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post #1 of 6 Old 05-12-13, 09:19 Thread Starter
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Cold weather leather

I've got a fully perforated leather jacket for summer, but right now it's still cool in the mornings and sometimes the afternoons too, so I'm looking at getting a non perforated jacket. I currently use a tourmaster transition 3, and quite honestly I don't like it. I prefer leather.

Out of these three options which would be best:

Alpinestars Jaws
Alpinestars gp plus
Spidi Gara

I love the fit of Alpinestars, they always seem to feel right. I've never tried on a Spidi, but read great things. All are in the same price range (within a $25 swing). I like the full liner of the Spidi, which is swaying me that way, but the Jaws still has a vest liner. I'm just worried about the perf it does have being too much on cold days (think low 40s). The gp plus has no liner but also no perforation, so a thin base layers could do as well or better than a liner.

So, what are your thoughts?
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why not just get a windproof/waterproof liner for you current jacket these are normaly very light weight and pack away easily under your bike seat for storage

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i'd take jaws cause its look better imo. but gp plus shouldbe substantially cheaper

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I wear a heavy motorcycle rain suit over mine when it's colder or a damp. If it's really cold and wet I wear a BMW gore-tex suit.

That said if you want waterproof leather then look at Aerostitch. Their transit suit is as good as your going to find in waterproof leather and the leather is top notch too.

http://www.aerostich.com/transit-two-piece-suit.html
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Cyclegear has a line of thermal liners called "freeze-out" which is pretty good and not very expensive. They are wind proof and will keep you toasty.
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Cyclegear has a line of thermal liners called "freeze-out" which is pretty good and not very expensive. They are wind proof and will keep you toasty.
I have one of these. I used it yesterday (low 50's), and it definitely helped, but didn't completely stop the wind. I have an Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload, which is pretty much 100% perforated, so it would take something major to stop the wind. I absolutely love it when it's warm, but 50's-60's it definitely needs a base layer (even in low 70's, it gets a bit cool at speed), and below 50's even with a base layer its too cold. That's why I figure a solid, non perfed leather jacket would do well with a base layer for the high 40's-low 50's days, and then no base layer from mid-to high-50's up to around 70's. I'm not 100% I'm going to get anything, especially as I'm still loosing some weight, so I may wait until fall and see if I'm any slimmer before doing anything. I'm not just huge on wearing the base layers all the time (don't mind them in the morning on the commute to work, but not very comfortable when out joy riding), and don't mind having multiple jackets for multiple scenarios instead of trying to make one do everything.

Another option I've also been looking at is the Rev'it Ignition 2. Found a few used ones reasonably cheap and have heard great things about it's versatility, especially with the liners installed and getting into lower temps.
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