Dbrn, This is an interesting question, and I dug out my pile of assorted leather samples to review before composing my answer. The stiff substantial feeling of Horween CXL is quite obvious in the sample pieces I have, they are rigid enough that I could almost use them for a coaster on my coffee table. On the other hand, most other leathers seem insubstantial when you match up samples of them side to side with heavy CXL This is certainly the case with the 3 oz Italian horsehide used to make my Good Wear Arcadia. If I went by samples alone I would probably say that a jacket made from this leather would not be as nice as one from CXL. The fact of the matter is I love the leather on my Good Wear jacket. What seemed lightweight on a small sample actually feels quite robust when made into an entire jacket. It does not seem at all floppy or insubstantial. Samples give you a great idea of the color, finish, and hand of a hide. They don’t necessarily give you the full picture of how a jacket made from that hide will feel and wear.