When it comes to motocross gear, there have never been more options for materials, colors, styles, and innovative features. It's no secret that we all enjoy having choices, but with so many ways to go, it can be overwhelming to try to pick. Further complicating things is the fact that gear sales have moved online, and it can be tricky trying to locating a set that has piqued your interest to put your hands on before you buy. Luckily for you, we get to test out nearly every offering each year and become familiar with what works and what doesn't, both in function and in fashion. After spending some time in the latest threads on the market, we collected some of the more popular premium items from a variety of brands to help make choosing your next set easier.
ALPINESTARS SUPERTECH M10 META HELMET | $649.95
FIT | TRUE TO SIZE, NO PRESSURE POINTS
New for this year, the Alpinestars Supertech M10 helmet was developed over a five year period to deliver a premium lid. The Supertech M10 is constructed from a carbon shell with multiple layers to be effective at protecting against impacts. From small through extra large, each shell is different for each size to ensure effectiveness. Fitment can be adjusted from there with the patented A-Head system, which helmets with helmet height and angle adjustments. The helmet also utilizes the latest in emergency release systems. Another key feature of the M10 is the integration of MIPS. Life inside the M10 is comfortable, with good ventilation and comfortable liners. The Alpinestars Supertech M10 helmet meets DOT and ECE certification.
100% RACECRAFT + MXDN GOGGLES | $85
FIT | LARGE FRAME, NO ISSUES FITTING INTO MOST HELMETS
Building off of the 100% Racecraft goggle that has become so incredibly popular, the Racecraft + features a pre-curved, injected polycarbonate lens fitted to a new, elevated lens retention wall. The result is a more durable, impact resistant goggle that also increases clarity of vision. As with the traditional Racecraft, the Plus uses a flexible outrigger-equipped frame and features stylish designs and prints on the frame and strap. Keeping things comfortable, the Racecraft + uses a revised four-layer foam.
ALPINESTARS TECHSTAR FACTORY JERSEY | $49.95
FIT | TRUE-TO-SIZE, ATHLETIC, SLIM FIT
The focus of the Alpinestars Techstar line is minimalist, extremely lightweight gear that maximizes comfort. When it comes to the jersey, this is certainly the case. Between the lightweight material and the perforated panels, the jersey weighs very little and provides plenty of air flow. Despite being cut slimmer, as most performance gear is these days, the materials have enough give to feel completely unrestrictive. The collar and cuffs are seamless and stretch, and the graphics are fade-resistant thanks to sublimation.
ALPINESTARS TECHSTAR FACTORY PANTS | $179.95
FIT | TRUE TO SIZE, ATHLETIC, SLIM FIT
Alpinestars Techstar pants are constructed of many different panels, from four-way stretch to durable poly-fabric to mesh. The strategic placement of these panels makes for a pant that breathes well and feels very comfortable, but won’t fall apart after a few rides. There is some injection molded rubber incorporated, but it is well-placed to not feel bulky or heavy. The pants are trimmed on the tighter side, but never feel tight. Finally, the waist of the pant uses silicon to keep the jersey tucked, and there’s a small hip pocket to store small valuable items if necessary.
ALPINESTARS TECHSTAR FACTORY GLOVE | $29.95
FIT | TRUE TO SIZE
The Techstar glove packs a lot into a small garment with neoprene, TPR, and synthetic suede making up the bulk of the glove. There are also stretch gussets incorporated at the finger to help increase flexibility. As is often the standard, the thumb and index finger is reinforced. Portions of the palm are also padded with materials to help with comfort and durability.
ALPINESTARS TECH 10 BOOT | $599.95
FIT | TRUE TO SIZE
There’s no denying that the Alpinestars Tech 10 is one of the most popular premium boots ever made, and the newest Tech 10 is a big step in the right direction. This new version is much lighter and is constructed from new composites. As a result, things are more comfortable, smaller in overall size, and improve on simple aspects like buckle closure. In addition, many safety updates were made, including their Frontal Flexion Control Frame, Asymmetrical Dual-Pivot Arms, and Dynamic Heel Compression Protection Shock Absorber. Returning to the Tech 10 is the inner bootie – which helps with ankle protection – as well as their integrated dual compound sole. Topping things off, the Tech 10 is available in a variety of colors and there are often new limited edition versions being released throughout the year.