Originally Posted by RonKMiller
...It's all about tear strength, and you can clearly see that anything below competition grade leather (which no one uses in consumer grade garments) doesn't cut the mustard...I personally wear armored air mesh kevlar all year, and put 1000 denier cordura overpants on when it gets cold to block the wind and rain - and yes - I ride in 25F weather all winter.
Ron, do you have stats for good ole pirate costume grade leather? Surely, it's at least as good as some of those lower weight nylons. never mind. I see this was borrowed from the motoport website.
I'm not sure I like the idea of textiles melting as one posted.
I imagine this isn't an exhaustive list of yours because I've found 400 nylon, 400 "stop rip" nylon, 600 nylon (standard?), etc. I imagine they all fit in there amongst the ones you listed.
Also, for those who don't know, Cordura is one of Dupont's brand names for nylon, though it is a superior/stronger grade of nylon. According to wiki, it was originally associated w/ Rayon back in 1929.
I was surprised to learn that most "middle" priced jackets, such as Firstgear's Kilamanjaro and other similar products, which are made of more or less 300/400/600 Denier standard nylon, though they claim to treat it w/ all sorts of stuff for breathability and waterproofness.
I wonder if it's their way of keeping people from comparing apples to oranges.