I have found that the first thing I look for in boots now is that they are well vented. I ride mostly in hot weather and when I had unvented boots my feet would be burning.
For gloves I use the Alpinestars SP-8 which I got 4 years ago and while they are great gloves I am not sure how well they would hold up in a crash being so old. I've probably done about 80,000 kms of riding in them. There is significant wear visible. I should replace them this season but not sure what to get. The Scorpion SG3 gets good reviews so maybe that, or maybe the AGV Sport Echelon. Anybody got any other suggestions? I don't see a reason not to get gauntlet gloves as they are only slightly more money than shorty gloves and I don't find them any less comfortable to wear, so may as well have the superior protection.