If I go the leather route, I know what jacket I would want. And that's this one (also pictured below).
It is made by the folks at OneSexyBikerChick.com. I tried one on at the International Motorcycle Show that was held in Washington, DC this past weekend. This is one great jacket. It fit like a dream. It's got plenty of pockets. Real pockets. By that I mean, deep enough and accessible enough that you can actually use them. It appeared to have vents in all the right places, too. And layers, so it's an all-weather jacket.
I can't remember if it has armor. Heck, I don't even know how important that is. I mean, it's not like I am a sport bike racer. The only problem for me was the price. It retails for $375. Inessa would have given me a $50 discount for the show purchase. But that's still $325. That's a lot of money to me. I'm not saying it isn't worth it. That's just a lot of money. I know good, quality gear is important. But still. That's just for the jacket. I did buy a cool t-shirt though, which I'll have to share some other time.
If I were to go the textile route, I might choose this one. I like the loud colors, so I'd go with the yellow/orange, which they call "toxic," or yellow/black style.
I wasn't going to post this picture because I look like a huge dork sitting on that little motorcycle, but then I figured what the hey.
|Ignore the tiny, green bike, 'kay? I was sitting on it to gauge the feel of the jacket.|
At a retail price of $250, this one is more affordable. It does have armor. It would also make me WAY more visible. And we want to be visible when riding, right?
Hubby isn't crazy about the color combo. What do you all think?
As far as gear goes, do you prefer leather or textile?
Do I need armor or not?
Help a girl make a decision here...