The 2010 Gear Issue: Off-road gear


Vega Viper Jr.: Range of colors and four graphic options, including the new SkullnBonz. DOT- and ECE-certified. Extra-large eyeport, side traction plates to keep goggles in place, and channeled ventilation. Removable, washable liners interchangeable to accommodate growth. Sizes S-L. Retail: $79.99. Vega Helmet Corp. 425-656-0683

Alpinestars b2 carbon knee brace: Built to help reduce risk and severity of knee injuries. Free-floating, self-locating protector affords comfortable protection while riding. Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber foam liner, vented. Left or right leg versions, quick-release buckles for fast fitting and removal. Retail: $349.95. Alpinestars 800-727-8277

Klim Traverse waterproof jacket and pant: Made from Gore-Tex fabrics that protect while drawing away moisture. Zippered pockets with storm flaps. 840-denier Cordura overlays in high-wear areas and a moisture-wicking mesh liner. Vents. Micro-fleece-lined collar. Shoulder and elbow pad pockets. Leather panels at the inner legs. Hip and knee pad pockets. Cordura inner knees. Retail: Starts at $299.99 for the jacket and $289.99 for the pant. Klim USA 208-552-7433

Z1R Roost 3: A DOT-approved entry-level helmet with an injection-molded ABS/polycarbonate shell and a removable Nylex liner. Also has removable/washable cheek pads, two adjustable forehead vents, rubber goggle grabbers, and visor vents that help reduce high-speed lift. Comes in a variety of colors. Pictured here is the Volt graphic. Adult sizes retail for $89.98, junior sizes for $64.95. Parts Unlimited 800-369-1000

Fly Racing Kinetic Girl’s gear: The same features as the men’s Kinetic line (page 28) but with a female fit. Jersey has shorter arms, a tapered waist and a flared base. Pant has shorter legs and a lower waist, and is tailored in all the right spots. Adult sizes retail for $29.95, youth ones for $27.95. The glove retails for $26.95 and $24.95, respectively. The pant retails for $89.95 and $79.95. Fly Racing also offers a Girl’s Kinetic Boot-Cut pant. Adjustable, zippered lower leg cuffs allow for a comfortable fit over most boots. Large zippered vents are in the front and back of the pant. Large, external belt loops are for added waist adjustment, or for carrying extra cargo. There are three zipped pockets and one internal one. Adult sizes retail for $89.95, youth sizes 20-24 for $79.95. Western Power Sports 208-376-8400

Z1R Nemesis: Disarray graphic is shown. DOT- and ECE-approved. Dual-density EPS liner. A molded eyeport gasket has integrated ventilation scoops that force air into the front crown. Two gasket vents are complemented by two more intake vents and four exhaust vents. The helmet has a plush, removable SilverCool liner and padded neck straps. Two shell sizes are used in making the full size run. Parts Unlimited 800-369-1000

Moose Racing Sahara gear: Highly vented. In making the nylon/polyester jersey ($39.95 retail), Moose combined three mesh fabrics with an open sleeve cuff construction. Available in sizes S-3XL, it has a Lycra V-neck collar and Lycra neck taping. The nylon/polyester pant ($114.95 in waist sizes 28 inches to 48 inches) has oversized knee areas with perforated leather inner panels. Other features include removable vented hip pads and dual waist cinch straps for fine-tuning fit. The nylon mesh glove ($29.95 in sizes S-3XL) has a perforated Clarino palm, tacky grip print on the fingertips, and an adjustable hook-and-loop wrist closure. Parts Unlimited 800-369-1000

The Leatt Club 2: Latest version of the neck brace. Improvements: five chassis colors, a clear harness system, modified padding to allow for more ventilation, two-piece padding to eliminate scratchy Velcro at back of the neck, a new pad shape to improve comfort and durability, and an adjustment “wedge” for easier adjustability and a more precise fit. Retail: $395. Leatt Corp. 800-691-3314

Zox helmets: Lineup includes the Stadium MX-BKT with a ventilated fiberglass shell. It has a removable, washable liner and is DOT- and ECE-certified. Full size range, XS-2XL, created using two shell sizes. The DOT-approved Roost Junior Gothic has a thermoplastic alloy shell, a three-point visor, a removable/washable liner and adjustable vents. It comes in sizes S-L. NHJ Powersports 800-826-0001

Thor’s 2011 collection: Just one highlight is a new Phase kit emblazoned with the official Rockstar logos and colors. Jersey retails for $39.95 and features 100 percent polyester moisture-wicking micro-mesh construction; raglan sleeves for a no-bind fit; sublimated no-fade graphics; lightly padded elbows; and collar and cuffs shaped for less restriction. Pant retails for $99.95 and features 600D poly oxford construction for extended wear with a 500D Kordura seat panel for durability. Also has an adjustable waist closure; cuffless leg openings; Spandura stretch panels in key areas; leather inner knee panels; double- and triple-stitched seams; and a full-length sewn-in liner. Matching the gear is a Quadrant Rockstar helmet retailing for $164.95. Parts Unlimited 800-369-1000

Fly Racing F2 Carbon helmet: Systematic graphic a new option for the Snell 2010M-, DOT- and ECE-approved helmet. Carbon fiber/Kevlar/fiberglass shell, 11 intake vents, four exhausts, three intake vents above the goggle eyeport to help clear away fog, a dual-density EPS liner, and a removable, washable liner. Systematic graphic comes in blue/red, Caramel Brown and Vivid Purple. Retail: $259.95 in sizes XS-2XL. Western Power Sports 208-376-8400

EVS RC Evolution: Now available in a Nitro Circus edition retailing for $199. Matching it is the Nitro Circus Big Knee Pad worn by the crew. Features a hard-molded knee cup, a sewn-in shin-and-thigh pad, and a wrap-around strap system that reduces migration. Sold in pairs retailing for $49, they come in sizes medium and large for people weighing 100 lbs. to 170 lbs and over 170 lbs., respectively. EVS 800-229-4387

Nikko Sport N718: New dealer-direct brand from the THH factory. Ventilated polycarbonate shell. Removable/washable liner. Snell- and DOT-certified. The dealer margin for all Nikko models is 50 percent. The minimum order is six pieces. Retail: $135 with a shield, $118 without. Nikko MotoRacing 323-586-8477

Answer Ion pants: Buckle and Velcro side adjustors for better fit. Pre-curved foam padded knee, leather inner knee, stretchable panels. Retail: $99.95. Answer Nova helmet: DOT-approved, removable helmet liner and cheek pads, multiple air intakes, rear exhaust vents. Retail: $89.95. Answer Ion jersey: Engineered raglan sleeve, full-cut pattern, multipaneled contoured collar, extra-long tail, flat-seam stitching. Retail: $29.95. Answer Ion glove: Durable, synthetic leather palm, thumb and thumb reinforC.E.ment. Padded palm cushions, flexible cuff and Velcro closure. Retail: $24.95. Tucker Rocky Distributing 800-347-1010

Kali Protectives Prana Carbon Helmet: Also available in a fiberglass model. DOT- and ECE-approved. Foam liner and shell is one piece with no third-party bonding agent. Pyramids of different foam densities within the EPS/shell connection cause impact energy to disperse sideways instead of inward, allowing for a softer EPS next to the head. Order 12 or more helmets and receive a free-standing display. Retail: $449. Kali Protectives 888-776-5254

AXO gear: Sport Pistol: Polyester material resists stains and odors. Nonrestrictive sleeve and neck patterns, fewer seams for less irritation, and fade-resistant sublimations and coloring. Retail: $39.99. Nickel pant: developed with the help of racing champs, perforated, vented and articulated. Heavy-duty nylons, leather inner knees, triple stitching, AXO’s “Slip Fit” knee and rear saddle pattern, fade-resistant sublimations and coloring, and stretch and flex panels. Retail: $129.99. Padlock MX glove: One of the few to use Genuine Nash Clarino on the palm and fingertips. No palm padding, and a three-piece thumb pattern reduces bunching. Over-the-top closure and AXO’s Slip Fit knuckle pattern. Retail: $39.99. AXO America Inc. 661-257-0916

Klim F4: Updated with larger intake and exhaust ports, deeper air channels and a reshaped EPS liner to fit a wider variety of heads. Liner now has a moisture-wicking foam with strategically placed perforations to allow more air to pass through from 41 intakes. Pocketable Windstopper liner can be snapped onto the liner in colder weather. Snell M2010- and DOT-approved. Two graphics are available, one in three color options. Retail: Starts at $399. Klim USA 208-552-7433

Fly Racing’s 2011 Kinetic racewear: Worn by many of the brand’s pro riders. Jersey: Tagless collar constructed of TPR, Lycra and stretch-rib materials. Mesh panels, sublimated graphics, shorty cuffs with elastic sleeves to reduce arm pump, and a long, angle-cut tail to keep the jersey tucked in. Glove: “Four-way stretch multidirectional construction.” A single-layer Clarino palm reinforced in the right areas. A split-knuckle design, silicone finger grippers, an adjustable Velcro wrist closure, and Lycra finger gussets. Pant: 840-denier material, leather knees, stretch panels, leather heat shield panels on the inside of each leg, ergonomically shaped knees that can accommodate knee braces and guards, low-profile stretch cuffs with a removable elastic band, a pocket inside the waistband, two-snap waist closure, an adjustable waist belt, strategically placed stretch-rib panels, a mesh liner, and sublimated graphics. Adult jersey sizes retail for $29.95, youth ones for $27.95. Glove adult sizes retail for $26.95, youth ones for $24.95. Pant adult sizes retail for $89.95, youth ones for $79.95. Western Power Sports 208-376-8400