5 Pieces of Motocross Equipment Pro Riders Can’t Live Without
Whether you’re just getting started in the world of competitive motocross racing or you’ve been riding for years, you’ve probably figured out that there are some essential pieces of gear you need to ride. And we’re not talking about flashy colors and style here. We’re talking about important protective gear, including a helmet, goggles, glove and boots, that will help ensure that you stay safe on the track, and may even save your life.
When you race with the best protective equipment, you can focus all of your attention on riding your best, beating the competition and, most importantly, having a blast. To get you geared up for your next race, here are 5 pieces of motocross equipment pro riders can’t live without.
One piece of equipment worth investing a little extra on is your helmet. One of the most elements of protective gear for pro motocross riders, a properly fitted helmet protects a rider’s head and face from impact and can prevent serious injury. Motocross helmets are usually distinguishable from other motorcycle helmets by a sun visor, additional chin protection and an opening for goggles. An elongated chin area provides added protection against rocks and other debris churned up by other riders.
Motocross helmets offer a variety of features, including different venting and weight, though the most important thing to look for is safety certification from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Snell Memorial foundation. One helmet that meets and exceeds those standards is the all-new Fly Racing F2 Carbon Short motocross helmet, which has been redesigned and includes a carbon fiber/Kevlar shell, dual density EPS liner, and a unique multiport air induction cooling system.
A quality pair of goggles will protect your eyes from debris and offer great visibility. Be sure to check to see that they fit together well with your helmet, allowing the strap to fit tightly and securely around the helmet. They should offer enough ventilation to prevent fogging, and in some cases anti-fog treated lenses. The Scott 2015 Tyrant goggles offer an incredibly comfortable, snug and adjustable fit, as well as moisture management features and customizable ventilation settings.
If you typically ride on muddy courses, you may want to consider tear-offs, thin layers of film that attach over the lens of your goggles and can be torn off easily if too much mud is blocks your vision.
When choosing gloves you want to look for great comfort, durability and protection. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a quality pair. Look for ones that are lightweight, flexible and offer plenty of airflow for breathability for all day riding. A reinforced double layer palm and silicone finger grippers like those found on the 2015 Kinetic Race Glove from Fly Racing offer additional protection and control.
After helmets, boots may be the most important piece of motocross equipment for pro riders. Boots offer protection for your feet and ankles, as well as your shins and calves. Typically constructed from leather and plastic plates, some models may have steel soles and heel guards. Boots can wear with use from contact with foot pegs and falls, so be sure to replace them regularly when they start to show signs of significant wear.
Other motocross equipment that can provide additional protection from crashes and falls, as well as rocks and debris, include body armor, and knee and elbow guards. Armor is typically worn under the jersey, though some types of plating is designed to be worn on the outside. For added safety, you may want to consider a neck brace, which limits the range of motion during crashes, and can absorb or redirect the force of impact.
Motocross jerseys and pants can come in a variety of fashionable colors and styles, but they also serve a practical purpose by offering protection from cuts and scrapes. Nylon jerseys and pants are fairly tough, dry quickly, and provide moisture-wicking and good airflow.
What type of gear do you plan to purchase for the 2015 Motocross season? Let us know in the comments below!