Been riding a LONG TIME. Can honestly say that when it comes to riding gear, it's mostly true that you get what you pay for. There are cheaper options that may or may not work well, and if the gear does work well, it likely won't last for years of travel. I started with the "budget" stuff in the $75-125 per piece and it worked OK for awhile, mostly. Graduated up the price scale and it worked better, generally. Bought a used Aerostich Roadcrafter onesie and it worked very well, but I never could come to grips with the whole stripping down to whatever I was wearing underneath when I dismounted, plus it was hotter than Hades in the summer even with the vents open. I sold it for what I paid for it three years later. The last couple of years, I've ridden thousands of miles wearing some used Klim gear and it's worked in temps from mid-20s to 100*F plus, in sleet and torrential rain, without much drama or discomfort. I paid $450 for the jacket/pants combo in very good condition and I've only had to replace one snap in the last three years.
Now, I wouldn't recommend buying all new high-end gear right away unless you have unlimited funds or enjoy squandering your money. Go to the ADVR For Sale forum and hang out until you see something that will work size-wise. Doesn't have to be newish or even perfect, but live with it and ride enough miles in it to convince yourself that's the gear you want. Then, if you really need to have riding gear that only you have sweated in, sell your stuff and buy yourself shiny new clothes!
Riding in high quality, well engineered, comfortable riding gear is akin to living in your house with reliable central heat/AC--why be uncomfortable?
Last edited by badjuju; 03-15-2019 at 07:06 PM.