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The_AirHawk 10-04-2006 06:47 PM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
Some leather-conditioner would probably soften that Primer jacket right up. You can even apply it whilst watching a MotoGP or Superbike race.



Some might squawk and b!tch and moan like "aaagh! don't use mink oil" or "aaagh! don't use neatsfoot oil" or something. Pooh! I've been using both of them for years - if it's real leather, actually designed to be worn, used and abused; it won't hurt it a bit.



I've a Kobe jacket that's gone 5 years and about 65k-miles using Kiwi brand leather-conditioner, and mink-oil (about once a year). I've only started "retiring" it this year (and that's semi-retirement).



Now that "fashion leather" crap will probably fall-apart or rot if you use this stuff on it.


ksquid 10-04-2006 07:04 PM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
Cool gear. The Kevlar jeans look reasonable... if you MOrons think regular jeans are good enough, I send you pictures of my jeans I crashed in.... Better yet I'll send you pictures of my hairy white legs with the road rash..I wasn't going that fast 35 mph I think..

schizuki 10-04-2006 07:09 PM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
I've heard good things about Pecard leather dressing.



Prolly be a good idea to ask a historical museum curator what they use.

stlarson 10-04-2006 10:19 PM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
What's that at the end, an application to be on Dancing with the Stars? Nightmares tonight guaranteed.



I looked at a Shift jacket about this time last year and had similar issues with fitment, they seemed specifically cut for someone who was not me.

longride 10-05-2006 02:55 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
Send us pictures of a young Michael Douglas on steroids!

christian_gates 10-05-2006 04:27 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
I crashed in khakis, and they didn't even wear through...and I slid quite a ways, too. However, that was blind luck and I wouldn't recommend it (and, admittedly, it was on concrete, not asphalt).



cdg

Zakman 10-05-2006 04:41 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
Hmmm, just what we need another motorcycle gear product line primarily based on the color black. I want solar collectors for my house, not for overheating my body while I'm out riding.

RRRIDER 10-05-2006 05:10 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
I bought a pair of Shift gloves in 2004 and they last atleast one season. Not sure of the model, but it was a basic leather glove w/0 wrist proteciton and had a chrome plastic piece to guard the knuckles. It fit well, but overall quality wasn't that good. The leather started to rip on me and on of the seams in the finger came undone.



Recently, I replaced them with a pair of Joe Rockets that are similar to their Supermoto glove, but isn't full leather (great for summer). Well, I should have headed all the warnings I heard about Joe Rocket, because the left middle finger seam has already come undone after only three weeks of owning these. Jeez, they cost me $40.



Next time I'll just pay a bit extra for the Alpinestars and hopefully not have to deal with this. Their (APS) top of the line track glove provides good ventilation, excellent feel and so far excellent quality.

seruzawa 10-05-2006 05:28 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
Horse owners have used saddle soap forever. It works pretty well on my 20 year old red leather saddlebags. The stitching has required repair but the leather itself is just fine.

acecycleins 10-05-2006 05:51 AM

Re: Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well
 
hated the fit and finish on the gloves- tossed for joe rockets. love the airborne jacket. have ridden with it for a year all over the SE (live in ATL).


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