Buying riding gear can sometimes be confusing owing to a lack of awareness about quality grades and how much to pay for which brand. So we decided to put together this detailed feature to enlighten our readers on how to get a reasonably good set of riding gear without burning a hole in your pocket. We will try and enable you to buy a full set of riding gear for about INR 15,000. Let’s see how it’s possible.
Budget riding gear
Budget riding gear is the bare basic protection which can be availed even for a very small amount of money. The whole point is to buy protection which is in line with the amount of money you spent for your ride. While budget gear wouldn’t be able to match the more expensive, branded stuff in terms of styling or functionality it would still go a long way keeping you safe without burdening you monetarily.
Helmet (Budget – Below INR 4,000)
Most of the entry-level helmets come in single shell size but feature a replaceable padding so that you can choose from among a small variety of graphics. On the downside, many of the entry level helmets tip the weighing scale on the heavier side which may exhaust your neck and shoulder muscles over longer rides. These helmets come without anti-fog visors, which may get a bit inconvenient during monsoons.
- Popular brands for helmets: SOL, LS2, Kranos
- Price range: INR 3,000 – INR 4,000
Body Armor/Jackets (Budget – Below INR 6,000)
Those on a tight budget can opt for some protection with the use of body armor but the safety, comfort and convenience quotient isn’t very high. Body armor offers the very basic torso protection along with elbow guards. While it may save you from light falls, a more serious crash would still see you getting bruised in a lot of places. This economical variety of gear doesn’t offer any protection from water either.
Thankfully there are a few ultra low budget jackets which offer protection from rains. These are mesh type jackets which come with removable rain liners. This variety of jackets is pretty usable during summers too as they deliver ample air recirculation owing to the mesh pattern.
- Popular brands for riding jackets: Rynox, Rjays, Cramster
- Price range: INR 4,000 – INR 6,000
Gloves (Budget – Below INR 2,000)
Our natural instinct in case of a fall is to put our hands in the way to reduce the impact on crucial body parts. The only thing between your hands and the tarmac is your gloves. Don’t forget to add a good pair of gloves to your riding gear. As an ultra cheap alternative, you get those knuckle guards which leave the fingers bare. We would, however, recommend that you go for proper gloves which cover the palms and fingers with reinforced protection in critical places like knuckles and finger joints.
- Popular brands for riding gloves: Rynox, Spartan and Cramster
- Price range: INR 1,000 – INR 2,000
Knee Guards (Budget – Below INR 2,000)
Being on an ultra tight budget does not leave a great amount of money for legs, as riding pants and boots are some of the most expensive items even among the budget brands. A viable alternative can be some good quality knee guards, meant to be worn over denims and military style hard sole boots. They may not be your best option but hey, something’s better than nothing.
- Popular brands for knee guards: FOX, Scoyco, Cramster
- Price range: INR 800 – INR 2,000
Riding Boots (Budget – Below INR 1,000)
- Budget options for riding boots: Military style boots from generic brand
- Price range: INR 800 – INR 1,000
While buying a helmet, always opt for a clear visor over smoked ones as riding during nights can become a huge task with darker tint. Secondly, Get the right fit – the correct size helmet will require an extra effort to slide on. For jackets, select the ones with Velcro adjusters as they offer a better fit. Mesh jackets with removable rain liner are good options for summer rides.
Gloves too are as important as the helmet. There are several cheaper options which do not have proper protection near the knuckle and palm region. Refrain from buying those as they really aren’t too useful. Always keep an eye for deals. A stock clearance sale can save you hundreds of rupees while getting you pretty decent protective gear.
While riding gear is essential for safe riding, what’s even more important is a cool head and a sensible mindset. Practicing caution, following traffic rules, riding responsibly and maintaining prescribed speed limits can be far more effective in ensuring safety than the most expensive riding gear. So leave racing, speeding and stunting for a designated track and ride responsibly on public streets. And do don proper riding gear while doing so. We hope our guide was useful in helping you get rid of your monetary apprehensions about keeping yourself protected while riding… Ride safe!
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The Article was First Published on Motoroids India
Lovely article! Riding gear is nothing but your guardian angel and I wish everyone makes a wise decision of buying it before hand than learning it the hard way.
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