They use synthetic out of choice, not to cut costs. Also, Blair Dennett has used both and says protection is just as good on the new one. Having used the new version, I certainly don't think it's padding is in any way lacking. Not sure who you heard a lack of protection from, but the only person on this site I heard say that has never owned or used any Winning gear.
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Last edited by Carl L; 11-30-2012 at 12:27 PM.