If you are not comfortable in your gear you will not ware it! The best leather jacket with top end CE armor will not help you if you leave it at home because it drives you up the wall. The cheapest jacket in the world that you feel good in, will be better that a t shirt if something bad happens. I really like Icon and Shift both of these guys are committed to comfort and safety and they look just killer cool. Check out Ebay and newenough.com for cheap gear but always go to the local shop to try on the stuff so you get a good fit. Just my thoughts.