Mandatory Motorcycle Gear
Required for all High Gear Training

As a component of our Introductory Rider Program, one of our experienced instructors will be happy to go shopping for gear with you.  Making sure you have the correct gear, and that it's comfortable and fits perfectly, is fundamental to motorcycle safety.

Our expertise and experience will help make sure you get the right gear, at the right cost.  And because we don't accept kickbacks from any local dealers or motorcycle shops you can be confident that we're completely dedicated to
you, our client.


Motorcycle Helmet

A motorcycle helmet is protective headgear used by motorcycle riders. The primary goal of a motorcycle helmet is to protect the rider's head during impact, although many helmets provide additional protection such as a face shield. In Canada the wearing of motorcycle helmets is mandatory. Helmets are made in 2 main layers: hard and energy-absorbing. The hard shell spreads an impact over a larger area, while the liner (often polystyrene foam) absorbs energy so less is transferred to the skull & brain.

There are 4 main styles: skull-cap, flip-face, open-face and full-face. An open-face helmet will protect everything but the face. Full-face helmets protect the skull, plus providing protection for the lower jaw as well as the face itself. Full-face helmets offer much more protection than open-face helmets.

Several manufacturers have introduced full-face helmets with a flip-up front, combining the protection of a full-face with the ease of communication and donning / doffing that an open-face gives.

Studies have consistently shown that wearing a full-face helmet:

  • Reduces injury & increases a rider's chance of surviving a crash
  • Does not contribute to neck injuries
  • Does not impair vision or hearing
For our Introductory Rider Program, all clients are required to wear a full-face helmet which meets DOT or European Community Helmet Standard (ECE) standards. However we strongly advise clients to choose a helmet with a SNELL  designation, as the Snell Memorial Foundation's helmet testing greatly exceeds both DOT and ECE.  In our professional opinion, Arai Helmets offer the highest possible safety.  

Motorcycle Jacket
A motorcycle Jacket decreases the chance of a motorcyclist
sustaining serious abrasion injuries during an accident. The most common form of armor provides abrasion resistance with leather, Kevlar or other resistant material and has high density foam panels fitted into the shoulders, elbows, kidney-area and back.

Motorcycle jackets come in many shapes, sizes and materials.  Leather and Kevlar offer the best abrasion protection, but can often be quite hot in the summer.  Jackets also are designed separately for men and women.

Motorcycle Gloves
Motorcycling gloves are typically gloves made of leather. Ideally they have gauntlets to protect the rider's wrists from injury, and help reduce drafts while riding in colder climates. Motorcycling gloves should have reinforced palms intended to protect the rider from abrasion injuries in case of an accident.

Optional features include additional protection or weatherproofing. For touring gloves, such additional features may include advanced insulating materials and waterproof breathable fabric, although touring gloves may still lack advanced armouring features used in motorcycle racing gloves.

Gloves intended for motorcycle racing typically incorporate pre-curved finger sections and the best available protection, obtained through additional armour incorporated within the glove. Although maximum tactility is an obvious starting point for racing gloves, additional protection should not be discarded. Additional protection may involve titanium or carbon panels for knuckles and the joints of the fingers. Furthermore, racing gloves may and often do incorporate additional wrist and other protection panels to protect the heel of the hand, back of the hand and other easily injured parts of the hand.

Motorcycle Pants
Armoured motorcycle pants decrease the chances of a motorcyclist sustaining serious abrasion injuries during an accident. The most common form of armor is high density foam panels fitted into the hips and knees.

At a minimum, riders should wear heavy denim jeans with no rips or tears. 

Motorcycle Boots
range from above ankle to below knee boots. They have an outside of a typical boot but a low heel to control the motorcycle. Boots are worn by motorcycle riders and passengers to prevent or reduce harm to their feet and ankles while riding and in the event of a crash. They are designed using materials and seam construction that are impact, abrasion, cut, tear and burst resistant. Tough, strong, moderately flexible boots with stiff soles provide the rider protection from a number of risks.

Boots with oil-resistant, rubber-based composite soles give a grip on the pavement and help keep the rider's feet on the pegs. Boots may also have energy absorbers and load spreaders on the shin, inside and outside of each ankle. A stiff sole working laterally helps prevent or decrease crash injuries caused by crushing and shear strain.

To improve motorcycle safety, motorcycle boots are generally made from a thick, heavy leather and may include energy absorbing and load spreading padding, metal, plastic and/or composite materials to protect the motorcycle rider's feet, ankles and legs in an accident. For use in wet weather, some boots have a waterproof membrane lining such as Gore-Tex or SympaTex.