I'm new to this forum, just got a bike and I'm getting a little freaked out buying gear. I didn't really budget for gear and now I'm finding that was pretty stupid. I HAVE read a lot of posts about gear, and I've found some jackets on closeout that I think might work - give me your honest opinion. Sidenote, I will be mainly in city traffic and I will not normally take it over 100 MPH
JR 990 - I love the looks and price of this jacket, but I'm concerned it will be too hot in the summer - here in UTAH we have pretty high temps (100+ isn't common except for august) but it's dry heat - I don't know if this will have the ventilation I need http://www.newenough.com/joe_rocket_990_jacket_page.htm
JR Alter Ego - I like this one and it is marketed as an all season which would be great - fall and spring here gets pretty low, maybe around 40 before it's too cold or snowy to ride. http://www.newenough.com/joe_rocket_...acket_page.htm
Fieldsheer Speed Track - I don't know anything about this brand and it seems pretty cheap - too cheap? Fall apart cheap?
A* TZ-1 - I saw another thread saying good things about this and it might be available used on ebay for about $250. Alpinestars IMO are the sexiest in my pricerange (ie Joe Rocket, ICON, etc).
(the A* spinner looks sexy and a little cheaper any thoughts?)
Boots I'm thinking the Sidi Doha which will look nice and be comfortable enough for everyday use - anyone have an opinion on level of protection? Again it will be mostly city riding.
Gloves are pretty inexpensive and it looks like I can find some good quality for under $50 - am I wrong?
I may wait on pants, depending on what I get for a jacket.
Also I prefer a milder but visible look - my bike has the retro look (Honda 919) and I would like a jacket that would fit the style without sacrificing protection or visibility.
I would appreciate your input, glad to be here!