Mountain bike riding has become gnarlier than ever so, it’s not if you’re going to crash, it’s when. The combination of more capable bikes and trails that are built to test your limits are pushing the envelope of what can be done on a bicycle. Having the right protective gear will go a long way in making sure that you can get back up from a crash unscathed. From your helmet to your shoes, there is protective gear designed to keep every part of your body protected from impact.
Probably the most important of all protective gear is your helmet. There are basically two types of helmet out there to keep head protected, full face helmets and the half shell. The full face helmet offers the most protection by totally covering your head and face. You typically see this type of helmet being used for more extreme types of riding like downhill and freeride. For all other types of riding the half shell will usually suffice. The half shell covers the top, front, and back of your head while keeping your face open for better ventilation. Whatever type of riding you’re in to, make sure you’re doing with a helmet on.
The next bit of protective gear you should consider is arm and leg armor. This type of armor will go a long way to protect you from skinned knees, elbows, shins or forearms. There is a wide variety of arm and leg armor to choose from, including those from such brands as G-Form, IXS, Race Face, and Fox. Pads such as those from G-Form are soft, lightweight and flexible. They are great for all types of riding and don’t hinder movement. If you’re looking for something a little more robust, the Alpinestars Moab should meet your needs. This hardy set of pads is great for downhill and freeride, or wherever a more robust set of pads are needed.
Lastly, there is torso and spine protection. This type of padding is usually for those who are pushing themselves on double black diamond, and pro style downhill courses. They provide protection for your chest, back and spine, and can make the difference in if you get up from a crash or not. Please dial one of our expert Gear Advisors today at 888-880-3811 with any questions.