I always wear at a minimum...
Helmet- Arai RX7-RR4 Dani Pedrosa replica (signed by Dani himself!)
Jacket- mesh in summer and Olympia winter jacket when its colder
My favorite jacket I have recently sold due to putting on some pounds and not being able to fit in it anymore. For years I have used a Motoport GP2 Kevlar jacket that is absolutely wonderful.
Motoport jackets and gear have for a while now been compared to Aerostich. I just cant seem to get into the whole Aerostich thing. They make nice gear but it is really pricey. The Motoport kevlar line isnt cheap either but after owning one for around 7 years I can say that they hold up incredibly well. I actually just sold it to my boss for $250. Thats right, 250 for a 7 year old jacket that I must have put around 60 to 70k miles on. The great thing about kevlar vs leather is that you can throw it in the washing machine when it gets stinky and it takes no special substances to maintain it. Just ride, wash and ride more.
Here is a good link to a gentleman who bought a whole motoport 2 piece suit.
He had the suit custom made to his colors. The guys who runs motoport is really nice and will help with any purchasing decisions you have. The only bad thing is that their web site has to be the CRAPPIEST SITE EVER MADE!!! God, its like something from the early days of the internet. Are you listening Wayne, fix your site!!!
LOL...thats funny...I just went to pull up the Motoport site and its not even up and running!!! Hopefully they are re-building it. Or maybe Motoport is out of business. That would suck, as I am currently saving to get a new kevlar jacket to replace my old one. Damn....
Oh well, check out the adv site comparison. You will see that its good quality stuff. Heres the way I feel about it-
Nothing beats leather, hands down. But leather can be a bitch sometimes in the heat, its incredibly bulky and you have to condition it from time to time.
Kevlar is ALMOST as good as leather and is actually stronger then leather depending on how it is torn. (I dont remember which way). And its soooooooo much more convenient and cooler in the heat. If it gets to cold, put in the liner and throw over a thin windbreaker type moto jacket. I have on old Fieldsheer 3/4 jacket I would put over my GP2 if it was to cold. Worked perfect.
Everything else is Textile. And pretty much sucks. Even the 1600 denier cordura in my Olympia feels cheap next to my kevlar.
Just my 2 cents worth. Sorry if this sounds like a promo for Motoport Kevlar but the stuff is just awesome. And worth the price.