Dirt Biking

5 must-haves for dirt biking

It can be a task in itself just getting geared up to go dirt biking and to know what gear you should be wearing. I’ve been dirt biking for just over 2 years now, and I have finally nailed down the perfect dirt biking attire and narrowed down the top 5 essential items you should own for a safe, and comfortable ride.

1Helmet. In most people’s opinion, a helmet is the most important piece of gear to own, and I agree. All helmets are not made the same, and it is important to choose a helmet that fits you correctly, is comfortable, and DOT certified. Helmets can be costly, but they are an item that you should dish out some money for. 


2Goggles. Some people prefer not to wear goggles, but for me, they are a MUST. Not only are they for safety so a branch or rock doesn’t gauge your eye out, but I like them for comfort. My eyes are sensitive and dry easily, so wearing goggles makes for a much more enjoyable ride. Goggles can be fairly inexpensive compared to the other items in your closet which is a plus.


3Chest protector. For the first 6 months of riding, I did not own/wear a chest protector. After a decent crash and a few bruised ribs, I broke down and bought one and now I don’t ride without it. I’ve had a few hardy crashes that my chest protector has done its job on. Another bonus, is it another layer of warmth if you are always cold like me.


4Gloves. Although a small item, they do play a big role. Find yourself a comfortable pair of gloves. Not only do they help your hands not freeze while riding in cooler weather, they are there to keep grip on your handle bars. The last thing you want are sweaty or wet hands that can’t grip your throttle.


5Boots. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times my boots saved my feet and ankles from serious injury. My boots have taken a beating as I have been learning and refining my dirt biking skills. I am on my second pair of boots, both men’s, because one thing I’ve noticed while boot shopping, is that women’s boots are not made equally to men’s. From the pairs I have tried on, the manufacturers seemed to be more focused on aesthetics than safety or functionality features. A tip for women: shop in the men’s boot department.


Make sure to research what kind of gear will best suit your needs. There are so many options out there, less so for women, but still enough. Take some time to read the specs and reviews, and make sure to read the return policy of the company you are purchasing from.

Happy gear shopping!