Leather Can Save Your Hide

by krik east on Dec 21, 2010

If you are an avid bike rider, the first defense against natural risks that happen on the road is the motorcycle leather gear you have. Leather is a proven material because of its durability, abrasion resistance and warmth. When you are on board the motorcycle, there are natural and man-made risk factors that can cause you harm during off-roading. Rain or snow, leather motorcycle jackets keep you warm and dry especially if you are wearing water resistant leather motorcycle jackets. On a bad fall from the bike, leather chaps can keep your lower limbs away from the abrasive pavement. Leather boots can keep your feet of from harm from a sudden slip where you have to use your one foot to keep your equilibrium. Leather gloves allow you to have a firm grip on the dashboard handles. The quality of the leather and the level of protection it provides depends on the type of leather used in making motorcycle leather gear. There are several sources of leather as well as the tanning processes that apply to the raw leather. The tanning method upgrades or degrades the quality of the leather. The leather grain is also worth taking note because this will determine the durability of the material. There are three basic hides for motorcycle leather gear manufacturing - cowhide, buffalo and pigskin - each having different qualities in terms of durability, thickness and resistance to wear and tear. If you are buying leather motorcycle jackets, motorcycle vests or leather chaps, it is wise to have an eye for authentic leather and determine the value of each type of leather used. The Three Basic Leathers Buffalo hide is a quality leather that is derived from the water buffalos of Pakistan and India. This hide is very thick and tanning buffalo hide can be either be top grain or naked leather. It is an ideal riding grade leather. Thus, motorcycle leather gear using of this hide are durable to withstand wear and tear. Pigskin is referred to as soft leather because it is soft to the touch, although it very thick. It has a nice feel and warm to the body especially during the cold months. Most tough riders do not prefer pigskin leather because it is not as durable as the cowhide and buffalo hide. But to the fashionistas, pigskin leather clothing are cheaper and can be have more fine styles. Cowhide is the most common and popular leather material for many motorcycle leather gear. The durability of motorcycle jackets made from cowhide are ideal for riding protection. Furthermore, cowhide make exquisite and attractive leather chaps, motorcycle vests and motorcycle jackets. Leather Grain It is essential to understand the leather jargon “grain” because this helps you determine the durability of your motorcycle leather gear. Naked leather is a full-grain leather that retains it’s original durability having only the animal hair removed. Finished split leather has a synthetic additive called polymer coating. This grain is not ideal for riding gear. Top grain is smoothened out, removing skin imperfections and scars. Top grain leather is robust, durable and long-lasting, ideal for riding grade. Know leather and learn what’s best to protect your hide.

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