that leads to my next question...how do you constitute good gear from bad? everything has standards and qualifications to meet. like the helmets for example...everything is DOT approved, now they have to pass the SNELL (sp?) requirements...although i have pretty much decided on which helmet i want from going in to see how they fit, the jackets and boots vary so much in design and technology that it's such a headache to decide which one to pick
. i think of riding kinda like snowboarding, express yourself. wear what you want, but is there anything specific i should look for when buying gear?
Yeah I think the only things that are really rated are the helmets. Gloves you might want some plastic knuckle protection, high boots (proper riding boots) are much better than any low cut boots or for the idiots that ride in running shoes!
A lot of people will say that textile jackets and pants can burn through more easily than leather, but on the other hand gear is only good if you are wearing it. I had a leather jacket with no padding for the cold months, and a good textile jacket with full armor for the warm months.
I found Alpinestars stuff to fit me very well, be quite comfy and long lasting, but I'm sure the other manufacturers are good too. I still have my racing suit that I never really wore (bought it for a track day and then sold the bike before the track day!) not sure what I'm going to do with the suit...