I'll be searching for new gear very soon. I started with a Dainese jacket with a RRP of $799 (but got it on runout for about $560). I was saving for leather riding pants. The two Dainese options had RRP of $650 (no knee sliders) and $700 (knee sliders and stretch panel in groin). I know Dainese is a safe bet for getting something reasonable or good. I also know there's heaps of other brands out there. =========================================== EDIT: I'll get the same brand jacket and pants. It seems I confused slickncghia and F-L with what I wrote. Sorry for the confusion. I'm asking about the different brands (of pants + jacket), not trying to mix and match two separate brands. =========================================== My question is, should I look at / consider / buy another brand? If so, is there any technical data backing up that it is better value for money? What I'm most interested in is how Shift, Ixon and Joe Rocket (any others that aren't in the bottom end of the price range?) stack up in comparison. Any thoughts, comments, (but most especially) facts would be greatly appreciated.