What gear do you wear:
Helmets, Leather Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Safety Glasses, tinted/clear, Leathers, etc. no need for mocha crap, just safe
Lot of deer here everyone hits them, weather can change quickly and you we are surrounded by high passes.
I have gerbing heated gear, the whole set to go under leathers + gloves and socks for the winter. I also wear my heated gear instead of a rain suit if I am traveling, saves space . In the rain you are warm. Mine are about 20yrs old, look worn but work well still. I bought the insulated ones so if the electrical system goes bust I won't be in danger on hypothermia waiting for a wrecker.
Means I don't have to pack a sweatshirt too when I pack them.
They are one of the best investments I made. They add 4 months of comfortable riding each and every year. On top of that you end up going places that you might not because it looks like it "could" rain or snow, or turn cold. You know if you pull over and throw your gear on your going to be comfortable coming home almost no matter what. And you know your going to get there alive and coherent.
When I worked it was not it was not uncommon for me to commute the 20 miles when it was 32 degrees. Turn up the Tsat and it's like being on the recliner at home only more fun.
I wear a mesh jacket with armor in the summer. Really like that a lot. I wear it even when it's well over 100 because it is cool when moving and I don't dehydrate as bad with less air running across my skin. Plus if I hit a deer and go down there is some protection.
Sliding down the road with out any protection is never fun.. I've tried it. Brushing the rocks out of the road rash, something to be avoided.
That's the unusual stuff. .
Then American made Leather Jacket and heavy chaps. I wish everything I wore had armor in it. One of my leather jackets does, one doesn't. Unfortunately the one with the armor is only good to about 50 degrees.
I wish I had one of the touring suits like an aero stich but not bad enough to pony up the money for it since my leathers and the heated suit do the same thing only not quite as nicely.
If I were starting from scratch again I would seriously consider an Aero stich or other name brand riding jacket and pants. Something with armor. Especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live.
Had these leathers for 20 yrs. They will go another 20 if I do. I take care of them. Re sew them when needed. I always keep a snowmobile balaclava in the saddle bags and a pair of extra heavyweight silk long under-ware plus Marino wool socks as well in the summer and winter incase I don't need the Gerbings but I am cold. Silk is completely wind proof,(that is huge) light and stores in quart ziplocs where it is safe from Velcro.
Weather changes here pretty often and I am prone to hypothermia from having it in the past before I could afford good gear.
In early spring and late fall I wear leather pants. Then I can pull the chaps out of the saddlebags for a little more room. They are just too hot for summer though.
I wear black deerskin driving gloves that I bought at a hunting store and a bell half helmet from Wallymart.
My riding boots are danner rainforest for support in a wreck and they are gortex so the boot doesn't wet through traveling. I seldom move a bike without real boots of some kind and gloves on. Just a personal thing after falling down racing so much when I was younger. I just flash back at some of the injuries I have seen on others as well as myself. On go the gloves..
I try to make everything do a couple of things. My gerbings suit means I don't have to pack rain gear or a sweat shirt etc
The danners mean that with the gerbing socks on my feet won't get wet or freeze in a sleet storm on a mountain pass and they protect me if I somehow end up under the bike instead of on it. Don't have to pack rubber boots.
Every spring all the leather gets cleaned and oiled up. Good to go.