Well you you asked thousands of people and you are going to get hundred's of answers, all over the board. IMO you need NOT listen to what they have and listen to WHY they have it. Then find out who has what that matches your same thoughts. Also find out the side effects if you can. Another thing that annoys me about the forums and internet is people often rave about something, then you shell out hundreds of dollars for it and find while there are some pros, there are also cons that where never mentioned. To them, the cons might be low priority, but the question is are those cons low priority to you.
If you ride all the time, daily commute etc, yes those can be worth it. The safety, protection, quality, etc should pay off in the long run when you putting them on an off day in, day out, morning and night. Yes they might get warm and there is more expensive gear you can get that will offset that. These also tend to be waterproof such that you dont get wet in a all day rain storm. If you want top-of-the-line gear that works and has the quality to match and you wallet can afford it, the answer is yes.
I like First Gear. About middle of the pack in price, really is waterproof and good quality. I get 5-6 years plus before the zippers start to act up, with daily on/off, morning/night use. They have held up quite well for less money. And waterproof. Some gear claims to be waterproof and some gear is waterproof. First Gear in my experience is the latter. ( And so will that expensive gear ).
I would say away from low price gear for constant use. I had a pair of TourMaster pants, that while had nice features, the zippers blew out in no time and were NOT waterproof. They didnt stand up to an 30min downpour much less some 400mi ride in the rain. TourMaster did replace them under warranty. They were good about that. But the second pair the zippers went out in no time. I just went back to another pair of First Gear. -- I think lower price gear might be alright for weekend use.
I also have 2 jackets, a full textile jacket and a mesh jacket. For here in the Pacific NorthWet, I tend to wear the textile about 7-8 months of the year, and the mesh maybe 4. For really hot weather the mesh alone is not the best. There are cons and a whole different thread. There are several fairly recent. For me in those conditions I add an evaporative cooling vest under the mesh jacket. It does not last as long as under the textile jacket, but works well to keep you cool you just have to recharge it more often. And since I am not in that big a hurry or riding the IBA the extra stops in the heat are ok by me.
And for me, All The Gear, All The Time means
Helmet, Jacket, Riding Pants ( jeans are not gear IMO ), Boots and Gloves
2005 GL1800ABS 62,000mi
2003 ZG1000 134,000mi
Last edited by Slybones; 06-19-2017 at 12:20 PM.