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I think that two of the toughest choices that a dual sport rider must make is what tires to buy and what riding gear to wear. It's difficult to find a balance between warmth, weather protection, and heat management (ventilation & breathability). I found this struggle between either wearing not enough base layers and being very uncomfortable on the morning street ride to the trails, but being comfortable and cool when the speeds slowed down in the tight stuff. Or, doing the opposite and sweating it out for the day.

Moose Racing recently released their latest XCR jacket & pants to its outerwear line-up with the goal of matching the versatility needs of the dual sport rider while not being as bulky (and expensive)  as say their Monarch Pass products. This seemed to be what I was looking for.


 How It Works

Moose intended the XCR jacket and pants to fill the gap that they had between their more adventure rider focused gear (Monarch Pass) and the more entry level (Expedition). It's made to get you to the trail dry and comfortable without being bulky and offers enough vents to maintain comfort even on the warmer spring days.


Product Overview

XCR Jacket

The most important part of any safety equipment purchase is proper fit. Moose offers a sizing chart on their website and I used only the key measurements supplied to make my choice. The jacket is sized generously to fit over varying types of base layers and armor. I wear a typical shell type chest protector and at roughly 160lbs., a size large fit over my armor well. The material feels solid with extra abrasion resistance in areas like the elbows. All the vents contain a zipper garage to seal up those joint that much better. There is enough storage, with a map pocket at the upper chest, two lower pockets, fanny pack pocket, and two inner pockets. To really open up the temperature range for this jacket, the rear fanny pack pocket can be turned inside out, allowing the whole jacket to be stowed inside and worn (as a fanny pack).

XCR Pants

The first thing that I noticed with the pants was the length; the waist in my opinion did not match the length. At 5’10”, the pants were left quite baggy. This seemed troublesome until I strapped on knee guards/braces. This tighten them up around the boot, filling in the extra space nicely.The waist has additional material to prevent chafing and includes an integrated belt that offers three methods of adjustment. At the seat of the pant, there is extra reinforcement to provide the added durability needed in such an abrasive location. Moving down, both inner legs have a stitched leather protector from the bottom of the pant ti just above the knee.


The pants contain two pockets with a zipper garage to keep out the elements, both with enough room for smaller items that you'll likely carry (GPS, phone, keys, camera) as well as two rear vents. Something to note about the pants, pictured on the Moose website is an elastic inner band gator. This was on the earlier prototype version and didn't make into production.



Getting into this gear can be a bit more time consuming when it is compared to your typical MX style gear. There are more adjustments needed to get the fit right and in my book,this is a good thing! The triple waist adjustment really opens up the ability wear the pants from just your riding underwear up to a base layer with insulation and knee guards.


As you move down to the boot straps, Moose maintained the triple adjustment and used three wide Velcro straps to hold the pant securely around the boot. In my experience, the top strap was placed a little high to work with my MX boots and could pose even more of a problem with a lower cut adventure style boot, tightening around your leg rather than the boot to keep out water. The important strap is at the bottom to minimize water entry when blasting through puddles and the occasional foot dab at a stream crossing. It held securely, doing a good job at keeping my feet dry.


Something that I really like is the double function of the leather on the inner legs. It protects from heat and also allows me to get a good grip when squeezing the tank and seat. The pockets work smoothly with minimal effort, even with a winter glove on thanks to an extra tag on the zippers. For me, smooth zipper function is an important part of wearing dual sport riding gear, getting to a map or GPS without having pull off a glove is great!


 Onto the jacket... Something unique, yet annoying is the magnetic closure on the main zipper. The magnets prefer to work against you when it comes to taking off the jacket by snapping shut when I wanted them open, such as when unzipping the jacket to remove it.  But, not a deal breaker for me by any means.The double rain gutter closure over the main zipper closes up a major spot for wind penetration, aiding in warmth on street rides. On the trail, single track brush proved to be no match for the outer material. It never got snagged, so it never had a chance of ripping.


When it comes to pockets, the stuff that you really need to keep safe should be stored in the inside pockets. The XCR jacket features a pocket specific to holding electronics that is water resistant and includes an integrated strap to secure your devices. The map pocket is placed in a natural location and can be found even with a helmet on that prevents the ability to look down past the chin guard.


When the day gets warm and the jacket needs to come off, I found the ability to stow it away an excellent idea. It takes about 3-4 minutes to pack the jacket away to wear as a fanny pack. I found the strap to function better for attaching to my bike than for wearing as a fanny pack. Wearing both the jacket and pants offered wide temperature range to maintain comfort. On the high end of my testing (75 degrees), all vents closed and wearing just a riding jersey, the XCR gear provided plenty of wind resistance for the street and managed fairly well on the trail with open vents.But, at this temp, I was close to the point of stowing it. At 42 degrees with about 30 mph winds, the combo did an acceptable job on the street for a non-adventure/touring type gear. With a base layer and minor insulation, the wind eventually penetrated through my layers, yet the XCR jacket & pants provided the needed protection from the elements when the speeds slowed on the trail.


Pros  👍 

·         Attractive styling.

·         Durable shell material.

·         Good value.

·         Wide functional temperature zone

·         Lots of adjustment for a good fit.

Cons  👎

·         Magnetic buttons on main zipper can be annoying.

·         Expect pants to be a little baggy if you are a shorter rider.


 Bottom-line  :prof:

Dual sport riding is growing in popularity and Moose was smart to design their XCR jacket & pants with these riders in mind. This gear does well when it comes to getting you to the trail in reasonable comfortable without being unnecessarily bulky for the trails, complicated to use or expensive. It isn't totally windproof, but Moose makes another set of gear for that environment. If your riding is slightly more focused towards the trail, but still includes some pavement pounding to get there, I believe that Moose XCR gear makes the decision on what to wear for a comfortable day on the bike much easier. 

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