Ever wonder how well your riding gear would hold up in the event of a slide?
The leather vs textile debate has been going strong for a long time and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. With the constant improvements in textiles it may eventually happen that textiles surpass leather in every category. For now where textiles really shine is in maintenance, cost, and versatility. Leather compared to the majority of textiles still offers the best abrasion resistance and can often be worn even after a crash. A large part in deciding what gear to buy and wear comes down to compromise. Maybe someday we’ll have a jacket that offers the best of it all but that day isn’t here yet.
I am certainly not telling you what to buy but in my own research I found this interesting and wanted to share it. If you know more about these studies or where this research came from I would love to know.
Pounds of force until fabric tears, Abrasion cycles on pavement until fabric fails
|Material||Pounds of force||Cycles until failure|
|70D Standard Nylon||4.5||165|
|200D Standard Nylon||7.5||275|
|Competition Grade Leather||80-110||1200-1700|
|Air Mesh Kevlar||1260||970|