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Function Follows Form: Good-Looking Gear that Works Well

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Some leather-conditioner would probably soften that Primer jacket right up. You can even apply it whilst watching a MotoGP or Superbike race.

Some might squawk and b!tch and moan like "aaagh! don't use mink oil" or "aaagh! don't use neatsfoot oil" or something. Pooh! I've been using both of them for years - if it's real leather, actually designed to be worn, used and abused; it won't hurt it a bit.

I've a Kobe jacket that's gone 5 years and about 65k-miles using Kiwi brand leather-conditioner, and mink-oil (about once a year). I've only started "retiring" it this year (and that's semi-retirement).

Now that "fashion leather" crap will probably fall-apart or rot if you use this stuff on it.

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I think it's funny if you consider a garment good if it lasts for five years. I'm not that old but I've been riding a long time and would expect better than that. I would expect five years from a good pair of gloves-- and I ride every day. I would expect 10 years or more from my leathers. Admittedly, I saved up long ago for Vanson leathers and I wear Ku****ani and Held gloves, which are of excellent quality. But when I hear of people thinking in terms of a season, or just a few seasons tops as their timeframe, I begin to wonder how many people only go in and out of motorcycling for just a short time period, or who ride only infrequently. If you ride, the premium gear is an outstanding value due to its quality and longevity...and you'll enjoy that quality all through the product's life. I realize I'm going to sound like a snob, but what I mean to stress is that it IS worth saving up for premium gear if you're a committed rider. Very worth it. In fact, you will save money in the long run because you won't be upgrading your gear (trying to correct for the cheap gear's foibles) or replacing prematurely worn out gear. There are lots of premium brands out there, like Vanson, Helimot, Held, and yes, I'd agree with Sean and also rate Ku****ani as the absolute best available...spring for the good stuff whenever you can.
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