DHaRCO Gravity Pants
Since I’ve never bought a DHaRCO product, I relied heavily on the website’s Studio Rider information. DHaRCO warns that their pants sizing is “quite slim.” I was tempted to size up when reading that, but since the studio rider pictured had the same waist size and approximate height, I chose the Small. DHaRCO lists a Size Guide on each item page, which seems more helpful than Fox’s website that doesn’t link the size chart with the item, leaving you to go search for the sizing. But DHaRCO sizes items by measuring the product lying flat. For example, a size Small pants has a waist of 15.6 inches. I personally didn’t find that helpful, as measuring across my waist seems to give an entirely different and much smaller sizing than in reality. If I didn’t have a similar build to their Studio Rider, I would’ve been left mystified as to what size I should order. After riding in them, I’d say I’m on the border of a Small/Medium. These pants do have a tighter fit, which is part of their look. I did tighten the waist slightly and paired them with a chamois. But if I buy another pair, I think I would try out a Medium to see if they look and feel good with a more relaxed fit through the thighs.
In comparison to the Fox Ranger pants, one of my favorite parts about the Gravity pants is the belt. The belt blended in well with the pants and it stayed in place throughout my rides. When tightened, the built-in belt didn’t cause any weird bunching or creasing of the pants material. Since it’s velcro, I’ll be curious to see how the belt holds up over time with washing and use.
My enduro knee pads managed to fit well even with a slim fit and although it all felt tight initially, I didn’t note any discomfort on my climb. The material of the pants is heavier, which resulted in me feeling slightly more protected from rain, wind, and twigs. While these pants are water-resistant, they are not waterproof. I’d choose these for the stormier-looking days over the Ranger pants, but my ride would still be significantly shorter than usual.
I appreciated the classic style of these pants – a rich black color, with subtle prints on the knees, and clean logos throughout the design that don’t take away from the look. DHaRCO even stays true to their brand by adding in the wild jungle print to the inside of the waist band. DHaRCO aims to help people “live no ordinary life.” As someone who doesn’t have the slightest need to own anything with leopard print, I wasn’t sure that I fit into DHaRCO’s market. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Gravity pants are offered in multiple colors that are the perfect branch between obnoxiously loud and any ordinary riding pants. I felt confident riding in them and I didn’t feel like my personal style was sacrificed. With all that said, these still aren’t going to fit in a capsule wardrobe. If you’re looking for pants that can be multi-purpose and get more bang for your buck, I’d steer you towards the Fox Ranger pants. If you need something more durable and focused for downhill or enduro riding, then the DHaRCO Gravity pants might be right for you.
The Wolf’s Last Word
The Ranger pants are some of the most affordable mountain biking-specific pants on the market. They aren’t waterproof, but they’ll hold up during a short bout of rain. They aren’t your warmest option, but you can size up to layer underneath if you need it. The Ranger pants are certainly not comparable to your sleekest date jeans, but you can bet that after a long day of riding, you’d likely feel comfortable putting on a fresh tank top, slipping on some Birks, and wearing these out to grab a cider. For my body type they didn’t sit quite as nicely as Marissa experienced, but I’ve still been enjoying them on the trails regardless.
The DHaRCO Gravity pants are available in essentially every color known to man-kind, meaning you can ride with an outfit that reflects your mood, vibe, and style. When sliding these on and catching a quick fit check in the mirror on my way out, I get the feeling that not only will other people take me more seriously on the mountain, but so will I. I’ll be packing these in my bag for bike park trips, as they provide more protection with a heavier material, which I’ll need for the inevitable crash that comes with draining downhill days.
Fox Ranger Pants – $119.95
DHaRCO Gravity Pants – $156
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