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dh/fr gear and style?

hierophant5

Chimp
Oct 5, 2005
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Any one have a good suggestion to what should be worn when ridding dh/fr trails? I dont mean helmet or cup I mean stuff like shirts gogles gloves shoes etc. I haven't bought any attire for my riding style but I would like to. I looked at oakley gogles but they are way too big for my liking I looked at fox but they didn't offer good eye protection but had killer shirts. Also whats the deal with clip on cleats? Any recomendations? I kinda didnt like the idea of having ones foot attached to a pedal when trying to land a drop but i know guys that wont ride with out cleats cause of power efficientcy. So what do you guys think?
 

rigidhack

Turbo Monkey
Aug 16, 2004
1,210
1
In a Van(couver) down by the river
Ignore style. Tube socks and a milk jug full of water.

Really, get what works for you. If a tshirt and jeans works, great. NO point in being the guy on the hill with the matching gear and no skill (no saying that you have no skill, just that what you are wearing does not a lot to enhance it - with the possible exception of armour).
 

Muuqi

Monkey
Oct 11, 2005
252
0
Ashland Oregon
Like everyone says man, just do whatever floats your boat. 'Round here in Ashland, some people like to get all dolled up in Moto shorts and jersey and what not, but I like to just wear jeans and a t shirt w/ a skate helmet. Alebeit the trails around here don't really warrent a full face or armor or anything. Do your own thing.
 

PatBranch

Turbo Monkey
Sep 24, 2004
10,460
8
wine country
Go to a moto shop and get some $30 spy gogles. They are really good for the price. I have the $30 spy targa 2 in clear.

I wear a rock garden flack jacket on trails with lots rocks. Some times I wear my Thor $30 moto jersey. If its hot I just wear a t shirt (sometimes w/ elbow guards). I usually wear my fox shorts.

Just wear what ever. A longsleeve jersy is nice in tight stuff (with sticks) so you don't get scraped. For riding around town or dirt jumping or stuff like that, I just wear T shirt and jeans.

I wouldn't get clipless pedals/shoes. More chaqnce of getting hurt. I just use platforms. If you get shoes like 661 launch shoes, they grip the pedal alot, or the 5.10 impact shoes are the absolute best shoes (amazing grip for $100).

Skateboard shoes work well too, but not AS well.
 

Kntr

Turbo Monkey
Jan 25, 2003
7,536
20
Montana
Also, it depends on what you are riding. If you are pedaling to the top of the mountain for a killer DH, you might want to wear cloths that will dry when you sweet. I still like wicking jerseys and shorts.
 

JRogers

talks too much
Mar 19, 2002
3,789
1
Claremont, CA
Kanter said:
Also, it depends on what you are riding. If you are pedaling to the top of the mountain for a killer DH, you might want to wear cloths that will dry when you sweet. I still like wicking jerseys and shorts.
exactly. I am all for having your own style and choosing functional stuff, but I think that bike and moto-specific stuff is the most functional. Ride in jeans? They are hot, heavy, they dry really slow, do not wick any sweat etc. Not for me. For DH, moto-style shorts and jerseys made of wicking synthetics are the ticket. Just look for stuff that's on sale or is cheap. In my experience, the expensive stuff often isn't worth the cost. I have bought cheap gloves, cheap goggles, cheap pants etc and they work as well and last as long as the pricier stuff.