Motocross Gear Guide—Price-Point Gear
Everyone wants the latest and greatest riding gear, but if you are long on passion and short on funds, you’re looking at price-point gear. We didn’t test this gear to failure; rather each set of gear was ridden in for 60 minutes (of engine time) on the motocross track to assess fit, function, and performance. We kept to the moto realm (rather than trails) for practicality and to control variables. Lastly, we ordered the same sizes from each company (large jersey, 32-inch pant, large glove) since all of our main testers are that size.
If you’re looking for a specific brand of gear that you don’t see included, it’s because they don’t make entry-level gear. We looked at MSRPs given by each gear manufacturer, but there are two exceptions: BiLT is a Cycle Gear house brand and its pricing is usually heavily marked down. The second exception is Alias, shown with its Direct 2 Rider Membership Pricing, which is free and open to anyone through its website.
We didn’t pick a winner here, instead listing some ratings so you can make your gear choice on what is important to you.
BiLT gear has a utilitarian look that works for some and is outdated for others. The fit of the jersey is true to size and has a neutral cut, but the material is thick with very low ventilation and is a bit coarse on the skin. The pant is very baggy—like a whole size too big. This caused the pant to bunch up and get caught on the shrouds, plus slide down on the rider. The pant is also guilty of very low ventilation. There’s no nice way to say it; this glove is pretty bad. It is just so thick and bulky, like a thin ski glove.
cyclegear.com, (800) 292-5343
We noticed the choice in materials in the Alias set of gear had comfort in mind. The jersey is soft, as are the cuffs, and the glove is thin and stretchy with minimal palm padding. On the flip side of that, if you prefer thicker palms to protect your hands, these gloves aren’t for you. The arm and pant lengths are true to size, and the pant’s leg diameter is big enough for braces. There is good ventilation from the jersey, which also has a longer tail to stay tucked in. The only real downside to this set is the knee area is already showing signs of knee-brace damage.
aliasmx.com, (760) 930-1009
Shot gear has a European pedigree, and this shows in the colorway. The pant seems big with a large leg diameter and a length longer than other size-32 pants. Even with the extra room, bike mobility and the bend of the knee were hampered by lack of stretch material. The jersey is true to size, but overall the set has a lack of ventilation. The gloves started off fitting okay, but as we rode, they stretched out and became too loose. While the gear is light, weight-wise, because it doesn’t have many rubber pieces, it also isn’t extremely comfortable.
shotracegear.com, (800) 231-8529
A lot of entry-level gear can be on the dark side, but not Shift. The white, clean colorway looks great. The waist of the pant fits true, but the thigh area is baggier than some of the more athletic-cut pants. That being said, the pant was seamless on the bike and didn’t snag like some baggy gear can. The jersey’s tail is long enough and the arms are true to length, yet all that white does get dirty very quickly. The glove is this gear’s weakest link. It is too big and bulky, making it hard to feel the grip, but might be good for new, un-callused hands.
shiftmx.com, (888) 369-7223
This gear is a little polarizing as far as style goes. Some like it and some really don’t. The jersey has neutral, true-to-size fit with a nice, long tail to stay tucked in. The material is thick and not very vented, but it is soft and comfortable on the skin. The waist of the pant is true to size, but the legs are a little baggy and bunch up above the knee. The pant stays in place while riding but snags the shrouds a little because of its looseness. The gloves are excellent, giving good grip feel and stretch on top.
oneal.com, (805) 426-3300
This gear has a modern look and cut. The pant waist is true to size, but the thigh area is a little tight, and there isn’t as much stretch in the crotch as we would like to give us mobility on the bike. There is enough room in the knees for braces, but the knee area shows signs of decent wear already. The jersey has a neutral fit, stays tucked in, and the cuffs at the end of the arms keep the sleeves in place rather than riding up, though overall the jersey is on the hot side. The gloves have a ton of hand protection but not so much grip feel or stretch.
This is one of the better-looking gear sets of the group. At a glance, it could pass as one of Answer’s high-end gear sets. What stands out for this gear is the fit of the pant has a modern cut to it, meaning the thigh area is nice and snug—yet stretches enough—with a baggier knee area for braces. Also the gloves are light and have a good amount of stretch. On the downside, the inner knee area is not reinforced and is showing a good amount of wear from knee braces.
answerracing.com, (866) 838-4199
It is nice to see entry-level gear in a vented version. The pant is almost a size too big around the waist and subsequently baggy all over. It also slides down while riding, but the ventilation and mobility of the pant make it very comfortable. The jersey fits just okay—the arms are baggy and a little short. The gloves are small for a size large, so much so that it is hard to extend our fingers, and that gave us arm-pump from being too tight. We would recommend ordering a size smaller pant.
msracing.com, (866) 838-4199
This Moose gear has a bit of a retro vibe to it. The jersey is on the baggy side in both the torso and arms while the ventilation is good. The cuffs are a little loose/big, allowing the sleeves to be blown up. The pant is bigger than a 32 at the waist but not a 34. The thigh has a lot of room (not athletic cut) and so does the knee area. The pant did slide down a bit while riding even when fully cinched, but the knee area is sturdy and showed very little wear issues. The glove fits well and has a good mix of palm protection and feel.
We like the overall look of the Thor gear. The jersey is a little on the baggy side, but the pant is slim, stretchy enough, and has room for knee braces. The glove is one of the most comfortable in the group. The gear has a seamless feel on the bike, with no snags or hang-ups. The waist on the pant is higher than most and is another ding against its “Fit” score. There is good ventilation from the jersey and glove but not so much from the pant. But the pant did hold up great in the knee area.
thormx.com, (858) 748-0040
We can tell a lot of thought went into Sedici’s pant, which fit true to size. With a slim thigh and roomy knee, it stayed in place, allowed movement on the bike, and showed no knee area wear. But the glove and jersey were a bit off. The jersey has a huge neck opening that let dirt in, and it was a little tight in the chest. The glove is bulky and fat while being stiff and tight with very little grip feel.
cyclegear.com, (800) 292-5343
JT’s line of Flex gear doesn’t have the most flex in the pant but does have a nice fit and is cut athletically. The pant has a nice leather knee that is very grippy against the shrouds. The jersey is a little long in the arm and tail area, but it ventilates nicely on warm days. The neck area is especially soft and doesn’t cause irritation when the occasional sand finds its way inside the jersey. The slip-on-style glove fits nicely around the fingers and forms to the hand very well for a good feel on the grips. The overall glove length is a little long, however, and rides up past the wrist more than it should.
jtracingusa.com, (949) 215-1749
This set has classic Fox style and a modern athletic cut to both the pant and jersey. Plus, it has enough stretch to allow for uninhibited movement on the bike. We also want to note the pant stayed in place without any worry of showing a hint of moonlight. Although the fit of the jersey is nice, the material is a little heavy, making it less breathable and a bit hot. Also, the glove has a bulk to it that leads to palm bunching, which knocks down the comfort and performance.
foxracing.com, (888) 369-7223
Troy Lee is known for its designs, and this gear set looks good, even though it is sort of more modern than TLD usually looks. The jersey is on the bigger side of large, and it is made of a thicker material than a lot of other jerseys. This will probably stand up better to use, but it hinders ventilation. The pant also has a heavy/thick build and is loose-fitting, yet we didn’t have any problems with snagging or the pants sliding down. The glove is thicker and less vented with a padded palm, but we didn’t run into bunching problems as much as some other gloves.
troyleedesigns.com, (951) 371-5219
The Leatt gear has a unique monochromatic look. The pant closure system gives a very wide range of adjustment, but it is also true to size and has nice, stretchy knee areas for whatever knee protection you want to use. The knee areas also took abuse well. There is almost too much stretch in the pant because it would stretch loose and slide down while riding. The jersey fits well, is super lightweight, and has good ventilation. The glove is very minimalistic and super comfortable; it almost feels like you are wearing nothing on the top of your hands. If that’s what you like, this is the best glove in the group.
leatt.com, (800) 691-3314
Some people might think that Astars is still only available to factory guys, but anyone can get their hands on this gear. The jersey is the only problem in the “Fit” department—it is massive for a size large, which hindered us from really digging the gear. But it does feature soft, comfortable material. The pant has an athletic, slim cut that is true to size and that is not too tight or restrictive. The glove fits great and is nicely built between full armored and super minimalistic.
alpinestars.com, (310) 891-0222