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A Deeper Look at MX Protective Gear
Before you rush out and purchase any MX protective gear, it's important that you know how much you can expect to pay, as well as how to choose the right options for your specific needs.
Under the Amor
Shirt: The shirt you choose should offer some specific benefits. It should be breathable and form fitting, but it should also be comfortable. The ideal option is a formfitting shirt made of a lycra/nylon blend. Many shirts also come with added chest protection. You can expect to pay between $50 and $90, depending on the shirt you choose.
Shorts: The shorts you choose should be much like the shirt – breathable, form fitting and comfortable. You'll find options that include padding on the outer hips, as well as around the crotch, as well. A decent pair of shorts will cost you between $30 and $80, depending on your choice.
Socks: Socks are an important consideration here, as they will help to protect your feet and legs, but also to wick away moisture. You can purchase a pair of decent socks for less than $10, though some can cost upwards of $25.
Roost Deflector: The roost deflector that you choose is vital – it should offer a good fit and provide lots of protection. The interior of the deflector should be padded for a good fit, but the exterior should be plenty strong enough to deflect debris. There are many styles out there, and you can pay anywhere from $60 to $200, depending on your needs.
Suits: In addition to roost deflectors, there are also core suits that do the same job. You'll find that these offer more overall protection, but the price is higher. You can expect to pay $190 or more for a decent protection suit.
Elbow and Kneepads: Elbow guards should be breathable and flexible, but strong enough to deal with punishment. Kneepads should be large enough to protect your shin, as well as your knee and lower thigh. Prices here vary from $15 to $90, depending on the brand, size and style that you select. Kidney Belt: Your kidney belt is worn below the roost deflector, and provides better support and protection for the rest of your body. It should be padded, but should be strong enough to deal with debris and other threats. You can be between $15 to $50 (or more) depending on the size and style.
Neck Collars: These are exactly what they sound like and protect your neck from harsh movement. They can range from $30 for a simple affair to $400 for a super high quality option.
Goggles: The goggles you choose should be comfortable to wear and should provide plenty of protection for your eyes and face. You might consider goggles made with anti-fog technology, as well. You can expect to pay from $15 to $100 for a pair.
Helmets: There are few things as important as the right helmet. Make sure you have your head properly sized to ensure the best fit possible. You might pay between $90 and $200 here.
These are the basics for MX protective gear. There are other options available, as well, but as long as you use the equipment listed above, you should be safe on the track.