Originally Posted by makewayhomer
it also screams "I don't like cracking my head on ice"
I have to disagree. My own experience, plus a somewhat more than superficial understanding of the characteristics of leather versus rubber, tends to refute this common urban myth. Leather is a fiber mat. It has pores and when worn just a little...past the waxed grain...tends to expand in contact with moisture. As it gets wet it becomes a little softer as well. So the upshot is that leather, if not dismissed out of hand, will conform to any irregularities and will tend to grip slick surfaces better than a less porous compound. Rubber...topy in particular...has no pores. Has no ability to expand or get soft or grip. The texture or "tread" on the topy will work pretty well on wet surfaces that are not inherently slick. But, if nothing else, once that tread is worn down a little, it is slick against slick. If you doubt this principle try driving in Minnesota in the winter without studded tires. Despite what they say, even All Weather tires are not even a little secure on icy roads. DAMHIKT