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REVIEW

Leatt's Gravity Line: Jersey, Pants and Chest Protection

Words Tim Coleman
Photos Deniz Merdano
Date Jan 5, 2023

Deniz and I planned to shoot one Sunday morning. We woke up to 1°C and rain, conditions were a bit iffy. I packed up the car anyways, and went to Deniz's place. Riding seemed silly so we sat around complaining about the weather and having coffee.

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The Leatt MTB Gravity 4.0 Jersey and Pants in Ivy. Shot indoors because it was very snowy here.

Leatt MTB Gravity 4.0 Jersey

Starting from the top, the jersey. Leatt's MTB Gravity 4.0 Jersey is intended to be a light, well-ventilated, race-cut, stretchy jersey that will set you back $115 CDN. I rode in this jersey a lot this year, and I love it. It's become my favourite jersey in the collection. It has a wonderful combination of ventilation, stretchiness and comfort against the skin. It's just a joy to wear. As a bonus I think it looks great, and fits nicely.

MTB Gravity 4.0 Pants

Leatt's Gravity 4.0 Pants are intended to be a lightweight, race-cut pair of pants, and retail for $215 CDN. These pants have a ratchet waist buckle, two hip pockets, and a rear waist pocket. The fit is a slim and they are made from a stretchy, comfortable, breathable material. The seat panels are made from 500D laminated, three layer, waterproof material to give a bit of poor weather protection to your rump.

I raced and rode in the Leatt MTB Gravity 4.0 pants most of the summer and fall. These are easily the most comfortable riding pants I've worn. They breathe well enough in the summer to help prevent overheating, yet offer enough coverage to keep me comfortable on colder and wetter days. These are on the thinner, more ventilated side, but I was impressed with how comfortable they were in the wet and cold. The waterproof seated area does a decent job of shedding rear tire spray. I really liked the third pocket for the phone above the bum; Bike Park Pass in the left pocket, wallet in the right pocket, and phone in the butt pocket. These fit true to size, and I really liked the cut. There is enough room for slimmer knee pads, but will be tight if you're using larger knee pads.

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With a base layer under the jersey, the Leatt jersey and pants were surprisingly comfortable in the snow.

Leatt Body Protect Airflex

Leatt's Body Protector Airflex is a lightweight, ultra-breathable, two-piece chest, shoulder, elbow and back protector that retails for $420 CDN. The first piece is a zip up compression sock with soft impact protectors for the shoulders and elbows. The second piece is a full CE Certified chest and back protector that goes over the top. I chose to wear the compression sock under a jersey, and the chest / back protector over the jersey. The Airflex Body Protector is also available in a women specific cut / build that looks well thought out.

I went with the height sizing recommendation on the website that put me in an XL. I normally wear a medium or large shirt. I found that the length was spot on, but the compression fit a touch looser than I'd normally like. I'd recommend trying this on in a store if possible, or maybe going more with your normal jersey sizing than your height alone. That said, with it being under a jersey, the shoulder and elbow protectors all stayed in place well.

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The Leatt jersey and pants were ultra comfortable. I like a bit of colour and flair, but don't want to look NASCAR. I think most of Leatt's kit is tastefully styled.

All in all I'm impressed with this combination of Leatt kit. All of the pieces fit true to size, are made of premium materials, and have held up flawlessly over a few months of riding. The jersey and pants are the most comfortable I've tried, and quickly became my favourite kit to ride in. I used the chest protector on its own on most bike park days because it was so comfortable to wear, and I felt like it would significantly reduce the severity of a chest / back impact in a crash. I used the additional elbow and shoulder under jersey protector on days when I was racing, and or pushing my limits. Thankfully I never tested the protectors in a big crash. I like how slim the Body Protector combination is, and seems to evaporate once moving on the bike. All three of these products aren't cheap, but I do think they're good value. The jersey, pants and body protector are all high quality products, that have held up well, are tastefully styled, and very comfortable to use. Two thumbs up from me on all three products.

Timmigrant
Tim Coleman

Age: 40

Height: 183 cm / 6'

Weight: 89 kg / 196 lbs

Ape Index: 1.055 / +10 cm

Inseam: 81 cm / 32"

Preferred Riding: Enduro and Downhill

Bar Width: 800 mm

Preferred Reach: 500 - 520 cm (but this is stack and head angle dependent)

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cam@nsmb.com
Cam McRae
1 month ago
+8 PowellRiviera Nologo roil Pete Roggeman AverageAdventurer hardtailhersh Tremeer023 bishopsmike

That last shot is wicked. And what a gnarly line Tim! Haysoos!

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PowellRiviera
PowellRiviera
1 month ago
0

Yeah, that is a wild line

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roil
roil
1 month ago
+2 Tim Coleman hardtailhersh

Came here to comment on that last shot as well. Wow. Would love to see a video of that feature. 

Great article. I share the sentiment that a lot of mtb stuff can look pretty nascar. I suspect brands do loud patterns so they have something new to sell you each season. It’s much harder to convince you to buy another pair of black riding pants.

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Tim Coleman
1 month ago
+1 hardtailhersh

Thanks Cam, it's a fun line, exposure on the right, really tight to the bars on the left. It's a nice warm up for what came later in the day!

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rolly
rolly
4 weeks, 1 day ago
+1 Tim Coleman

Reminds me of a line off the Garbo chair where we saw a guy just send it with big air off the wall. My buddy and I commented about young guys being fearless. 10 min down the trail we saw the rider standing with his helmet off.  Dude was in his 60's! We were like, "That was huge back there!" He chuckled, "Ya, I went a bit higher than I thought"

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Tim Coleman
4 weeks ago
0

There are so many amazing riders of all ages in Whistler!

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