Not much to add, except personal experience over the years.. (riding motorcycle on the road since 1981)(man, I'm old
I've tried most everthing over the years, and as much as it pains this KLR rider to say this, spend the extra money to get the best stuff you can..
My current riding gear is:
Helmet- HJC AC12
Jacket- Aerostich Darien
Pants- Aerostich Darien
Gloves- Held Steve gloves
Boots- Gaerne Strada
Now the reasons..
I wear HJC helmets because they're well built, cheap, and I dispose of helmets every other year. I buy a helmet a year, trade off between 2 during the season, and throw away the older one after two seasons. This is because the foam degrades and compresses with use, and the foam is what protects you in a fall.. I know others who wear them longer, but my personnal choice is 2 seasons. (I average 15-20K a year)
Jacket and pants, my choice is Aerostich.. They vent well, are good for 10+ years of use, are waterproof, and Aerostich is an American company that builds excellent motorcycle gear. They're not cheap, but I consider them the best stuff out there.
Held Gloves.. Again, not cheap, but built with the best materials, with racing quality leather, and they fit.. Well, like a glove..
The Gaerne Boots are something I picked up years ago.. I keep waiting for them to die, but they just keep lasting and lasting.. I think I've had this pair for almost 10 years. Comfortable, excellent protection, and they fit.. When these finally are worn out, I'll be going to Aerostich Combat Boots for the same reason as above, except that the Combats are actually built in Italy by Sidi..
I guess what I'm pushing is that you get what you pay for.. I've had $150 jackets that fall apart after a season or two.. Doesn't seem cost effective when I can spend $450 for a Darien, or better yet, buy a used one on eBay for $200.. (yes, my current Darien was an eBay purchase. $125 and I'm on my 5th season with it, and my pants were $100 on eBay)
Get the best you can afford.. It might seem like a lot of money up front, but you'll be wearing it for years and years.. My favorite gear is Aerostich, but I've also seen Olympia gear hold up extremely well, also.. If I didn't have the Darien, I would more than likely wear a Olympia AST jacket..
If you're on a budget, check out NewEnough.com and MotorcycleCloseouts.com for very good closeout gear..
Good luck with your purchase, and just remember that you don't want to buy the Batman outfit in this topic.. http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=6770