***Moderators...you should probably move this to the "Rider's Gear" section. (My bad!)
Since I'm a relative cheapskate when it comes to gear/clothing my Kawasaki dealer sold me on a pair of, what I call expensive ($70), Fly Racing Brawler
gloves. I currently have a few pairs but they're getting worn out. Problem I have is that the mediums fit great...until I'm riding. Then they tend to pull down on my finger tips and make my hands go numb. Then I have a pair of large that have a little too much play where I wind up hitting my horn instead of my turn signal button.
I went large on these as the mediums were a little tight. Rode about 100 miles on them and my takes are:
1) Really nice gloves, fit well
3) Plenty of armor
4) Thick pads on the "hypothenal eminence", or the outer edge of the palm running down the pinky finger.
Problem so far is that even the large, which I have some play in the fingers PRIOR to twisting the throttle, tend to pull down on my finger tips again! But where my hands would normally go numb on the H.E. the thick padding has cured that! I'll have to figure something out with this, maybe some kind of liners.
I also rode over to CycleGear as I was looking at some close-out overpants. The Bilt brand were decent at $70 but they only had 36's, and there's no straps to tighten. So after trying on a few different brands I went with some Alpine Stars Airflow overpants. Mind you, I've NEVER worn overpants except for a pair of snow pants that I bought for cheap off of Amazon in these cold, Florida riding days!
I tried on 4 different pairs of overpants and every one of them were impossible to get my boots through. Their inner lining would snag on the sole of my boots to where they were, literally, impossible to get my foot through.
With these Air Flow's they zip up from the rear of the ankle and wrap around all the way to the crotch! Easy in, easy out! ($140) They don't have much armor but I can replace the knees with CE stuff. But they feel pretty durable and not too hot for the summer time. We'll see how they hold up.
My major concern...I'm going to be sliding a lot on the seat so I may look for some sticky iron-on type patches to place on the butt area to prevent the sliding.