Came back from lunch yesterday to find a slim tall box sitting on my chair and inside it was my first ever leather jacket and bionic guards. I've got a few motorcycle junkies at work (I'm becoming one too) who took all the stock chest/back guards out and replaced them with the bio upgraded ones that I had ordered with the jacket in a matter of minutes and made me wear it on my way home to wear it in and I thought why not. I had come to work with a top box and back pack in anticipation of receiving the package to lug it home but the box was big and I was thinking to myself how on earth was I going to carry it. Well the asnwer was by wearing it Been riding around in a textile dririder jacket since I've started riding (little over a year) and this was my first ever leather purchase. The fit and feel of the leather compared to the textile is unbelieavable. While riding last night for the first time I thought to myself this is a purpose built motorcycle jacket that would offer much more protection in an accident over textile or other non leather jacket equivelants. This jacket also has what's called a 3D liner where it actually has no liners so there are no extra zips or liners to worry about putting on and off. I bought a size larger than my body size to: 1) Allow for the bionic back/chest guards to be fitted easily 2) Allow for unplanned weight gain 3) Allow for thermals/hoodie to be worn in colder weather Firstly I would like to thank John from Riders Discount on the great service offered with the price and prompt detailed replies to all my email queries. Next time I ever buy anything in Alpinestars I will go to them. My advice get your best price ask him to match or better it and you will be surprised with the response. My initial thought after commuting 10km home was that the camel hump made doing head checks in my normal manner restrictive as the helmet would touch the hump and not be able to turn my head to a certain degree. After arriving home I took the inside of the hump off till I get used to the jacket and will put it back in later. Rode a few hundred kms last night and my 2nd major thought (comparing the fit/feel to my textile dririder jacket) was that the jacket was fairly fit and tight and couldn't move as freely as I could with the textile jacket. My guess is after wearing it in it will loosen up. This thing has some major CE protection on elbow/shoulder/chest/back/neck so it will protect my ass more than the textiles would if required. I found it difficult to get into a groove while riding last night but after a few more rides once the jacket has moulded to my body shape should be okay. I was initially after the Alpinestars MX-1 leather jacket but as the new top of the range flagship Alpinestars Tech 1-R jacket could be had for an extra USD40 decided to go for that instead. Price in AU800-900 Price in US500-650 More info on Alpinestars jackets and fit can be found in below threads. Alpinestars MX-1 Leather Jacket $500 new.. Leather Jacket Fit Have ordered a Nikwax motorcycle leather care pack from ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190497461194 Any particular sponges/rags/cloths that I should clean/restore it with or will any rag/sponge/cloth (microfibre??) do the trick? Do I use the same cloth or whatever on both the black and white surfaces or 2 seperate? This was my first gear purchase from overseas. In the beginning was very tentative but the more I researched, read reviews and found out the more lax I became as with the strong Australian dollar the cost savings of buying from overseas is great. My advice measure yourself out, if possible try the same or similar jacket on in a store and order away. Looking at the pic theres a bulge across my chest from the upgraded bionic chest guard but I'd rather there be a bulge than a thin piece of foam which offers minimal protection compared to the bionic chest guard.