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Product Evaluation MOOSE SAHARA GEAR Cool your jets

 
(8/1/2012)
By the staff of Dirt Wheels


q What you might not realize is that a lot of our testing for these later-in-the-year issues are done during the sweltering hot summer months in Southern California, so we need to keep cool! Moose contacted us recently about the release of some of their new Sahara gear, which is a vented set made of high-quality mesh material, made to keep you cool on hot rides. Needless to say, we jumped all over it.

Made up of three different mesh fabrics, the Sahara jersey offers optimum air flow even at low speeds. The sleeves and cuffs are loose to prevent binding and arm pump, and they fit great. The sleeves are long enough for some taller riders who may have problems with some other jersey fitments as well. A Lycra V-neck collar and neck taping won’t chafe your neck when things get sweaty, and the graphics don’t peel or fade either. The jersey is available in sizes small to XXXL in blue, orange, red, “Stealth,” yellow and red/white/blue. The price is $44.95.

As far as the pants go, the Sahara gear has a ventilated nylon/polyester construction with reinforced saddle and knee areas for durability. The knee area itself is oversized with perforated-leather leg sections for grip and heat protection from your hot engine or exhaust pipe. The pants are also sewn in a pre-bent fashion, which makes riding more comfortable but walking a little less comfortable as the pants rub on the back of the knee when your legs straighten out. Moose says their badges are strategically placed for roost deflection and durability, but we think they just look cool. One thing we like about the pants is the dual-waist strap system, which keeps both sides of the pants evenly tightened—unlike some other pairs we have tested recently. The pants are available in sizes 28–48 in blue, orange, red, “Stealth,” yellow and red/white/blue for $119.95.

Last but definitely not least, the Sahara glove also offers up some technology. Made of a lightweight nylon and polyester mesh just like the jersey, the gloves are made for maximum ventilation. The fingers are pre-curved with stretchy mesh finger gussets by the knuckles, with a perforated, grippy Clarino palm pad and silicon finger decals to help you stick to the lever. They use a velcro closure system, which we like more than a slip-fit, and it’s also available in sizes small through XXXL in the same colors as the pants and jerseys for $29.95.

HOW IT WORKS

We suited up in the Moose Sahara gear on a typical 105-degree summer day and took off to do some sporty trail riding in the blistering sun. When you’re moving fast, the gear ventilates well, keeping you dry—even when the wind feels like the world’s largest blow-dryer. We really appreciated the lightweight Sahara gear when the going got slow; the ventilated jersey and pants did a great job of keeping us protected from the sun while allowing air to flow in and out effectively. As far as vented gear goes, this stuff is tops!

As with all vented gear, expect to get a little dirtier when the trails get dusty as all that air flow being routed to your body can be filled with dirt. The gear will also work great in the early fall and spring months, as it’s vented, not air conditioned. This is a great set of year-round gear for warmer climates like ours. To find yourself a set, visit www.mooseracing.com or www.parts-unlimited.com, or visit your local dealership. q
 
 
The Sahara gear will keep you cool in the summer months, and on cooler winter and spring days, just wear a windbreaker over the jersey!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






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