Good protective gear is vital..
Riding dirt- and off-roadbikes is a lot of fun, a lot of fun! But it can also be dangerous.
To help prevent, or at least minimize, the risks involved you need to wear the best and correct fitting protective gear.
Picking the right protective gear, that fits you perfectly, will ensure that you have the most fun possible while staying as safe as possible.
It gives you the opportunity to ride, year after year!
Listen: It doesn't matter whether you are a pro or a beginner - at some point, you will crash. Period!
And when that crash happens. If you then have the right protection on - you will hopefully be able to just brush the dust off and get back on the bike.
(This is if you would use everything that is available, not all do though. But we still recommend yu do so.)
As you can see the number of different protection products is pretty big. That also means that the cost of buying all these products will be pretty high.
To avoid this and maybe get a sweet deal - use our discount service.
However, and this is important, never ever choose a cheaper option that might fit badly or does not reach a certain safety standard.
Your safety is too important to be measured in dollars and pennys.
Down below we'll list all the different protection gear and give you a rundown on why the different products are important.
Elbow guards is actually a very important piece of your safety and protection. They are often one of the safety products that is easily forgotten.
Your elbows are the part of your body that is least protected by the bike and fenders. They, therefore, get hit by a lot of roost and debris. They also stick out quite a bit from the rest of your body and are more exposed because of that.
Alpinestars - Alps
O'Neal - Sinner
Alpinestars - Sequence
When you fall over with your bike, your elbows will almost everytime hit the ground first.
If you are riding trails - trunks and limbs from trees can do quite the damage if you get hit at the wrong place. This since your elbows are the one part that tends to stick out the most, they are more likely to take the hit.
A good pair of elbow guards provides impact and abrasion protection from almost anything on the track or trail.
Having an injured elbow is very frustrating. Many times it is at that moment you really understand how vital it is for your dialy life.
Listen: A pair of good elbow guards protects you against trauma from falls and against the hits that a protruding elbow can be exposed to. We hope more people will starts to use them while riding!
Knee Guards do for your knees what elbow guards do for elbows.
When riding your knees are closer to the ground and are more susceptible to roost and other riders. The roost can be pretty bad and large rocks can hurt you quite a bit.
Acerbis - Profile 2.0
Acerbis - Impact Evo 3.0
Alpinestars - Sequence
In case of a crash, your knees will take a large part of the impact. If the ground is hard or full of rocks, you can sustain a serious injury. Even falling over into soft sand means your knee taking the weight of a 400lb bike.
Knee guards protect your knees from crashes and other impacts that can happen when riding a track or trail.
Pro Tip: When you are out shopping for new knee guards, make sure to try them on together with the boots and pants that you are going to be using. Make sure everything fits together and you have good mobility.
Cornering is one of the hardest skills to master on a mx bike.
It takes a lot of training to get it right, maybe you'll never be the total corner master. But just keep practicing on your cornering technique.
Acerbis - Gorilla
Leatt - X-Frame
Leatt - C-Frame Pro Carbon
By using the right cornering technique you minimize the risk of a serious knee injury. But you will never be able to get rid of all the risks that come with dirt bike racing.
The right way to do it is to drop your foot and sort of glide it over and around the curve. The problem here is that your foot and leg is exposed and might grab and get stuck on the tracks surface.
However, you can reduce the risk of twisting your knee with a good knee brace. It can often be the difference between riding it out or being forced into an operation.
A knee brace is designed to counteract or reduce the risk of improper twisting. Or, in some cases, minimize the severity of the knee injury.
It can also help stabilize an already injured knee by reducing mobility in the wrong direction.
With all the bones that make up your feet and ankle, you have to take in consideration that they are pretty week.
Those bones are not designed to take on the impact riding a 400lb motocross bike can bring.
In case of a fall, your leg often acts as a kickstand to prevent the fall and your ankle takes the brunt of the hit.
Since an ankle brace prevents hyperextension and helps stabilize and limit the movement, they are a perfect fit for an already injured ankle.
It might not be for everyone but when you'll need one - you'll be thankful they exist!
The wrist guard or wrist brace secures the lower part of your forearm. In case of a crash, the wrist brace is designed to prevent hyperextension.
In a typical crash, you put your arms out to stop the fall.
If you're not wearing a wrist guard your hand can snap back, at worst breaking your wrist, and at the very least stretching tendons. These injuries could keep you off the bike for a very long time.
Riding with a wrist brace can feel constraining at first if you're not used to wearing one. The tip is to then start by using basic protection until you get the feel of riding with one.
A good wrist support also helps to stabilize and prevent further hyperextension in case you have a previously injured wrist.
The whole reason we created and started this site is that we want to do as much as possible to help you get started with riding dirt bikes or enduro. And to help you find the right equipment.
Getting one step closer to that is made possible with the help of all the good shops and retailers out there.
Find stores that we think are the top ones in this field of sports. We have done some of the work for ya. Now it's up to you to make the actual purchase.
Found a new favorite store? Well, we sure hope so.
We also hope that with the help of this page and site you may have gotten a better understanding of all the protective equipment required to safely ride dirt bikes.