Summer’s coming. It’s time to make use of these longer days to get out there and ride. There are all kinds of vented-gear options available, providing maximum airflow and wicking away moisture. Today’s high-tech vented riding gear can make all the difference when the summer sun is beating down. Here’s a quick rundown on the best of the 2014 vented gear.
THOR PHASE VENTED, WIRED GEAR
Thor is one of the winningest brands in motocross history. Thor’s impressive 55 championships in the last 45 years prove that Thor takes great pride in its motocross gear. Thor gear is historically built from the most durable materials available to ensure it can withstand anything the rider puts it through, and the Phase vented, wired gear is no exception. The Thor Phase vented, wired gear features an advanced venting system to prevent overheating. The 100-percent polyester, moisture-wicking, micro-mesh jersey features sublimated athletic mesh for maximum ventilation, shaped knit cuffs and collars for less restriction, and comes in sizes S–XXXL. The pant uses fully vented panels for maximum airflow and is double and triple stitched for durability. The pant is available in sizes 28–48. The Spectrum glove uses a dimple mesh body with airplane panels to promote airflow. Perforated finger panels keep your hands cool. www.thormx.com
$30, jersey; $100, pant; $22, gloves
O’NEAL HARDWEAR VENTED GEAR
The O’Neal Vented Hardwear jersey has fade-free, sublimated graphics on a highquality, moisture-wicking material that is 100 percent ventilated. The Hardwear jersey comes with an extended tail to keep the plumber’s backside at bay, lightweight protective rubber elbow patches for protection, and tag-less neck labels to avoid chafing. It is available in sizes S–XXL. The vented Hardwear pant features heavy-duty denier fabric, yet it’s the lightest Hardwear pant yet. Vented panels are strategically placed to provide maximum airflow. Critical areas are triple stitched for durability, and stretch spandex improves the fit.
$50, jersey; $153, pant
The Klim Mojave gear is probably the most technically advanced gear you can find. The Mojave jersey starts with moisture-wicking, ultra-breathable fabrics. Klim’s “mapped construction” means durable mesh panels are used on top of the shoulder, then tighter mesh is used in the front of the chest and back, reducing dirt penetration. Even more open mesh is used under the sleeves and on side body panels to expel maximum heat. Open-cell, breathable foam is used in the shoulders to improve comfort when wearing a chest protector or backpack. The jersey comes in sizes S–XXXL. The Mojave pant incorporates the maximum amount of mesh material combined with liberal use of Cordura in the highest wear over-the-boot
or in-the-boot style. The Mojave glove is a lightweight glove incorporating a highly porous material on the back, intelligently ventilated panels throughout, and a ventilated synthetic palm material.
The title of “most ventilated helmet in motorsports” goes hands down to the Klim F4. The F4 features air-craving intakes that deliver substantial airflow into EPS air channels and out the exit ports. Comfort is maximized with a removable and cleanable moisture-wicking liner. A small, pocketable, snap-in Windstopper liner is provided for colder days.
$55, jersey; $170–200, pant; $40, gloves; $400, helmet
FOX 180/HC RACE AIRLINE
Fox actually offers two complete lines of vented riding gear. The 180/HC Race Airline is an affordable hot-weather option with large-hole, polyester, mainbody fabric; soft-rib knit cuffs and collar; and a drop-tail in the back of jersey. It comes in sizes S–XXL. The 180/HC Race Airline pant features large-hole mesh in the main-body construction and comes in sizes 28–38. The affordable Airline glove features maximum airflow, breathability, and a single-layer, perforated Clarino palm.
$33, jersey; $110, pant; $29, gloves
FOX 360 INTAKE
The 360 is the top-of-the-Fox lineup, and the Intake is their top-of-the-line vented gear. The jersey features moisture- wicking main-body fabric and a micro-mesh back panel for enhanced airflow. It is available in sizes S–XXL. The 360 Intake pant is made from durable, 900D polyester fabric and features vented TPR thigh and knee logos to enhance airflow. It comes in sizes 28–38. The 360 Intake gloves are made of breathable mesh and have a padded Clarino palm.
$60, jersey; $175, pant; $35, gloves
Moose’s Sahara jersey is made of lightweight, highly ventilated polyester mesh with sublimated, breathable graphics. The Sahara uses raglan-style sleeves for full range of motion and a tacky silicone print on the lower back to keep the jersey tucked into the pants. It comes in sizes S–5XL. The Sahara pant is built on a highly ventilated nylon and polyester chassis, and then reinforced with high-denier nylon in high-wear areas. The pant comes in sizes 30–50 for adults and 16–28 for kids. Sahara’s glove uses open-flow, stretch-mesh finger gussets for increased hand cooling. Synthetic palms wick moisture away.
$40, jersey; $90–$130, pant; $30, gloves
TROY LEE DESIGNS GP AIR
TLD’s GP Air features large-holed, meshfiber, polyester material for a lightweight fit and maximum ventilation. A gel print on the tail helps keep it tucked in, and a tapered and angled cuff design prevents bunching. The GP Air pant is built for summer conditions, with polyester mesh paneling providing maximum airflow. The GP Air also has a Velcro cinch strap allowing for up to 2 inches of expansion in the waist. The TLD Air glove is made with a light and breathable Lycra mesh body and a single-layer Clarino synthetic leather palm. The gloves also feature breathable Airprene cuffs and a Velcro-backed TPR wrist closure. The Troy Lee Designs GP Air gear is available in men’s (28–38), women’s (3/4–11/12), and youth sizes (24–28).
$37, jersey; $110, pant; $29, gloves
ANSWER ALPHA AIR
The Alpha Air jersey is made from a performance mesh fabric with moisturewicking properties. The Alpha Air has padded elbows and an extra-long tail to keep it tucked in. The pant is a mix of high-strength nylon and mesh polyester for durability. It’s available in sizes 28–38. The Alpha Air glove features a moisture-wicking synthetic leather palm and a Liteprene cuff.
$56, jersey; $170, pant; $36, gloves
MSR MAX AIR
MSR’s Max Air is made of lightweight, micro-mesh, poly material for high-velocity airflow. The Max Air jersey has a Lycra stretch collar and micro cuffs, as well as stylish and long-lasting sublimated logo and graphics. The Max Air pant uses a ventilated, poly-mesh fabric with printed graphics. Max Air pants also have dual-adjustable waist straps and a ratchet-style belt closure. The pants are available in sizes 28–40.
$35, jersey; $110, pant, $30, gloves
FLY KINETIC MESH
The Kinetic Mesh is Fly Racing’s vented summer gear. Fly’s Mesh-tech panel design integrates mesh ventilation panels into key areas of the jersey to dissipate unwanted heat. The Kinetic Mesh also features a comfortstretch collar, and an extended tail keeps the jersey exactly where you want it to be. Sublimated graphics, a tag-less printed collar, and shorty cuffs with elastic sleeves come standard. Kinetic Mesh pants (sizes 26–40) use an ultra-durable, multi-panel mesh design like the jersey and also feature a massive air intake system in the knees. The protective rubber badges on the Kinetic Mesh are vents as well. The Kinetic gloves are designed with panels for airflow, comfort and flexibility. The split knuckles also incorporate a ventilated gusset.
$32, jersey; $110, pant; $28, gloves