This is a question that has come up a lot lately here - so, should you or should you not wear a leather jacket when it’s hot outside?
Ever had this feeling? As long as you're moving you’re fine. But once you sit still at a traffic light… it’s like hell!
If you have, this is a indeed a valid and understandable concern - no one likes being hot and sticky all day long.
Furthermore, most leather jackets out there are just NOT cut out for the hot weather. They act as sweat-pools that will just make you as miserable as a 300 lb biker on a 50 cc scooter.
Lots of people resort to mesh jackets, but I really don’t feel like they’re a viable solution - I actually I've seen mesh come apart after 25 mph crashes
So, how should you dress for riding in hot weather?
How not to dress for riding
I say - Leather jackets all the way. But here’s the twist - some leather jackets are made smarter than others.
What you want to do is to look for a jacket with good ventilation and zip-out lining. The secret here is keeping a good air-flow - and your temperature problems will be taken care of.
Jackets with zip-out lining will give you extra flexibility and make your jacket be a good fit all-year round. Hot or cold, zip the lining in or out - and have it ready to go.
Vented gear will actually keep your body cooler than going with no jacket at all.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but here’s the science mumbo-jumbo:
When going “commando” (no jacket, that is) at speed, the wind will blow sweat off faster than your body can use it to actually cool down. This may lead to overheating, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
A vented jacket will ensure the air flows on the right places, making your body cool down much more efficiently.
So, I urge you - do NOT give up on protection because you’re feeling too hot - instead, make sure your protective gear is suited to hot weather.
Just like you, I love the freedom, the rush that only a motorcycle and an open road can give. But the responsibility of being protected and aware is what makes me come home to my family, at the end of the day.
Stay blessed and ride safe,
Born 2 Ride
We've got a lot of great feedback on this, so we decided to add more to the discussion
5 Survival Tips for the Road On Hot Days: https://www.born2ridestore.com/blogs/news/5-survival-tips-for-the-road-on-hot-days
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