Race Face Fall Riding Gear

Dec 14, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
Race Face has a vast clothing line for all seasons of riding and their Fall / Winter offerings are ready for the deluge that is Wet Coast riding. We take a closer look at an insulating mid weight jersey, a water proof coat and riding pants and sneak in their minimalist XC gloves. Inside you can get the lowdown on the:

Race Face Kenny Jacket
Race Face Ignite Reversible Jersey
Race Face Deus Gloves
Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants




Race Face Kenny Jacket

Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Kenny Jacket
Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Kenny Jacket

Race Face's Kenny Jacket is made for the long days in the saddle where you encounter a variety of elements. Those damp rides where you go from being chilly due to the coolness in the air to sweating from your exertions on the trail. The Kenny uses a 2.5-ply, soft hand Polyester fabric that is DWR treated (10,000mm waterproof rating / 10,000g/m2 breathability rating), laminated to a water-proof, breathable membrane and then fully seam sealed to keep water out. Water proof zips keep the elements out, while pit vents let the hot air out and keep you from over heating. On the chillier days, you can pop out the Lycra inner cuff (this adds a layer of warmth to 2/3 of your hand and keeps debris from getting into your coat arms) and put the removable hood back on to keep you protected from a deluge. The Kenny jacket comes in two colorways: Black and Ocean.

Race Face Kenny Jacket details:

  • * DWR treated.
  • * Water proof zips.
  • * 2-way underarm venting.
  • * Rubberized cuff adjusters.
  • * Lycra inner cuff.
  • * Micro-fleece lined inner collar.
  • * Dual adjust shock cord at hem.
  • * Removable hood with micro-adjust and brim stiffener.
  • * MP3 cord port and organizer.
  • *Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL
  • Colors: Black (featured) and Ocean
  • MSRP $170 USD

bigquotesThe Race Face Kenny jacket has kept all of the elements from getting past its exterior. I really like the removable hood feature (except on the day I forgot it at home and the weather turned on me) and the option to run the Lycra cuffs inside the arm or running your hands through them for added warmth. I'd like to see more robust draw string fasteners at the waist as they had a tendency to loosen off on rides. Not a big deal to re-tighten them, but could be improved upon. Lots of wet days ahead and the Kenny is ready. - Tyler Maine





Race Face Ignite Reversible Jersey

Frankie Vass in the Race Face Ignite Reversible Jersey. Photo by Sterling Lorence
Frankie Vass in the Race Face Ignite Reversible Jersey. Photo by Sterling Lorence

The Race Face Ignite Jersey is a mid weight top that can be layered or worn on its own to keep the rider insulated on cool days. Its moisture wicking characteristics keep you dry when you're working hard on the climbs and long days in the woods. It can be worn inside out due to its reversible print and design, and the small stash pocket allows you to carry your keys, or a multi tool easily and the zipper helps to prevent loss. The taller neck keeps you warm and the longer cut at the rear aids to keep dirt and debris from going down the back of your pants. The Ignite Jersey is available in two colors: Black and Slate.

Race Face Ignite Jersey details:

  • * Fully reversible style.
  • * Flatlock stitching throughout.
  • * Hidden stash pocket at side.
  • * Mock neck line for added wind coverage.
  • * Colors: Slate (shown) and Black
  • * Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL
  • * 82% Nylon, 18% Polyester
  • * MSRP $90 USD

bigquotesThe Ignite Jersey's subdued colors were a welcome site for my closet, I don't feel flashy while cruising in the woods and I like knowing that it's insulating me too. One draw back to 90% of the jerseys I've ever worn is their ability to retain "that not so fresh scent", and while the Ignite may be reversible that does not mean you should turn it inside out to stay "country fresh". You gotta wash em' often to keep them smelling pleasant - easier said than done at times. Great Fall and early Spring time riding jersey. - Tyler Maine





Race Face Deus Gloves

Race Face Deus Gloves
Race Face Deus Gloves

The Race Face Deus Gloves ventilate really well thanks to the stretch mesh that is used on the fingers and back or your hands. Added padding in the palms is the only extra you'll find on these minimalist approach, high performance gloves. The thumb is covered in terry cloth to make wiping your nose or brow soft feeling. The crotch of the thumb is also re-enforced to add to the longevity of the gloves. Sizing to fit almost anyone and four colorways means that you should be able to find one that matches your daily riding kit. Slip on style equals no Velcro closures to deal with thus giving you a consistent feel at the wrist.

Race Face Deus Gloves details:

  • * Ultra-lightweight stretch mesh offers superior ventilation.
  • * Slip-on style with low profile neoprene cuff.
  • * Strategic seam placement.
  • * 2mm foam padding in key palm areas.
  • * Full terry cloth thumb with lycra expansion gusset.
  • * Reinforced thumb crotch.
  • * Silicone trigger fingers.
  • * ‘Sweat Port’ finger ventilation on palm side.
  • * Colors: Solid Black (shown), Red Scaffold Print, Grass Scaffold Print, Grey Scaffold Print
  • * Sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL
  • * MSRP $30 USD

Race Face Deus Gloves' palm detail
Race Face Deus Gloves' palm detail

bigquotesIt's Fall, but I prefer to wear light weight XC gloves all year if I can due to the ventilating characteristics and minimalistic feel. I'd like to see them do away with the "Lycra expansion gusset" as I found it irritated my thumb. - Tyler Maine





Editor's Note - Upon talking with Race Face I have been informed that the "Lycra Expansion Gusset" has actually been removed for the upcoming 2011 Spring/Summer line up.




Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants

Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants
Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants

The Race Face Ambush Pants will be just as at home in the bike park as it will be in the saddle all day on your AM adventures. Start early in the morning while it's still crisp out, and unzip the lower pant legs once the day heats up or leave them full length if Mother Nature simply does not want to co-operate with your plans. The Ambush pants easily convert to be whatever you need them to be. The 3-ply, soft-hand, textured fabric is highly durable due to its 12% Nylon (88% Polyester) content and Herringbone Twill weave. Outer fabric is DWR treated (8,000mm water-proof rating / 3,000g/m2 breathability rating), bonded to a water/wind resistant film and soft mesh inner layer for wicking and comfort. Belt loops and inner waist adjustments mean that you're guaranteed to make the pants fit right. Thigh vents to keep your legs cool when needed, as well as a hidden lumbar vent. The Race Face Ambush is ready for all conditions.

Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants' details:

  • * DWR treated.
  • * Inner waist adjustment system.
  • * Soft brushed inner waistband.
  • * Zippered front fly with custom snap closure.
  • * Seamless crotch gusset.
  • * Mesh lined zippered thigh vents.
  • * Hidden stretch lumbar venting system.
  • * Deep front hand pockets, rear pockets.
  • * Hidden cargo pocket.
  • * Zip and velcro adjustment system at lower leg.
  • * Remove lower pant leg to transform into shorts.
  • * Custom rivets and over-sized belts loops offer casual styling.
  • * Color: Black (shown)
  • * Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL
  • * MSRP $120 USD

Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants
Cory Leclerc in the Race Face Ambush Convertible Pants

bigquotesRiding pants have come a long ways over the years and the Race Face Ambush pants are easily my favorite cut of riding pant to date. The style of it allows you to wear them post ride too without looking like you're trying to make a fashion statement. From the Johnny Cash colorway to the cut and fit, to the water resistance and overall package, these are the pants that dedicated foul weather riders should be looking at - throw away your old pants and pick up a set. - Tyler Maine



Editor's note - During the testing, we ripped a belt loop off the pants and this is what Race Face had to say about incident: "With regard to the belt loop. Our warranty department would accept it so soon after purchase and have it fixed locally for the customer." This was great to hear that the company would repair them based on such a small issue that did not effect the performance of the pants.




Race Face products are Canadian born and bred as an evolution of the riding on the North Shore mountains of Vancouver, B.C. You'll find a whole line up of clothing for men and women as well as high performance components for your mountain bike. Check out their site to learn more.

*Photos by Margus Riga and Sterling Lorence


28 Comments

  • + 46
 I remember when zip-off pants were popular about 10 years ago lol
  • + 3
 im definitely a fan of raceface.
  • + 4
 Hurray for no clown-suits! Glad to see the industry starting to come to their senses. Now if only prices were a little more sensible, we'd have some real winners. Also, very nice to see an article with genuine critiques, mentioning both the good and the bad.
  • + 1
 In general I've never had an issue with jersey, glove, or jacket pricings. But the pants and shorts pricing has always been steep.
  • + 2
 The only thing I think I would agree on is the gloves and jacket (given the stated water repellency and breathability of the jacket). $90 for a jersey seems to be pretty outrageous.
  • + 1
 I have all 4 of the items mentioned in this article and I have to agree with most everything said in this write up, but I have to say the Ignite jersey is so awesome that I have two! just to make sure I always have a clean one around, and not just cause it smells, all jerseys smell if they are not washed after you go for a ride in them. The ambush pants are also great for trail building in the rainy season. The designers of this one really nailed it with these products!
  • + 4
 Nice Stuff! I want that Kenny Jacket!
  • + 3
 i like the pants too, but being 6'5 its hard to find the right length.. moto pants dont fit at all on me sucks..
  • + 1
 same problem here man
  • + 1
 looking forward to seeing some of their 2011 women's gear - would seriously consider a pair of female cut convertible pants for my gear bag
  • + 4
 want 1
  • + 3
 Im really liking those convertible pants!
  • + 2
 fall? i thought it was winter XD
  • + 1
 Race Face does 2 lines of clothing - Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter
  • + 3
 YEAHHH zip off pants
  • + 5
 reminds me of 2000!
  • + 2
 those gloves look SO COOL!!!!!
  • + 2
 shorts plus pants = "Shants"
  • + 1
 what's the jacket in the second last pic?
  • + 1
 It's the Tempest Jacket...check my Buy/Sell : )
  • + 1
 Cory you sexy bitch! haven't seen you in years hope you're well!
  • + 1
 i might have to reinforced my thumb crotch after seeing all this
  • + 1
 ik wil egt die deus handschoenen :p
  • + 1
 Great Gear!!! I know a few things im adding to my list!
  • + 1
 Why cant they bring back the green and white Kenny jacket? :/
  • + 13
 oh they will. in 4 years. theres a patern i have now discovered in the bike world where they cyle through the primary colours every year, first red, then green, then blue, then yellow.... trust me. when i wanted blue, there was only red, and when i got red, boom blue appeared lol.
  • + 2
 Mmm...Then looks like i wont be buying RaceFace for a few years Razz
  • + 1
 nice pants....i like....

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