Some people are saying that the tide is beginning to turn when it comes adventure rider outerwear. $1,200 to $2,000 has become the norm for a quality armored, heavy-duty, watertight jacket and pants combination. Prices like that make many riders think about what they really need and want in an adventure suit.
Some riders are wondering whether they really need all that armor? Does the material really need to be that heavy? And so now there’s a not so small movement saying a less expensive, lighter weight, and waterproof suit is really what they need. After all, if they want armor, they can always add a pressure suit underneath.
Less expensive solution
To fill these rider’s needs, Moose Racing thinks they have a solution to expensive adventure riding suits. Moose’s XCR Riding Jacket and Pants could potentially fit the bill. Priced at $249.95 for both the jacket and the pants, you have a complete suit for less than $500. Add a pressure suit and you are ready for about $650 – $700.
Moose XCR jacket
Moose’s solution gives you a jacket and pants that are comprised of a claimed waterproof and breathable nylon chassis. For temperature control, Moose has provided five zippered intake and exhaust vents to let you control the temperature inside. In high wear areas, Moose has utilized heavier high denier panels.
Moose claims that the jacket’s internal polyester mesh liner wicks moisture and improves comfort. Its sleeves are pre-curved and all zippers are by YKK. The suit’s materials are said to have 10,000 mm waterproofness and 7,000 GRS breathability. The collar, hem and, cuffs are adjustable.
If you like pockets, you’ll really like the Moose XCR. The jacket has a total of six zippered pockets: two hand pockets, one chest pocket, one back pocket, and two internal pockets.
As a nice touch, the jacket has a large rear pocket that is designed to let you stow the jacket inside it. You can then use the belt system to wear your stowed jacket around your waist.
Moose Racing says the XCR pants utilize a stretch nylon chassis and are waterproof and breathable. They have the same waterproof ratings as the XCR jacket. Two zippered intake and exhaust vents let you control the temperature inside. A full-grain leather inner knee and leg panels help you grip your machine and provides heat and abrasion resistance. An internal elastic rain gator rounds up the features.
All up, that’s a lot of features for the money. We hope to bring you a full review of the XCR suit in the near future.