THOR RIDING GEAR
— PRODUCT TEST: Helmet, goggles, gloves, jersey & pants —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Thor has been serving great riding gear to the off-road community since the 1970s, and it continues to produce high-quality products today. The gear lineup is extensive and has flavors for any rider and at reasonable price tags too. We picked up the Pulse gear set, Sector helmet and gloves, and the Sniper goggle to test.
The Sector helmet has remained in the Thor lineup as a price-point helmet for a long while. This lid retails for $109.95. This doesn’t mean it isn’t protective: in fact, it is DOT and ECE 22.05 approved, so it has earned its badges from rigorous testing. The inner EPS liner is made of a dual-density foam that helps absorb impacts. The shell of the helmet is made of an injection-molded polycarbonate for strength, and Thor designed the rear shell shape to help hold your goggle strap up in the right place.
The mouthpiece of the Sector has a large center vent and two side vents that allow air to continue to your face without letting in too much roost. There are channels designed into the helmet to help cool off your head as well. The nosepiece is flexible rubber that protects against roost, and the visor is adjustable to help keep the sun out of your eyes. Sizing goes from XS to XXL.
Thor Sniper goggle packs a punch at a price of $59.95. The frame of the Sniper is sturdy and retains its shape. This allows the soft micro-fleece-lined, dual-layer 14mm face foam to do its job and conform to your facial structure. The rigid frame also helps keep the polycarbonate frame from flexing, bending or breaking easily when getting struck by roost or trail debris. The lens has UV protection and is scratch-resistant. Built into the lens are tear-off posts so you can run Thor’s tear-offs with them, which start at $6.95 for a 10-pack.
One big plus about this goggle is the ventilation. We rarely experienced fogging. Thor drilled frame ports in the Sniper to increase the venting and prevent fogging. There are 11 different color schemes for this goggle. You get a spare lens, removable roost guard and a goggle bag with Thor’s Sniper goggle.
Our favorite facet of the Thor Sector gloves is the fact that they breathe very well. A lot of us experience sweaty hands in the Southern California heat, so any ventilation is a bonus for us. The $19.95 Sector glove has a stretchable top layer that provides ventilation to the hands. The palm has some perforation to assist with venting as well. The bottom layer isn’t heavily padded for riders that like a thin glove, but the thumb panel is reinforced for durability. The fingers of the Sector glove has Thor’s four-way stretchable gussets, and the fingertips of the middle and pointer fingers have silicone on them to help grip your quad’s levers. Finally, the wrist closure system is adjustable and opens wide to easily fit your hand into. The sizing ranges from XS to XXL.
Thor’s Pulse jersey is comfortable and lightweight. Its hit factor with our test riders is that it vents well. With that being said, it isn’t great for cold weather. The $32.95 Pulse jersey is somewhat form-fitting and made with a moisture-wicking fabric. Thicker riders may not appreciate the fit of the jersey, but it provides good mobility while riding hard. The collar of the Pulse is soft and stretchable, as are the wrist cuffs. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you are even wearing the jersey, because every aspect of it vents and is soft. There are over 10 different color schemes on this jersey, and the graphics are sublimated and don’t fade quickly in the sun. Sizing goes from S to XXL.
With the Pulse line, $99.95 will afford you a quality pant from Thor. The Pulse pant is made from abrasion-resistant polyester, and the mesh areas of the pant are nylon. The seams of the pant are either triple- or double-stitched so they won’t tear apart easily and be more durable. When our test riders swing a leg over a quad, they want to use products that hold up to constant movement and shifting on the seat, and the Thor Pulse pant holds up to their styles of riding.
The knee sections of the Pulse were designed to be pre-curved to match a standing or sitting position while riding. Like the Pulse jersey, they cut down on material so the pant is more form-fitting and doesn’t tend to bunch up like other pants will. It is easy to wear these with kneepads or braces as well. Good ventilation is a factor in this pant, but they don’t breathe as well as the gloves or the jersey.
When it comes to fit, the Pulse pants have an adjustable clasp and zipper closure system. The waist sides have adjustable straps so you can dial in a secure fit. There is a mesh liner on the inside of the pant as well, and even a little interior hip pocket that you could stash your truck keys in. There are 13 different color options for this pant. Sizing starts at 28 and ends at 48, so almost everyone can fit into a pair of these bad boys.
This whole gear setup meshes very well together in terms of style, comfort and fit. Thor knows how to design quality threads and protective gear that works well and doesn’t break the bank. Go to www.thormx.com or call (858) 748-0040 to get more info on the rest of their gear!