TMS Buyers Guide: Top Dirt Bike Gear of 2019

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Top of the Line Motorcross Apparel from 2019

Having good protective dirt bike gear is important as having a good dirt bike. The right knee guards and road helmets are going to keep you safe in dicey situations. However, it’s not all just about protection either. You don’t want to be riding around wearing jerseys or pants that don’t fit your aesthetic style. 

We know how hard it can be to find good dirt bike riding gear that suits your safety needs but also keeps you looking good on the track or trail. That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite MX gear from the latest and greatest brands in 2019.

Awesome Dirt Bike Gear to Rock from Head to Toe

For the discerning shopper, or maybe just the indecisive one, here’s a list of great dirt bike apparel to keep you riding safely and in style. 

Helmets 

some of the best dirt bike gear you can get is a helmet

Troy Lee Designs – D3 Carbon Jet Helmet

Gear experts Troy Lee Designs are always on the cutting edge of gear in the motocross dirt bike world. With the help of pro-riders like Cam Zink, Steve Peat, and Alise Willoughby (just to name a few), they created the revolutionary D3 carbon jet helmet

This helmet is made from lightweight materials and designed for high-flow ventilation. The D3 helmet was designed to be easy to wear while giving you ultimate protection. It utilizes MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) to reduce strain on your brain should you fall off your bike.

Fox Racing – V1 Matte Helmet

Fox’s redesign of the V1 Matte helmet is better than ever! One of the best safety features introduced is its MVRS or Magnetic Visor Release System. Previously, the visor was held in place with three screws. This could become dangerous in the event of ground impact. The visor could cause excessive jerking or unnatural movements upon impact.

However! The newly designed visor stays rigidly in place when you need it, so no worries. And in the event of a crash, it will safely prevent any further injury that might occur. Another great feature is the new removable inner lining and cheek pads that make cleaning your helmet a breeze.

Neck Braces

make sure your dirt bike gear includes a good neck brace

Leatt – GPX 3.5 Neck Brace 

Leatt has proven themselves to be a strong contender in the neck brace world! Their neck braces are known for reducing the risk of serious neck injuries up to 47%. They’ve done this by creating high-quality dirt bike gear. And without a doubt, the GPX 3.5 is certainly one of them.

It’s designed for ultimate safety and for comfort with every body size and type. The thoracic strut is entirely adjustable to give you the ultimate comfort while also staying safe. And it was also designed to snap off before applying an amount of pressure to the rider’s back that might cause injury. 

EVS – R3

Also makers of quality products, EVS has something special with their new R3 race collar. It has a simple design with easy locking straps and can attach to almost any chest protector. It has a soft-density core which allows for even energy dissipation on impact, and the outer ballistic nylon shell is completely washable. 

Best of all, it comes in both adult and youth sizes, so if you get one for yourself and like it, you can pick one up for the younger riders at home, too. You should start ‘em young on dirt bikes, but start ‘em even younger on dirt bike safety.

Jerseys 

gotta have a great jersey

Troy Lee Designs – Skyline Women’s Camo LS Jersey

Let’s face it, the dirt biking world is a bit of a boy’s club. But just like the rest of the world, we’re starting to see great dirt bike gear designed specifically for the rest of us. A prime example is this great women’s dirt biking jersey from Troy Lee Designs.

The Skyline jersey was made specifically with the shape of the female body in mind for the ultimate comfort and full range of movement. It has lycra neck panels in the back that allow for greater ease of putting the jersey on, and reduced chaffing once you’re on the trail. Not to mention it has a scoop neck collar to give you some extra breathability in the chest area. 

O’Neal – Element Shred

With it’s V-neck collar, tagless design, and sewn in elbow pads, the Element Shred jersey was designed for ultimate comfort when you’re on your motocross bike. It comes in a wide range of sizes for adults from small all the way up to XXL, all featuring a relaxed fit. Who says looking good needs to be uncomfortable?

This dirt bike gear is made from breathable materials to keep you sweating less, which is great. And it’s moisture-wicking for when you do sweat… which is verrrrry likely, wouldn’t you say? It also has an extended tail to make sure your jersey stays tucked in, protecting you in a fall.  If you like the look of the jersey, check out the full gear set! You won’t be disappointed. 

Gloves 

if you're looking for dirt bike gear, you better add gloves to the list!

Troy Lee Designs – Yamaha GP RS1

If you know TMS Parts, you already know we love Yamaha. That’s why we had to show you these great Yamaha gloves from Troy Lee Designs. The Yamaha GP RS1 gloves come in the classic red, white, and blue Yamaha colors with their logo on the palm. That way, you can wear what you love while you ride what you love. 

The gloves feature a two-way stretch spandex design and lightly padded palms to give you the ultimate comfort in your riding gloves. With Velcro straps and fingers made from thermoplastic rubber, you can count on these for a long life of rugged use.

O’Neal – Matrix

O’Neal’s Matrix gloves were designed to be simple, but don’t let that make you think it’s not a great quality glove. Of course it’s a great glove! It’s made by O’Neal! The Matrix glove is made with lightweight materials and designed for slip-on use that makes it feel like these gloves are a second skin.

The palms are made with synthetic leather and double-layer thumb reinforcement so that no matter how much you abuse them, these gloves are going to last. 

Pants 

pants are one of the best pieces of dirt bike gear to have

Fox Racing – Flexair Honda Pants

Keeping on with our favorite Motocross brands are the Flexair Honda pants from Fox Racing. Just like Fox’s name suggests, the pants were designed for racers. They have a four-way stretch TruMotion fabric that gives you all of the mobility you could ask for while still being good, protective pants. 

This model removes the inner comfort-liner, giving enhanced breathability and comfort. This also means that they can slip easily over knee-braces, eliminating binding and improving leg-articulation. 

Fly Racing – Lite Hydrogen

Fly Racing is always getting feedback on their Lite Hydrogen pants from their team of professional and amateur riders. The Lite Hydrogen pants are all about a lightweight design for enhanced movement, while still giving the rider the ultimate comfort. 

This model is almost a full 5 ounces lighter than the previous season’s model. They are able to do this by reducing material in the back of the knee and lower leg by replacing it with mesh material. Not only does this make the pants lighter, but also gives them unparalleled breathability. 

Knee Braces 

knee braces are super important on the motocross track

Leatt – Z Frame

Leatt only makes high-quality gear. However, that doesn’t mean that it has to break the bank. That’s why they listened to their riders and made this more affordable pair of knee braces, the Z Frame

While this model isn’t as stiff as their C-Frame or X-Frame designs, they are still CE certified and reduce the risk of injury of the ACL, MCL, and meniscus. The Z-frame features injected composite chassis, and aluminum hinged knee brace covers for rigidity and endurance.

POD – K8 2.0

If you only want the best, check out these awesome knee braces from POD, the K8 2.0. They’re made with layers of military-grade carbon fiber sheets that are pressed, heated, and molded to yield the ultimate strength while remaining lightweight.

These braces are fully CE impact tested and certified, and if that’s not enough for you, they back up these braces with a 5-year warranty. Can’t find better dirt bike gear than this!

Boots

make sure you have the right dirt bike boots before you get on that track!

Troy Lee Designs Alpinestar Tech 7

Sometimes when you put on a boot, it feels like it wasn’t designed with a human’s foot in mind. Thankfully, that’s definitely not the case with TLD’s new Alpinestar Tech 7. The interior is designed with forefoot and lower toe boxes that make it easier to shift improve your control over the rear brake. 

The upper boot is constructed with microfiber material that is both flexible and abrasion-resistant. The contoured calf protector plate is made with a high modulus polymer and provides increased protection from impact, without sacrificing your range of movement.

Fly Racing – FR5

If you’re looking for a strong boot with some serious style, it doesn’t get much better than Fly Racing’s FR5. It has that classic all-black look of a traditional motorcycle boot. But with a level of protection that you’ll never find on a highway rider’s foot. 

The interlocking thermoplastic polyurethane heel connects to the lateral/medial pieces for full coverage of your foot, and unrivaled ankle support. On the inside, you’ll find a soft-interior foam that will cradle your foot like a cloud. 

Only the Best Dirt Bike Gear

get only the best dirt bike gear this year

Here at TMS, we only accept the best in dirt bike riding gear, and we know that you wouldn’t expect anything less from us. So we hope you enjoyed this look at some of the best dirt bike riding gear on the market in 2019. 
The quality of the bike you ride is important to how much fun you have, sure. But the quality of your gear is what’s going to protect you when the worst happens.

So make sure you’re only riding with the best! And if you’re wondering about where you could ride, check out our blog about the top-50 dirt bike tracks we love… we’ve found one for every state!

Motorcycle Riding Apparel: A Safer, Better-Looking You

motorcycle riding apparel for a safer, better-looking you

Protective Riding Gear For Ultimate Road Safety

It’s finally Spring, and if you’re in a state that gets a lot of snow, you’re anxious to get out there on that bike. You’ve been looking at your motorcycle sitting in the garage all winter, all covered up and sad looking. But now it’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get out on the road. But if you don’t have the proper riding apparel, you’re going to be signing up for a stay in the hospital if you get into a wreck.

So what kind of protective riding gear should you have before you get out on the highway and live your Easy Rider dreams? Luckily for you, that’s somethin’ we happen to know a lot about.

it's very important to have proper and protective riding apparel when riding a motorcycle

Why is it Important to Have Proper Protective Safety Gear?

Riding a motorcycle is freeing, it’s fun, and it fills that need for speed we all have. But riding a motorcycle is also potentially dangerous. More than 5,000 riders died in motorcycle crashes in 2017. That’s more than 13 deaths every day. On average, more than 4,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.

And it’s not like the rest of us haven’t had a spill or been close to it. If you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them “I’ve never been close to being in a motorcycle wreck”, well good for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to ride safely.

You might be the best rider in the world, but one thing you can never account for is other drivers. There’s a reason why people have those “Check twice, save a life” bumper stickers. Motorcycle riding is fun, it’s a great way to get on the highway and feel alive, but if you don’t do it safely, you’ll wind up feeling another way.

So let’s take a look at the gear that every rider should own and use on every ride.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you’re going to ride and you want to do it safely, consider these pieces of gear that offer protection when you’re headed out on the highway.

motorcycle helmets are the most important piece of riding apparel

Motorcycle Helmet

This is a no-brainer (and you will be too if you don’t use a helmet). Currently, 28 states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But even if you live in the other 22, there’s no good reason you should ever ride without one.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Helmets work. Helmet effectiveness has been confirmed by scientific studies, while helmet myths – ‘helmets break necks, block vision and impair hearing’ – have been consistently disproved”.

They also recommend that you buy at least a ¾ cover helmet, although a full face helmet is going to offer the most protection. Another thing to look out for is Snell certified helmets. Snell testing is heavily involved and will provide more protection. Similar to Snell, the DOT (aka Department of Transportation) also has a list of certifiably safe helmets. Take a look at this video that shows the difference between DOT-certified helmets and ones that are not DOT-certified. And if you’re in Europe, the ECE (aka the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe) is the European equivalent to America’s DOT.

a good motorcycle jacket will protect you in case of an accident

Motorcycle Jacket

While many people might think the leather jacket is just for looks, riders know; it can save your life. But it’s not just any leather jacket you’re looking for. The best motorcycle jackets are just like an armored vest. They’re going to have protective armor or places to put your padded armor, like in the shoulder and elbow section of your jacket. You can even get back armor pads!

The more armor in your jacket, the less likely you are to have skin to pavement contact during a wreck. But padded armor isn’t the only safety feature that jackets have to offer you. This is also your chance to be more easily seen by motor vehicles. Consider getting a jacket that couldn’t be missed from a mile away and you’ll automatically increase your chances of cars seeing you on the highway.

Riding Gloves

Not only are you going to get a better grip on your handles, but it is also going to protect your hands. If you get in a wreck and fall off your bike, what will you do? The most likely thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll put your hands down to break your fall. It’s instinctual.

But what’s going to happen if your bare skin hits the hot asphalt at thirty miles per hour? You’re going to come up with hands that look like Freddy Kreuger’s face. That’s why leather riding gloves are so important when it comes to safe riding apparel.

the best riding apparel will always include a great pair of riding gloves

Riding Pants

Just like your jacket, your pants are part of your motorcycle riding apparel. If you try riding in jeans, you won’t be a happy camper if you hit the ground. Denim and cotton jeans are going to shred like wet tissue paper if you get scraped across the asphalt. However, there are special riding jeans, and they’re quite common in riding apparel.

Many of the best kinds of riding pants or riding jeans are made with protective armor material like Kevlar, and you always want to make sure they either have knee guards or slots to put them in yourself.

Motorcycle Boots

Not shoes… boots. What you really want for motorcycle protection when it comes to footwear riding apparel is something that is going to protect your ankles. However, there are riding shoes available that look like street shoes but still cover the ankles. Although boots are preferred, they aren’t the only way to protect your feet.

If you drop your bike on your leg or you get side-swiped by a car you’re going to wish you had something to protect your ankles. They’re also going to protect your skin from the hot exhaust pipes and road-debris that’s been kicked up by drivers in front of you.

Another thing you need to think about when you ride is just the act of stopping. If you’re stopped at a red light, you’re supporting not only your own weight but the weight of your bike as well. Now, what do you think would make it easier to support all that weight? A pair of sturdy boots or riding shoes that support you above your ankles… or a pair of flip flops?

The Essential Riding Apparel

keep yourself and everyone else safe by investing in safe riding apparel

Keeping Yourself and Everyone Else Safe

So there’s our list of all of the gear you really need to have if you want to ride your bike safely. And truth be told, this should factor into your motorcycle expenses or budget. If you have enough money to buy and maintain your bike, but not enough money to invest in good, protective riding apparel, you don’t have enough money to ride a motorcycle. It’s as simple as that.

Riding safely is going to keep you upright and out of the hospital, and it’s not just for your benefit that you ride and dress safely. It’s for your family, for your kids, and for all of the other motor vehicle riders out there on the road.

By practicing safe riding habits and investing in essential, protective riding apparel, your experience on the road will be wonderful. On behalf of the TMS team, we hope you have a great motorcycle season as a better, safer-looking biker!