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Fresh riding gear is like sliding into a new pair of socks. Just the sensation of the fresh, new feeling makes the experience feel like an upgrade. My previous go-to gear has gone through countless hard rides and has been put away wet, so it was time for a replacement. The team at MSR, now exclusive brand of Rockymountain ATV/MC, released their second iteration of its NXT gear and I wanted to see if this upgrade was going to be more than just a feeling of something new.

Overview 🔍

From the jersey and pants to the tips of the gloves, everything screams light-weight and follow-up with a soft feeling. The most notable feature for me was the laser cut ventilation holes found on both the jersey and the pants. I also really appreciated the pant’s silicone waist band, which reminded me of something that would be found on a goggle strap. The pants feature a traditional metal zipper fly accompanied by an adjustable plastic waist strap and genuine leather heat protection on the inside of both knees.

MSR NXT Preload comings in 5 colors (red pictured)

Fitment 📏

If you are coming from aging riding gear, the fitment will probably be snug by comparison.  I am 5’9" and about 155lbs (no gear).  I wear a medium jersey and a 31" pant for just about all types of clothing. I am finding that the growing trend of riding gear offers a snug, "athletic" fit the length of the sleeve and across the chest. Just look at the line-up at this year’s Supercross. The NXT set is no different. Never did I find fitment a snag to riding performance; it moves and stretches with your riding movement and feels more like a second skin. I prefer this new fitment over flapping sleeves that constantly get caught on brush in tight single track. I still recommend sticking to your typical size because NXT fitment feels very true-to-size; however, I do recommend that if you're using knee guards (typically bulkier than knee braces) to up size on the pant. There will still be plenty of waist adjustment and this will allow a little more room down at the knee. While I'm not able to confirm any particular knee brace fitment, the folks at RMAVT/MC confirmed it is possible. 

Performance :ride:

MSR NXT breathes like a full mesh gear. I couldn't believe how well those few laser cut holes flowed air across my torso and legs. MSR did a great job of strategically positioning the intake and exhaust vents to keep the air moving. One day I decided to ride when it was about 59 (F), just to see how the air flows and I was cold! It is honestly the closest thing I can imagine next to riding in your skivvies. The comfort zone is anything over 70 (F); any lower you better be going slow and working hard.


The gloves are light and stretchy with a traditional Velcro closure. Their lightness attributes to a great grip feel with just enough silicone on the first two finger tips and palms. Unfortunately, the gloves are difficult to operate a touch screen. No finger worked better than another with most phone functions requiring firm pressure or didn't work at all. You’ll be better off just removing the glove. While the gloves are not rated as touch screen compatible, I thought this a worthy heads-up for some riders.

Pros  👍

  • Light weight
  • Rivals the airflow of full mesh gear
  • Quality construction

Cons  👎

  • The snug "athletic" fitment is not for everyone

Conclusion :prof:

I can't wait for the summer months and high humidity to really push the NXT's ventilation. Stay tuned, as there will be a review update. Overall, the gear is aging well and the colors are still vibrant after a few washes which leads me to believe they will provide several years (or more) of airy rides. On a trail ride that requires navigation, I will be reaching for a touch screen compatible glove, but that is biggest gripe that I could find with this gear set. With warmer weather ahead, this gear combo will be getting thrown into the gear bag every time.





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