Freestyle motocross riders generally use the same equipment as typical motocross
racers. A large range of motocross apparel are available in the market today
designed primarily for protection as well as for style.
Apparel and Clothing
Motocross clothing typically include boots, helmets, jerseys, pants,
gloves, goggles and jackets most of which are brightly
colored and designed to minimize injury in the event of an accident.
Additional gear such as chest protectors as well as knee and elbow pads can
also be used for added protection.
A motocross helmet will usually be a rider's primary protective gear
used to prevent serious head injuries. Check for a Department of Transportation
(DOT) rating which indicates the minimum protective standard allowable
in the United States.
An additional Snell rating can be also be gained through
an independent certification process which subjects the motocross helmet through
a series of impact tests.
Besides the protection factor, take the helmet's weight into consideration
as a light piece will obviously be a lot more comfortable when riding.
When purchasing motocross jerseys, look for fabrics such as Ride-lite polyester micromesh constructions
which provide excellent feel and lift, lightly padded elbows, raglan style sleeves
for a no-bind fit, V-neck collars for comfort and ventilation as well
as knit cuffs and collars.
Motocross pants should be durable and able to withstand a fair degree of abuse while
also fitting comfortably. Additional features which may be of benefit include
split rear yokes which contour the body, adjustable waist closures, stretch
panels for mobility, padded knee panels, double or triple stitched seams,
heat and abrasion resistant inner knee pads and seamless leg cuffs.
Motocross gloves should provide the ideal blend of coverage and flex. Some products
will utilize 2-way stretch materials for added flexibility apart from
other features such as hook-and-loop wrist closure systems, finger
and hand patches for protection, light palm padding, perforated finger
panels for cooling as well as silicone fingertips for added grip and lever control.
Good motocross boots will typically include features such as split leather heat shields,
dual locking buckle systems, shock and vibration dampening midsoles,
floating buckle bases for stress relief, stress relief pads under buckles,
high traction outsoles, calf skin heel strips and dual density shin guards.