Even though they come from different lineups, the M1 Jersey and Sahara Pant combine into a sharp-looking package.
Remember that time you went riding and had ass sweat running all the way down to form puddles in your boots? Didn't that suck? Well, Moose Racing has come up with its own solution to riding in hot temps with its Sahara line of gear. Our latest care package from the Moose fellas included the Sahara pant and an M1 jersey. As disappointed as we were to have missed out on a complementing ultra-vented Sahara jersey, we'll take sweaty backs over backsides any day.
We were immediately pleased with the performance of our red/black/white Sahara pants after breaking them in on a sweltering day at the local mini track. We tested the Pitster Pro X2R
and the bike's tiny stature pointed out a few of the Sahara's attributes. The pre-bent legs and sublimated stretch panels give a broad range of movement and easily let us wad ourselves into the appropriate pit bike positions. Having our knees around our ears was counterproductive in generating airflow, but later testing proved that the pants were more than adequate. One flaw that we discovered for pit racing is that the cuff-less legs often caught on the kickstarter or footpegs when racing in skate shoes. That, of course, has no relevance once the boots get strapped on.
Our set of Moose gear has spent little time in the gear bag. Seeing duty in four bike tests has kept this long-lasting uniform either in use or in the washer.
The pants are constructed of highly vented nylon and polyester materials that breathe very well. Those designers obviously wanted this pant to be as airy as possible because the hip pads and genuine leather knee panels are perforated. Not only does this help keep fresh air swirling around your cajones, but it cuts down the weight as well. That was one of the biggest differences between these pants and the Moose XCR duds we wore throughout the winter which seemed exceedingly heavy. Not only do the Sahara pants keep you cooler, but they take less energy to move around in.
The M1 lineup is Moose's midrange product that falls between the high-end XCR and budget-friendly Qualifier racewear. The bulk of the M1 jersey is made from semi-ventilated polyester which feels light and slick against a rider's body. However, once the sweat starts to come, that polyester sticks like saran wrap. Thankfully the V-neck collar isn't goofy looking like some of the others on the market and the M1 has the same awesome non-restrictive cuffs as the rest of Moose's jerseys.
Sublimated graphics are sharp and resistant to fade though we've done our best to wear them with roost and unforgiving laundry detergents. Unfortunately, another characteristic that seems to be consistent throughout the available jerseys is the penchant for staining. The white sections of our M1 refused to come clean just like our stubborn XCR jersey.
The lightweight pants were easy to move around in, even within the tight operating quarters of a pit bike. A note to manic mini riders, the loose cuffs will catch all over your machine if you race in shoes.
We tested the 2006 version of the Sahara pant and M1 jersey, but the new 2007 line is just recently available. With how good these products were already, we can't wait to order a set of new ones. The Sahara pant is available in six color combinations as is the M1 jersey to suit your personal taste. We've been wearing our Moose stuff nonstop since getting it a couple months ago. It's light, comfy and looks good. If you don't perspire - you sweat - then the Sahara lineup is a sweet solution. We would opt for the Sahara jersey as well instead of our M1 during the summer months, but for racers on a budget, the M1 jersey will get you a lot of performance and style points for only a few bucks and will probably offer a bit more in its range of usefulness. Either way you go, we feel the price is right.
Moose Sahara Pant
Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow, Stealth, Red/White/Blue
28" - 48"
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Moose M1 Jersey
Blue, Lime, Orange, Red, Yellow, Stealth
SM - 3X
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