Unless you've got deep pockets and unlimited funds at your fingertips, buying yourself some new motocross gear will usually be an investment that you'll be wanting to last you for more than just one ride. While the kind of riding you're doing will of course play an important role in this consideration, it will usually come down to the quality of the gear you're buying. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you spend the odd afternoon simply riding around the paddock with your kids, you're probably going to be fine with a clean value range MX gear set, which you can get your hands on for under $150. If you're at the track four times a week cutting multiple 30 minute +2 lap moto's however, you might want to consider investing in some more premium gear.
As the cheaper side of a gear set, Jerseys don't have a huge variance in pricing from the value range to the top of the line stuff. Adult jerseys will start from around $34.95 mark, while your premium ranges will come in at just over the $100 mark for brands like Fasthouse, Fox and Shift. At the bottom end of the range, the product is fairly simple. Breathable, moisture-wicking material to keep you cool, sublimated graphics, and some will offer some sewn in elbow padding for good measure. There's nothing too fancy about these kinds of jerseys, but they get the job done well enough. Your mid-range jerseys will typically offer a lightweight poly-fabric to reduce the weight of the jersey, strategically placed venting mesh panels, as well as some tailored cuts for optimum fit to go along with fade resistant graphics. Top of the range jerseys combine 4-way stretch panels, TruDri® fabric, lightweight ventilation and customised openings to give you the ultimate freedom of movement on the bike. If you're serious about your riding, the differences between a $50 jersey and a $100 jersey is definitely worth the investment.
Unlike jerseys, motocross pants have some serious price variances when it comes to the different levels of technologies on offer. Your value range options will start from around the $100 mark, offering heavy duty Denier construction for durability, ratchet closure systems, protective rubber patches and some stretch panels for increased movement in the knee and crotch areas. Moving into your mid-range price points, you'll be getting a more tailored fit for precise positioning on the bike, triple stitching in key areas, heat and abrasion resistant leather knee panels, stretch panels at the knee, rear and crotch, as well as ventilation in critical areas to increase airflow and comfort whilst riding. Your top of the line stuff is in a whole different ball game. Made of the best materials money can buy, a premium set of dirt bike pants offers the ultimate in lightweight durability, manoeuvrability, comfort and performance. If you're a fan of pants off Fridays, you'll be wanting a top of the line set of MX pants - you'll hardly even notice they're there, at the same time offering all the protection and performance that you could ever need. If you've got the money for it, they're definitely worth splashing out on.