After surviving a couple of falls lately the value of having good safety gear has been hammered home literally you might say.
Leather is favoured by riders due to its excellent abrasion protection and flexibility. But the cost of buying new quality leathers is prohibitive $600 $800 +
I recently started looking for second hand leathers, good quality at affordable prices. Its important to remember the leather saves your skin but the body armour takes the hit.
Different types of cowhide are still the most common sources of leather with kangaroo hide now favoured due to its lighter weight and stronger abrasion resistance. Thickness is not as important as quality – and good quality strong leather should be soft and fairly supple.
Lets not forget fit…there shouldn’t be any saggy bitts that loose stuff may bunch up and grab in a slide. Leather will relax and form around your body to a certain extent over time. Some initial tightness is fine.
You can have all the best gear but you still got to be wearing it.
I’m going to post some links to second hand leathers I think might be good value.
It’s up to the individual to follow through and hopefully post there findings. I encourage members in general to post any findings they happen upon so others may grab a bargain.