Hey what’s up guys and welcome! So you are starting to ride a dirt bike. In this video we’re going to talk about some basic gear that will keep you relatively safe so stick around.
All right let’s start from a head definitely helmet is number one thing. I don’t even go for a small test ride on any bike if I don’t have helmet on. If you don’t have it on a small mistake something stupid happen and you will be sorry, so go ahead get a helmet and keep it on if you are sitting on your bike.
I like Fox brands for helmets because they’re not expensive they’re really good quality really starting helmet and also they look really cool so I have this Fox b2 for me and I bought it the one for my son, I like the color combination and just like the design like how it looks. This one goes with both of my gears it’s black and white and yellow so I really like this how many always looks okay whatever I’m wearing, so helmet is number one.
Once you have your helmet you definitely need to get a goggles. Now I learn from my mistake: don’t buy cheap goggles from eBay! You’re not going to like them pretty soon you want to get something different so I went ahead and bought these hundred percent of a curry or a curry whatever you call it this is this is the one I bought from my look of motorsport , I spent like $60 they come with two different lenses one is clear another one has some kind of pins. I like it because it’s not the dark a really good visibility even with a low light and there is a lot of sunshine here when I ride so these goggles really cool; plus they look really good on the pictures.
When I first start riding I had no body protection but very soon I learned that having some elbow protection, shoulder protection and some roots protection is very essential when you ride a dirt bike. There is a lot of different things you can buy but what I like is a full body armor with your elbows shoulders, your front for the roots protection than some back protection and you also have something for your lower back. Now you can go ahead and spend $150 for Tyson or Leah or other brands. A really good product and yeah maybe I’ll get one later but I wanted to take some money and I did some research and a lot of guys that said good stuff about PMS brand: it is a Chinese company that is cloning, copying you know all the good stuff from Romo, Fox and all the other companies, so this is a Fox Titan clone and I must say that I’m impressed by the quality you can tell that it’s a little cheaper but the important things the protection all these things are pretty good quality. I put a couple hundred hours on this thing: I went down multiple times and is still holding up and it saved my butt from quite a few scratches!
Let’s move to gloves: so you can get any gloves I think I’d say like $15 – $10 for gloves like this; you can get a gloves that have a little more protection for your for your bones here but this is just basic stuff that I think is enough now for Jersey and pencil. It’s a really good to have a Jersey and pans that are made for dirt bikes, for motocross or enduro, because you need to be flexible, you need to be able to move your body to every single direction, you need to. If you’re riding in the jeans, you don’t have the flexibility you need so go ahead and get your gear. I got the black and yellow because I’m riding Suzuki that’s for my Jersey and then I got these pants also black and yellow so this is one like a yellow set and you know you have a lot of flexibility they adjust they they stretch they go with your body plus they give you some heat protection for your hot parts on the bike board, for the carbon…
All these things so that means we recommend go and find something that is nice to you . I heard that motocross is one of the last places where you can get really colorful stuff in high boots and still look okay, so go crazy get something nice colorful. I think it’s a it looks cool !
The second most important part of your body that can easily get hurt on a dirt bike and once it heard it it’s usually too late is your knees, so you need to have any protection the best is if you can go and spend $500 and get a good knee braces that will you know protect your knee from doing this and also from twisting this way but if you don’t have $500 you don’t want when you’re right also I didn’t spend 500 yet on the knee braces. I’m planning to do in a near future but get at least a good knee braces I spend about a hundred bucks for these knee brace knee guards so I spend about honey dollars for these knee guards and I’m really happy. I went down couple of times even today I was riding and I went down and my knee is fine I don’t feel anything so definitely I recommend you to get some knee protection at least this basic knee protection but don’t settle for something very cheap for like $.. get something a little bit better that will stay on your knee because you’re moving a lot on a dirt bike when you start riding you always change your position and you’re bending your knee, so you need something that will stay where it’s supposed to be at all times. I have a sock so these are made for motocross riding (fox prints ooh) and they are pretty pretty high so they go under your knee protection I like that because it feels warm and it feels safe. It’s good but you don’t have to have it so it is something extra usually people get stuck. I have start to do and I like it!
The last part which is very important you guys don’t ride their bike without having a proper boot go ahead and spend the money on your boots if you want to spend a lot of money somewhere it really good helmet get boots and get braces this these three things will get keep you safe everything else you can have or maybe you don’t need to it’s up to you but if I can pick three most important things for the protection of your body:
- knee braces
- good boots
Top 5 Motocross Helmets Under $300
So we’re going to focus on our Top 5 helmets. What we feel are the best helmets coming in under $300. Obviously your helmet’s your most important piece of your safety gear. We have a very large selection here at Rocky Mountain, and a very big price range as well. Anywhere from several hundred dollars all the way up to around the $800 mark. But today, we’re just focusing on the best helmets sub-$300. So I’m going to walk through and talk about each one and cover the key features and the highlights. And by the end of this I’m going to narrow down your search and I’m going to help you find the helmet that has exactly what you are looking for. If you are in the market for a premium helmet don’t forget we do have your premium helmet buyer’s guide. I do the same thing, but it’s our Top 5 Premium helmets. But without further ado, let’s get to it. So the first helmet that we have up here is the FG-MX coming from HJC. Now you probably didn’t see this one coming but HJC has actually been in the helmet game for a very long time.
Since 1971, in fact, and they put a big emphasis on safety, on comfort and also coming in at an affordable price point. Now this helmet, I’ve actually worn it myself it’s very comfortable, fits true to size. But don’t forget guys, with any helmet, we have our fit guarantee, so if you ever get a helmet and you’re not happy with the size or the fitment just send it back to us, in brand new, unworn condition and we will give you free shipping on your first exchange. So the FG-MX, very comfortable, true to size, it’s going to come in just around that 3-1/2 pound mark. Now with the FG-MX, what really stands out to me, and the reason we selected this to be in our top five, is at just over $200, its affordable price point, it’s going to be DOT certified, but it’s also SNELL Approved. Now the reason that’s a big safety feature for me, is if you’re not familiar with SNELL, SNELL is a non-profit organization and they’re known for having some of the highest safety standards when it comes to motorcycle helmets.
And they just don’t certify any helmet. Manufacturer’s have to take their helmets, send them off to SNELL, seeking their approval, after they’ve gone through their rigorous testing. And this isn’t a cheap process, it adds cost to the helmet, which is why I really like the fact that HJC has brought you a rock solid helmet. Cool color ways, as you can see, and you’re going to get SNELL Approved, coming in just over $200. And that’s why we put it here in our Top 5. So moving on, the next helmet that we have up here is the MX-9 with MIPS, coming from Bell.
Now Bell needs no introduction, these guys have been around since the 1950’s, that’s over 60 years of helmet making. Probably one of the most recognizable names in the helmet industry. So the MX-9 with MIPS, going to fit true to size, very comfortable, I’ve worn this helmet. What I love there’s three different shell sizes that’s going to give a better fitment depending on the rider’s head. The big safety feature that I want to highlight here with the MX-9 is going to be on the inside.
So it’s already a rock solid helmet, already a great price point coming in right around $200 bucks. But the MIPS liner system was incorporated into this helmet and that’s a big safety feature. If you’re not familiar with MIPS, it stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. And what it is, is a yellow liner that goes between the EPS liner in the helmet and the comfort liner, and it creates a slip zone. So it allows the rider’s head to slip just enough in those angular impacts to help disperse away some of that energy. So Bell took the MX-9, which was already a rock solid helmet, had a great price point and they incorporated the MIPS liner system. Now MIPS liner is something that you see in a lot of the high end premium helmets, you now get it in the MX-9, but you still sitting around right at that $200 mark. So that’s the MX-9 with MIPS, coming from Bell. So now from the MX-9 with MIPS, we move on to the F2 Carbon from Fly Racing. So this helmet fits true to size, it’s very comfortable.
You do want to take note though, the cheek pads on the F2 Carbon are pretty thick. So if you do have a wider face, just know it might fit a little bit snug, but those are going to break in a little bit over time. So the F2 Carbon, couple key features I want to point out. First of all, it’s one of the lightest helmets in our lineup coming in just over 3 pounds. The way they keep it so light, is they use a carbon fiber, Kevlar composite shell.
Great venting design, it’s going to be DOT and SNELL Approved. I’ve already told you how much I like the SNELL rating. But the big feature here that I want to highlight, is with the F2 Carbon, this was the flagship lineup in Fly Racing for many years. So it was and still is worn by a lot of the top level riders in the world. Now their new flagship helmet is the F2 Carbon, the exact same helmet, but they incorporated the MIPS liner system into it. So with the exception of the MIPS liner the F2 Carbon, is what I consider a premium helmet but you’re staying underneath the $300 mark. And that is the F2 Carbon from Fly Racing. So fourth up on the list, I’ve got the SE4 coming from Troy Lee Designs. Now some is going to fit true to size. I’ve worn it, it’s very comfortable, it’s going to come in three different shell sizes and it’s going to be DOT Certified. Now, when Troy Lee came out with this helmet, I was actually really excited.
There’s a lot of people that absolutely love the look and the design of this helmet. Both the SE4 Carbon, which is their flagship model, you’re talking north of $600. So what they did, is they went from a carbon fiber construction to a polyacrylate. And that brought the price point all the way down to $250. Which I think is an option price point for this helmet. And there are some other cool features I do want to highlight. Probably the best venting design of all the helmets that I’ve shown you today. You’re going to have 16 intake vents, you’re going to have 6 exhausts. So if you’re looking for a helmet that’s going to breathe and vent well, I would definitely put this one at the top of your list. If we flip it over, we look at the bottom. Couple big safety features here. First, if you look at the cheek pads, emergency cheek pad removal system. And what those are, you have these little pull tabs right here, so in the event of a crash, if you need to get the helmet off the rider’s head, you can pull on these tabs and it just makes it easier to remove the cheek pads without further injuring the rider’s head.
And on top of that, on the inside, you can see it, you’re going to get the MIPS liner system incorporated here as well. I’ve already talked about that. Big safety feature when it comes to those angular impacts. So if you are looking for a helmet that’s going to vent well, that’s got the MIPS liner system, coming in just over the $200 mark, the SE4 from Troy Lee Designs is a rock solid option. So the fifth and the final helmet in our lineup, is going to be the V2 coming from Fox Racing. So if you were wondering what is one of our most popular helmets sub-$300, year after year, well, it’s going to be the V2. The fit is spot on, it’s very comfortable, it comes in three different shell sizes.
It’s going to be DOT and ECE Certified. A couple things about the V2 that I want to point out, is the eye port is going to be the biggest of all the helmets that I’ve had up here today. I’ve tried on all these helmets, if you want a helmet with a bigger eye port, if you have bigger goggles and you want the maximum amount of space, the V2 is going to give a really good fitment for that. Another great feature about the V2, is when I weighed all these helmets that I’ve shown you today, all in a size medium, V2 actually took the trophy for being the lightest helmet in the line up, coming in at just over 3 pounds.
And the way they keep that nice and lightweight is they use a very high quality fiberglass construction. So the V2, really just does everything well. It’s very comfortable, great venting design, and I love just how lightweight this helmet is. That is the V2 from Fox Racing.
Now I know there’s probably a helmet that you didn’t see up here, that you have, that you love. So make sure, comment below, what helmet are you wearing that comes in sub-$300 and let us know what you like so much about it.
Because that will definitely help out the viewers that are looking to pick up their next helmet. To see all the helmets that we talked about today and all the great color ways that are available you can click on the link or head over to our website at: rockymountainatvmc.com. Check those out, remember guys, orders over $75 ship free. And if you haven’t, click, subscribe, stay up to date on the latest gear, guides, parts, views and How-To videos that we are constantly rolling out. I’m Chase at Rocky Mountain, we’ll see you on the trails..
Best Motocross knee braces for beginner
If you have seen our other videos, you will know why knee injuries are very common for dirt riders. How they happen and how it you can change your riding style to lessen the risk? You will also know research shows knee braces at least have the risk of knee injury and we provide way more protection than just a knee guard, so which knee braces should you buy?
First watch out for manufacturers trying to fill their basic sneakers (as knee braces EVs are) the most blatant example with these models most manufacturers won’t do this but, beware of retailers slipping, the word “knee braces” into the text of ads to try and deceive you making sure they fit look around the forums and you will find guys saying odds of tips, but let a brilliant, then someone else will say well pods are fantastic but Liat attract look.
If you can afford any of the good quality knee braces from around us $600 and up, I believe a good fit is far more important than the actual brand or any features they have, each manufacturer designs that race the fit would say think is an average leg so, the less average your legs, the worse the fit is going to be. It can make a brace very uncomfortable but more importantly: a poor fit (means a knee brace) will only half protect you. Why?
Any decent knee brace will prevent hyperextension of the leg extremely well, even if the fit isn’t very good but knee braces have a limited effectiveness with reducing twisting motions and impact through the lower leg, that can damage the meniscus and, to be effective at all, a knee brace must have a good snug fit of the leg and knee to give you some protection. So, never buy braces without trying them for a poor fitting. Knee brace will prevent hyperextension but, will be very little against other forces that can damage your needs.
How to get the best fit? First is getting those straps tight. If you won’t your knee brace just becomes a glorified knee guard and it worked even protect you against hyperextension, always start with the strap just under your knee, run your hand along the straps to ensure there is no slack that can loosen the brace when riding; next, adjust the stops, so that the race doesn’t be too much into your quad muscle or shin when the leg is hyper extended bend your leg, and check the gap around the kneecap. Some space is good for air flow, but you want good protection above and below the kneecap without huge gaps make sure there is a firm pressure against the sides of your knee joint. This helps to reduce twisting and top-quality knee braces will provide adjustable padding here for this reason do.
So, for the top of the femur here you want to Snug fit and good braces like the CGI will provide extra padding to insert here if needed when you bend your leg; some riders will have a prominent fibular head fear that be uncomfortable with certain braces and being less protection against twisting: if you have very thin fat or muscular legs we may find that none of the braces grip your leg well if you can’t find a suitable brace you may need to look at custom braces likewise, if your legs go in or out, a lot an off-the-shelf crease will be uncomfortable and not very effective how much should you spend. A tough question: in my opinion the cheapest need protection that can still be considered a knee brace is the Mobius x8 me break: just pause to read some review but I would strongly urge riders to look at the mid-range knee braces at least but start as around us $600 and go up from there.
Should you get custom knee braces dude, these are expensive little suckers but if you’ve got the money, then you will get the best possible protection against twisting or compression of the knee joint; check out the CTI custom braces if you’ve got existing knee injuries then it makes sense to get the best braces you can. To see Joe the guide was weirdly: it simply don’t work with off-the-shelf braces but smooth riders will have to draw a line somewhere with the financer so try to get the best setting off-the-shelf braces and in the mid-range price tracker remember: if you have a knee injury sometimes you can claim an orthopedic brace like the CTI customer against your medical insurance and depending on your work you can sometimes get a tax deduction.
A few final thoughts: don’t wear two layers under the braces. These will move against each other and allow the brace to move some braces like the EBS web can be quite bulky and might need a bigger pan to fill. If you ride in a hot climate, some knee braces don’t let air move around the knee cap and can be quite hot: make sure the velcro straps like to catch your pants when taking them on or off. An annoying problem with my old AVS web braces one or two brands feature crumple zones, because some believe knee braces can cause femur fractures. I believe the research says this is unlikely sell video on this topic for more information. When you try the braces take your boots along and see yourself it sometimes: if you have wide carved muscles is a good chance to express, it won’t be long enough to fit the braces as well both look after those knee joint size.
Best dirt bike boots for beginner
So second to a good, quality helmet, your boots are gonna be your most important piece of safety gear. They’re a big investment in rider safety, and we have a huge selection that you can choose from Amazon. So today, we want to make your search a little bit easier. So I have on the table in front of me our top five off-road boots going into 2018. Now I’m gonna tell you right now, all these boots up here are premium boots and honestly, in my opinion, you couldn’t go wrong with any one of these. But we want to make your decision a little bit easier. So I’m gonna go through, I’m gonna talk about each boot briefly, point out the key features and highlights that they have to help you narrow down that search. Now some of the best advice that I can give you when it comes to boot shopping is when you find a boot that you’re interested in make sure you watch the detailed product spotlight video. I talk about all of these boots in full detail.
And then when you’re done, you want to make sure to read rider reviews. And if you have questions, you can comment below or ask your questions directly on the product page and you will get answers from customers who have bought these boots. Now if you own one of these boots, I would love to hear about it, so make sure to comment below. What are you rocking? What do you like about it? And also what you don’t like about it. That’s really good to help your riding buddies out. So without further ado, let’s get to it. So the first boot that I have up here, this is the Instinct coming from Fox Racing. This is the same boot that Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed have all worn. And it was tested and developed by Ricky Carmichael. Now with the Instinct, when it comes to fitment, it’s going to be a little bit on the small side. So if you are right between sizes, I’d recommend going up one size.
And it is going to fit a tad narrow. Now keep in mind when it comes to fitment, this is for the Instinct or any boot that Amazon offers, we have our fit guarantee. If you’re not happy with the sizing or the fitment, just send it back to us in brand-new, unused condition, and we will give you free shipping on your first exchange. But with the Instinct boot, one thing it’s known for, it’s very comfortable right out of the box. Zero to little break-in time, but still gives great flexibility to the ankle. A couple of other cool features that I do want to highlight, I really like the buckle design that they use.
It’s more of a ball and socket. The way it works is very simple. You take your strap, put it in the buckle, and it self aligns and it snaps down. So I really like their buckle design. But here in the rear is the big standout feature. You’re gonna have a dual-pivoting hinge, but in the back, they use what they call their dynamic core stabilizer. And the way this boot really comes together allows the boot to be flexible for the rider. But you can see right down here at the bottom, when this boot hyper-extends it actually has a stopping point to help protect your ankle in that situation. That’s a really cool safety feature. I also like how much impact protection they do have here on the back of the calf. And when it comes to larger legs and calves, if you do rock a knee brace, I have worn this boot.
I know it does have plenty of room in this shin plate area. You shouldn’t have any problems getting this buckled down. But that is the Instinct boot from Fox Racing. Again, very comfortable right out of the box. And again, using that dynamic core stabilizer. So the second boot that we have up here in the lineup, this is the SG-12 coming from Gaerne. Now a few facts that I really like about Gaerne is they’re an Italian company, they’ve been making boots for over 40 years, and they manufacture all their boots right out of Italy. So when it comes to quality, these guys are second to none. Now the SG-12, when it comes to fitment, it’s gonna be a little bit wider in the toe box. So if you do have a wider foot, this could be a really good option. It is gonna be a little bit stiffer, one of the stiffer boots in the lineup. But what I like is they put memory foam around the ankle, so although it is stiff, it’s still a very comfortable boot.
Overall, rock solid. Everything on this boot is just built really, really well. This does have the reputation for being one of the longer lasting boots that is out there. But a couple features that I want to highlight are gonna be in the ankle design as well as in the sole. So what Gaerne uses is a razorback strut system, and that goes along with the glide plates that they have on their ankles. So it allows the boot to be flexible, give good range of motion.
But the glide plates here on the ankle, rather than pivoting at one single point, they glide back and forth to help keep your ankle in that natural range of motion. It’s a really cool design that I like from Gaerne. And the other feature I want to highlight, if you are used to a traditional stitched on sole, well the SG-12 is the only boot in the lineup still using one of those, with that steel toe cap. So that’s why it’s gonna be a little bit stiffer, but, again, that is something that riders really like. And because it is stitched on, it is gonna be replaceable as well. So if that’s what you’re looking for, wider toe box along with that traditional stitched on sole, SG-12 is a rock solid option.
Okay, so third up on the list is the Tech 10 coming from Alpinestars. It’s probably one of the most recognizable boots in the off-road industry. And the Tech 10 has been the flagship for Alpinestars for a lot of years. A lot of cool features here, but first let’s talk about fitment. So, length-wise, it’s gonna fit true to size. When it comes to the width, it’s gonna be a little on the narrow side. And you’re also gonna want to keep in mind that the Tech 10 is the only boot in the lineup that is gonna come with an inner bootie. And they are meant to go together. You cannot wear the boot without the bootie. So just keep that in mind. Well with the Tech 10, we’ll talk about it. First, I’m gonna get to the bootie in a second, three buckle design. I will say right now, personal opinion, favorite buckle design of any off-road boot. Very easy to use. You take your strap, slide it through the buckle. They are self-aligning. Snaps down to stay in place. And I like that the bottom buckle is actually on top.
They do that to help prevent if we’re getting pulled up or popping lose, if you were to catch it on something while you are riding. So three buckle design. On the front and the rear, they use what they call their flex blade system. So you can see it’s more like a tongue and groove system, you have it here in the front. You also have it here in the rear. That is gonna give the boot good flexibility, but it’s also going to help protect against hyperextension and also hyperflexion. Now one thing you will notice with the Tech 10 that’s interesting, is no hinges on the lateral or medial side of this boot. Instead, the way they give really good ankle support and protection is gonna be with their inner bootie. So with this, you can see, they have what they call their “C” torsion bars on the medial and the lateral side.
And these actually will give good hyperextension and lateral support to the ankle when it’s inside the boot. So Alpinestars uses that, and that’s really been a staple in the Tech 10, and what makes it such a great boot, and why it’s so popular. But keep in mind, it’s gonna fit a little bit snug, but if you like a boot that has an inner bootie, the Tech 10 is gonna be it for you. So fourth up on the list, this is the Tech 7 coming from Alpinestars. Now the Tech 7 is gonna be the baby brother to the Tech 10. And this is gonna be the most affordable boot that is in our lineup. But what I really like is at a really good price point, it takes a lot of its DNA from the Tech 10.
So if you look at it here, one big difference that I do want to point out, no inner bootie with this. But it is gonna fit true to size, a little bit wider in the toe box. So if you do have wider feet, this would be a rock solid option. And as I said earlier, it takes a lot of its DNA from the Tech 10. If we look at the buckle design, same there. You’re gonna have four buckles instead of three. And if we look at the back, they’re gonna incorporate that flex blade up here at the top of the calf as well. But what I really like with this boot, coming in at a really good price point, is you’re gonna have their biomechanical link here at the ankle. So it gives good flexibility to the boot, but it’s also very comfortable, good stepping comfort. But really what stands out the most to me, is this is the most affordable boot in the lineup but it’s still a boot that a lot of pro-lever riders are wearing today. That is the Tech 7 from Alpinestars.
So the fifth and final boot that is in our lineup, this is the Crossfire 3 SRS coming from Sidi. Now Sidi is another Italian company known for making very high-quality boots. And the Crossfire 3 replaced the Crossfire 2, which was very popular for a lot of years. Now as you look at it you can tell, definitely one of the more unique looking boots that is in the lineup. And the reason being, a lot of screws on here.
And they actually designed this boot to where almost everything on this is replaceable. So as the parts wear out or if you were to break something, it’s very easy to replace. Now the fitment’s going to be true to size. You do want to keep in mind, a little bit narrow in the top box. And they are gonna have European sizes with this boot as well. And it also is going to be a stiffer boot. Sidi designed it to be that way, so if you are a rider looking for a stiff boot, definitely one that you would want to put at the top of the list.
A couple of other features that I do want to highlight. So you can see all those screws over virtually the entire upper portion of this boot, again is replaceable. The shift plate and the calf plate are adjustable for larger legs. But with the ankle, this is one of the big updates they have from the Crossfire 2, they now have hyperextension stopping points, for hyperextension as well as hyperflexion.
And if we look at the sole, this is what SRS stands for. It stands for Sole Replacement System. If you’re a rider and you’re hard on soles, this is gonna really help you out. Because they actually designed this to be replaceable right here where the arch section of the sole is. You can actually just take this out with a few screws, and replace it from your own home. Very easy to do. So that is the Crossfire 3 SRS from Sidi. Again, virtually everything is replaceable. Very good durability. One of the stiffer boots out there, but if that’s what you’re in the market for, this would be a really good option. Alright everyone, so thanks for checking out our 2018 Off-Road Boot Buyer’s Guide.
Alright guys so that the body for today; to get your protective gear when you starting riding a dirt bike don’t save money on the gear this is something that will keep you safe, is something that’s very important save money on the bikers you don’t need the new pipe for $900 take $900 and buy really good protective gear first; after you learn everything after you are safe then go ahead and buy some mods and make your bike pretty or whatever you want to do with your bike. When you go riding stay safe but push yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone if you want to something new you need to change yourself every day go for something new, stay safe at the same time, try to find a balance and have fun and most important whatever you do stay motivated see you guys later.