I'm unfortunately not going to be going on any lengthy tours in the immediate future, but on the plus side that allows me to slowly accumulate needed equipment and make purchases carefully rather than going on a buying binge just before a trip. So last winter the two things I really wished I had were some long pants and some gloves, both for cold/wet weather riding as well as commuting and city riding. I'm looking for people's experiences and recommendations but also thoughts on things such as waterproofness, features to look for or not bother with, and so on.
These things would mainly be needed for winter riding (I live in the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain so winters aren't that big of a deal usually) and wet weather - something to keep me dryish and comfortable in bad conditions, and of course something versatile and sturdy enough to be tour-worthy. I'm thinking for the gloves that full waterproof and insulated might be nice since they'd really be needed for colder conditions only, whereas the pants just need to block wind and insulate even when wet.
So - thoughts and recommendations? I'm an REI member and their current sale would be a nice chance to save on stuff but I'll shop anywhere.