THE TREND FOR 2014 youth gear focuses on more entry-level apparel options combined with top-of-the-line safety gear. Manufacturers are introducing less expensive off-road wear, like pants and jerseys, so parents don’t have to spend too much on gear the kids will eventually grow out of.
At the same time, safety is more of a buzzword than ever – and remember, the one thing parents will spend money on is keeping their kids safe. Here’s some of what’s been introduced to the market for your younger clientele.
Fulmer goes entry-level with GOGJR goggles
Fulmer’s latest goggles are an entry-level offering in both the youth GOGJR and adult GOGAD options. A low price point ($19.95) is paired with anti-scratch and anti-fog technology. UV protection, a non-slip silicon-backed adjustable strap and enhanced peripheral vision are other perks. The GOGJR and GOGAD both have six color options. www.fulmerhelmets.com
Thor Phase expansion and new Blitz boots
Thor’s biggest news in youth gear is the company’s return to youth boots with the Blitz ($119). During Thor’s youth boot hiatus, the company completely rethought and redesigned the youth off-road boot, which comes in sizes 1-7 so kids about 5 years old and up will be able to wear them.
Thor has discontinued the youth Core line but has made up for it by expanding the less-expensive Phase line of jerseys ($29) and pants ($89) to 12 colorways. The Phase is now the brand’s sole youth line, with some of the color options matching the adult Core line for families who like to match. www.thormx.com
MSR Youth Axxis
MSR has taken the cue to increase entry-level youth options with the new Axxis line of jerseys, pants and gloves in six color options. The Axxis is available in adult sizes, too. The youth jerseys ($24.95) and gloves ($17.95) are sized from XS-XL, while the pants ($69.95) are sized for youth 16-28. www.msrmx.com
Leatt Fusion 2.0 gives youth comprehensive protection
The Leatt Fusion 2.0 ($249.95) gives young riders a comprehensive protection option that includes a neck brace as well as protection for the shoulders, chest, back and flank. The 3DF Airlift foam used for impact protection is CE-certified, and it is perforated for ventilation. The S/M and L/XL size options for youth are available in white, red, orange or green. www.leatt-brace.com
EVS Sports has all-in-one protection with Ballistic jersey
EVS Sports has a wide range of youth protective gear for the off-road arena, ranging from knee/shin guards to race collars. The BJ33 Ballistic jersey ($89) is a long-sleeved all-in-one jersey with built-in armor on the chest, back, arms and shoulders. The hard armor is mounted to a lightweight ballistic fabric with mesh stretch panels. Available in youth small, medium and large, the Ballistic is designed to fit easily under a jersey. www.evs-sports.com