I wear ... Joe Rocket textile gear on theWing. It has CE protective pads and is almost as abrasion resistant as leather.
Same here. Joe Rocket mesh in spring, summer, early fall. Olympia riding suit in late fall/winter.
You didn't say where you are, that affects gear choices.
We both wear good quality leather gloves and decent riding boots and wear HJC IS33 3/4 shell lids. You can spend lots more for a Shoei or Arai helmet but the certification is what matters as much as the fit.
I was a paramedic, then a traffic homicide investigator. Buy the best, best fitting helmet you can afford. People don't understand how little impact it takes to the head to kill you, especially if the force is isolated to a small area. The helmet spreads out the force.
Fit is KEY!, and the helmet should be snug (slightly uncomfortable, it will break in like new shoes). Get the helmet that fits.
I recommend full face or modular helmets. Crash damage stats show nearly 20% of crash damage (by far the majority
) is to the chinbar area of full face helmets (where your face is with a 3/4ths helmet). In a half or 3/4ths helmet, the odds are than you will take impact where the helmet doesn't cover you.
I wear a modular with the chinbar down, and the visor up for ventilation. If on a long highway ride, I'll open the chinbar to drink my soda or whatever, then put the chinbar down when done.
I also recommend a retracting sunvisor. You can have the main visor completely open (or take it off) and use the sunvisor for eye protection from bugs, dirt, and sun. It's almost like having a 3/4th helmet in terms of ventilation.
Sturdy boots. The most common injury is broken ankles from slow speed drops where the low foot gets trapped.
Sturdy gloves with knuckle protection. I have seen people grind off parts of fingers against the road from wearing "half gloves". They are useless, your fingers are what need protection. Solid knuckle protection. You would be amazed how little force it takes to break knuckles, and they never heal right.
My advice to you is buy the best gear you can afford, and remember, helmets have a lifespan limitation of 5 years.
Yep. And ANY visible damage to the helmet requires replacement (other than minor scrapes from carrying it and bumping the wall). Any drop to a hard surface from more than about two feet requires replacement.