Re: Best Jacket w/built in armor?
I have an older Icon leather ($300)& textile ($175), Teknic Leather ($150- YAY newenough.com), some noname "Jackets for bikes ebay leather" ($100), and I just got the Alpinestars Sniper Mesh ($150).
I like the Icon armor alot, also my brother got a new Icon, and the new armor is even a little better.
The Teknic stuff is real nice, but in my jacket you can't remove the elbow/forearm pieces. I love the jacket, Chicane 2, new enough still has them on sale.
The Jackets-for-bikes armor is a joke, looks like kids roller skate gear, but it was 100 bucks and the leather, is thick, the finish sucks, but it should hold up.
The best armor by far is the A-Stars jacket, the elbow and shoulder armor is soft but tough, seems like it will provide good impact protection. It also comes with a foam back and chest protector, I plan on upgrading to the CE pads soon.
Hope that helps.