Leatt has consistently created some of our favorite riding gear, with a full assortment of products ranging from clothing to protective gear. We’ve been riding and wearing Leatt gear for the last few seasons now so when the 2021 MTB Collection dropped, we had to go through the review the latest offerings. Here are some of our top picks.
If you’ve discovered the joy of riding bikes wearing pants, you’ll want to consider the Leatt 4.0 MTB Riding Pant, especially now they’ve received a number of upgrades. We reviewed last year’s model and loved the look and fit. The downside was that after spending time testing models from competitors and coming back to the pant, it felt a bit on the restrictive side and would get warm quickly in the summer. It also only had one side pocket, which was annoying.
The new release features additional mechanical stretch and improved fit with additional breathability. I’m especially stoked to see upgraded waist adjuster, which is similar to what Fox has been doing, plus there’s finally an additional pocket.
We’re a bit more obsessed with pants and dialed shorts, but if you want to have a dialed kit, you gotta do the matchy-matchy jersey. We’re liking the subdued branding on the MTB 1.0 jersey that doesn’t look over the top, as well as the fitted cut that looks great on trim builds without being “XC”.
Knuckle protection is a great feature to have in a glove, and if you’ve ever bruised or damaged a knuckle, you’ll likely agree its worth the additional cost. The Leatt Glove MTB 4.0 Lite has evolved quite a bit from the initial release we tested in 2016. Leatt’s take on the glove with knuckle armor was always a step above what came before in terms of comfort, and this iteration looks better than ever.
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We’re tested a lot of knee pads. Years later, my favorite knee pad and go-to for hard riding trail rides has remained the Airflex Pro. After several years of use and more than a few encounters with the ground, I’m on my second pair, and they’re still running strong. It’s not a 2021 release, but the latest iteration of the Airflex Pro is a solid complement to any riding kit; it has changed over to a 3D-shaped impact gel for a slimmer profile while retaining the CE Impact Protection the Airflex is known for.
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