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As mentioned in other threads, I'm relatively new to motorcycling and I'm looking for some good advice on protective gear for street use. I have a hand-me-down Vanson leather jacket that fits well, but it's black which doesn't aid visibility at all. I also have an Arai helmet that I bought last fall on clearance and love it. I'm looking for some advice on a good pair of gloves, pants, and boots. I'm currently using Mechanix impact gloves when I ride which I know arent motorcycle gloves, but all I have found in the local stores near me are gloves that in my opinion are no better that mech gloves, or are like ski gloves. I know there are good sturdy leather gloves out there that aren't insulated like snow mits but the selection here is really bad!

I also wear my issued leather jungle boots (I'm glad to have a use for them again) but should I look for something motorcycle specific? And lastly pants. I know jeans aren't going to cut it against pavement, but again, all I can find locally are "snowpants" or waterproof shells to wear over jeans. I can't believe the selection of gear is this crappy.
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Here in FL, I've been using a Joe Rocket textile jacket for the summers.
It may not provide the best protection over leather in case of a fall, but it at least provides great ventilation once moving, which is at a premium here.
There's some back, shoulder, and elbow armor protection.
I had some of their textile pants, but I never could get them in a proper size to fit.
Plus the durability wasn't near what the jacket was.

Shop around and try various brands on for quality, fitment, protection, etc.
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If you can afford it, go with Dianese, Spidi, Alpine Stars...........gloves, leathers.....

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I use leathers and racing boots for riding in the back country riding ahem...not within the limits of the legal speed limits.

For commuting and leisure riding, I have the Joe Rocket mesh pants and jacket (Main items is make sure the jacket and pants zip together leather and mesh alike!!!) and a pair of AStars boots that are comfortable to walk in and good protection while riding.

I wear only gauntlet style gloves. The other styles just don't feel right to me and they offer better protection.

Indiana doesn't have a helmet law like other states but I always wear mine...just seems idiotic to have a law on the books that requires you to wear a seat belt in a cage....but not a helmet on a motorcycle.

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You can get great pricing online, but make an attempt to try on gloves somewhere before buying. They can vary in sizing, and it blows sending them back a few times trying to get the size right, or finding out you just plain don't like the ones you thought you would. I have a Joe Rocket textile jacket that is great for ventilation, and warm enough with the liner.
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The best gear is the stuff you actually wear!
Make sure fit & comfort are equal to protection.
A jacket won't help you when it is in your closet because it's too hot to wear


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Thanks for the tips everyone, I got a nice deal on a Tourmaster jacket locally with a zip in liner for cold weather and even though hi-vis green isn't really my thing, I do like the feeling that it almost annoyingly bright so drivers will see me even if they're trying not to. I also got a nice pair of leather gloves, boots, all I need now is a good pair of riding pants. The online selection is somewhat overwhelming, so I'd like some recommendations on what other riders here are using. Thanks!
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Spring and Fall and when riding hard I wear Teknic leather jacket and pants along with Sidi quater boots and Teknic gloves. During the summer i have Teknic mesh jacket, pants and gloves. Winter I wear First Gear jacket and Fieldsheer overpants and Joe Rocket winter gloves. I have an Arai corsair V and a Shoei RF1000 for winter.
Find something that fits well and wear it I shop motorcycle closeouts out of Kansas City. They run some pretty good specials

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