In the past we’ve seen a bit of variation with the sizing of Leatt gear, with some coming up relatively large for its size and others fitting slim and racey. It seems as if Leatt may be taking note and trying to align their sizing across their range to the racey side, as the three items on test here certainly tended towards the slimmer end of the sizing scale.
Beginning with the Gravity 2.0 Jersey, the Tencel material is very soft to the touch and gives comfortable notions from the get-go. The fit is quite slim through the body for the large size tested, but not too slim on the arms as to cause any restriction. The length is quite typical, giving enough material to ensure you don’t often allow loam to find its way down south. Each of the three differently colored panels are joined by what is quite a robust line of stitching, and it adds considerable bulk and stiffness to the jersey in these areas when compared with the otherwise stretchy and quite thin fabric. The contrast in material properties then makes these seams quite apparent when the jersey is first slipped on but faded into the background after a few minutes and didn’t chafe or scratch.
It’s not the airiest jersey I’ve ever worn, feeling more appropriate for the rides around 10 degrees C (50F) but becoming a little hot as you go much above this when climbing. It doesn’t feel like it actively gets rid of the inevitable sweat as well as a synthetic fiber, but this can avoid that chill you get from a jersey wicking the sweat and heat from your skin. That said, this is a “gravity” jersey, and so that small amount of extra warmth may serve you well on a push up or uplift. I’ve not had any issues with durability thus far, but it certainly doesn’t feel like a tough downhill-focused garment, so I do question the motives for its gravity designation. That said, it’ll stretch over some body armor just fine. The goggle wipe and pocket is neat, and the price of an acceptable level, especially when you factor in its eco-conscious fabric. Leatt says it’s an item you could happily wear off the bike too, but in the colorway provided I’m not so sure – the mellower Coral color perhaps.
With a preference for a tighter glove, I’ll always opt to be on the bigger side of a Large glove, but the Leatt 2.0 WindBlocks come up slightly small compared to most. Getting my hands in them was a real squeeze, especially when new, and taking them off even more so. Once on, they felt just a touch on the small side but otherwise comfortable. It’s always worthwhile trying on a set of gloves before you buy.
The palm is thin and notably grippy, with an exceptional bar feel that makes them a real pleasure to ride in. I didn’t hit the ground too hard in them at any point to put the palm durability to the test, but it’s stood up well enough to wear from the grips to suggest it’s plenty durable. The WindBlock material certainly improved hand temperatures in the areas covered, especially noticeable when riding at speed on mellow terrain. It doesn’t offer much insulation per se, only really working when there’s air moving over the glove, so as temperatures dip below 5C/40F they begin to lack a bit of warmth even when standing still. The unprotected fingertips will feel this before the rest of the hand, but the lack of bulk around here as a result means they retain feeling and maneuverability where many “warm” gloves suffer. The flipside of the lack of insulation meant I was happy to wear the 2.0 WindBlocks as temperatures climbed up to and above 50F, making them a great interseason offering that’ll comfortably span all but the coldest of Winter and hottest of Summer.
The protection is minimal, but certainly better than none, and did a good job at taking the sting off bushwhack. Much to my surprise, though I’ve been extra careful when taking them on and off as I like the feel of them so much, they’ve still been devoid of any stitches “popping” or torn material, which is something I often struggle with. They represent reasonable value for their versatility, great looks and outstanding bar feel.
Out of a full head-to-toe of Leatt gear I was sent to test, the AllMtn 5.0 pants were the item I was most excited to get on the trail over the Winter. The HydraDri material, with its impressive waterproof and breathability ratings, promised to keep the elements firmly out and make the saturated trails all the more pleasant. Much to my despair though, the slim fit combined with a lack of stretch in the thigh panels meant my pants were slightly too small for my chunky legs. The cuffs at the bottom were also on the narrow side, with them being reasonably tight to get a foot through even with the Velcro undone. The waist was bang-on, meaning I’d likely have been pushing the adjustment to the limit had I sized up, but there simply wasn’t the “give” to allow for restriction-free pedaling. For this reason, they’ve been my dedicated uplift pant, for which they’re great, but it serves as a warning to try them before you buy, or lose a bit of weight in my case. There’s a bit of stretch at the back, meaning the pants will move with you as you articulate at the waist on the descents. The knees have enough space to sit nicely with a thin “trail” knee pad, of which I tested with many different models with the same success. The vents on the thighs can be opened to give a little extra space, but it didn’t prove to be enough to make them quite loose enough. With these open though, the pants do ventilate very well, and even when closed they’re a comfortable item to wear given that they’re waterproof. They do make a bit of noise when pedaling, but they’re far from the worst I’ve ridden in.
The pocket arrangement is good, though there’s limited space for storage due to the tight fit of the pants. Most phones will fit in that fleece-lined pocket on the back, but it’s not the most intuitive pocket to access at times. Having a little key loop in the left thigh pocket is a neat touch to give an extra level of peace of mind. In terms of their weatherproofing, they proved to be excellent at keeping even heavy rain and puddle splashing from seeping through. The only exception to this was on the saddle, where the pressure of the saddle forced water through the membrane and into my briefs eventually. That said, things were still considerably drier and more comfortable than they would have been in a regular pant, with no heavy feeling or sagging materials once wet. True to their claims, the pants are still looking fresh after a considerable amount of wet and gritty abuse, so if you’re more favorably proportioned then these pants would be a real treat.
The Wolf’s Last Word
Leatt’s latest range of ridewear continues to impress us with its quality and well thought out features. We’d highly recommend trying on multiple sizes before you buy to ensure you get the right fit, but once you do this range of kit is a real treat to ride in.
Gravity 2.0 Jersey: £40 /$50 /€50
Windblock 2.0 Gloves: £34.99 /$36.99 /€37.99
AllMtn 5.0 Pants: £170 /$200 /€189