Adventure VS. Off Road Riding Gear | All About Compromises

Adventure VS. Off Road Riding Gear | All About Compromises

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Let’s take a deep dive into the differences between adventure and off road riding gear. What are the compromises and which is right for the way you ride?

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50 Comments

  1. Magicwindfighter on December 11, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for the info, the hair dryer had me laughing. Any thoughts on neck braces?



  2. Mucky Trails on December 11, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Broken foot on single track with sidi adv boots not enough protection 😩 s g 12 s on xmas list



  3. Darian Simms on December 11, 2022 at 12:32 am

    This video really should be getting a lot more likes. Very informative and no-biased. Awesome video!



  4. Brian Walker on December 11, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Thank you for the excellent video, what jacket are you wearing? Also, are there aftermarket seats where you could do bar risers & a bigger seat? What’s the competitor for this, the KLR 650 or?? yes, the burp was hilarious.



  5. Paul R Davison on December 11, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Great informative video.



  6. Guzziman on December 11, 2022 at 12:36 am

    I wear my street leather jacket and pants on the T7, it is heavy, none mobile, but I feel it is safer …not ideal….



  7. Andrew Johanns on December 11, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Is there a shell that has slide resistance? That way you could wear the off-road armor and have the slidable shell on the road, and then pack the shell when you hit the trail.



  8. K EE on December 11, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Great. stuff



  9. Piotr Sęk on December 11, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Great video! I especially agree with your boots opinion (I just broke my ankle in Sidi Adv falling down on a sandy trail with my KTM 1090 :/ ).
    As for dual use clothes check Adventure-Spec line. I used their Linesman/Mongolia jackets for 2 years now and they do well on and off tarmac. Cheers 🙂



  10. Michael Scott on December 11, 2022 at 12:39 am

    It is always a dilemma. My BMW suit opens up and allows good airflow. I’ve used in high 30’s with no issues (just have to keep hydration up and suit has a built in bladder to ensure that). I did think about getting a MX shirt with under armour but it’s more gear to carry about and, as you say, no good for wet/cold weather. I rarely do single track and mostly asphalt and dirt roads so BMW gear suits me fine.



  11. Duane Smith on December 11, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Thank you great video for a long time rider just starting in the adventure



  12. TWTourist on December 11, 2022 at 12:42 am

    I wear the same gear for all my riding. Aerostich one piece. That said, I’m looking for a two piece.



  13. 818_mamba on December 11, 2022 at 12:42 am

    whats considered light off road?



  14. TataTheHunter on December 11, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Motocross boots are far superior when protection is required waterproofing? I simply have waterproof breathable socks works like a charm in colder weather.
    They made for running or hiking so c
    Around £15 and last forever.



  15. BD357 on December 11, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Great info and great background!



  16. Tacos&TwoWheels on December 11, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Looks good!



  17. Crust2013 on December 11, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Nana on a hill



  18. snowcat on December 11, 2022 at 12:48 am

    New to ADV and love your insights man!



  19. Looaxe on December 11, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I’ve decided to buy my safety gear before I even learn to ride.
    I think of it like throwing your backpack over a fence… "welp.. now we definitely going"



  20. silverfox on December 11, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I wonder if you have seen Spidi instep armour. I think it’s the best posssible compromise for the upper body.



  21. DKclark329 on December 11, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Hey man. Good stuff. I appreciate your thoughts. You’ve gotten considerably adept at speaking clearly and concisely. Keep it up!



  22. Sam Boles on December 11, 2022 at 12:56 am

    gREAT CONTENT! gREAT cHANNEL!



  23. nkgagne on December 11, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Many dirt bike boots aren’t waterproof, but anecdotally I’ve yet to have my feet get wet in short rides with my Sidi X-3 Enduro boots in pretty steady rain, even though they’re not “waterproof. Waterproof socks are readily available and cheaply replaceable instead of replacing the boots altogether; additionally non-membraned boots breathe better and dry quicker when/if they do get really wet.



  24. scarumanga on December 11, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Great video. Lots of very good points!. I’m a fan of the adv gear myself, but like you say it does lack airflow at the lower speeds….you need to be moving. So I’ve started buying some of the mesh adv gear from rev-it, it has its downfalls when it comes to rain but that’s easily overcome with their brightly colored rain jacket (or even just a plain old north face rain coat) worn over it, ultra packable. This gives me the full protection of adv gear with the airflow of wearing almost nothing…but requires stopping to add a waterproof layer if rain starts. The only time I don’t wear armor at all is on my 2km ride to work and back.



  25. Defender 110 on December 11, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Great breakdown. I wonder what setup you would pick if you were doing the TAT in August. Please let me know….I’m so stumped!



  26. Nigel W on December 11, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Gday Ian,
    Total noob here getting back into some off-road type riding after about 35 years away from it. Thanks for the time and effort you put into this vid. I really appreciate it. Given me lots to think about.
    Cheers from Australia 👍🍻



  27. K EE on December 11, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Mosko Moto has some great layering gear, pants etc now too.



  28. Mike Park on December 11, 2022 at 1:05 am

    I sprung for the Alpinestars Toucan GoreTex boots. Best of both worlds



  29. Richard Springs on December 11, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Great info on your videos your opinion seems objected see you at Adventure days Sakara



  30. MotoTaco213 on December 11, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Might I add…. separate kneed guards in addition to the boots. There’s that portion of your shin that doesn’t get coverage, I always seemed to get dinged when I go off roading.



  31. Dane on December 11, 2022 at 1:07 am

    I lost 35 lbs and my adventure jacket was way too big. So I got a new smaller jacket, and now that I’m riding more and more off-road I took the old jacket, removed it’s armor, and I use it now as a shell over the body armor suit until I get to the trail. Works awesome!! All the benefits of an ADV jacket, water proof, and more armored than it was originally! I can roll it up super easy and while it is still big-ish, and it is weight, it seems worth it. I bet with a compression sack it could be really great.



  32. Jeff’s random stuff on December 11, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Thank you for this. My new 890 isn’t here yet so adv riding is brand new to me. On the other hand dirt biking is what I know. I’m 55 and just had a partial knee replacement. I won’t ride a bike again without braces on even if it’s a Harley. I’m a retired fire Captain paramedic. Ain’t no klim pant gonna save your knees in a bad MC crash when your knee goes the wrong way.
    Also, there is no better foot/ankle protection than the Gaerne SG 12 boot. Waterproof socks are recommended but even the sidis don’t have matched toe box protection.

    I really like your channel and look forward to a new chapter of riding in my life



  33. Kawuki Robert on December 11, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Boss I am interested in BMW R1200 2020



  34. Morel Compass TV on December 11, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I know this video is old but I want to say thank you. What you do is very helpful and honest. I appreciate it.



  35. Floyd Brown on December 11, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Hey, Thanks for all the information you provide in these off road and adventure gear videos. The time you put toward others in finding their best path is awesome.
    Cheers!



  36. Ajo Joseph on December 11, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Why should a recreational trail rider wear in boot vs over boots pants? What conditions or riding style determines that? I see MX is only in. Dual sport is mostly over. But trail riding?



  37. Boyan Tchinkov on December 11, 2022 at 1:15 am

    I believe there is Gore-Tex version of Alpinestars Tech 7



  38. SmokinZen on December 11, 2022 at 1:16 am

    What’s your take on neck braces should I keep mine on after getting back on the road



  39. Lord Vader on December 11, 2022 at 1:17 am

    TLDR – street gear hot but more protection.



  40. Piotr Wydmuch on December 11, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Great and very helpful. I love your videos. Thank you:)



  41. bacbladerunner on December 11, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Very helpful. Thank you.



  42. FedericoZ on December 11, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Alot of great info in this video!!!!! Great back drop as well….what a view!!!!! Where was this filmed????



  43. Allan Jackson on December 11, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Hey Ian. Have you discovered Adventure Spec yet? They’re a small (but rapidly growing) British company who design and build a range of adventure gear, based on a layering system. Great quality stuff, designed by adventure bike riders. Thanks, by the way, for this very useful video.



  44. Big Rock Moto on December 11, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Order your parts and riding gear using this link to support Big Rock Moto. Please bookmark it! While there is zero cost to you and nothing will be visible on your end, my channel receives a small commission from each sale which I invest back into content creation. https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/?ref=1053&utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=BigRockMoto&utm_campaign=influencer



  45. Sean Stevenson on December 11, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Thanks Ian! Always great content! 👍🏻🍻🏍🇺🇸



  46. Sean Stevenson on December 11, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Great video Ian! Thanks for sharing! 👍🏻🍻🇺🇸



  47. Mike Rohr on December 11, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for the great vids



  48. Ivan Williams on December 11, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Try alpine stars new tech 7 drystar boot



  49. meinekleineweltreise on December 11, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Best video on this topic I’ve seen so far! Thanks!



  50. DB on December 11, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for your informative videos I appreciate all your knowledge that you share with us.