hello Netriders, Im doing some research and its seems the in thing at the moment is buying $85/$100 leather brando jackets. What im trying to work out what riders are buying/using these. eg: joe with with $30k harley, Bob just starting on his Learners etc. There are basically 3 different types of cowhide leather: 1 - split leather ($99): no grain/skin, its the flesh side, rips very easily, soaks up water like a sponge, has a plastic shiny look & will be lucky to last 1 season. Suitable for fashion if that. Repetitive movements/wear areas will crinkle surface colour exposing raw hide breaking it down even faster, im sure it will stretch out too because the grain is not there to hold it together. Paint/pigment finish larger pic http://www.austsales.com/ebay/clothing/2012/split leather.jpg 2 - Top grain leather ($19: (medium-high quality, has grain/skin sanded down lightly with a universal grain to give good looks will last a good 5+ years). High tear and abrasion resistance eg can handle a few stacks. Ages nicely with the natural grain appearing and shaping over time. 3 – Full grain aniline ($299): (highest quality, natural grain showing, dyed so its not shine, ages beautifully, fits like a glove straight away), lasts a life time if treated with conditioners etc. 2 & 3 is suitable for motorcycling & will pretty much last till you grow out of it, stack it or get over it. 1 is suitable for?? - From day one testing this split sample we notice significant deterioration from wearing the jacket to leaving half of it in the rain for an hour. Its certainly not a jacket you would trust with your skin. Saying that it would be better than wearing a cotton jacket or nothing at all. So is there an actual market for this split grade leather or is it customers not knowing the difference? People possibly buying them? - learners / seeing if they like motorcycling (cheap ass bike w/ cheap gear) - older riders getting back into it and on budget - occasional rider eg once or twice a month weekend cruise - dress up parties / mardi gras - ?? As you can tell im not a fan of split for so many reasons. It will be interesting to know if riders still want a $100 brando jacket after reading the facts above. would you?