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Old 11-26-2012, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Orient330iNYC View Post
yup, the 3 series dakota leather is a pretty low quality leather. its a urethane impregnated, texture enhanced leather. basically the leather is treated with a plastic, then the texture is rolled into it with a press under heat and pressure (which is why it resembles the leatherette so closely, just like the 'ette, it has its texture rolled into it). it does breathe a little better than the leatherette. i've had both. the nappa leather in a 5'er is far nicer.
Actually Dakota leather is good quality leather. It is top-grain grade leather which is the grade just below full-grain leather, which is what the Nappa/Novillo and Merino leather is. Top-grain leather is treated as Orient describes because it increases its durability. Top-grain leather is the most common grade of leather. Dakota leather is even used in the 7 Series.

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