First of all, why did I buy Z Custom Leathers? I like my hide a lot, whatever left of it, so I wanted maximum protection for "spirited" riding. I did some research and found out that Z Leathers riding gears are top notch stuff. Plus being short & fat doesn't lend one to find good fitting off the rack. And frankly an off-the-shelf Vanson or Dainese outfit cost just as much or more than a custom-fitted outfit from Z. I went with jacket and pants instead of suit because I want the convenience and comfort of a two-piece instead of one-piece outfit. However, if and when I hit the tracks for fun, I can zip the jacket and pants together (optional feature) for maximum protection. The jacket is called Black Lightning because the top half is made out of a heavy nylon fabric with reflective threads weaved into it. The fabric is black and the weaves are off-white but when the light is shown on the fabric, it lights up like a Christmas tree. Attached is a picture of the jacket and riding boots w/ the reflective cloth cut in as my initials. This photo was taken by my little pocket digital cam. The flash wasn't much but it was enough to light up the reflective cloth real nicely. I'm a bit nervous about riding at night. Okay, so I'm paranoid. The leather is very thick and heavy. According to Adolph the owner and leathersmith at Z, it's 1.2-1.4 mil leather. The stitchings and the seams are flawless. To me that's more important than anything else. Heavy weight leathers are pretty darn good regardless of the makers, but if the seams and the stitchings aren't done right, the outfit isn't going to hold up when you take a spill. And since that the outfit is individually fittd, you don't feel the weight once you done the gear. All zippers are made out of brass; main zipper, pocket zippers, zippers for vents, pants leg zippers, ad infinitum. No plastic zipper to break on you. My outfit has foam armor built in at the back, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. No hard armor although that's an option for the true racers. The boots are typical riding boots and are made to be worn outside of the pants legs. The sole has an additional 1/2" lift. ;J Hey, I'm short - I need all the helps I can get. You're not going to hump the Rocky with these boots, but for riding and simple walking about, they're more than serviceable. Another nice thing is that my right foot is narrower than my left foot BUT my right calf is bigger than my left calf. That's a pain whenever I went shopping for riding boots. Once again, custom fitting came to the rescue.