Motocross protective gear is an absolute necessity when riding a dirt bike. The best riders hit the dirt from time to time but accidents aside, wearing protective gear while riding dirt bikes reduces the chance of serious injury from roost, banging into other bikes, exhaust burn and even a snapped chain.
On the track or the trail protecting the most vulnerable parts of your body is essential to prevent an injury that could keep you off the bike forever. In this guide we will cover the best motocross protective gear for your extremities:
Dirt Bike Wrist Guards
A dirt bike wrist brace secures the lower part of your forearm in the event of a crash. A wrist brace is designed to prevent hyperextension. Typically, you put your arms out to stop a fall and invariably you stop - hands hit first.
Without a wrist guard your hand can snap back, at worst breaking your wrist, and at the very least stretching tendons that could keep you off the bike for an extended period of time. Wrist braces can feel constraining at first so if you're not used to wearing one we recommend starting with basic protection until you get the feel of riding with one.
A wrist brace also help stabilize and prevent further hyperextension of a previously injured. See our Dirt Bike Wrist Guards page to see all available options.
Motocross Elbow Guards
Is there any body part that sticks out more than your elbows? Your elbows get no protection from fenders so they are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body to roost. If you fall over with your bike, your elbows hit the ground first and trail riding offers hazards like tree trunks and tree limbs - objects that feel smash like a baseball bat right into those bones.
Elbow guards provide impact and abrasion protection from anything the track or trail can throw at you - including other riders. See our Dirt Bike Elbow Guards page for all available options.
Motocross Knee Guards
Knee Guards do for your knees what elbow guards do for elbows. Your knees are closer to the ground and are more susceptible to roost and injury from banging into other riders. Even falling over into soft sand means taking a knee and the weight of a 400 pound bike.
Knee guards protect your knees from crashes and other impacts encountered on the track or trail. See our Dirt Bike Knee Guards page for all available options.
Motocross Knee Braces
Cornering is one of the hardest skills to master on a dirt bike. Drop your foot and glide around that curve but then your foot grabs a piece of track. A knee brace could be the difference between riding through it or surgery.
A knee brace is designed to prevent or reduce the severity of knee injuries. Additionally, a brace helps provide stability and limit movement for weak or injured knees. See our Motocross Knee Braces page for all available options.
Motocross Ankle Support
More than two dozen bones make up your feet and ankles. These bones keep you upright and allow you to run or walk. Unfortunately, their design does not include taking the brunt of an impact a 400 pound dirt bike brings. Your leg often acts as a kickstand to prevent a fall and your ankle takes much of the pressure.
An ankle brace prevents hyperextension and helps stabilize and limit the movement of an already injured ankle. See our Dirt Bike Ankle Braces page for all available options.
The key to enjoying the sport of motocross is preparedness. Arming yourself with appropriate protective gear while riding can be the difference between a bruise and a life altering injury. Like any high impact sport, the proper protective gear is crucial to a lifetime of enjoyment.
Check out all of our motocross protective gear and if you have any questions or want more information on products that might be right for you give us a call 888-676-8853.
Written By: AndrewT