MXA TEAM TESTED: FLY RACING LITE RACEWEAR
WHAT IS IT? Fly Racing’s Lite Racewear is designed for those who desire lightweight and unrestrictive gear. Fly Racing has earned a reputation as a durable and affordable brand of motocross gear. But, as of recently, the Idaho company has been focusing more on performance while still keeping price and durability in mind. The new Fly Lite Racewear is proof that the company can do both.
WHAT’S IT COST? $49.95 (jersey), $179.95 (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 Lite Racewear.
(1) Jersey. The Fly Racing Lite jersey is 100-percent polyester and has three large, ventilated, mesh stretch panels. The panel at the top of the jersey expands across the shoulders and the back portion of the neck. The other two mesh panels extend from under each sleeve all the way down to the bottom of the jersey. The polyester material has a soft and silky feel, while laser-cut perforations in the chest and sleeves help dissipate heat. The jersey has an athletic fit that is comfortable and non-restrictive. The tail of the jersey is extended 2 inches to help keep it tucked in. It also has a low-profile, multi-directional, tag-less mesh collar, while the arm cuffs are reinforced with mesh to provide a comfortable fit and allow for superior mobility.
(2) Pants. The Fly Racing Lite pant has a modern, lightweight, minimalist design. Multi-directional stretch ribs extend throughout the pants to maximize comfort and mobility. The full-floating saddle is surrounded by stretch rib material to allow the pants to move naturally with your body. The ergonomically pre-shaped knees accommodate most knee braces and guards. The waistband features a zipper-lock system and an adjustable ratcheting closure, while the trademarked Boa system on the back of the waistband allows for fast, on-the-fly, micro adjustability to ensure the perfect fit. The leather heat-shield panels on the knees come with durable DuPont Kevlar stitching. The pant features a small liner in the saddle area that increases durability and allows for more airflow throughout the rest of the pants.
(3) Fit. The Fly Racing Lite gear has an athletic fit that is unrestrictive without excess material. The Boa system also creates a strong and precise fit around the waist. The Lite waistband can be stretched out to 34 inches and cinched down by the Boa system to an incredibly tight 26 inches.
(4) Durability. The lightweight and thin materials on the Lite Racewear suffer in the durability category. Without rubber patches to protect the knee area, the thin polyester material loses the fight against roost and crashes. Our test riders found holes and wear marks in the knees after their motos; however, the leather knee patches are 11 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide. They provide great protection against wear and tear on the inner knees when squeezing the bike.
(5) Performance. The Fly Lite Racewear was designed with the help of Zach Osborne, Justin Brayton and Blake Baggett. From the polyester material used in both the jersey and pants to the adjustable Boa system on the waistband, Fly has found the perfect ratio of stretch and strength. MXA test riders especially liked that the waistband could be finely tuned to each rider’s torso, while the form-fitting mesh and stretch-rib material comfortably hugs your body.
(6) Options. The Fly Racing Lite gear is available in six different colorways. The jersey sizes range from small to double-extra large, while the pants fit 28- to 38-inch waists.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? When you purchase the top-of-the-line athletic-fit gear that the Pros wear, you’re sacrificing durability for performance and comfort. If you get roosted a lot, you might want a set of Fly’s Kinetic Racewear.
MXA RATING: If you like form-fitting, athletic, lightweight gear that is as comfortable as your silk pajamas, the Fly Racing Lite Racewear will exceed your expectations.