Fly Racing has been churning out motocross gear since 1998, and has a reputation for quality and value among the throttle-twisters. Their mountain bike apparel seems to continue that rep, and we were keen to take a closer look at their line of shorts, jerseys, helmets and gloves.
First up we have the Freestone helmet, resplendent in Enduro flouro yellow. Fly uses a technology called Conehead, basically a dual-density EPS foam designed to ‘crumple’ in specific areas to offer max protection in an impact. Kinda like a Volvo for your head. Styling is consistent with the current crop of trail/am/bw helmets, with extra protection at the rear and a visor with moto-style anchoring/adjustment.
Inside there’s a nice big one-piece pad with built-in mesh bug guard.
The perforated EVA impact foam on the sides and the back of the helmet offer a bit more protection and a lot more comfort, and the straps anchor securely into the shell.
19 vents keep the air flowing over your noggin, and an easy-to-use-with-gloved-hands dial adjusts the fit. The Freestone comes in 9 colours from subdued to way OTT. RRP on the Freestone is $199.
The Warpath short is a lightweight trail short with plenty of features, like the stretchy material with mesh panels for breathability and quality YKK zippers on all pockets. They come with a built-in liner, which I quickly cut the tabs and set free for to give options for different liners… the liner is comfortable and well padded though, but sewing it in limits the usability but is easily remedied with a pair of scissors and two snips.
A zippered media pocket, pull tabs on all the pockets, and what I think is a cool little feature is the velcro tab adjustment, on one side of the waist band only. The fluro stitching gives just enough colour to make them stand out without burning people’s eyeballs. Warpath shorts go for $249.
For the top half our model wears the matching Action Elite jersey, a lightweight, good looking top with casual V-neck and longer sleeve styling, anti-stink material under the pits, a sunglass wipe, dual rear pocket and media pocket on the shoulder. The jersey will set you back $109.
Completing the ensemble, the Lite glove is just that, with silicone finger grippers, reinforced thumbs, and no padding on the soft synthetic palm that feels grippy and comfortable. RRP is $39.