It's obvious that a helmet is absolutely necessary and anyone not wearing one would be foolish, and that we can all generally agree that the more safety gear you wear, the better, right?
I'm trying to prioritize some safety gear, which is why I'm asking these questions. I understand that motorcycle pants are highly recommended, but I've decided not to get any of those right now and instead just to buy a full body suit at some later point when I'm planning to do long trips. I am currently planning to buy a motorcycle helmet, jacket, gloves, and shoes. But how necessary are the jacket, gloves and shoes? Could wearing a jacket mean the difference between life and death in an accident? Or are they mostly for appearance and to merely reduce the amount of road burn from sliding across the tar? In other words, would a jacket actually save your life or would it only protect your skin a bit longer than without wearing one?
What about motorcycle shoes/boots? I understand you put your feet down a lot, particularly when stopping. Is a good pair of motorcycle footwear going to protect your feet in an accident? Are they mainly for looks?
What about gloves? Obviously gloves aren't going to save your life, but if you hit the pavement, will they allow to stop faster by putting down your hands and will they actually keep all your fingers/skin intact? Or will they tear through in a split second like weighted jeans against the pavement at 50MPH? Are they really that effective at maintaining a firm grip on the handles?
Lastly, how recommended are tinted face shields for full-faced helmets during a clear, sunny day?