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Old 05-25-2008, 06:49 PM   #11
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You fellas have given me MUCH needed help on this search.

Do you guys suggest one with armor or no?
I can't speak for the other gals, but I like the ones with removable liners and/or removable armor. Some of them are like two or three jackets in one. If only Prada made riding gear...sigh.
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:17 PM   #12
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Definitely go with the armor. The leather protects you from the abrasion of sliding; the armor keeps you from getting badly bruised if you do take a tumble.

By the way, I do NOT like Icon equipment. Check out other suppliers before you make your choice.
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:55 PM   #13
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For most street riding quality textiles offer enough protection to keep your hide intact. If you get off at high speeds then leather is better which is why racing suits are leather however, most street get offs are statistically, according to the latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News data, below 45 mph in which case textiles are fine and usually more comfortable in regular use.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:52 PM   #14
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For most street riding quality textiles offer enough protection to keep your hide intact. If you get off at high speeds then leather is better which is why racing suits are leather however, most street get offs are statistically, according to the latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News data, below 45 mph in which case textiles are fine and usually more comfortable in regular use.
And nothing can provide 100% protection - on my Wife's getoff in GA in '02, she had an armoured Leather/Textile combo jacket by Fieldsheer - her lowside in road-debris was roughly at 40-45mph, extreme abrasion-resistance was nearly un-necessary.

Probably would have resulted in NO injury but for the fact her VTR struck a 2-ft. boulder as she slid behind it in the leaf-filled ditch, which started her in a cartwheel where she struck the controls of the bike below the left shoulder-armour which shattered the controls and her left humeral-head into 5-8 pieces (which thankfully remained mostly-intact). No other major injuries. But it was painful, to be sure.

ALL of the damage to her gear and clothing was from the EMTs - they cut every piece of clothing off her but her panties (Seriously!). When you crash, fold your Dignity up and stuff it into your wallet - you won't be needing it the rest of the day.............
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:09 AM   #15
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she slid behind it in the leaf-filled ditch...But it was painful, to be sure.
So, what happened with her and bikes after that, AH? Does she still ride?

Sachi, what's your beef with Icon? You say it like their delivery truck ran over your dog.
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:38 AM   #16
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So, what happened with her and bikes after that, AH? Does she still ride?
She still rides - in fact, has had TWO bikes since then. However, she suffers from MS, so is not able to ride as much or as often as she'd like. The broken bones have mended - but there was a protrusion in her shoulder socket that the Dr.'s deemed "unoperable" that keeps her from having full range-of-motion. And it aches with the weather. But, she counts that among the least of her problems nowadays.
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Google Roadgear and check out the XKJ Jacket. I bought the jacket and was so impressed I ended up getting the pants too.
Perfect for hot summer use and with the liner in it is warmer than my Roadcrafter 1pc with layers.
Mansoor, the owner, is excellent to deal with as well.
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Sachi, what's your beef with Icon? You say it like their delivery truck ran over your dog.
IMHO Icon focuses on bling rather than construction quality. I think you can get better gear for the price.
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Google Roadgear and check out the XKJ Jacket. I bought the jacket and was so impressed I ended up getting the pants too.
Perfect for hot summer use and with the liner in it is warmer than my Roadcrafter 1pc with layers.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:02 PM   #20
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They DO focus on Bling, I'll give you that - but a) I've never paid retail for a piece of Icon gear; and b) I've never had more than minor issues with any Icon gear I've purchased (or heard of more than minor issues, for that matter).

Joe Rocket gear is considered really good (for the price), but I've heard dozens of complaints for JR, and I consider Icon to be a notch-above them.
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