What To Focus On?
Any gear you look at should at a bare minimum be tight fitting in order to protect from wind flap and ensure that it doesn’t slide up your body in the event of a crash leaving your bare hide in harm’s way.
It also should have double thick leather, nylon or armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back areas. Jackets for motorcycling always need to have longer than normal sleeves on them in order to accommodate having your arms outstretched to reach the handlebars. Don’t substitute fashion leather jackets in place of a bike jacket for this exact reason.
Hi-Viz or high visibility colors and/or material on dark colored gear is a good idea. Take any help you can get in being seen by car drivers out on the road.
Where To Buy
There’s nothing wrong with buying used jackets, pants, boots, and gloves so long as they’ve been cared for and it’s a great way to save money for spending on the critically important helmet.