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Lightweight Jacket

While apparel companies make leather jackets with removable liners and insulation that can be used in multiple seasons, riders who spend a lot of time traveling in warm weather should invest in a jacket made from nylon mesh or another lightweight fabric. Most jackets include a series of zippered vents that can be opened to allow increased airflow inside and closed in cooler temperatures. In general, one-piece riding suits are better for colder weather because of their waterproof materials and minimal ventilation.

Though the materials aren't as durable as heavier leathers like cowhide, most lightweight jackets incorporate protective padding on shoulders, spine and impact points that conforms to European certification standards.

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