What goes into Justin Brayton’s gear bag every weekend? We asked our contacts at Bell, Oakley, O’Neal, Gaerne, and Brayton himself for a rundown of what he wears when on the race track. Some items are pulled straight from the catalog, while others are custom-made to the JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha racer’s exact measurements and specifications. All together, they create a kit that gives Brayton everything he needs to take on the professional circuit…
HELMET: Bell Moto 9 Carbon
The Bell Moto-9 helmet that Justin Brayton wears is truly custom. To ensure a perfect, Bell has begun scanning their rider's heads and build the EPS foam inside the shell around their head. The added EPS foam improves the fit and stability of the helmet for the rider, and in testing has reduced an impact by 44Gs. Brayton's helmet starts as a size medium and uses stock 45mm cheekpads.
Motorcycle Superstore, a personal sponsor of Brayton's, designed the look of the helmet and Bell applies them in-house. Despite a demand from the masses, Motorcycle Superstore limits the design to only their sponsored riders. What sets Brayton's helmet apart from other Motorcycle Superstore riders is the Toyota stripe across the top of the shell, which is painted by Tagger Designs.
GOGGLES: Oakley Mayhem
JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha is one of the only teams in the pit area to have a built-in eyewear sponsor, and the entire staff is outfitted in Oakley protection. Although the Airbrake is the brand's current high-end offering, Brayton elects to use the Mayhem frame. The Mayhem chassis is made of Oakley's flexible O-Matter material and lens is sized larger than most for increased visual range. A clear lens is the standard for Supercross and is loaded with laminated tear-offs for each session on the track.
JERSEY: O'Neal Hardware/Ultra-Lite/Mayhem
2014 is Brayton's first season in O'Neal apparel. According to Marc Shear, the brand's rider support manager, Brayton is hands-on when it comes to picking the style and colors he runs each weekend. Yamaha has been known in the past to limit the colors worn to only blue, but the restriction has been lifted in 2014 and lets Brayton wear practically anything in the catalog. Because O'Neal jerseys have a generous cut, Brayton prefers to wear a size small. The JGRMX/Toyota/NFab/Yamaha team has brought a number of sponsors to the program, and 20 logo transfers are applied to each jersey.
GLOVE: O'Neal Jump
SIZE: Large (10)
Brayton prefers a minimalistic glove, and the O'Neal Jump fits the order with its single layer palm, rollover fingertips, unpadded top portion, and hook and loop wrist closure. A new pair, size 10, is used each time he hits the track.
PANT: O'Neal Hardware/Ultra-Lite/Mayhem
While other riders fall between pant sizes and require alterations, Brayton fits into a 30″ perfectly. The only modification needed is the application of custom Yamaha patches to underside of the thighs.
KNEE BRACES: CTi
SIZE: Custom built
The original motocross knee brace, the CTi Custom, is Brayton's protection of choice. Now owned by Iceland prosthetic and orthopedic brand Ossur, each brace is custom made to the wearer's personal needs. Pricing varies on each prescription, and some insurance plans can help cover the cost.
BOOTS: Gaerne SG-12
Gaerne's SG-12 boot has long been a part of Brayton's gear bag. The hinged ankle and bootie-less design maximizes protection while still offering unrestrictive movement, and Brayton wears pairs straight off of the shelf. Coordinating the color of gear and boots has become a trend, and Brayton is able to match the two components with Gaerne's range of six colors (black, white, blue, green, red, orange).