Leather jacket made for fashion protect against zombie bite?

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Leather jacket made for fashion protect against zombie bite?

Post by Sakuya123 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:56 am

I have a black leather jacket made of soft leather and I was wondering if it would protect me from infection in the event a zombie were to bite me in my shoulder or lower arm. Would I only feel pain? Or would the zombie be able to penetrate the leather and be able to infect me?

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Post by raptor » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:31 am

Even a cotton shirt would be be zombie proof. Since zombies are not real and you are not likely to get bitten, much less infected by one; I can say with great certainty that even a single ply cotton shirt is 99.9999% protection against any zombie you are likely to meet.
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Post by taipan821 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:55 pm

Sakuya123 wrote:I have a black leather jacket made of soft leather and I was wondering if it would protect me from infection in the event a zombie were to bite me in my shoulder or lower arm. Would I only feel pain? Or would the zombie be able to penetrate the leather and be able to infect me?
short answer...no

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Post by ZombieGranny » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:05 pm

Since leather boots prevent rattlesnakes from breaking skin, I would assume the leather jacket would work for zombie bites.
After all, zombies were just people.
Heavy denim ones should work as well.
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Post by JeeperCreeper » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:57 pm

Try it yourself. Bite the jacket as hard as you can and see if you can go through it.
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Post by Stercutus » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:52 pm

raptor wrote:Even a cotton shirt would be be zombie proof. Since zombies are not real have not yet been proven to exist, and you are not likely to get bitten, much less infected by one; I can say with great certainty that even a single ply cotton shirt is 99.9999% protection against any zombie you are likely to meet.
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Leather jackets are not the same as say leather armor that is popular among thieves in D&D and existed in various forms in world history. However a nice thick leather jacket backed by some fabric Kevlar or Dyneema arm protectors commonly used in industry would provide some discrete arm protection vs. biting.

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Re: Leather jacket made for fashion protect against zombie b

Post by drop bear » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:22 pm

You then of course have an issue with a zombie attatched to you. Would slow you down a bit.

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Post by TheWarriorMax » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:29 pm

I'm planning to buy a motorcycle jacket with Kevlar in case of civil unrest in my area.
Risk is low now but the area isnt improving and getting safer
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Post by drop bear » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:38 am

TheWarriorMax wrote:I'm planning to buy a motorcycle jacket with Kevlar in case of civil unrest in my area.
Risk is low now but the area isnt improving and getting safer
Dririder do a very reasonable hoodie. I took the shoulder aurmor out and you pretty much cant tell.

Not sure what it will actually stop though.

I put a pocket knife through the knee of some old jeans I had. And it really didnt stop much.

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Post by JeeperCreeper » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:19 pm

TheWarriorMax wrote:I'm planning to buy a motorcycle jacket with Kevlar in case of civil unrest in my area.
Risk is low now but the area isnt improving and getting safer
As a former rider, I can say this isn't a bad idea, but it's not a great idea.

Though moto-leather can be super tough, they are cut weird to make riding a bike easier. Basically your arms don't have easy mobility because they are designed to keep you in a fetal-like riding position without bunching or creasing on rides.

Textile bike jackets are cheaper and more mobile, but still hard to move in compared to a regular jacket. But this thread is about leather so I'm not sure what you're referencing.

But then again, you may ride so you might know this, but I find many non-riders always think bike gear is good tactical gear, and it is far from it. Better off getting American football or hockey gear hahahahaha it is designed to allow you to move and take a hit
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Re: Leather jacket made for fashion protect against zombie b

Post by Close_enough » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:45 pm

For your scenario, I would look at the cut and slash resistant safety clothing used by glass fabricators. I'd trust certified textiles over a thin scrim of buffed leather.

If you're dead set on leather, I suggest you learn how to build boiled leather lamellar armor.

EDIT: I checked to see how hard a person can bite, and how hard it us to break skin. Pain tends to limit bite force to 150 lbs at the molars, and about half that at the incisors. Without the pain, the bite force is comparable to a medium/ large dog. Human skin yields at around 100 psi.

In short, getting bitten by a zed is going to be comparable to getting chopped by fido.

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