Leather jackets are not only functional but also stylish. In order to protect themselves from the harsh outdoor conditions, they are often made to be water-resistant. This can mean that a leather jacket is used every day in rain and cold weather. For bikers, the leather jacket helps to protect them when the weather turns cold on their motorcycles where the cold biting wind is hitting them head-on. The better you care for your leather jacket the longer it will last.
Caring for your leather jacket
A leather jacket is a big investment that can run hundreds of dollars. You want to take care of your jacket because it is important to get the most of your investment. Caring for a leather jacket helps to keep it looking great, soft as butter, and maintain its flexibility.
Dry your jacket after coming in from the rain.
If you are a daily rider you’re gonna get caught in the rain and it is gonna happen more often than you realize. Leaving your jacket wet can lead to mildew and even damage seeing your jacket is made of natural materials that water can cause to rot. When you come in from the rain make a point to wipe down your jacket with a microfiber cloth or small towel. Pay particular attention to seams where water can become trapped and take longer to dry naturally.
Use conditioning products
Using a leather conditioner is just as important on your jacket as your sofa. This will help to extend the life of your jacket. A leather conditioner will help keep it soft, protect it from water damage, and help prevent your leather from drying out too far and cracking.
Store your leather jacket properly
While many bikers’ leather jackets will be out year-round if you have more than one you will want to store anyone you are not using on a daily basis properly. Do not just fold it and shove it into a box or hand it on a wire hanger in the back of a dark damp closet.
Use thick wooden hangers for your leather jackets. This will prevent them from having weird bumps on the shoulders after being stored for a long period of time.
Make sure you do not cram your jackets into a crowded closet but ensure that they have space between them and other things to help prevent mildew, color transfer, and other problems that can occur in long-term storage. If you live in a very humid area where closets tend to hold a lot of moisture that could damage your jackets you should use a dehumidifier to help protect your jackets. With this year’s rain over the summer, we saw a lot of damage to things around the house in the weirdest places.
Keep your jacket out of the heat and sun
While you clearly can not do this while you are out and using your jacket you should make an effort to protect it when not in use to avoid drying, cracking, and discoloration. Do not store your jacket in your saddlebags in the heat of summer, leave it on the dash of your car, or store it near your heater vents when you come indoors.
Cleaning your leather jacket
Never stick your leather jacket in the washing machine or dryer. This can lead to damage that can not be repaired. For cleaning at home, wipe down your jacket with a damp microfiber cloth using a leather cleaner. To clean the inner lining turn it inside out and wipe it down with a damp soapy microfiber cloth leaving it to dry before turning right side out.
Should you find yourself in a situation where your jacket needs a full-on wash it is best to take it to a professional rather than risk damaging your jacket.
Leather VS Vegan Leather Jackets.
There are two types of leather jackets on the market. Real leather is tough and rugged making it ultimately the best option for bikers. That said it isn’t the right fit for everyone. After my accident, I avoided anything heavy like the plague and that means choosing a vegan leather jacket for me. This gave me a great opportunity to compare the look, feel, and performance of the two.
Vegan leather is made of plastic and is much lighter weight. This means it does provide less protection but does still look stylish which works for me seeing I personally don’t ride when it is cold out and I wear my jacket for style most of the time.
The heavyweight of Reaper’s jacket was at one point too heavy for me to even lift but that tells me that it will protect him which is important to me. For avid riders, I recommend a real leather jacket to ensure that you have the protection you need.
While many people do prefer to stay away from real leather because it comes from animals I take a Native American view on the subject. When we kill an animal for food we should make use of as much of the animal as possible to reduce waste and ensure the animal’s life doesn’t go to waste.
Vegan leather care?
False leather has the same general care recommendations as your real leather though you will find as long as you do not expose it to high heat it is much less likely to have many issues and quite frankly the investment is much lower so it is not as much of a hit as a damaging a faux leather jacket a real leather jacket.