I have spent more money on gear than motorcycles. At least it seems that way. I usually end up finding out that you get what you pay for but only after wasting money on cheap gear first. I have learned nothing beats Held gloves and have about 10 pair of everything else lightly worn and ready for eBay. Boots, well I make sure they are waterproof. The way they build these now you can't resole and even cheap ones kept me dry in monsoon type rain. These things I feel comfortable with and may end up spending big money on boots one day but just cause I like the looks. Not unhappy with my Diadora boots and on my 2nd pair.
Pants & Jackets, a whole other field and one I have yet to conquer. I have mesh, Olympia, Scorpion & Revit. Revit being the class of the field. For cold, wet and temps up to 80 I have Firstgear TPG gear which I love the fit and comfort of, especially with the 3do armor. I have BMW Summer II pants, which by the way are not good on hot summer days.
Question is does anyone have pants & jackets that really work year round? I mean really work? I live where it is 40's in the spring and high 90's in the summer. I ride 12k a year and ride in rain. Am I correct in thinking there is no such thing as true 4 season gear or does some of this $1200 jacket/pant combo gear from Revit, Dainese, Alpinestars or BMW actually do the trick? The stuff looks good but is it like the TPG line and good until the heat shows up? In other words, would it have done the job in Bloomsburg this year? Or would you have been the best dressed in the hospital recovering from heat stroke?