I've decided to fork up the money and get the gear. I'm looking into it and quite frankly am overwhelmed by it all.
My current set up isn't exactly very good and I've been putting off addressing the problem.
I'm usually a $15 pair of jeans and cheap t shirt kind of guy, so this will, by far be the most expensive clothing I'll ever buy. Consequently, I have some requirements...
Some general requirements:
-I would like it to be a good value. Cheap is good, but not at the expense of quality workmanship.
-I want it to last a long time.
-I want to be protected and comfortable.
-I don't really mind being cold as much as I mind being hot.
I drive in the cold and hot (I live in Missouri and drive year round)...~10 - 105 degrees Fahrenheit. I drive in the rain too.
If there exists an all in one solution, great! Though I think I'd prefer multiple suits so they wear more evenly (have a longer life).
So, I think this is a good list of my needs:
-Cold weather gear
-Warm weather gear
-(It would be nice if the cold and warm weather gear transition to each other some how, perhaps a removable liner) ...heck I could just wear a sweater underneath.
About the motorcycle body armor...how much does it help? Like can a back brace be the difference between a fractured vertebrae and walking away with some bumps and bruises? Or are they just to prevent bumps and bruises? (I'm completely
ignorant about this, take it easy on me.
Basically I'm confused by all the options. I keep looking at retailers and they are trying to sell things...not answer my questions. I don't know much about these things. Anyone have any good resources/suggestions? Is a budget of 300 dollars reasonable?
FWIW, Frog toggs and Nelson Rigg have been recommended to me and seem like a quality value options for rain gear.