Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
A key to comfortable feet in hot weather is the socks you wear. The best are socks made of a moisture wicking material such as UltaMax or similar. Sportsman's Warehouse has a good selection. Avoid cotton socks as they tend to soak up and retain moisture, making your feet hot. As for boots, get boots that fit well but aren't too snug, as your feet will swell up when it gets hot, especially on the side facing the sun.
Mesh riding jackets with armor in the shoulders, back and elbow area are great for hot weather riding, and a great addition to that is an evaporative cooling vest. You soak them in water for a few minutes so the granules inside soak up the water, then the breeze flowing through as you ride acts much like an air conditioner, keeping you cool. In Arizona and southern Utah, expect temperatures to be higher than the 90's. And don't forget sunscreen!!
By the way, The Motorcycle Shop on Potter Dr. in Anchorage has a pretty good selection of riding apparel, including gloves. You might also check Alaska Leather and see what Barb has.