Let’s start this off by saying I am a complete tomboy. I have always favored video games and sports over dolls and dress-up. The stereotypical “girlie” things never appealed to me. Even when it comes to my day-to-day apparel, I reach for jeans, a dark top, and boots rather than a dress and heels. Don’t get me wrong—that doesn’t mean my (decent) sense of style is lacking. So when it came down to selecting riding gear that appealed to me, I was looking for a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots that not only suit my monochromatically dominated closet but that look awesome, are protective, and—with my penny-pinching mind-set—cost no more than $300 each.