; Last winter we brought you a test of Moose Racing’s
Qualifier gear, which was an over-the-boot pant and solid
panel jersey perfect for riding in cold temperatures. This
month we are looking at the vented summer gear from
If you ride in the summer as much as we do, you know
being comfortable is a high priority. Moose does too, and
their Sahara line has been considered the best for years.
Their 2013 lineup has new graphics and patterns to fit a
wide range of rider sizes. In the pant department, the
Sahara gear is available in sizes 28 through 42 and sells
for $130. The jersey ($45) and gloves ($30) are available in
sizes small to XXL.
The size- 34 pant we tested was probably the lightest
pair of riding pants we have ever tried. That doesn’t make
them weak. In the high-wear areas like the inner knees,
the construction material changes from polyester to thick
leather. The front of the knee gets padding under the nylon
and up top a stretchy elastane helps with movement.
The pant secures with a ratcheting plastic closure, and
more adjustments can be made with two Velcro-style
straps. The bulk of the venting happens around the upper
thigh area, both front and back. When you are riding, it’s
easy to tell the vents are working when you stand up; you
instantly feel a rush of cold air flowing around you.
Getting from the sitting to standing position is smooth and
comfortable. There is no bunching or pulling, even when
using knee braces.
After a half-dozen washes, the colors are holding up
great, as are the fabrics. The double stiching throughout
hasn’t frayed or snapped, and we haven’t noticed any
JERSEY AND GLOVES
The venting is even more apparent with the gloves and
jersey. Aside from the V-shaped neck and padded elbows,
airflow is uninterrupted throughout the featherlight jersey.
Even in first gear, you can feel the air flowing through the
jersey. It’s enough coverage to keep the sun off, but on a
cool day, we recommend a little more protection.
The gloves are also very lightweight and comfortable.
They seem to run a little big, as the size- 9 glove we tested
fit as well as many size- 10 gloves. A thin, two-layer, nylon
palm provides a barrier between your skin and the grips,
and the top side is breathable polyester. There is no
padding on the knuckles or fingers, so if you like to do any
bushwhacking, we recommend the use of handguards.
If you are looking for the coolest, lightest and most comfortable summer riding gear, the Moose Sahara gear is
probably it. It flows like a leaf-blower and cools like a glass
of lemonade. It doesn’t provide much protection from
roosting rocks or trail-side tree branches, but Moose carries other products that will. To see them, log on to
Go with the flow
By the staff of Dirt Wheels