LEATT GPX 5.5 RIDING GEAR
TRACK & TRAIL TEST
— Comfortable and cool, By the staff of Dirt Wheels —
Leatt never stops innovating! This company made its name in the industry by creating protective neck brace systems and then moved onward to other categories of riding protection and gear. Leatt just released the 2018 lineup that included all-new gear sets, neck braces, chest protectors and more. We quickly snatched a full set of moto gear to test.
GPX 5.5 ULTRAWELD JERSEY
This is one of the most comfortable warm-weather jerseys we have tested. The fabric is very lightweight, and it stretches and breathes well. Leatt built this jersey with laser-cut MoistureCool stretchable mesh that has air flow channels designed into it. There are also laser-cut vents throughout the jersey to help keep you cool during hard riding. There are perforated brush guards over the elbows that resist snagging on branches and brush. The collar of the 5.5 is designed to work with or without a neck brace, and it stretches to allow part of the brace to go inside the jersey.
The fit of the GPX 5.5 is slim and long, yet it stretches very easily. It barely feels like you are even wearing a jersey, and that is a plus in warm weather. There is a silicone strip on the tail of the jersey to help keep it tucked into the pant. Sizing starts at small and goes up to double extra large with a retail price of $69.99.
GPX 5.5 I.K.S PANT
The impressive technology that Leatt utilizes continues in the GPX 5.5 pant. It has a very comfortable and slim fit, yet it’s designed to fit knee pads and braces inside of it. According to Leatt, 75-percent of the I.K.S (Internal Knee Brace System) pant is made of ultra-light Ripstop stretch material, and it feels that way to us. The inner knees of the I.K.S have layers of super-thin fiber that can rub against each other without wearing down easily, which lessens the transfer or knee-brace friction on your ATV. We have destroyed many gas-tank graphic kits with knee braces, and this pant lessens that effect. There are also 3D-molded, fully floating kneecap pads on the front of the knee sections on the pant.
Leatt laser-cuts vents into their pant to provide airflow to areas that generate the most heat while riding, and there are knee vents on each leg. The seat of the pant is made of 1200D heavy-duty material, with NanoGrip inner-leg panels to help you grip your quad while sitting.
Most of us tend to get sweaty and smelly after riding a lot, and fortunately Leatt designed an anti-odor MoistureCool mesh lining into the pant. And last, there are micro-adjust side waist straps and a 360-degree silicone grip strip designed into the GPX 5.5 pant that provides a snug and secure fit. Sizing starts at extra small and goes up to double extra large for a starting price of $179.99
GPX 3.5 LITE GLOVE
These gloves are something special. They are super thin to help you feel the controls and grip the bars better. The palms of the glove have nano fiber technology that is 7.5 times thinner than hair. They stretch and flex very well and provide great grip in dry conditions and form to your hands in wet conditions. The material at the top of the hand also stretches, and the ventilation breathes well. The knuckle of the glove has Leatt’s air-gel impact protection built into it that is CE tested and certified as Personal Protective Equipment. There are Microinjected 3D brush guards on the knuckles and pinky fingers of the gloves in case you don’t like to run handguards on your ATV. And last, the closure system involves a soft-touch cuff-restraint system. The fit is tight and sizing starts from small to double extra large, and pricing starts at $44.99.
GPX 5.5 V10 HELMET
When Leatt first came out with this helmet, we tested it in our May 2016 issue. We were impressed with it back then and still are now. The safety features are awesome, like the 360 turbines that absorb energy on hard impacts. The shell of the helmet is smaller than most and lighter than most other similar helmets, which may reduce injury as well. There are four large vents on the top of the helmet, along with multiple more on the front of it to keep you cool during hard riding and hot weather. This composite DOT- and ECE-approved helmet starts at $449.99 and can be purchased in sizes from extra small to double extra large. Go to www.leatt.com or call (661) 287-9258 to learn more about their whole lineup of protective gear.