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Track Tested | O’Neal Prodigy Gear

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Price: $74.99 (jersey); $219.99 (pant)

What It Is

O’Neal Motocross celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and to commemorate the landmark, it launched a set of limited-edition 50th-anniversary Prodigy gear. Without a doubt, the Prodigy line is the most technologically advanced set of gear the brand has ever produced. Featuring an abundance of four-way stretch materials in both the jersey and pant, the combo is super lightweight (a large jersey is only 7 oz.) and cut with the riding position in mind. Laser-cut vents in both the jersey and pant are silicone lined, and the pant features genuine leather knee panels for burn protection and grip against the sides of the motorcycle. 

Dominic Gaytan

HITS

  • In recent years, many of the top apparel manufacturers have started to make high-end, super lightweight, stretch apparel and it is awesome to see O’Neal throw its hat into the ring.
  • The four-way stretch material of the jersey is vented well and flows a ton of air. The cut is streamlined and racy, without being overly tight. The infinity collar and cuff design are exceptionally comfortable. Sizing is spot on.
  • The jersey and pant are colorfast and retain their vivid colors, wash after wash.
  • The cut of the pant is perfect as it has just enough stretch and room for knee braces without excess material to bunch up. The stretch panels in the pant offer completely unrestricted movement and we especially enjoy the half liner inside. Linerless pants sometimes chafe, and the half-style of the Prodigy pant is the perfect compromise.
  • The leather knee panels of the pant offer excellent grip against the side of the bike and protect against heat from the header pipe.
  • We used to chuckle about the belt on the O’Neal Hardware pant…until we tried it. It offers micro-adjustments, is super secure, and is foolproof. Needless to say, we were stoked that it found its way onto the Prodigy pant.
  • The Denier saddle area of the pant offers great traction against the seat of your bike and increases the overall durability of the pant.

Donn Maeda

MISSES

  • The brown color of the knee panels doesn’t seem to fit in moto, in our opinion, but it does enjoy a lot of traction and does not mark up your bike graphics like black does at times.
  • Only one colorway – red, grey, black – is available. 

THE VERDICT

The O’Neal Prodigy line of gear is by far, the best fitting, most comfortable, and coolest gear ever produced by the brand. If you’ve never tried O’Neal gear before, now is the time.

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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