GPX 5.5 ULTRAWELD JERSEY AND 5.5 IKS PANT

$74.99 JERSEY, $179.99 PANT

Dirt Rider - - Tested - —Sean Klinger

I’ve taken my time test­ing the Leatt GPX 5.5 gear be­cause there is a lot go­ing on in this gearset. I’ve rid­den with it at the track and off-road for more than four months (not ev­ery ride but a lot). Leatt wanted to re­ally stand out in the gear mar­ket, and a lot of tech­ni­cal fea­tures are built into both the jersey and pant.

Start­ing with the jersey, the “Ultraweld” moniker de­notes that the seams are tape bonded, which re­duces bulk while also be­ing su­per stretchy. This is the light­est, most vented jersey I’ve ever worn—yet it is also one of the soft­est and stretchi­est. When you put it on, it’s al­most like it’s not even there, which is great for mod­er­ate to ex­treme heat, but when there is a nip in the air I wanted more wind block­age. This jersey seems to be able to stretch in­fin­itely, which is great for move­ment on the bike and when wear­ing an un­der-pro­tec­tor. And, for those rid­ers who are proud of their ath­letic prow­ess, the ath­let­i­cally thin cut will ab­so­lutely show off your mus­cles. For guys like me in the XL range, the fit is not un­com­fort­able by any means—just more re­veal­ing than other slim-fit jer­seys I have.

The pant also has a very stretch-ori­ented chas­sis, and the “IKS” stands for In­ter­nal Knee Brace Sys­tem. You can think of this as sort of a MIPS sys­tem for your knees. Ba­si­cally there are four lay­ers of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als that slide against each other in an ef­fort to min­i­mize the dam­age knee braces can do to the knees of rid­ing pants. To be hon­est, this was one fea­ture of the pant I didn’t no­tice. Ev­ery­thing felt nor­mal while grip­ping the bike, and per­haps this is a sign that the IKS was do­ing what it was sup­posed to be do­ing. There were no ex­ter­nal signs of wear in the knee area, but we saw some min­i­mal wear on the in­side of the pant in the knee area.

The siz­ing on the pant is XS to XXL, but each size cor­re­lates to a nor­mal pant size (XS = 28, S = 30, M = 32, L = 34, XL = 36, and XXL = 38). I wore an XL since I wear 36, and the siz­ing of the leg was spot on, if a tad bit tight for knee braces, but they did fit. The waist siz­ing was odd though. The ex­pand­ing side sec­tions are very stretchy, and I ad­justed the ratch­et­ing clo­sure to the max be­cause the waist open­ing was so stretchy. But I can’t say that the pant slid down while rid­ing be­cause there is plenty of stretch through­out the chas­sis and in the abovethe-butt area, plus there is sil­i­cone grip­per ma­te­rial around the waist open­ing, as well as on the tail of the jersey. I had plenty of free­dom for move­ment on the bike, and the seat ma­te­rial is a non-stretch, thicker ma­te­rial for dura­bil­ity.

Speak­ing of dura­bil­ity, I’ve been ab­so­lutely sur­prised by how well both the jersey and pant have held up. With other min­i­mal­is­tic, hy­per-stretch gear, we’ve ripped the pants wide open on the first ride. Yet the GPX 5.5 gear has held up to off-road abuse without is­sue. It should be noted, though, that some of the gnarlier off-road rides in this gear were in colder weather, so I was wear­ing a jacket there­fore shield­ing and pro­tect­ing the jersey. The pant took the brunt of bushes and branches and has the stains to prove it, but there aren’t any rips or tears.

Over­all, this is one of my fa­vorite sets of gear. I’m not pumped on the high­viz color (there are other less-loud col­ors to choose from) or how slim-cut the jersey is, but that is just mo­ti­va­tion to step up my work­outs. And since I run hot, I pre­fer vented gear for most rides. This is ex­tremely high­per­form­ing gear for the se­ri­ous moto and off-road rider. LEATT.COM (800) 691-3314

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