Thanks for the info Herb; any idea of stitch quality/leather durability? I don't really know much about gear as I'm a newbie, so I can't compare to those other brands :'(. I found the Lightning jacket for half retail, but am wary of the build quality (because I'm paranoid like that)...I can't find reviews anywhere.
I have two teknic jackets, the lightning and supervent. I haven't crash tested either but both seem very well made. The lightning seems like it would hold up as well as any jacket i've tried, but could probably use an armor upgrade. If i remember correctly, it didn't come with a back protector.
Also, if you're getting the lightning in black... be aware that the stitching is white. I ordered mine after trying on a grey one, from the picture I couldn't tell that it had white stitching. That would be my only complaint with the jacket.
Magoo, thanks for the info. I was looking at newenough.com, and noticed the white contrast stitching on the black model...I kind of think it's hot, like Hellraiser sexy. I like the blue/white too, but I'm planning on getting a Dark, so uhhh...yeah you know. Anyway, thanks for the review, I think I'll go for the black Lightning