Originally Posted by Swank
So I mostly use my bike as a commuting bike. It gets pretty hot here, 100+ in the summer, and cold in the winter, coldest is high 20s. I was wondering what kind of gear your would advise on. I have an Icon jacket for summer which is cool looking but functionality and safety are on the wayside for it. The winter jacket is a sedici and it is very functional but style is lacking. Are there any good brands out there that can blend functionality and style well for the commuter. It seems like most brands you either get style and no real functionality or functionality and you look like a goober.
... Okay seriously though, I will attempt to answer your question.... Depends on your price range and build... research the videos on SportbikeTrackGear.com and google review threads on the product for more info....
For inexpensive textile jacket that looks great and functioned well in the summer, Alpinestars T GPR Air! I've loved it in the heat. For a little more money I'd get a well vented and perforated RS Taichi, A*stars, or similar leather jacket. IMHO!
For Winter I'd go with similar style, brand non perf. For boots, I love my A*stars perf and non-perf but they are definitely made for thinner athletic feet!
As for hands... Well, how much do you care about them. I like the things I've been hearing about knox.
Finally helmet... I find AGV, SHARK, NEXX, SHOI, ARAI, and even HJC and BELL lately, all offer some really good venting and great featured helmets... keep in mind, don't skimp out to try and save money. Save up and get something nice. Also, they all have different internal shapes so research videos/reviews on each and look carefully at your head shape and size.
Okay there went my good deed for the day!