So, in late 2008 I shelled out my $219 at Pro Honda Rocklea and purchased some A* GP plus gloves. I ride once or twice a week on the weekend but I don't commute. And I do a track day every couple of months. Also, in 2009 I had a license disqualification and during this time the gloves obviously didn't get used. Towards the end of 09 the perforated leather on the back of the wrist began to tear. I should have taken them in straight away but I didn't get around to it (yes lazy) until towards the middle of this year. Still, for what A*s will tell you are top of the range gloves, I think its reasonable to expect more than 18 months from them when you're using them once/twice a week. I took them back to Pro Honda who refused to replace them (just another bad experience at Pro Honda Rocklea for me, but hey...maybe I'm just a pain in the ass and a whinger? One thing I can say for sure is that I'm really funny and really really good looking. But I digress). The gloves were sent back to the distributor for A*s. Who also, refused to replace them, basically saying "stiff sh*t". Again, I welcome comments, but I really expected more longevity from these gloves. The below picture shows just how pristine the rest of the gloves are and supports my claims that they were hardly worn. So that's my story. I'm never buying another A*s item ever again. I did however pick up these RST gloves for $130 from Team Moto Springwood. A couple of rides and they were broken in and for half the price of the A*s, they seem as though they will well and truly out last them. And most importantly they have visible carbon fiber. I love carbon fiber as much as I love strippers, breast implants (on women) and motorbikes. I'm going to decorate my apartment with it.