As and when the chance has arisen i've been in the nearest large bike/gear shop looking for my kit. The guys in my shop of choice have been quite helpful so far (albeit I am in disagreement with them that when i'm spending 300-400 on a helmet, it should be one that isnt on display) but you can never really tell how much of it is sales banter... so I thought I'd seek the advice of the experienced....
Given my "non-standard" (50/51" chest, 48" waist) body shape, and my tendency to sweat quite a bit, I've been finding it hard work finding textiles that are
a) Available in my size
c) not going to cause me to have to dry them out and shower after I remove them
I was shown/tried on a Frank Thomas Jacket/trouser combo the other day (FTW345 Tourino Aquatec). The jacket I was reasonably pleased with, although looks like i'm going to have to sew the elbow armour pockets so the armour sits in the right place... however i tried on the legs and I'd only had them on for a a few mins (2-3) and i could feel my legs getting a bit damp (I was already hot at the time but was otherwise dry). I had to remove my jeans to put htem on, so it was bare legs against the synthethic liner.
My questions are (finally):
a) Am I going to have to go full goretex to prevent the shower scenario mentioned above?
what is the general concensus about FT textiles? good quality?
My budget is around £300 for both the jacket and legs, possibly £400
I think I'm settled on the helmet:
I was looking at the Shoei Raid II, but when i saw the XR1100 had removeable liner, I knew it was meant to be