Well having only been riding since december, i am pretty new to the whole motorbike thing. When i got my first bike, i also got some new gear. After about 4 months i am working out what features i want and don't want etc (eg zippered cuffs, as i have xvent 2 jacket with velcro cuffs) I bought some alpine star smx3 gloves ( I know A* are good in terms of driving (car) gear), but after 4 months they are starting to die, and as its coming into winter i am looking at getting some new gear mainly gloves and a leather jacket ( as i am happy with my gearne boots and dragins, and helmet). My question is- is A* really worth the money? if my gloves died after 4 months, are their jackets going to do the same? or is it all just marketing hype with A*, or just i should have got sp2 gloves ( i like the mx style gloves for better feel) ?