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Motorfist Ranger Jacket & Pant Reviews

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About every year or two I need to replace my riding pants and jackets. The Pac NW is really hard on gear and this time time around I wanted to try something new to me. I saw an ad on RMATV/MC for Motorfist Ranger gear, they looked really good, and were reasonably priced, so I reached out to see if they'd send me some to beat up for this review.

Motorfist Ranger Jacket & Pant, ready for battle at Walker Valley OHV

I'll start with a quick rundown on the pants. They're over-the-boot style made of 600 Denier Polyester on the inside and 900D out.  There is stretchy material in the crotch, knees, and upper seat for freedom-of-movement. Out front the pants have two large zippered (YKK brand) vents, zippered hand pockets, and two large cargo pockets with folding flaps. One of my favorite features is the back zipper that pairs to the jacket; more about that later.

At the ankles is elastic so that the pant holds snugly to your boots, something I liked immediately. On the inside is a mesh liner to aid with cooling, but most of my testing has been in sub-freezing temps. Last but not least, there are 3M reflective strips that definitely made me feel better when riding on the street in the dark.

In terms of the jacket, its build materials and key features such as stretchy material (elbows & shoulders), mesh liner, & reflective strips all carry over from the matching pants. The jacket also has lots of storage options that include hand pockets, bicep pocket, a large lower back pocket, and four inside pockets, including one specifically for your phone. In terms of venting, the jacket offers two zippered front and rear exit vents. Finally, the jacket and pant can be "paired" together via a rear zipper and both pieces can be further upgraded with insert-able armor.

Pairing Zipper

Despite referring to the sizing chart from the Motorfist website, the first set of gear I received was too small. I exchanged it for one sized larger and everything fit perfectly, so keep that in mind when ordering. Getting everything adjusted for my first ride was easy, with all the zippers and snaps being thoughtfully located and worked without any tricks or frustration.

Each time I rode in the Motorfist Ranger gear it was either snowing, pouring down rain, or in the 20's. Anything but ideal conditions to test venting, so they were zipped closed the whole time. I'm fortunate in that I can dual sport up to my local riding area (Walker Valley, WA). It's about a 15 minute ride with speeds ranging from 25-55 mph. Despite the crisp winter air, the pant and jacket kept me warm, even at highway speeds. The pant and jacket perform more like a wind breaker than an insulated garment, so I wore layers that included an undershirt, jersey, and chest protector.

With the street section out of the way, I hit the trails. I enjoy riding technical single track and this was a great way to test the flexibility of the gear. Initially, I wore the gear without pairing the pants and jacket and the pants seemed to ride on the low side. This reduced my range a motion a bit. However, once I rode with the gear paired, the pants settled in where they should, and I didn't noticed any restricted movement. While the actual intention of pairing the two pieces isn't indicated, it worked well for me.

Wind, rain, and mud were well resisted. A slight amount of mud worked its way through the seat of the pants, but the pants are not marketed as "waterproof", so not entirely unexpected. Some rain did eventually seep through the jacket as well, but I never became cold. So, this wasn't a big deal for me. Also, for you OTB pant haters out there, with the elastic ankles, not a single snag on my bike or trails hazards.

About my only gripe is the jacket cell phone pocket. It's too small for larger smart phones, so I had to stuff it in the pant cargo pocket. However, I recently got a new phone that is about andinch shorter (5") and it fits the cell phone pocket just fine.

Pros 👍

  • Nice looking w/o being overly flashy.
  • Good quality construction.
  • All-day comfort.
  • Good freedom-of-movement (when paired).
  • Ample storage.
  • No-snag elastic ankles.

Cons :thumbsdn:

  • Pants ride too low when not paired w/ jacket.
  • Phone pocket too small for some larger phones.
  •  Not waterproof.

Russ's Bottom-line  :prof:

After all the woods riding with some highway transit sections, I found the Motorfist Ranger gear to pass the test of the Pacific Northwest. It withstood snow, mud, rain, bushes, and high-speeds. I was impressed with the overall function and durability of both pieces, not having noticed a single thread coming loose. They also clean up nearly new when machined washed and hung up to dry. My riding buddies said that I looked like I was ready for the Dakar; not a bad compliment for a full set of riding gear for under $400 bucks US. 


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