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Science Of Thrill Thursdays

Trail Tested | Leatt MTB Gear




Before the Salt Lake Supercross series finale, we got to spend some time mountain biking the local spots and had the time of our lives. Our friends at Leatt sent us a box of MTB gear to test out and just like everything Leatt makes, it is built with technical features galore. A couple of months ago when we rode with our pal Bernard Kerr, he was raving about his new Leatt kit, as the brand sponsors the factory Pivot race team he’s on. Check it out! If you pedal, give this stuff a look!


MTB Trail Jersey 1.0 V22


This is one of the most comfortable and coolest-feeling jerseys we’ve ever pedaled in. Things get technical at Leatt, and the Ice Yarn Fabric that this jersey is made from is created from recycled coffee grounds. What does that mean? The fabric has a cooling effect on your skin, and while it may sound like snake oil and smoke and mirrors…you’ll believe it when you wear it. We love the casual T-shirt cut, and a zippered pocket and microfiber wipe for your sunglasses are great added features.



MTB Trail Shorts 3.0 V22


Our favorite thing about the Trail Shorts 3.0 is the inner short that has a dual-density Italian sport chamois. Long days in the saddle have never been more comfortable, as the chamois takes the sting out of an MTB saddle without that wearing-a-diaper feeling that some padded shorts have. The outer short is made of a stain-resistant, durable fabric, and the cut is just right for us – not as long as downhill shorts, but still long enough to cover the top of your knees. Perforated vents keep things cool inside your shorts, too…if you know what we mean.  


MTB Glove 2.0 X-Flow V22


We still have a hard time believing that lots of MTB racers do not wear gloves. Well, we’re thinking that Leatt had those types of riders in mind when they built the X-Flow 2,0 glove because it literally feels like you’re wearing nothing at all! Made of super-thin material that breathes great and stretches for a non-restrictive fit, the pinky finger and knuckle areas have a micro-injected 3D brush guard that you cannot tell is there, but will guard against abrasion. Our only complaint about the X-Flow 2.o glove is that it is hard to slip on due to its snug wrist opening, but once it is on it stays put!


6.0 Clip V22 Shoe


The 6.0 Clip V22 Shoe is super comfortable as the material used in the construction of the top of the shoe is breathable and comfortable. The shoe has a semi-wide fit, so riders with wide feet will be comfortable in them, and the ATOP ratcheting lace system allows you to really cinch down for a snug fit. The micro-adjustments in the system allow you to fine-tune the feel. The channel in the sole for the cleat is generous and allows a wide range of adjustability, and the sole is stuff enough for great power transfer to the pedals, yet flexible enough for comfort while hiking when the trails get too steep to climb in the saddle, Furthermore, the tread on the bottom of the shoe offers great traction and grip.


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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