When ONE Industries reached out to offer up some Battalion test gear we came up with the idea to test it in two different regions in effort to get feedback from both the desert rider and the mountain rider. Part one of the test comes to us from Colorado trail master Dave "DD" Laydon. DD is a die hard offroader who spends every available minute either riding or racing in the Rocky Mountain region. His experience on the bike/trails allowed for true feedback and unbiased opinion. So here is a look into Dave's review as he spent four days blasting the Lewis trail in Wetmore, Colorado. Next up we test the One Industries Battalion gear in the New Mexico dessert, stay tuned for part 2.
The first things you notice as you put on the One Industry "Battalion" Off Road Riding Gear is the quality, comfort and great look of each of the products. Once I had the gear on I was chomping at the bit to get out on the trail and test these items (Jacket, Pants, Jersey and Gloves). As I started my ride up to my secret little single track it was about 41 degrees and the morning frost had just started to melt. I was thankful for the over the boot fit of the pants which both wicked away the morning moisture but also brushed aside the many branches and twigs that littered the new trail. The Jacket combined with the riding jersey and gloves kept me equally protected up high. The jacket has light but nicely positioned elbow guards (inside) that would protect you from a smaller fall and were so inconspicuous in size that a person could where the jacket in a somewhat casual setting if needed. As I rode and my body heated up I was able to open the zipper vents (chest, back , and sleeves) just enough to help keep me cool. The only real issues that I had with the products were the padded gloves, I had to move a branch out of the trail which caused me to put my hands in the slushy snow. The gloves got wet and never really dried or at least dried as quick as I would have liked. These products not only held up to the early spring obstacles that the Colorado mountains had to offer but after approximately 100 miles of riding (not all at once) and about 3 washes the products cleaned up well and looked just like new (read the washing instructions). I would recommend this gear to anyone riding either off road or dual sport motorcycles, and in just about any riding situation.
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