Helmets We prefer modular helmets. I have a Schuberth C3 Pro, Neda has a Shoei Neotec. The nice thing about modular helmets for touring is that you can flip them up when you need to show your face to border guards and police, or when you want to talk to people at gas stations or at the side of the road, all without taking your helmet off. You can also eat and drink on the road, take pictures with a full-body camera (the kind you look through an optical viewfinder with), all without having to waste time removing your lid. Another nice feature is that sometimes you are just trundling along in town at scooter-speeds, so you can flip the chin bar up and ride it like a three-quarter helmet. That way you can get some air and also eat some bugs as well if you're hungry. Our helmets have an integrated sun visor which flip up and down, so you don't have to stop to put on/take off shades or replace your clear visor with a tinted one and vice versa. Jacket/Pants We wear mesh gear. We've used BMW Airflow suits as well as REV'IT! Airwave and Tornado jacket and pants. We like having gear that is specifically suited to the weather and climate that we're riding in, rather than have one heavy suit with all the features built in that you have to wear all the time. If it's hot, we just wear the mesh layer. If it gets cold, we can wear a sweater underneath. If it gets really cold, we can wear a windbreaker over the mesh and base layers. If it rains, we can wear a rainsuit over the mesh. It's all about being comfortable all the time. The nice thing is that all the extra layers can be worn off the bike as well: base layers, sweaters, rain jackets can all be used when you're walking around town. So it's not too much wasted space in the panniers. Boots I wear BMW All-Rounds, Neda wears Sidi All-Road. Both are Gore-Tex and completely waterproof which is the most important feature for us. I like the All-Rounds because they're super comfortable for riding and walking around in. Neda likes the Sidis because of the velcro buckles. :) Rain Gear We ride in the rain a lot. Like... A LOT. So we've tried pretty much everything and realized quickly that rain gear, like boot soles, brake pads and tires, are wear items. Depending on how much use they get, they'll inevitably lose their waterproofing over time and that you're going to have to replace it regularly. Right now, I'm on my third BMW Rainlock Jacket of the trip. Neda is wearing a Dainese rain jacket. A good trick we've learned is that some bicycle gear can be used as motorcycle gear and it's cheaper as well. We're both wearing MEC Drencher Rain Pants for cyclists, which are half the price of similar motorcycle rain pants! And they last quite a long time as well. For gloves, we like the Aerostich Triple-Digit covers - again with the layering! Rain gloves are the quickest item that lose their waterproofing because of all the use, articulation and seams involved. We cycle through them pretty regularly. I've tried the dual-layer rain gloves as well, but if you're taking them on and off in the rain (like at the gas station), once you get that inside layer wet, it's basically game over for dry hands. The Triple Digit covers eventually lose their waterproofing at the seams, but they last longer than dedicated rain gloves and they aren't that expensive to replace. Electric Gear If it gets really cold, we have Gerbing electrically heated jacket liner and gloves. They plug right into a 12V socket installed on your bike. We've ridden in -15°C (5°F) weather with the electrics cranked up, they're great!