PRODUCT TEST: Shift Recon Gear
Protection aside, one of the most important factors of riding gear is comfort. Hours of riding in gear that doesn’t breathe well in the heat or lets in too much air in the cold is not comfortable. Here at Dirt Wheels we ride all types of terrain with different machines, and Shift’s new Recon camo gear is a set we can use all year round on all ATVs. The full set of pants, jersey and gloves will run you an affordable $167.85.
JERSEY AND GLOVES
Shift’s $34.95 Recon camo jersey provides more than just style to your gear. They use moisture-wicking polyester and mesh fabric throughout the jersey to keep you cool through warm-weather riding. We tested the jersey through the heat of summer, and it provided great airflow in 100-degree weather. The Recon jersey also features a four-panel construction to keep it durable and last through hours of hard riding. The only downfall to the Recon jersey is that it is thin, so during the cold months you will want to wear other layers with it to keep warm. The Recon camo gloves run for $32.95 a pair and are worth the cost due to their durability and the technology in their design. They are comfortable and have an accurate fit for their size. Shift uses a double-layer Clarino palm and thumb reinforcement so the glove won’t wear out easily. The top layers of the gloves are made of an elastic material that provides a tight fit. The silicone fingertips designed in the gloves help with lever grip and control. At first the Recon gloves felt too thick and warm in the heat, but after riding with them we found out that they breathe quite well and are not constricting in any way.
Here at Dirt Wheels we test all types of riding gear, from motocross-specific threads to 4×4 wear. Shift’s Recon camo gear fits into multiple categories, and the best part of the set would be that the Recon pants turn into shorts. When it gets hot out, the ability to turn the pants into shorts is a major plus. A lot of wearers may think that shorts will leave your legs open to exhaust-pipe burns or feeling the heat of the engine. If you wear motocross boots with Shift’s over-the-boot pants, you won’t need to worry about that. The pant legs are long, and when converted into shorts the length goes past the knee. However, if you only wear ankle-high boots on a sport quad, you run the risk of burning your leg on the bike. This doesn’t tend to be an issue for big 4×4 machines sincethey have plastic panels around the engine more times than not. The $99.95 Recon camo pant has two large pockets with a sturdy Velcro closure system to keep contents in. There is also a small waist pocket that isn’t closeable but would be difficult to have contents fall out due to its small opening. The inner-leg area is reinforced with leather to protect from wearing out when your knees rub on the sides of your machine. They fit well and comfortably. In the heat you can run them as shorts, and in cold weather the pant legs go down past the ankles to keep heat in. There are waist-adjustment tabs to ensure a good fit.
If you ride all of the seasons in a year, Shift’s Recon camo gear is a solid choice to go with. The jersey breathes well and is light and thin. The gloves are protective and fit well, while the Recon pants are comfortable and can be turned into shorts in no time. Fly makes a similar set of gear called their Patrol Off-Road gear for around $179.85, which is more expensive than Shift’s Recon gear. The Recon gear set comes in black/ white, black/white/green and the orange/white/green camo set we tested. For more information on where to purchase Shift’s Recon gear set, go to www.shiftmx.com.