Wow, do people stay upwind of you? I can't imagine wearing leather in the humidity here, I would get out of my jacket looking like I just got out of the shower. Unless you don't wear gear?
Eh, the mesh jacket with elbow, shoulder, and spine protectors is good enough for me...I didn't say hot, because it doesn't get that hot in FL, I was talking about the humidity, I have been in 130 in the desert, and I would rather be in that than the 95% humidity here
I wore 1 piece race suits on the street in the heavy humid TX summers, 100 degree temps and high relative humidity all the time. Back and chest protectors in it too. Did I get funny looks at gas stations, dealerships, at red lights? Yes. But I DGAF what they think and I always shut their inquisitive question of "Hey aren't you hot in all that?" with a 'I'd rather sweat then get a skin graft'.
I have perforated leathers as well as non. I had textile mesh jackets but with many manufacturers their idea of a 'back protector' in the jacket pocket is laughable. Plus not to mention many textile jackets the 'armor' is kinda loosly moving around. Not so in leathers.
Soft CE back protectors are barely something minimal if you really take a hard hit on it. Something small and minor yeah but if you get careened into a curb or car hood on your back that CE foam won't work AS good as a hard plastic armor back protector. It can be the difference between break and not. With CE foam only you're more liable to have a break if you ask it to absorb a mega hard impact, which a hard back protector can take much better.
You have one spine, do you want to be paralyzed or not? If I had to, I'd forgo a chest protector vs. back protector.