Originally Posted by sailorninja
Anything I should know/consider before buying gear? I want safe but budget friendly, not sure if those go hand in hand but we'll see.
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Price out everything before you start buying. Visit your local shops and look through their clearance racks. Some shops offer a discount for having taken MSF course. Try things on before buying.
Your riding style and conditions should influence your purchasing decisions. Leather provides the best protection, but isn't as comfortable as textile or mesh in the heat. Also think about the visibility of the gear. Textile often comes in Hi-Viz and leather does not, but you can always throw on a $10 reflective safety vest.
Do some searches on the web for "gear crash reviews" and "leather vs textile".