Jackets and Pants

Choose Your Riding Style

Street
Adventure/Dual Sport
Sport/Track
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV
Adventure/Dual Sport Gear
Adventure and off-road riding can expose riders to extreme conditions, and a proper jacket/pants combo is essential to protecting the rider from the elements as well as the road and trail. In addition to the normal concerns of impact and abrasion protection, adventure riders must pay extra attention to features like weatherproofing, ventilation and cooling features and even carrying capacity.
Features to Look For
  • Armor – Impact-absorbing armor should be located in key areas like the shoulders, elbows, back and forearms to minimize impact damage.
  • Fit – A long adventure ride means you’ll be spending a lot of time wearing your gear, so a comfortable fit is even more important. Choose gear that allows for full range of motion, and won’t bunch or pinch after long stints in the saddle. Look for jacket/pants combos that can be attached at the waist to maximize coverage.
  • Materials – Adventure and off-road jackets and pants are almost invariably made from abrasion resistant textiles due to their rugged durability. You might encounter mud, rain, dust, sand, gravel or just about any other challenge you can imagine on an adventure ride, so a tough textile riding suit is a great choice for any off-road travel.
  • Ventilation – Adventure riders can face some extreme heat and cold depending on the season and where their journey takes them. Flexible ventilation options that can be opened and closed at need will help riders get the most out of their gear. Look for vents in key areas like the chest, underarms, back and shoulders that can be securely closed or covered when not in use.
  • Cargo – Sometimes you’ll need to carry extra gear if you are planning to get off the beaten path, and good storage options are sometimes hard to come by. Adventure suits tend to offer extra pockets to carry these extra odds and ends, and some even include large back pockets for accessory hydration systems.
Street Gear
The classic leather jacket has always been an iconic piece for motorcyclists, a symbol that identifies you as a rider and tells a story in each scuff and fold. Like the bikes themselves, jackets and pants have evolved over the years to incorporate new technologies and materials. Riders today have more choices than ever before, with a solution for every season and size.
Features to Look For
  • Armor – Impact absorbing foam, and hard reinforcements in areas like the ankles, heels and toes will differentiate a purpose built riding boot or shoe from regular footwear.
  • Rider-Specific Enhancements – One of the best things about wearing a purpose-built riding boot is that they incorporate many features to enhance your riding experience. Features like extra reinforcement on the instep of the left boot for more positive shifter engagement, lacing that prevents loose laces from getting caught in sprockets or chains, and oil resistant soles for positive grip on even oily surfaces make real riding boots much more effective and pleasant on any ride.
  • Fit – No matter how much protection a boot offers, nobody would ever wear it if it wasn’t comfortable. There are plenty of manufacturers offering modern, comfortable options that are just as good walking around off the bike as they are on the pegs.
  • Style – Riding boots come in a huge variety of styles and colors, with something that will work for any rider on any motorcycle.
Track Gear
The high speeds associated with track riding make it one of the most demanding environments for protective gear. This is the environment where the latest and greatest innovations in materials and construction techniques come together to keep riders protected.
Features to Look For

 

  • Armor – Like their road-going counterparts, track-oriented jackets, pants and suits will incorporate impact-absorbing armor into key zones of the garment to dissipate as much impact energy as possible. Track gear generally offers more generous coverage with these armored areas, with extra reinforcement.
  • Fit – Track gear tends to fit tighter than street gear, and tends to be more restrictive of movement in the interest of greater protection. Pieces are more agressively shaped to fit precisely in the positions they were designed for. Sport-oriented jackets and pants almost always include waist zippers to mate the two pieces into a single suit, and many racing organizations require single piece suits at the higher levels.
  • Ventilation – As with all riding gear, ventilation is critical to ensure rider comfort. Zippered vents and breathable panels are located in key locations in each garment.
  • Materials – Track suits utilize cutting edge materials to improve performance and protection without adding weight. Exotic leathers like kangaroo and stingray are used at critical points in some garments for extra reinforcement.
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV Gear
Riding off-road on the track, trail, rocks, roots or ruts can expose riders to extreme conditions and proper protection is mandatory. In addition to a good jacket or jersey and pant with built-in knee and leg protection made of durable abrasion resistant materials, it’s important to consider chest protectors, neck braces, knee braces, knee/shin guards, roost deflectors, kidney belts, padded shorts and more.
Features to Look For
  • Neck Brace – A neck brace limits the movement of a riders head in the event of a crash, effectively limiting hyperextension or flexion of the neck, while simultaneously redirecting and dissipating any load placed on a riders neck.
  • Chest Protector – A good, high quality chest protector is a piece of dirt bike safety gear everyone should wear. They protect a riders upper body, torso area and back from, flying roost and rocks by dispersing the energy from an impact across the front or rear panels.
  • Armor – Impact-absorbing armor should be located in key areas like the shoulders, elbows, back and forearms to minimize impact damage.
  • Fit – Choose gear that allows for full range of motion, and won’t bunch or pinch.
  • Materials – Look for lightweight but strong materials that are comfortable to wear. You could be riding all day. Your jacket should be as light as possible so it won’t add too much weight, which could potentially offset your turns. Strength in this type of gear is extremely important so that it will hold up under stress and withstand the wear and tear that goes along with rough rides.
  • Ventilation – Off-road riders can face some extreme heat and cold depending on the season. Flexible ventilation options that can be opened and closed at need will help riders get the most out of their gear. Look for ventilation in key areas like the chest, underarms, back and shoulders.
  • Hydration – If you ride off-road you should strongly consider using a hydration pack. The body is comprised of over 50% water, and the sweat you lose through perspiration while riding is roughly 95% water, this loss is constantly depleting your body of its critical fluids, sodium and electrolytes, so it’s important you have a way of replenishing these vital nutrients during a long ride or race. If you don’t replenish lost fluids, you may develop muscle cramps, confusion or worse.