MXA TEAM TESTED: FLY RACING EVOLUTION DST GEAR

WHAT IS IT? The 2021 Fly Racing Evolution DST gear is the top-tier line offered by Fly Racing and is designed for durability and freedom of movement, hence the acronym for “Durable Stretch Technology” in the name. The Evolution DST gear can be seen on Pro riders like Zach Osborne, Justin Brayton, Joey Savatgy and others. 

WHAT’S IT COST? $59.95 (jersey), $199.95 (pants).

CONTACT? www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079. 

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Fly Racing Evolution DST gear.

(1) Jersey. The Fly Racing Evolution DST jersey has more seams than most, and they are used to connect the mesh back and side panels with the durable 100-percent polyester front fabric to create a strong and breathable jersey. The stretch collar and seamless armpit construction work together with the multi-directional Lycra neck and shoulder panels for more comfort. Finally, to stay tucked in, the jersey features silicone material on the front and rear and has a tail that extends an extra 1-1/2 inches.

(2) Pants. The Durable Stretch Technology built into the Evolution gear uses a four-way stretch material that accounts for the majority of the pant’s fabric. This fabric works with durable 900-denier-scale Nylon located at the seat of the pants to enhance the pants’ fit and function. The Boa system adjuster sits at the back of the waistband and creates a secure, non-slip fit. A ratcheting closure and zipper secure the front of the waistband. The leather heat-shield panels are 12 inches tall and 5 inches wide and are secured to the knees with triple DuPont Kevlar stitching. 

(3) Fit. Most gear companies price their tight-fitting athletic-fit gear above the rest, but Fly Racing differs from the pack. The Fly Racing Lite gear has a tighter-fitting jersey and weighs less, but the pants and jersey cost $30 less than the Evolution gear. The Evolution DST jersey has a looser standard fit, while the Evolution pants have a tight, athletic fit. Their four-way, hex-stretch fabric and uniquely placed seams cause the pants to hug your legs and knee braces, while the non-stretching seat of the pant is placed in the middle of the stretch fabric and limits tugging that can be uncomfortable on and off the track. Also, the Evolution DST waistband fits tighter than the Lite or Kinetic lines from Fly Racing. If you’re on the big side of your current size in Fly Kinetic or Lite pants, you’ll need to go up to the next size. 

(4) Durability. The durability surprised us! Although the pants have an athletic fit and are lightweight, the leather heat shields are perfectly positioned on the inner knees, and the DuPont Kevlar stitching doesn’t pull apart. Both the pants and jersey held up well against roost and exceeded our expectations.  

(5) Performance. Some riders won’t notice, and unless you’ve read the marketing descriptions in the Fly Racing catalog, you might not understand the motocross gear lingo of Fly’s “full-floating seat.” Basically, the seat of the pant is the portion that makes contact with the seat of the motorcycle. While the rest of the Evolution DST pant is made out of stretch material, this panel is made of durable, non-stretch fabric, and it works together with the secure Boa system at the waistband to offer a great fit. Our Pro-level testers prefer these pants because they don’t slide around when doing starts or seat-bouncing jumps. 

(6) Options. The Fly Racing Evolution DST gear is available in five different colorways, and the jersey ranges from small to double extra large, with the pant sizes ranging from 28 to 38 inches. 

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The sizing on the waistband is close to but not consistent across the board with the other Fly Racing lines. The Fly Racing Evolution DST pants are a little tighter at the waist and unlike Velcro sans-a-belt straps, the Boa system doesn’t allow for as much wiggle room. 

MXA RATING: MXA test riders prefer the Fly Racing Evolution DST gear over the Fly Lite gear because it is more durable, the pants slide on without a hassle (unlike the zipper-less Lite pants), and the pants have  a snug fit that doesn’t move around. They conform to the body like proper athletic-fitting pants are supposed to.

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