Full Protective Outer Gear

Full Protective Outer Gear

This section has information about protective gear other than helmets. For helmet information go to Gear: Motorcycle Helmets. For the research on full protective outer gear and helmets go to Research.

AVOID SKINNING YOURSELF ALIVE BY WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR

  • Personal Protective Gear for the Motorcyclist:  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), as part of its Cycle Safety Information series, produced this four-page document describing all aspects of head-to-toe riding gear and protective apparel in varying weather conditions.
    • Fool’s Gear vs. Cool Gear Video:  A takeoff on the iconic poster at right, and linked below, this 2:16 MSF video takes a head-to-toe tour that compares fool’s gear to cool, protective gear and concludes that “Fool’s gear identifies a rider who’s unaware of the risks or doesn’t take motorcycling seriously.”
    • Fool’s Gear vs. Cool Gear Poster:  A pdf version of the image.
  • Comparing Motorcycle Riding Gear: A textiles-versus-leathers analysis by Robyn Smith, originally posted on the UK-based site formerly known as “Best Motorcycle Information”.
  • Protective Equipment for Riders: This 16-page booklet produced by the European Safer Urban Motorcycling (eSUM) Project offers clear guidelines on how to choose personal protective equipment and shows the evidence-based benefits of wearing jackets, trousers, footwear, gloves, and head and face protection.
  • Gear Up for Every Ride: An alliance that has come together to act as a force for change in the motorcycling community. The campaign is sponsored by the Motorcycle Industry Council.  The goal of the campaign is to inspire a fundamental shift in the way riders think about their gear and to make educated decisions about the gear they wear when they ride.
  • Rock the Gear:  Up-to-date information on all the latest technologies in protective apparel, with links to new articles from industrywide sources, and passionate support for wearing all the gear all the time.