What do you wear when you go out riding? Gloves, a jacket, boots… All would be great choices, but do you know why they are good choices. Here are a few things you need to know about wearing motorcycle gear here in Colorado.
All the Gear All the Time and What You Choose to Wear
Have you ever seen the word ATGATT while reading a magazine? Well, that’s not some strange word. It’s an acronym that stands for “All the Gear All the Time.” The ATGATT philosophy says that you are never safer on a motorcycle than when you are wearing all the safety gear that you can. However, there is no law in Colorado that requires you to wear more than eye protection (unless you are under the age of 18.) In the end, how much gear you wear depends on your personal preference. Here’s a list of gear options and why you might want to use them.
- Leather: The top material choice for most motorcyclists. It’s comfortable and nothing is tougher, but depending on the weather, you could overheat while wearing a jacket made of this stuff. Luckily, there are a lot of options if leather isn’t right for you.
- Kevlar: This textile material is known for being a component of bulletproof vests, but it’s in motorcycle gear too. It’s not as durable against abrasions as leather, but it’s still far better than having nothing. It also stays cooler on warm weather days than leather.
- Denim: Wearing plain denim while riding is almost like wearing nothing. In a crash, denim is often shredded very quickly. The only exception to this rule is specially manufactured motorcycle denim. Those fabrics are specially made to withstand slides, and sometimes have Kevlar added in.
- Gloves: When most people go down, they instinctually put their hands out to brace themselves. Can you imagine what your hands would look like if tried to catch yourself at 30 mph on top of tarmac? Gloves help keep your hands from being ripped up by a crash.
- Boots: There are a lot of forces at play when you go down, so the smallest twist could turn into a painful nightmare. The reinforcement in boots can keep your ankle from turning the wrong way, and it can keep debris from slicing a toe off.
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