now as the bad weather is arriving its textiles for me, like you say can be worn over work clothes and most come with some form of armour in them now, just remember they probably WONT offer the same protection as leathers so adjust your riding style accordingly
Leather have a much higher abrasion resistance than any textile. Further more, as they are usually much closer to the body, the armor is less likely to move off in case of impact. What he means by adjusting your riding style is that although you do not want to get off ever, if you have to, better do it when you are in full leather gear. This is why you will never see anyone riding on a track in textile, regardless on the weather.
as freddie says textiles move around more so more chance of the armour “moving” a bit more plus the material will wear through quicker, but if you are riding in winter its better to get some as cold wet leathers will ruin your concentration, plenty of layers is the way to go or like some people have plenty of “natural” insulation
If you spend enough money, textiles can be more abrasion resistant than leather of the same thickness. And there are vast differences in leather, it’s not all good.
At non government budget levels, Cordura and a couple of other brand name fabrics are pretty damned good.
The armour can move around and get out of place on impact with ordinary over jackets and trousers. If your seriously concerned about that, get a snug fitting mesh jacket with the armour and use a decent un armoured jacket over the top.
I know it’s fashionable to knock them, but my couple of Frank Thomas (Aquapore) jackets have served me well.
This months Ride magazine has a slection of their best kit tests over the last year, including fabric jackets.
For the very best of protection, don’t fall off. (Or start riding a Kennilworth tractor unit.)
Leather offers the best protection for sliding along in, which is why they are the only thing to use on track. In a road off it’s unlikely you’ll slide very far before hitting something, so textiles and armour are fine and their weather protection is better. Armoured boots and gloves are probably more important as it’s hands and feet that take the hit.
I’d expect a decent textile jacket to be at least as expensive as ordinary (i.e. mid-range, not supersnazzy) leathers. After all, it will keep you safe, warm, and waterproof all year round. When it gets dirty, you just bung it in the washing m/c.
Agreed, if you really ride all weathers I’d say keeping dry/warm is going to be more important than expensive leathers and being cold. My textile gear cost more than my respectable leathers.
My biggest worry is the armour does move around, but I think in most road related accidents they won’t make a big difference. However I wear a separate back protector with kidney belt since I fractured my back, (not on a motorbike).
I’d be amazed if those adjustments did really work in a serious impact, they’re no way near as secure as wearing leathers. I’ve had skin tight armour jackets move on impact, so a textile jacket is going to be worse.