I've never been happier with a summer mesh jacket than my vanson mesh armor, I picked it up in TX at Lonestar for around 250 I think it was, maybe a hair more. I'm sure there are some cooler rigs out there but I wanted the protection they provide. It looks cool too.
I even tested the elbow armor going down in TX
Not a scratch nor mark on either of us. Ok ok, it was low speed but still....watch those culverts, heheh.
Of course, money talks. If I didn't waste money for years buying stuff that worked but I didn't really like all that much, I'd end up right where I'm at.
BMW Savannah II (not heat tested yet, ok in the cold with gerbing liner), gerbing liner, firstgear outer rain jkt, it takes little space and a lifesaver since its built for bikers.
Still use my black darien pants but would like to replace those with matching Savannah pants (in the lighter matching color, no more left in USA)...held touring gloves (a little hot in summer). The dariens aren't too bad in the heat and I've seen plenty of that.
I like the comfort of the BMW gear. And from the looks of it, I'll never have to replace it from wearout. I'll let you know in 10 years if thats a true statement.
let us know what you decide....good luck..geo