Originally Posted by Offwego
So let me get this straight. I would be just as smart to not wear my First Gear and Tourmaster and Joe Rocket and Olympia protective jackets and pants, go back to Blue Jeans and T-shirts like my Harley Buds and quit fooling myself that the jackets I wear really don't give me any protection and are going to do more harm than good.
Seems to me 600 Cordura or Mesh with armor is still better that nothing.
Next you will tell me my Nolan or HJC helmets are a joke and offer no protection either, 'cause they are flip face and may pop open if I go face first on a rock strategically left behind by Mother Nature!
Your logic is totally lost on me - I've never advocated going back to blue jeans and cheap leather jackets - and don't even think of getting me started on helmets... (cause you just might find out that one of the least
expensive on the market offers the most
All I'm saying is that you generally get what you pay for, and almost all of the manufacturers of "cycle specific" mass market clothing use cheap materials, inferior construction techniques and substitute bling for protection. 98% of riders buy their protective gear based on looks and price, without bothering to do any investigation into how much protection their gear actually provides or what it is made from. If it isn't made from Kevlar, thick
leather or 1,000 denier cordura you're just pissin' away your money, period. This stuff is ALL expensive and MUCH harder to fabricate, cut, sew, etc... That's why the good gear costs so freakin' much.
Go ahead and buy the Joe Rocket Phoenix crapola for $125.00 you see in most motorcycle shops or on the Internet, just don't come a cryin' when you need $50K worth of cosmetic surgery just to re-attach your skin.
Me, I'll pop for the $399.00 Motoport air mesh jacket, the $425.00 BMW airflow jacket, or the $577.00 Vanson pro perf leather. Cheap insurance, but the REAL reason I would buy one of these is -
'cause I don't wanna' ruin my tan lines.