Similar to helmet choice, it really comes down to what you want to do with it, where you’ll wear it, and what’s your budget. Leather is still regarded as offering the best protection from abrasion in widely available product. Sure, leather is more of an investment but it should last a long time if it is taken care of (clean it, and condition it). Textiles can generally be found cheaper, they are lighter weight, and offer more breathable options. They can also be more technical in their uses as is found in touring jackets with multiple layers.

  • Jon Jones

    One page, please?

    • Ian Christopher

      Ditto, this feels like those Facebook click-bait lists.

    • Ryan

      I agree, guys. Sorry, it’s not up to me. Thanks for making it known, though. That’s the first step to change.

      • Jon Jones

        Thank you.

  • Walter

    Here’s a question that should be asked more often:

    “How close can you get to the online price of $whatever it is?”

    Give your local dealers/retailers a chance to price match- most will get pretty close to the online prices- and if they do, give them your business if you want local places to keep inventory for you to check out.

    The other thing is that online outlets often (not always) have tires & helmets that are close to their “sell by” date whereas brick & mortar stores usually have fresher stock.

    • Jon Jones

      Good call!