Selecting the Right Protective Gear for Riding an ATV
August 1, 2017
An ATV is an adventure vehicle and the nature of the ride demands wearing protective gear. 100% complete protection is not possible, of course; but when you choose the right protective gear, you can ride more comfortably and dramatically reduce the chance of obtaining an injury. The usual set of protective gear for riding an ATV will include helmet, goggles, gloves, jacket, long pants and knee pads.
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The helmet is the most important item in your protective gear since it prevents serious head injuries. A fantastic motorcycle helmet will work for ATV rides, too. While selecting a helmet, make sure it has labels attesting various safety standards, like a Snell Memorial Foundation label or DOT (Department of Transportation) label. Your helmet should have a snug fit and securely fasten onto your head. It is better to choose full-face helmets since they provide face protection as well. If you prefer a cooler open-face helmet, make sure it has mouth protection.
Helmets protect your skull if there is a crash, but full face helmets can keep bugs and dust from hitting you in the face, too. This is not uncommon if you are riding out in the wilderness or remote terrain in the summertime.
Goggles are another important piece protective gear when riding an ATV, to protect your eyes from being damaged by bugs, branches, and flying debris. While riding on rough terrain, if you leave your eyes unprotected, you run the risk of serious eye injury. Regular sunglasses are not enough, since they can be easily knocked off, and they do not provide protection on the sides. Select goggles that are made from hard-coated polycarbonate and have standardized markings such as z87.1 or V-8.
Answer Syncron Motocross Gloves
They should fasten securely and have ventilation slits to prevent fogging. A gray tint is preferable for riding on sunny days, and yellow tint adapts well to overcast lighting conditions. Make sure you wear clear goggles while riding at night. It is always better to wear goggles for extra protection, even when you have a face shield in the helmet.
Clutching the handlebars of your ATV throughout the ride can make your hands sore and tired quite fast. High-quality gloves offer impressive protection and will keep your hands warm. Select the off-highway style gloves, which have padding over the knuckles to help prevent bruising, and the cushioning will provide a decent amount of comfort.
Make sure you select the right size of gloves so that they fit snugly. If they are too big, you will have difficulty grasping the controls, and you might get blisters on your palms with the constant rubbing of the glove material on the skin. If gloves are too tight, they will be very uncomfortable and will hinder blood circulation in your hands, which will result in numbness and pain.
Select over the ankle style boots with low heels. The soles of the boots should have good traction, which will prevent your feet from slipping from the footrests.
A full-sleeved leather jacket and long jeans in thick denim would be ideal for ATV rides. You could also opt for a full body suit that is worn by motorcycle race riders.