I have noticed that most HD riders go with leather jackets or a textile material jacket that has the HD name on it. I bought a HD "road warrior" jacket last summer when I got my bike. It was $195....CE rated shoulder and elbow protection and an ok design / comfort / and had vents that could be opened for cooling. Problem was on the hot days the vents were not enough and I baked in the thing. Well I did quite a bit of research and looked at mesh jackets from other suppliers besides HD and think I found a winner......tourmaster "intake air 2". The armored elbows and shoulders have twice the coverage of the HD jacket and the shoulder pads are "hinged" to allow better reach to the bars. It included a full spine armor pad and 2 liners for rain / cold. There are pockets everywhere! Comfortable and I feel like the protection and comfort provided by this jacket is far and beyond what the HD jacket had......and the cost was $160......$35 LESS than the HD. Two questions for you gear nerds out there: 1. How many of you actually use armor jackets EVERY time you ride? 2. Do you use HD gear or go with another manufacturer like tourmaster, joe rocket, or cortech? Many of my buddies "ride me" a little about my armor jacket, full face helmet and riding boots while on a harley.......I fell safer wearing it......they like to laugh. Any one else out there a "safety geek" like me?