Stretch panels in the pants allow sufficient air flow but the jersey could benefit from some additional venting.
With summer upon us and practice fees and weekend race expenditures on the boil, it was time to consider an affordable alternative in our racewear. We didn't want to shirk on quality, so our search led us to the Fly Racing
805 lineup which offers some of the same top-notch features we appreciated in our test of the 208 Evolution gear.
For a mid-priced pant, the 805s have some nice features - features shared with the 208 top-shelf Fly gear we tested earlier. The waist closure system is identical with a zipper, double snap and single-side adjustment strap, all of which work flawlessly. Oversized leather knee panels keep right or left-mounted exhausts at bay, but unlike the 208 these don't have the integrated rubber knee grips - not necessarily a bad thing in our opinion. Double stitching, a healthy dose of stretch panels and integrated TPR badges make the 805 racewear a good value for fewer than 90 bucks.
If there's one thing these pants have it's space - an abundance of space. With plenty of room in the thighs for all but the stumpiest riders, the real void is slightly lower in the knee area. Things look great from the outside with integrated, low-profile rubber logos, double stitching and oversized leather, but inside things are a little too much, literally. Knee brace wearers will have less of a problem with the baggy material, but for those who only wear knee guards or, heaven help them, nothing, the oversized leg bend can be bothersome and even uncomfortable. We experienced some bunching that was more of an annoyance than painful. Once the pants get wet is when it really becomes noticeable. Other than that the fit was good. A suspended inner liner keeps body moisture to a minimum and the low-profile cuffs slipped easily into all of our tests boots. Vented lowers allow for heat and moisture to evaporate from your calves as quickly as your boots will allow.
Fly Racing's mid-line 805 gear is an affordable alternative for racers on a budget. This gear offers some high-end features, but it has a few quirks as well.
To be honest, this jersey really doesn't offer anything spectacular. What it does provide, however, is an affordable dig that is well-built and durable. When we heard the term "camo" used to describe the styling, our first thoughts were skeptical at best, but the polyester shirt fits well, feels light and looks pretty good. The jersey doesn't flow an abundance of air which makes it a decent cool-weather option, but less appealing during those blistering afternoon motos. Shorty cuffs and a tagless neck keep the roost out without being restrictive and are comfortable by any standard.
We wanted to get all MJ at the track so we hooked up with a set of white Lite gloves instead of the 805 option. These minimalist, race-only palm protectors offer only the slightest amount of protection. Knuckle protection is non-existent on the breathable, woven back panel and the perforated-Clarino palm is just a single layer without any padding. Only the inner thumb has an overlapping layer to help combat the high-wear area. Expanding Lycra takes the place of a traditional Velcro strap but the glove stays comfortably tight on the rider's hand. We really like the sleek look of the Lite gloves and the perforated palm and vented back make it really nice to wear in hot weather. It's definitely a motocross glove in that respect because it slips on and off really easy and offers great feel at the levers thanks to its light weight and silicon finger grippers. We did try to take it for an all-day ride and our hands suffered from the lack of additional padding. The fit was great but the protection and padding issue means you should make sure to have hand guards to protect from moto roost. Off-roaders will be better served with the likes of Fly's 208 glove.
For a set of gear that rings in under $150 total, we were pretty satisfied with what the 805 offers. The pants especially are a nice value, but we'd like to see Fly trim up the fat and get these trousers slimmed down through the knees. Also, the jersey could benefit from some additional venting, but then again, Fly does offer the fully vented Airtech 805. Still, in a set of gear that is intended to be affordable, we'd rather have a little of everything in one set rather than the prospect of buying an additional vented set. As for the gloves, these are great for moto, but not much else. Overall the 805 is a pretty good bargain and we're still putting in laps with our bright green get-up.
Fly 805 Riding Gear
Black/Platinum, Blue/Sky, Red/Wine, Yellow/Navy, Green/White, White/Gray
18-42 (44-48 Black/Platinum only); Jersey: S-2X; Gloves: 7-13
Pant: $89.95; Jersey: $29.95; Gloves: $19.95
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