Just thought I post about a couple of new items I've bought lately and my thoughts on them.
First up is my new jacket, a Dririder Defender.
I've been wearing it now for just on three weeks and it's started to mold in nicely. It's a triple layer jacket with separate wet, thermal removable liners. It's a bit heavy with all the layers in, but during this cold time, I've found I can ride without any heavy jumpers underneath, and during the warm weather it will have ample ventilation. There are the usual four front pockets, an internal wallet, and a mobile pocket, and on the rear a pouch. It's pretty much a full touring jacket, and comes with certified CE armor. If. I have any gripes, it's that you can't remove the wet liner without removing the thermal one, but otherwise I'm very happy with it.
Next up is my new Gaerne GQuad boots. These are a full touring boot with Gortex lining so they are fully waterproof. Having already ridden in rain I can attest to them being that. Again I've been wearing them for about three weeks, and now they've started to wear in a bit, they are becoming very comfortable, and easier to get on. The snap lock clips and Velcro tab at the top make them a lot easier to get on and off than my Rossi boots, but no more comfortable to wear. The one thing they don't have is a gear change pad, but I don't see this as an issue.
Overall I'm very happy with both jacket and boots, and if your looking at new gear I'd recommend both these, though the boots are getting harder to get now, with a newer model released.