Published on March 19, 2015
The classic “leather biker jacket” is definitely a step up from a denim jacket and a huge step up from a T-shirt! The leather used for this type of jacket is strong enough to provide protection against abrasions (road-rash). A drawback of this style is that it offers no impact protection (padding/ body armor in the elbows, shoulders or back). On hot days a black leather jacket without any vents or perforations can get very hot indeed.
When it comes to protection a modern leather motorcycle jacket is tough to beat. They are made of thick leather (cow, kangaroo etc.) that provides abrasion protection, as with the classic biker jacket. The similarities end there however, modern jackets have had decades of testing (Research & Development) from racing and street riding.