. Does anybody have any opinions on the helmet and gloves.
Most important thing is the fit. You really need to go to a store with a good selection and try stuff on.
I will only wear a full-face helmet with DOT and Snell approval (that means not a modular helmet), and only a glove with a full gauntlet. Why? As for the helmet, if you take a blow to the head, you are most likely to get hit in the jaw area. As for the gloves, a full gauntlet will cinch down your jacket sleeve to keep it from riding up and exposing your skin in a slide. (I learned about this one the hard way.)
For helmets, I prefer SHOEI and Arai, but there are less expensive choices offering similar protection. I happen to like the features of these helmets, and my Arai fits mt head like it was made for it. Like I said, a proper fit is the most important factor.
For gloves, I have the Cortech Adrenaline gloves. Competition Accessories has them on a special price for forum members now. They offer a lot of protection for the money, and mine have have held up well.
I also have a pair of Vanson gloves that I really like. They are not quite as protective as the Cortech, but they are extremely comfortable and still offer decent protection. Vanson offers several nice gloves at reasonable prices. (I have the Vanson Track Gloves.)
You should also check out Spartan Leathers, owned by a forum member, DrummerDave. He has some really nice gloves (and some nice leather suits, LOL).