Evening ladies and gents, Bought my first bike from a dealer a few months ago. I knew I'd need safety gear, and I knew nothing about what constitutes 'good' gear from 'bad' gear, so I was basically at the mercy of the salespeople (yes, I too groan when I think about it). I asked for a jacket, gloves, and helmet on the day I bought my bike. The jacket was a Cortech GX-AIR with 3 layers (outer layer with padding, waterproof layer, and thermal underlayer); the gloves were... a brand I forgot (and I cant be bothered to go out in the cold to get them to check heh) and the helmet was a nice Shoei. Since riding, I've noticed a few... issues with my gear, particularly the jacket (I'm pretty happy with the helmet though). The jacket, has thick heavy padding around the shoulders, spine, and elbows. But the rest of the outer layer seems to be... well, nylon or something. I can't help but think that in a fall, the padding will stop the majority of impact damage, but if I slide, that material will shred faster than a nuclear-powered cheese grater. Another concern is that the jacket is bulky (especially with the inner layers attached, which is quite common in winter and when driving at night). It's bulky enough that it's awkward to carry around with me, I can't fold it up or roll it up to fit into any kind of bag, so I tend to just wear it.. and get very hot (did I mention it's bulky?) during the day. As for the gloves, they seem to be winter gloves, but they're thick, bulky, with ummm... "fur" lining on the inside (forgot what it's called heh). My hands invariably end up hot and sweaty, and because they're so bulky I can't do much of anything with them on - I wear glasses, so I need to take them off before putting my helmet on/off, the gloves are too bulky for that. Too bulky for undoing the chin strap on the helmet, too bulky for getting stuff out of pockets, too bulky for dealing with zippers and buttons... You get the idea. On a quick note, I'm very interested in getting a jacket that would provide all the safety requirements I want, but still be 'fashionable' enough that I could wear it say, to a pub, without sweating like a pig or looking like a Grid Iron player... is there such a thing? More to the point, have I been suckered with the above purchases ?