with spring at the doorstop, i will have to be purchasing my first pair of riding pants and jacket. frankly, i have researched it to death but cannot seem to come up with the "best" choice. i just began riding last fall, and am looking for a light mesh jacket that i can wear all summer, and layer additional items for cooler rides. same thing for pants/jeans. but . . . want to maximize my protection. not planning any long rides, just some short weekend jaunts. thanks for any input. ps anyone ever purchased a pair of HOOD jeans? they look like the best denim pants out there. thanks again.