Riding gear: Yeah, this report is turning me into a post whore. So sue me. I'm a big fan of Olympia Moto gear. I've had their jackets for the last 8+ years, and I'm very satisfied with the way their products fit, and the functionality as well. For this trip I wore a GT Air jacket, which features zip-down panels that expose mesh underneath for maximum airflow. I matched that up with a pair of Olympia's Moto-X pants, which feature the same kind of panel design as the jacket. I took along the zip-in liners for both, as I knew that at some point we'd find some rain. I tend to stay warm when I ride, and the rain liners proved to be more than enough for me even on days when the temps dropped into the high-40's. Gloves: for the hotter temps I use a set of Cortech Supermoto gloves. They don't necessarily give the greatest protection in a fall, but the amount of airflow allowed makes up for that. Cooler temps and rain had my hands in a pair of Elkskin Gauntlet gloves from Aerostitch. I bought a pair of these gloves in 2010 before our first Big Trip, and they've been my favorites ever since. I bought yet another pair for this trip, and they fit like butter right out of the package. The elkskin seems try dry very quickly after the rain, too, which is a plus. I used Keen Detroit 8"-tall work boots for the riding on this trip. I have a couple of pairs of dedicated motorcycling boots, but decided that the Keens would give me adequate protection while letting me hike as much and as far as I wanted off the bike. They feature a Gore-Tex liner, and kept my feet cozy and dry throughout the rain. They're superb boots. Helmet: I became a fan of flip-up helmets several years ago when I bought one of HJC's original Symax models. It was comfortable, a bit loud, and very convenient for long-distance travel. The HJC IS-Max is the helmet that both my wife and I used for this trip. It's almost as quiet as a true full-face jobber, fits me like it was made for me, and offers the flip-down sunshade on the inside. That got used quite often, as we rode a lot of miles as the sun was either coming up or going down. My wife's jacket is an Olympia Airglide 3 Women's model, and her pants are an old set of Firstgear HT Airs that she's had for about 4 years. She took along rain liners, as well as a quilted inner liner for her jacket. Her boots are Magnum Women's waterproof work boots, again with the idea that they're better to hike in than dedicated moto boots. She prefers Alpinestars Stella gauntlet gloves, and had a pair of Olympia Winter Gore-Tex gloves stashed in the luggage, just in case. She wore a Camelback Classic 70-ounce hydration backpack, and used the hell out of it. I had a Camelback StoAway 100-ounce reservoir that I strapped to my Ortlieb duffle bag. I wore a backpack model on the last trip, and sweated like a pig throughout. I need the air flow on my back to stay comfortable, and the strap-on reservoir was the perfect solution.