Thor Phase MX Gear Review

Adam Waheed | March 20, 2008
Even with bulky protective wear underneath  both the jersey and pant were comfortable enough for our tester to move freely.
Even with bulky protective wear underneath, both the jersey and pant were comfortable enough for our tester to move freely.

The Score

I’m not going to lie, I was a little bummed when HQ “only” sent me Thor’s mid-level riding gear, a set of Waffle (blue/yellow/white)-styled Phase apparel. Not to say that getting a set of gear pro bono is ever bad, but when you’ve gotten use to riding in the high-end Core line, a downgrade isn’t something to typically look forward to. Considering that the Core line has always kept me impressed with its proper fit, hip designs, and wash-after-wash, crash-after-crash durability, I was afraid the Phase line would be a generic bargain special.

As I unpacked that small box, inhaling a whiff of that fresh, new clothes smell, I noticed with relief the attractive, bright color scheme. Here in Southern California, looking good at the track is almost as important as your on-bike skills, so it was reassuring to know that I’d be covered on the visual end. Other than that I was still a bit unsettled.

The Scoop

During our seemingly never-ending winter months, I finally got to try out the duds. After strapping on all my under gear, including a bulky set of knee braces, I slid into the pants. I’m always a loose 34-inch waist, so I was pleased when the pants measured true-to-size. The pants have a slimmer fit from top to bottom, which fits my six-foot, 180-pound frame perfectly. No excess material bunching anywhere, yet the Phase’s manila colored Armid-fiber knee panels provided plenty of room in the knees for my braces to bend without constricting. A simple and effective adjustable waist with snaps and a ratcheting buckle ensures the pants don’t hang too low.

I always wear a plastic upper-body suit for extra under-shirt protection, so I make sure to get my jersey one size larger than normal. I slipped on the XL top and again I noticed the properly proportioned fit. No excess material flapping around and it had plenty of length both in the arms and on the bottom which allowed me to tuck in the fabric into my waistband.

The heavy abuse of motocross riding left Heed with some sore digits. The Phase gloves were his least favorite piece of the combo.
The heavy abuse of motocross riding left Heed with some sore digits. The Phase gloves were his least favorite piece of the combo.

The pant is constructed of polyester and nylon while the jersey uses 100% polyester micromesh material for its airflow and non-sticking properties which are reasonable for the price-point. Both have proven to be durable and even as the weather continues to warm-up, I observed that the threads breathe well.

Unfortunately, the Phase glove is the weak link in what would otherwise be a great overall package. The gloves look good and fit right, but the one drawback is their thin construction. There isn’t enough padding on the palm-side which makes your hands more susceptible to blisters. With minimal rubber patches, the mitts also don’t offer a whole lot of protection from debris being flung off the back off that dude’s 450 in front of you.

The Sentence

Even though Thor came up a little short with the Phase glove, I’m pleased with the pant and jersey. I’m always comfortable whether out on track or just lounging in the pits. And even with a full winter’s worth of crashes and wet, muddy motos-the stuff still looks pretty fresh. If you’re looking for some decent off-road threads that won’t break the bank, look no further.

Product: Thor Phase Motocross Gear

Sizes: Pant: 28-38, Jersey: S-XXL, Glove: XS-XXL

MSRP: Pant: $89.99, Jersey: $29.99, Glove: $21.99

Buy It Now: Phase Pant; Phase Jersey; Phase Glove

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