q We love an over-the-boot pant like
the Fly Patrol for riding any sort of
ATV. If we are totally objective, we
must admit that riding pants are not
strictly necessary when you ride a
quad and especially when riding
a 4x4. Jeans or coveralls work with
boots, and perhaps with knee guards
underneath for serious riding, provid-
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ing decent protection. But, a riding
pant is not just a piece of protective
gear. The material in the Patrol pant
and jersey is more abrasion-resistant
than street clothes, so it does offer a
level of protection not found in denim.
Protection is not the only reason to
select a riding pant, though.
VENTS AND CARGO
The Patrol has three pockets, but
none in the back where extra layers
and seams might cause discomfort.
Even when there are added seams,
the Patrol pant is fully lined with
smooth, soft, vented material. Unlike
jeans, the Patrol pant has zipper vents
in the front and back to let cooling airflow through. In addition, some parts
of the Patrol pant are constructed of
stretch materials that allow easier
movement while riding. For example,
the rear of the pant has an elastic
material sewn in. When you sit, the
waist of the pant stays tight because
the stretch material allows it. Jeans
would simply gap at the waist or be
tight. The Patrol pant’s lower leg area
has a side opening sealed with a zipper and a snap. Zipping it open and
putting on tall boots is vastly easier.
Finish buckling the boot and zip the
pant shut over the boot. Very nice!
If you get back to camp and it gets a
little warm, the lower legs zip off, leaving you with shorts to wear until you
are ready for the next ride. We also
like the Patrol’s three waist closures.
Zip up and there is a hook-and-loop
strap and buckle that take any stress
off the top of the main zipper. A protective flap covers the zipper to keep
mud and dirt out, and it is closed with
a ratchet-type buckle.
Finally, there is a side-pull sort of
half belt that is also hook-and-loop
fastened. If you still aren’t convinced
the pant will stay up, there are conventional belt loops to allow a normal
belt to be used. For safety, the Patrol
pant has reflective piping. Sizes range
from 18 to 48, and the price is $99.95.
The Patrol jersey is of much simpler
design, but it is similarly purposed
with riding in mind. It features a multi-
panel design with a stretch collar and
cuffs. The tail is extended so it stays
tucked in, and the sides and under-
arms are made of a vented mesh
material for comfort in warm weather.
For comfort, the “tag” is printed in. The
jersey comes in sizes from youth small
to 5XL, and it costs $32.95, though some
of the smaller sizes are a buck less.
JUST BLACK, JACK
Speaking as photo-oriented folks,
we’d like to see color choices in addition to the black and grays, but otherwise we have no complaints. The
pant and jersey are comfortable, have
every feature you could want and
offer nice protection. We have only
one caution: the lower leg of the pant
is just cloth with no heat-shield material. If you ride a 450 with an unprotected header pipe, the lower leg will
last mere minutes. Ride a 4x4 or a
sport quad with a stock pipe and the
combo will last a good long time.
Fly always hits a nice price point,
and the Patrol gear offers great value
for the money. The pant and jersey
are just vented enough to make
them a smart choice in any weather.
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These vents are covered with waterproof zippers when not in use and are
very nice if the ride suddenly turns
warm on you. There are intake vents on
the front and exhaust vents in the back.
Fly gives you a variety of fasteners and
closures to keep the front of the pant
Fly’s Patrol pant and jersey are comfortable, full-featured and ready to ride.
There are so comfy that we wear them
while driving UTVs as well.