Have a mesh
Never had a leather
I'm thinking that a wet leather will take forever to dryout
But keep in mind that I've never experienced that
I've rideen in full downpour and an hour of ridding in sunshine will dry my mesh jacket
For the "funkyness" of the mesh, I wash mine with a pressure washer as needed (usualy once a season)
For the melting of the mesh, weel I have my doubt
I understand that if I'm drag 100 feet, something going to give and it might indeed melt
But if I fall of my bike and bump and roll around, that protection will old nicely
And now, some mesh jacket are made of way more resistant product to melting/abrasion
Further more, you mention that you are going to europe during the summer, I would not worry much about getting cold, maybe a fleece under that mesh could be enough, unless you are going way up north, siberia or the scandinavian country ...
In essence, I like my mesh alot and it's, for me, the only way when the temp is in the 30s celcius
Have a nice trip you lucky bast*rd (my dream to go there to ride western europe)
My 2 cent
Last edited by Lours_Polaire; 03-14-2013 at 09:55 AM.