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Yeah so my new leathers fit pretty well everywhere except for the thighs and behind my knees... it retarded.. I'm a pretty skinny guy, but these leathers are so freaking tight on my chicken legs. They are not quite to the point of cutting of circulation, but they are pretty damn tight. How much does leather stretch? Is it better that they fit tight in the legs than to go to a next size up suit and have it be baggy everywhere else?
 

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You might want to try a larger size if you can easily switch. I had the same problem, moved up to a larger size, fit is much better and the minor excess in the upper part now is perfect when I have a back protector on. While on topic, the ultimate way to break leathers in is to get in the shower with them on, get sopping wet, then go ride till they dry. Note: probably want to do this when it is warm out :idea:
 

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You might want to try a larger size if you can easily switch. I had the same problem, moved up to a larger size, fit is much better and the minor excess in the upper part now is perfect when I have a back protector on. While on topic, the ultimate way to break leathers in is to get in the shower with them on, get sopping wet, then go ride till they dry. Note: probably want to do this when it is warm out :idea:
That is the best way of breaking in boots, jackets and leather pants.

Get them soaking wet and wear them for several hours riding.
Never use heat to dry them ... air conditioners are perfect as they
have dried cool air.
 

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That is the best way of breaking in boots, jackets and leather pants.

Get them soaking wet and wear them for several hours riding.
Never use heat to dry them ... air conditioners are perfect as they
have dried cool air.
Are you guys serious? If it works, I may try it out, but according to everything I've ever read/heard, leather + water should be avoided...have I been misled?
 

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No ... water and leather will always happen .. whether it is your sweat or the rain.

It is what you do about it that determines if the leather is harmed.

If you do nothing ... mildew grows and that destroys the leather.
Also the salt from your sweat damages the leather, how to get it off?
With water ... then you re-oil and re-treat the leather to replenish the
oils that were washed off with the salt.

If you dry in the sun or use heat, leather loses oils and flexibility and it cracks.

If you dry with cool dry air and occasionally replenish the oils ...
the leather will last. Lexol, Leathermate, Tenderly are products that
replenish the natural oils that leather needs to remain pliable.

Over oiling and applying grease such as mink oil prevents the leather from
breathing ... that is bad also. It traps moisture and enables mildew to
grow.

I have seen 30 year old saddles that still are very functional.
It requires constant watch and care ... that is all.
 

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wonderjosh said:
Yeah so my new leathers fit pretty well everywhere except for the thighs and behind my knees... it retarded.. I'm a pretty skinny guy, but these leathers are so freaking tight on my chicken legs. They are not quite to the point of cutting of circulation, but they are pretty damn tight.
Bro I'm totally feeling you on the thigh problems with leather pants!! And I do work out so I'm no Rossi waife boy by any means.
It's gonna suck if I have to wear a 36"/38" waist pants just to fit over my quads. :angry7: :BangHead:
 

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Nex ... you got to go custom ... it will be cheaper in the long run.
 

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"leather + water should be avoided...have I been misled?" NO....all cows and horses, melt when in the rain. :D
 

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Hi, as a rule its better to buy new leathers on the tight side. All leather will give, its just a case of how much. All lot depends on the design too, if they have lots of stretch panels they might not need so much breaking in.

I found with my new leathers if you use a GOOD quality leather conditioning cream and rub it in well this will help the leather become more subtle and will give easier. But remember its how they feel and fit while you are on your bike that really counts.

Have fun!
 

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No ... water and leather will always happen .. whether it is your sweat or the rain.

It is what you do about it that determines if the leather is harmed.

If you do nothing ... mildew grows and that destroys the leather.
Also the salt from your sweat damages the leather, how to get it off?
With water ... then you re-oil and re-treat the leather to replenish the
oils that were washed off with the salt.

If you dry in the sun or use heat, leather loses oils and flexibility and it cracks.

If you dry with cool dry air and occasionally replenish the oils ...
the leather will last. Lexol, Leathermate, Tenderly are products that
replenish the natural oils that leather needs to remain pliable.

Over oiling and applying grease such as mink oil prevents the leather from
breathing ... that is bad also. It traps moisture and enables mildew to
grow.

I have seen 30 year old saddles that still are very functional.
It requires constant watch and care ... that is all.
Good information here, thanks. I guess I've just only heard of the 'incorrect' method of drying which is what was coming to mind. Maybe in the spring/early summer I'll try this with my Vanson jacket. It is so stiff it makes movement difficult. I tried sleeping in it like someone recommended, but all that did was keep me awake for 2.5 hours :BangHead:
 

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All the ROTC guy use to wear their new boots in the swimming pool for an hour or so and then wear them all day to break them in faster. Worked even with my 10 eye Docs.
 

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For everybodies FYI ...

There are two very safe methods of drying leathers.

One is to park your leathers spread open on a chair infront of an air conditioner.
This blows cool dry air and wicks it right off the leather.

The second method is a bit longer but you open your leathers and take a fan and
blow air into the leathers overnight.

If the leather feels stiff in the morning ... do not wear it.

That is the cue that it needs treatment.

If you wear it when it is stiff from drying out, you will weaken the leather
structure by making microscopic cracks in the leather fibers.
This is why uneducated people say getting leather wet is bad for it.

Lexol Leather conditioner can be found at most auto parts stores.

URAD also makes two products that I am using and very pleased with.
Leathermate and Tenderly.

Overtreatment is just as bad as it clogs the pores of the leather and
prevents it from breathing. It now becomes a bacteria trap and ripe ground
for a mildew culture to start. Once you have mildew in leather, you might
as well get rid of them as it is impossible to eradicate it.
 
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