PRODUCT EVALUATION XTREME EXCEL GEAR Xtreme value & performance
q We like Xtreme’s line of riding gear for three reasons: its low cost, will last for several seasons of hard riding and it’s not overly flashy. Design trends in the riding gear world have given us everything from flames, skulls and crossbones, to rainbows, polka dots and now tuxedo replicas. Most ATV enthusiasts are not over-the-top egomaniacs. We want a clean, cheap and comfortable getup that offers us protection on the track or trail. With a pair of pants, a jersey and gloves, Xtreme’s Excel ($170) series fits the bill.
Xtreme’s Excel series jersey features fade-proof sublimated graphics, a loose fit, multi-panel construction, a soft elastic banner to keep dirt out, low profile cuffs to reduce arm fatigue and an extra long tail to keep the jersey tucked in. The Excel jersey fits loosely around the collar, which was a plus for our testers. The jerseys are available in sizes small to 2XL and in color combinations of red, blue silver/grey and black. They retail for $29.99.
The Xtreme Excel series pant design flows great with the jersey. They feature a durable 600D Dynax nylon construction with 1680D Ballistic Cordura pre-bent knees, vented air mesh front panels, 1840D Ballistic Cordura inner knees, wide sublimated side spandex panels, short-length vented mesh liner, double and triple stitched seams, wide gripper elastic waistband, a no leg-cuff design and a rust-proof nylon buckle and zipper.
The comfort level of the pants is up there with the top gear names like Fox, Shift, Moose and Thor. They fit well over kneepads, and feel nice and snug all the way down to the ankle. Our larger EVS Web knee braces made our size 34 pants slightly snug in the thigh area. If you’re used to a looser-fitting pant, then going up a size in the pant department will help. The buckle adjustment will keep the slightly larger pant size snug as well. The Xtreme pants are available in sizes 28-38 in color combinations of red and blue, and sizes 28 to 42 in color combinations of silver/grey and black.
They retail for $109.99.
The Xtreme Excel gloves
feature vented air mesh construction with a breathable, perforated airprene top panel. The wrists are a strapless slip-on design. The finger gussets are made of Lycra, and the thumbs and index fingers are reinforced with Clarino leather.
The gloves are comfortable, even when they get wet. The slip-on, no-strap design makes them tight at first to put on, but when on, they are very comfortable and stay snug all day. Strap designs are easier to put on, but we’ve had many straps break from extended use. The ventilation keeps sweat from building up, but it wasn’t too much in colder weather.
The outer lining on the thumb is well placed. Blisters always seem to appear on that part of the hand, so that little extra protection is appreciated. The grip on the index and middle finger does little to no good. It needs more grip there.
The gloves are available in sizes small to XXL in colors red, blue and black. They retail for $29.99.