Originally Posted by Popex
After the recent purchase of the KTM we need to get the lady friend her kit...
I am confident the shop guys can steer us to the correct Helmet & Gloves... but I want your guys help for the Jacket...
Why is Leather/ Textile better/worse?
Are there brands to stay away from?
What should we be looking for?
The jacket should be warm enough for 8°C use... waterproof is a bonus, but we will try to stay away from riding in the rain...
The jacket will be used mainly for traveling in the Austrian Alps... and then in a year or 2 we will quit the jobs and make a circle around the Black Sea... In the warm months... thus Turkey and Greece can be assumed to get pretty Damn hot...
I have a Daniese Leather jacket that I am pretty happy with... but I've never used it other than for zipping around the Australian Mtns... We will get her the adventurer jacket & I will get one as needed...
Any pointers (no matter how obvious) will be appreciated.
i cant say what is best, thats your choice and the choice is myriad!! you'll just have to go shopping and one thing to remember is the most expensive may not be the best for you, or even the best period. you can spend £1000 sterling on jackets now, bonkers. fit and comfort are big factors i think, as long as its got some CE/equivelent protection in it.
i have a leather jacket which i love but you cant know in advance what the weathers going to do, so waterproofs ontop means carrying another garment around. i think for practicality is a breathable waterproof textile with a removeable thermal liner, and some opening vents for hot days. i wear my hein gericke all the time now and went to southern spain and through our recent cold winter in it and and it was fine.
oh, and at least one waterproof pocket is a must, designed not to fill with water like some are, and make sure you use it (ive ruined a few banknotes, a ferry ticket and a mobile phone by putting stuff in the wrong pocket in a rush!)