickness and waterproof properties. All of these factors will play a big role in your comfort, your ability to operate the motorcycle and your safety.
- Be sure to buy leather pieces true to size. Don’t size up because you’re worried about having enough space to layer; space should be built into the items already.
- Look for leathers with CE-certified armor that covers as much of your body as possible. At the least, buy gear with armor in the shoulders, elbows and knees to protect these important joints. If your leathers don’t include sufficient back, hip and coccyx protectors, you can always wear separate padded layers.
- South Dakota weather is as unpredictable as the roads you ride on. Look for high-end leather clothing with vents that zip open to keep you cool and close to keep water out, making it convenient to wear in virtually all weather conditions. Gear with good ventilation will actually keep you cooler in hot temperatures than going without, and when it’s raining from all directions, you’ll be thankful for it.
RIDE AND STAY ALIVE WITH GEAR THAT SUITS YOU
While riders can likely get away with the same helmet, boots and gloves for most riding conditions, protection for everything in between is more situation-based. It’s important to choose the right leather pieces that suit your riding style.