Leatt Gravity 2.0 Jersey Review

LEATT ALLMTN 5.0 PANTS, GRAVITY 2.0 JERSEY & WINDBLOCK GLOVE REVIEW

RACE FIT, EVERYDAY PERFORMANCE

Review by Robert Johnston | Photos by Adam McGuire

Leatt continues to grow and refine their range of mountain bike ridewear coming into 2022. With each iteration comes the introduction of new materials to unlock extra performance as well as a push towards more sustainable, eco-conscious products to keep the earth happy. Leatt gave Eurowolf Robert a small sample of their latest range, with some adverse-conditions focused gear that should help to take the sting off the wet and wild UK winter. The AllMtn 5.0 Pants were paired with a Gravity 2.0 Jersey and 2.0 WindBlock gloves to hit the trails.

THE LAB
Leatt gives each item in their range a designation based on its intended use, but of course the items are cross-compatible if you favor certain characteristics in certain parts of the body. They are also numbered from 2.0 to 6.0 depending on the “level” in which they sit in each category, with the 2.0 signifying the more entry level kit with simpler materials and less features, through to the full-whack 5.0 and 6.0 kit with exotic materials and price tags to match. A push to be more environmentally friendly sees fully recyclable packaging used throughout the range, letting your conscience rest a little when you make a purchase.

Leatt Gravity 2.0 Jersey Review

MTB Gravity 2.0 Jersey
The Gravity 2.0 Jersey is a no-frills, long sleeved riding shirt designed to look casual enough to serve dual-duty as an off-the-bike garment. Leatt used a new eco-conscious TENCEL™ cotton-feel material, produced using wood pulp and offering a comfortable feel with good temperature management properties. This material has a good amount of stretch, allowing it to be used with or without body armor below without sacrificing comfort or becoming too baggy. In typical Leatt fashion, the collar is designed to play nice with a neck brace without looking strange without. A microfiber wipe and pocket allow eyewear to be kept clear and ready to rock on the descents. The Leatt Gravity 2.0 Jersey is available in a few colorways from subdued coral through to a crazy “Mummy” pattern, in sizes XS-XXL, with a retail of £40 /$50 /€50.

Leatt WindBlock 2.0 Glove Review

MTB 2.0 WindBlock Gloves
The MTB 2.0 WindBlock gloves are Leatt’s offering designed to offer some protection from the elements without sacrificing the comfort and bar feel. This is achieved by the use of WindBlock material on the back of the hand, preventing air from stealing heat from the hand on the cooler days. Further protection is added by the microinjected 3D brush guard on the backside of the knuckles and pinky. The grip-to-hand connection is handled by a super-slim MicronGrip palm material, which should offer excellent grip whether dry or wet and will work with a touch screen too. The palm is pre-curved to sit nicely on a grip without bunching and is free from seams to ensure there’s no irritation. A cloth material patch is added for wiping eyewear, sweat and snot, and the seams are multi-row stitched to stand up to the abuse over time. The MTB 2.0 Windblock gloves are available in sizes S-XL in a few color options, with a retail of £34.99 /$36.99 /€37.99.

MTB AllMtn 5.0 Pants
Leatt’s AllMtn 5.0 Pants are designed to offer comfort on the bike in adverse weather conditions. To make this possible, the pants are constructed from HydraDri fabric with impressive 30k waterproof and 23k breathability ratings that should keep out all but the very worst of the elements while allowing moisture buildup inside to escape. The material is claimed to be dirt, water and stain resistant, so they should continue to look fresh after countless rides in abusive conditions. The seams are multi-row reinforced to stay strong, and fully taped to seal out water and dirt. The seat and back panels feature 4-way stretch properties to move with you as you pedal. A slim, pre-curved riding fit ensures they’re comfortable when in the saddle, with space for a thinner knee pad. Down at the ankle there’s a velcro adjustment to cinch them down and prevent the elements from getting in. The inner thighs feature zippered vents with a mesh lining, offering increased airflow and opening up a little more space. Storage is ample, with a fleece-lined back pocket for a phone, thigh cargo pocket and two hip pockets. High quality YKK zippers are used throughout to help withstand the abuse the AllMtn 5.0 pants are designed for. Leatt offers the AllMtn 5.0 pants in Black only with some subtle reflective detailing, in sizes XS-XXL to fit 28”-38” waists, with a retail of £170 /$200 /€189.

Leatt AllMtn 5.0 Pant Review

MTB AllMtn 5.0 Pants
Leatt’s AllMtn 5.0 Pants are designed to offer comfort on the bike in adverse weather conditions. To make this possible, the pants are constructed from HydraDri fabric with impressive 30k waterproof and 23k breathability ratings that should keep out all but the very worst of the elements while allowing moisture buildup inside to escape. The material is claimed to be dirt, water and stain resistant, so they should continue to look fresh after countless rides in abusive conditions. The seams are multi-row reinforced to stay strong, and fully taped to seal out water and dirt. The seat and back panels feature 4-way stretch properties to move with you as you pedal. A slim, pre-curved riding fit ensures they’re comfortable when in the saddle, with space for a thinner knee pad. Down at the ankle there’s a velcro adjustment to cinch them down and prevent the elements from getting in. The inner thighs feature zippered vents with a mesh lining, offering increased airflow and opening up a little more space. Storage is ample, with a fleece-lined back pocket for a phone, thigh cargo pocket and two hip pockets. High quality YKK zippers are used throughout to help withstand the abuse the AllMtn 5.0 pants are designed for. Leatt offers the AllMtn 5.0 pants in Black only with some subtle reflective detailing, in sizes XS-XXL to fit 28”-38” waists, with a retail of £170 /$200 /€189.

Leatt Gravity 2.0 Jersey Review

THE DIRT
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.

Leatt AllMtn 5.0 Pant Review

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.

Price:
Gravity 2.0 Jersey: £40 /$50 /€50
Windblock 2.0 Gloves: £34.99 /$36.99 /€37.99
AllMtn 5.0 Pants: £170 /$200 /€189

 Website: Leatt.com

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We Dig

High quality materials + Construction
Neat features
Palm feel on the gloves
Weather resistance and breathability on the pants
Recyclable Packing + Tencel

We Don’t

Fitting on the slim side – try!
Seams on jersey panels
My thighs are too damn fat

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