One type of leather is not pretty much the same as another. The type of leather that you choose for your leather motorcycle jacket can make a huge difference in the feel, protection and function of the jacket. So if you want an omelet, buy whatever eggs you want and you won’t go wrong. But if you’re talking a leather motorcycle jacket – don’t be fooled – the type of leather in that jacket can make a major difference in your ride. So let’s talk “faux leather” so your biking trips will feel great and be comfortable.
It goes without saying; leather is just a “treated” animal skin. Pretty much every mammal has skin that can be treated into leather. However, not every skin gives the biker the results he or she is looking for. For instance, if you want to wear lambskin – you’d better not be on the back of a bike going 60 miles an hour – stick to the boardwalk or the local club scene. This leather looks great – but the protection it provides is purely second class. The best biking leather is either cowhide or buffalo skin. Now, saying that doesn’t mean that those are the end of your choices. Each of those types of skins is treated and processed differently, and creates different results providing different choices. So let’s take a minute more and see what the differences are.
For those who like to go “al’natural,” Naked leather is your choice. Naked leather is generally leather that has little if any chemical processing, and absolutely no “heat” treatments. At most, it is dyed a particular color or tint. Leather motorcycle jackets made with this type of leather are usually blemish and bruise free. Naked leather is normally fuzzy on one side and smooth on the other. This leather is known for its’ extra elasticity, and is ultra soft while at the same time being strong and durable. Absent damage, a leather motorcycle jacket made from naked leather can easily last a lifetime. One of its most popular features is that it “breathes,” so you don’t work up a major sweat while you are on the road in the heat of the day. However, the one disadvantage is that it is not good at repelling water, unless it is treated. If you want naked leather to repel water, use “mink oil.” Pick it up at any horse or farm supply store. Whatever you do – don’t use synthetic leather treatments! Naked leather is generally the leather of choice, but it can hit your pocket book a bit more than other leathers when you’re buying a leather motorcycle jacket.