It's a pity you have to have your own gear to do the course (helmet). We were given helmets to use and just had to wear jeans, long sleeves and solid shoes. At the end we were given a talk on the type of gear out there and considerations when buying. I had been looking at $200 helmets and ended up go for a $400 after finding out more about helmet construction.
It is kind of sad that you have to have this gear before you can do the MSF Course. This stuff is not cheap!
I'm in the same boat - looking for gear to do my MSF Course. Great suggestions by all, so thanks! So far, I've gotten the Scorpion Tornado Jacket
while looking for a helmet. I almost got the helmet, but it was fogging on me when trying it in the store. Therefore, I got the jacket because it fits me nicely, although I was surprised about the sizing. I'm 6' 2", about 220 lbs and I had to get a 2XL size jacket. XL felt a little tight. I'm not sure if this is a good jacket for a beginner or not, but the reviews by others are plus-plus.
As for the helmets, boy are all of the choices confusing! So many different features!! How does one pick? The one at the store that I almost got was a Scorpion EXO-900
, but since then I've been doing more research on helmets and so far I'm interested in Nolan N104
, but the prices are up there!
Because of the initial cost for everything, my experience in getting into riding has been postponed for months
But I'm not giving up, as it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time! I just tell myself to take everything one-step-at-a-time.. And I'm researching EVERYTHING before I spend my hard-earned $$.