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Leathers are one-piece suits or two-piece jackets and trousers worn by motorcyclists mainly for protection in a crash. The leather used is not fashion leather but protective leather which is thicker and stronger, and only moderately flexible. Today, kangaroo leather is becoming popular for its suppleness, light weight and strength compared with cowhide.
Originally, motorcycle leathers were adapted from tank corps gear immediately following World War I. Duster coats, which tended to catch in the wheels, were switched for short coats. Wide-pegged breeches were worn by some motorcycle police and by dispatch riders in World War II. The classic American Perfecto motorcycle jacket with epaulets and diagonal zipper was invented in 1928 by Irving Schott, of Schott NYC in New York City. Leather chaps, adapted from cowboy gear, were used by American bikers starting in the early 1960s. Today, Fashion Passion has some of the best online shops with the best in motorcycle gear and clothing. http://www.fashionpassionboutique.com/
The one-piece racing leather suit, usually referred to as 'racing leathers' was first used by world champion motorcycle racer Geoff Duke in the 1950s. Duke had the suit made for the purposes of streamlining, not safety, and like the majority of the leathers used at the time, was made from horsehide.
Many modern leathers have armor on the inside at major impact regions such as shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and back. The energy absorbers and load spreaders — constructed from high density foam, foam backed hard polymers, carbon fiber, titanium, and other materials — are designed to prevent or reduce injury by spreading and dampening impact and shear strains to the wearer. There are also motorcycle jackets that use an airbag system, which deploys in the event of an accident, inflating to protect the rider’s neck, torso, and lower back.
An alternative to leather is clothing constructed of man-made textiles. These can offer improved weather protection from heat, cold, and water, and the increased utility these garments tend to provide in terms of pockets and vents. Common materials include high density (600–1000 Denier) ballistic nylon (Cordura) and Kevlar, or blends of Kevlar, Cordura, and Lycra; and often include waterproof liners made from materials such as Gore-Tex. Localized protection may be provided by armor and airbag systems.
Not all textile clothing is made from synthetic materials. Heavy weight waxed cotton was used for many years before the development of modern materials.
For all types of motorcycle gear Fashion Passion has online shops such as Motorcycle Superstore and Fox Creek Leather to keep you safe and protected on all of your rides. Ride safe!
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