I am always on the lookout for deal when it comes time to replace my ATV apparel, and it never hurts to save a few $$ while keeping yourself safe. Most folks don't know that your riding gear can not only make you look good, but make your riding safer as well.
ATV Apparel is a term that not only includes some cool looking Tees or Hoodies, but it also refers to your riding pants, jerseys, gloves, goggles, helmet, and boots.
I never ride without my riding gear, so if you see my quad blazing down the trail, and roosting you as I ride, you will most certainly see me completely geared up. Safety First!.
You should never throw your leg over a quad without a helmet, even if you are just riding off of the trailer. WHY is that?
Better to be safe for the moment and go riding, then to have to take an ambulance ride to the hospital. When choosing a helmet, there are a couple of things to remember, so you get maximum protection.
Second only to a helmet is a set goggles, it makes no sense to protect your brain, but not your eyes.
Riding a quad is impossible without both, so take care of your peepers!
One of the best parts of riding is watching the sunrise or sunset over your favorite riding area. If you have ridden at Glamis, you know what I'm talking about...
Number three on the ATV apparel list is a set of gloves. Riding gloves help ensure a firm grip on the throttle and levers, as well as protecting your hands from the wind created as you ride.
White knuckles are for roller coasters, not ATV riding, although I have seen some people riding their ATVs that way.
Next comes your ATV pants and ATV jerseys. if your wallet is a bit on thin side, jeans and long sleeves or sweatshirt will do the trick.
But riding pants usually have some padding at the waist, and even the knees, and also have a suede or leather type patch on the inside thigh area.
These patches help you hug the plastic without slipping around. A definite plus if you need to "hang" off one side or the other to make a sharp turn at speed.
ATV jerseys are normally made from a perforated nylon material, which allows air to pass through, keeping you cool on warm summer days, or fast laps at the track.
The long sleeves also offer some protection in case you bounce off the local flora (bushes and such).
Last come the riding boots. Probably the most expensive item after your helmet.
Your boots offer some reinforcement for your ankles and calves, and feature a non- slip sole material to keep you feet firmly on the pegs.
Again, if your a little light in cash department, a set of reasonably priced work boots will offer the reinforcement for you ankles, but your calves are on their own.
This is also a great option for the kids, who will outgrow a pair of boots way before they wear them out. Some riding boots also offer a waterproof liner to keep your feet dry if you like to play in the puddles like I do...
So, you are ready for some new ATV apparel, but aren't sure where to start looking. Well, I have taken the liberty of assembling a great vendor list to point you in the right direction.
As always, I make sure to only suggest the best vendors, which means a great selection to choose from, but also looking to keep as much cash in your wallet as possible.
We need to shop smart for our ATV apparel, so we have more cash for gas!
Ride Safe. Ride Legal. Ride Again...Curtis