The resurrected JT Racing gear looks great and garners a lot of attention from riders young and old.
JT Racing USA is synonymous with classic speed and style. Many of the best riders in motocross and off-road racing history sported the wild designs of John and Rita Gregory. Innovations in riding gear poured out of the JT factory primarily during the 1970s and ‘80s, but the company eventually faded away from the motocross industry after the turn of the century. Recently the company was revitalized and introduced its first line of racing apparel in over a decade. Obviously the materials and construction techniques are modernized, but the new JT Racing has opted to go with nostalgic styling and reverted back to the original logo.
JT Racing Pro-Tour Jersey
JT’s Pro-Tour jersey offers lots of venting through mesh panels in the underarms and down each side of the torso. The collar is also vented and the lightweight material helps keep a rider cool and comfortable. The retro logo is proudly displayed in the center of the chest with clean, straight lines throughout the jersey and the rest of the gear. Light padding in the elbows and shoulders offer scrape protection in high-impact areas. The jersey is tapered to eliminate extra fabric through the midsection and it does not flap around. Big guys might want to consider a slightly larger size in order to accommodate the cut. Like other jerseys, a longer tail section with silicone print ensures the back stays tucked inside the pant waist.
JT Racing Life Line Gloves
These are the most old-school of the JT gear offerings. The Life Line gloves have classic moto styling with PVC-based padding and repeating logo that extends across the knuckles and onto the back of the hand. The gloves are heavily vented with “dimple-mesh” material making up the majority of the glove. A Velcro wrist closure is mated to a Neoprene cuff. The palm is double-layered Clarino with an extra patch on the thumb which uses gel padding for extra comfort. Silicone fingertips provide grip on the levers. These are my favorite piece of the JT gear. The look is completely retro and they garner attention every time I wear them. Plus, they fit well and are comfortable. I haven’t had any problems with bunching, they perform on par with other modern gloves and have twice the cool factor.
The pants, jersey and gloves all come in a wide variety of colors. Who’s man enough to rock the pink gear?
JT Racing Classick MX Pants
The pants are the most sophisticated part of JT’s ensemble. An Air Line System (ALS) consists of large vents on the front of the thighs which provide a low-profile intake scoop. The vents channel air over the rider’s upper legs and are placed high enough to allow knee braces underneath without interference. The knees are constructed of 1680 Denier and have plenty of room for braces underneath with thick, ribbed padding on the exterior. The inner leg and butt is made from 600 Denier Kodra material with stretch panels on each leg and the top of the butt. I didn’t have any issues with mobility either on a dirt bike or ATV. I also like how non-descript the vinyl logos are and that they’re unnoticeable while riding.
We enjoyed the JT gear during the 2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 First Ride.
Interestingly, the pants are not pre-curved. JT maintains that riders stand most of the time and so the pants are designed as a straight-leg fit. I had no problems with the JT sizing or construction. The waist is true to size and easy to adjust with Velcro cinch straps. A full-length liner helps keep the pants comfortable against the rider’s skin and they don’t pull out when removing the pants after a sweaty ride. Leather patches on the inner knees protect against heat and a small patch in the crotch adds styling.
Bringing back the JT brand is a move that excited a lot of people inside the motorcycle industry, including us. Generations of riders grew up idolizing the JT family of racers and now they can relive the glory days with modern, high-performance race wear. I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t like this racing apparel and JT offers a range of colors, including the infamous pink. Unlike some retro things, this gear has an extra dose of authenticity. Aside from its excellent fit, that makes it our favorite set of the year.