Hey Bear... Just so you don't think your pockets are specific to your brand, I ride with a Olympia Voyager and same stupid design, can't even sort of get my hands in the pockets without taking it off... Very clever...Been meaning to call Olympia and ask them WHY?
Hmm. Good to know. It does seem odd they would put pockets on a jacket that has somewhat limited mobility to begin with (at least my Xelement is stiff, anyway), in such an awkward place. My other jacket is a mesh, by Nitro. Its a great jacket & I like it a lot. Way more flexible & the pockets are positioned better. Not as good as a non-biker jacket, but better than the Xelement.
My Nitro jacket:
Generally I find that off-brand product coming out of China is of lower quality and you do get what you pay for. It's difficult these days to find anything that's not made outside of the country but quality control is usually better with the name brands regardless of where it's manufactured.
Here is my political statement for the day (which might sound strange coming from a guy who owns a Japanese car and a Japanese motorcycle): We are in tough economic times and I will support Canadian or American manufactured products whenever I can. I prefer that my money stays on this continent. I also refuse to use self-serve checkouts. If nobody used self-serve checkouts it would create a lot of jobs.
Sorry, I'm off topic...
Well, before you start judging me a traitor for buying cheap & outside the country,
, it is very hard to find 'made in the USA' products today. Its also hard to justify the cost of a lot of those products.
I am familiar with both sides of the issue & would love to support my fellow Americans every single time, however, I feel the idea of 'made in the USA' is often used to over price products, when many many times the quality just isn't as good, or at least worth the price. There was a time when the wife & I used to scour the stores searching for the 'Made in the USA' label. It became such a chore & frankly, disappointing at times, we've just let it go.
As far as the two jackets I own, they are both very good. I am very happy with the quality, especially for the price. I paid about $90 for each one. One I bought on the web, the other from a local dealer.
As far as self checkouts, God I love those things!! I know, you think they're putting people out of work, & maybe they are. But what I see, usually people like me, with only a few items not having to stand in the express check out line behind the dumb lady with two carts completely full, having an item with no price tag, wanting to write a check, but not having a damned pen, & her address on the check doesn't match the address on her freakin' driver's license...
I can scan my three or four items as easily as anyone & can be in & out in a few minutes. The less I have to be in that freakin' headache causing, poor customer service giving store, the better. I see them as a God send...
Another thing, many times the stores will close all but a couple of registers, causing longer lines, congestion & frustration. The self checkouts alleviate a lot of those problems. They allow me, the impatient, unsociable guy, to purchase my items at my pace & get the hell out of there with minimum hassle.
My wife used to work as a cashier for Walmart. I am not trying to sound uncaring about putting people out of work, it's just sometimes, there are better ways to do things. I see the self checkouts as one of those things...
Happy New Year.