When we evaluate gear, we take into account factors such as value, levels of protection, style, and functionality. It's unlikely that you'll find a piece of gear that gets a perfect score in every category. Even if you decide you want to get all decked out, you're going to have to decide what qualities you value most. If convenience and style are your priority, you may need to sacrifice a level of protection or functionality. For example, a stylish pair of riding denim—which is way more protective than normal jeans, by the way—are not ideal for long-distance tours where you might want waterproof material and higher levels of protection. Which brings us to the next point.