Would you wear your $1,000+ leather jacket when engaging in an activity certain to materially damage the jacket? Or, if you knew your forthcoming activities would likely damage your jacket, and the activity did not require the added protection provided by leather, would you wear something else instead? Perhaps something less expensive . . . something that you have no qualms about thrashing. To be clear, this thread is NOT about character and patina derived from normal daily wear. Rather, this thread is about intentionally subjecting your jacket to a likelihood of significant damage. If you knew that whatever jacket you wear will be thrashed by your daily activity, and the activity does not require the additional protection provided by leather, would you nevertheless freely wear your $1,000+ leather jacket and allow it to be thrashed? Or, would you choose a different, lessor jacket and preserve your leather jacket for normal wear (and the character/patina that is derived from normal wear).