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Great to be on the boards. Just picked up a 2013 Polaris Sportsman 550 XPS LE. Its my first quad, and am just waiting for some slightly warmer than 10 degree temperatures to get out and enjoy it. My buddies were pushing me towards a dirt bike, but considering that I have kids it made more sense to go with a quad, not to mention I am just at an age where trying to keep up with seasoned riders just sounded painful.

In any case, I plan to do the weekend getaways with the dirt bike crew, fully understanding they will likely be doing something different than I will. I ordered a bunch of gear for the next trip. Helmet/goggles, jersey, pants, gloves, and boots mostly MX gear. It made sense to have clothes designed to be in the mud and dirt and offer protection should something go wrong.

In any case, my 2 wheeled friends are feel that its exceptionally ridiculous for quad riders to be outfitted in MX gear, and very mock worthy. ESPECIALLY, if the gear matches. They feel anything more than a helmet is ridiculous. I totally get skiers wouldn't dress like boarders, and when you golf you dont wear jeans etc. but is there a similar dress code for ATV riders?

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it's you on the bike, not them. having that gear will put you in your comfort zone. hey, you have kids and who pays the bills if you get hurt if you didn't have it on? i was off 3 weeks 2 years ago with a broken collar bone. didn't feel like going back to work, but, i was the bread winner and had my own insulating business and had nothing coming in. you do what you think is right !!!

this reminds me of my philippine wife that came over to canada, to fort mcmurray, -40c all winter long. she was so much into fashion and wanted the most styleish outter wear, i said look, you dress with the butt ugliest coat/parka that keeps you warm, covers your butt, and don't worry about the metrosexuals in their designer clothes freezing their a$$es off. staying warm is number 1 priority ...

stay safe angrybears !!!

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All depends on what sort of riding your doing. I see no point wearing a helmet when I'm only covering 6 or 8 mile on the beach doing more fishing than riding but if you are gonna try and keep up with ya mates, wear the gear. Id be more inclined to spend the cash on getting a couple of helmets for the kids.

Welcome anyway Angrybear. Gotta love Utah for its trail systems A (from what I've read ) where in Utah if you don't mind me asking

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I do a lot of jumping and stunt riding so I always wear all my gear. MX gear is not just made for 2 wheels, it is made for the conditions you will be riding in. Those guys are either just busting your balls or complete idiots. I always get pissed at guys on bikes that jack around the quad guys. Quads are harder to ride and take more effort and talent than bikes. If you like the look and feel of the gear go with it. You can mix and match anyway you like also. Wear a jersey and jeans, a t-shirt and riding pants. The only thing I suggest you wear at all times is a helmet and boots. Sh** happens quick and even if you don't fall off, the guy in front could chuck a rock back at you, tree branches on the ground and in the air, lots of possibles. Ride safe and ride lots.

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Great to be on the boards. Just picked up a 2013 Polaris Sportsman 550 XPS LE. Its my first quad, and am just waiting for some slightly warmer than 10 degree temperatures to get out and enjoy it. My buddies were pushing me towards a dirt bike, but considering that I have kids it made more sense to go with a quad, not to mention I am just at an age where trying to keep up with seasoned riders just sounded painful.

In any case, I plan to do the weekend getaways with the dirt bike crew, fully understanding they will likely be doing something different than I will. I ordered a bunch of gear for the next trip. Helmet/goggles, jersey, pants, gloves, and boots mostly MX gear. It made sense to have clothes designed to be in the mud and dirt and offer protection should something go wrong.

In any case, my 2 wheeled friends are feel that its exceptionally ridiculous for quad riders to be outfitted in MX gear, and very mock worthy. ESPECIALLY, if the gear matches. They feel anything more than a helmet is ridiculous. I totally get skiers wouldn't dress like boarders, and when you golf you dont wear jeans etc. but is there a similar dress code for ATV riders?

I say wear what ever U want !! Safety in more important !! I ride my quad with every safety thing I can find LOL In the summer I wear all my dated MX gear and look good in it LOL :laugh: In the winter I style in my Carharts coverall :yes:JMO

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