There are riders and then there are IB riders. I am from the first group.Aerostich Transit 3 suit (waterproof leather) 2 piece that is fully armored and zips together
Schuberth Pro 3 modular helmet (best and lightest helmet I have ever worn)
Aerostich elk skin roper gloves. The most comfortable glove I have ever worn. Last a long long time. Very reasonable price.
Alpinestar gortex touring boots
LD comfort underwear (top and bottom) (Excellent for controlling temperature hot or cold and getting the moisture off your skin - and then controlling the rate it evaporates to cool you in hot temps.)
On cold days, I have a warm and safe heated jacket, their 4th gen one.
I have worn all of this gear in temps as low as 20 degrees and high as 115 degrees.
I ride really long distances (800+ mile days, many in a row) rain or shine. I am leaving in a week for a 7 day rally that will cover about 12K miles round trip over a 12 day period and will be wearing all the gear above. I am expecting temps to be high 90s to about 105 during the day and as low mid 30s in some areas at night.
Yep. Same gear and reasons apply to both groups. It gets really hot in the SW USA. I see lots or people that are totally unprepared and suffering from dehydration because their gear is inadequate for the ride they are on.
I am not into accolades or trophies. But I do like hearing about IB ride. I have back problems and joint problems and do a good job on the CAT rides. Being a newer member you will have to search for the CAT riders info on GWOF. Hopefully you will find a couple of stories of one Aussie with a bit of a lighter side to his riding.You mean you are not interested in participation trophies? My 40 y.o. son still has his collection left over from High School.