atgatt - all the gear all the time
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ATGATT - All The Gear, All The Time

ATGATT is an acronym that means "all the gear, all the time". It is a reference commonly made my motorcyclists to refer to the practice of riding with all your gear. Helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots. These elements are considered standard riding wear. Each element offers protection in the event the rider should "go down" or "have an off", meaning the rider was involved in an accident.

Many riders have a personal view on ATGATT and it's important that you develop your own view tailored to fit your own level of safety when riding. Some states in the US don't have helmet laws. Even there many riders adhere to ATGATT.

ATGATT, to many, is common sense, as it saves lives and lessens the extent of many injuries when accidents do happen.

ATGATT has an added benefit in that many manufacturers of motorcycle apparel include high reflective material in their product's construction. Thus, by riding with ATGATT, you become more visible to drivers around you on the road.

It's completely your choice whether you ride with protective gear all the time or not. Many believe this freedom of choice should be expressed by riding with no gear at all. While there is no doubting the visceral thrill this can bring to a rider, even a casual tip over in a parking lot can bring serious injury. Some riders argue it's their choice and only they are impacted by an repercussions.

The fact is, however, that if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your family and friends are impacted, and often the emergency services that tend to you are either wholly or partially funded from tax payers dollars. Thus an argument can be made that any accident requiring a response affects all members of the community. Accidents requiring more trained responses or a deeper level of care cost more, so essentially riding with ATGATT helps us all.

Regardless of which side of the argument you are on, the fact remains: riding with your gear all the time will protect you more.

Where do you like to ride? It impacts what you should wear.
 
> Street riding (sport, touring, around town)
 
> Dirt riding (dual sport, enduro, motocross)
 
> Snowmobiling

The Gear To Wear
> Helmets
> Jackets
> Pants
> Boots
> Gloves
> Sunglasses
> Protective body armor
> Inflatable riding protection