Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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i started with knee protectors last august...
bought a full face (removable chin - Casco) last May
just ordered upper body armour (661 Pressure Suit) and arm guards (for light-duty when i don't wear the armour)
for full face you can get either lightweight helmet (well vented often with removable chin) or Motorcross style: heavier, stronger, less venter, hotter...
for what you're getting into i would say the leg protectors first, then maybe a lightweight full-helmet like the Casco...
P.S. people DO look at you funny... i get stares and i think i scared a kid yesterday - he jumped when he looked at me and then says "wow, what kind of helmet is that?"