Alright y'all - I feel I've asked this before, but I'm gonna ask again anyway! I'm in the process of ordering a custom Premier Highwayman lined with either Rayon the whole way through, or a shearling body with Rayon sleeves and a fur collar. I started out with a Thunderbay, but didn't like the belt and by the time I was done listing the things I did/didn't want, it was easier to modify a Premier Highwayman than the Thunderbay. SO - I've been talking to Ken over at Aero and his personal favourite hide for comfort/softness is Battered Steer (although he said battered horse and steer in the same sentence, I THINK he meant steer). Thurston Bros conventional wisdom is that the Vicenza is the softest. I have two jackets in Vicenza now; a seal Premier Highwayman and a Blackened Brown Board Racer, so I know how soft the Vicenza can be/get and I'm fairly happy with ordering my new jacket in Seal Vicenza BUT - does anyone have experience with Vicenza AND one of the battered hides? Can anyone save me from my indecision? Someone please?! I can't be bothered with getting samples sent out and would rather the impression of someone who has experienced them in full jacket form. P.S If you're curious about the blackened brown Vicenza, I don't know if it's because mine was made from the very first experimental batch, but it is not as soft as my seal premier highwayman. Yes, I've had the latter one longer, but I've made up for it by wearing the Board Racer at least as much if not more. It's "broken in" and shaped to me, but it's still sort of stiff. I'm a tiny bit disappointed because it's my favourite jacket so far in every way except for it's cardboardy quality. Just an FYI for those who are curious.