Big difference between the two extremes. "Best quality" riding gear is usually at a higher price point than what new riders are usually willing to pay. I have been there and done the exact same thing. I initially went with riding gear that was "affordable" and it served my purposes for a few years. LeatherUp has a good selection of affordable gear. I found as time went by, the true quality became evident when multiple zipper tabs began breaking; seams in the coat liner began to unravel; buckles loosened on their own.Looking for some riding gear. Who makes the best riding vests and jackets out there. On a tight budget so I need them to be affordable.