Are You Ready For an MTB-Specific Romper? DirtLej's DirtSuit - Review

Sep 26, 2017
by Paul Aston  
Dirtlej Dirtsuit


Dirtlej started its life making protective guards to cover their bikes, frustrated by scratching and scarring expensive steeds during transit to the trails, and then their catalog slowly expanded to sell luggage and riding clothing. The DirtSuit now headlines their range, and the German brand sent me a 'Core Editon' to try out.

The Core Editon is the most expensive choice in the range of suits for varying severity in conditions. At €296, it's not cheap, but also not much more than a set of designer leggings and jersey from fashion-based MTB apparel companies. But can you put a price on happiness when you complete a bog-bashing ride in the depths of winter, retaining some semblance of warmth and dryness?

DirtLej Dirt Suit
DirtSuit Core Editon Details:

• Intended use: wet weather riding
• 15000 mvp breathability
• 15000mm water-resistant
• Reflective details
• Machine washable
• Five zipped pockets
• Ten zipped air inlets
• Dark blue and orange (featured) / dark blue and pink
• Sizes: S - XXL
• MSRP: €296
www.dirtlej.com

DirtLej Dirt Suit
DirtLej Dirt Suit


Design

The DirtSuit has a number of features that can make the dark days brighter. Starting at the top, the hood is large enough to fit over a full-face helmet and has an elasticated drawstring to adjust the fit. The hood can also be folded down and stowed easily with the Velcro flap.


DirtLej Dirt Suit
DirtLej Dirt Suit


The wrists are tailored to cover the back of the hand and prevent skin being exposed to the elements when bending your arms or hanging off the back of the bike, they also have a Velcro adjustment to batten down the hatches and keep the cold out.

The long zipper at the front extends far enough to allow male or she-pee based toilet breaks. A large adjustable 'belt' around the waist helps with fit and holding things in place after being plastered with mud.


DirtLej Dirt Suit
DirtLej Dirt Suit


The lower legs are wide enough to take the suit off while still wearing your shoes and have Velcro adjustment to stop them tangling in the drivetrain. They can also be removed to leave shorts, and there is an extender piece to help the fit for long-legged riders.

The outer of the triple layer construction of the suit is tough and should make it through the hardest of crashes. The inside of the suit is lined with mesh for comfort and to stop skin sticking against the outer.


DirtLej Dirt Suit


There are ten vents in total to regulate temperature, all using waterproof zippers. There are two large pockets on the chest, two smaller ones on the hips and one on the left, upper-arm suitable for a lift pass. All of these pockets use waterproof zippers to stash phones, money and lift passes.



Performance

The first time I donned the suit, it seemed overly baggy for mountain biking. But on the trail, this was less apparent when in a riding position. However, the baggy legs won't be super kind to top-tube paintwork when covered in a layer of mud and grit.

I wore the suit for some rides combined only with underwear and kneepads and, thanks to the lining, it never felt like riding in a sweaty plastic bag. There is plenty of room to wear extra layers underneath and as much body amour as you please. Wet and muddy conditions around 15c were fine with no extra layers under the suit. For big climbs, things can start to warm up but the ten vents help to keep the air flowing where needed. The baggy fit and stretch panels on the back don't restrict pedaling action or riding movement.


Dirtlej Dirtsuit
Dirtlej Dirtsuit


The DirtSuit really does a great job of fending off the worst of conditions and keeping you warm and dry. Getting to the end of a muddy ride and whipping off the entire suit makes the cleanup operation easier. The DirtSuit is machine washable up to 30c, and it dries very quickly to be ready for the next day's ride.



Dirtlej Dirtsuit


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe DirtSuit is a high-quality and functional item for getting through the worst winter can throw at you. Best used for winter shuttle days or wet pedals in the depths of winter. Paul Aston







214 Comments

  • 355 4
 great for cooking meth too!
  • 8 0
 Déscente ski suit has more style.
  • 145 5
 Cuts off sleeves and starts only riding park
  • 7 2
 Brian Cranston approved.
  • 28 1
 real meth chefs would only wear the underwear and knee pads
  • 29 0
 but how do you poop??!
  • 4 14
flag marksman01 (Sep 26, 2017 at 20:05) (Below Threshold)
 Breaking Bad! Yeah!
  • 4 1
 @makripper: tear it off like the hulk.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: tee shirts and DH pants=maximum sty
  • 18 0
 No bottle cage mount.
  • 12 12
 @pogan: Hockey jersey, runners shorts, no knee pads and crappy fullface... wait... why do I have a feeling I described a typical 26-for-life dude who laughs at Enduro?
  • 2 1
 @makripper: there is a remote control door activate by the same control of your leaver post
  • 2 0
 ask Heisenberg!
  • 115 0
 Ideal for 11 months of the year here in Wales
  • 35 1
 Ideal for about 3 weeks of the year here in Portugal. Please don't hate.
  • 33 1
 Why? are you not riding for a month?
  • 5 4
 @Travel66: that last month is shorts and t-shirt weather mate, the other 11's when you need this suit.
  • 3 0
 We don't even need it in Brazil lol
  • 4 1
 I'm looking at the pics and wondering why he didn't test it in some muddy conditions, lthat ooks like one run on a summer's day t me
  • 1 0
 Here in BR northeast we ride only with shorts and sweat like a pig lol
  • 4 0
 @Caiokv: but we'll wear it anyway.
~ regards,
people-in-hot-climate-that-wear-knitted-beanies
  • 4 0
 My new Summer riding gear right there!
  • 1 0
 Great write up and cool product. High in the rockies here in CO we could have used this the past two weeks and its only getting colder, snow is flying.
  • 111 19
 The only MTB gear that E-Bikers should be allowed to wear.
  • 71 9
 In bright orange so they can easily be identified and avoided. Also saves them from changing clothes when they inevitably get arrested for riding their motorbikes in a protected area
  • 58 107
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2017 at 14:25) (Below Threshold)
 So you want to tell people what.they are allowed to wear. Hello Adolf Big Grin
  • 8 2
 Agreed, but they need to add climate control system that interfaces with the bike battery for power. And maybe flashing lights and sirens.
  • 44 45
 Just bought an Ebike, I love it!!
  • 24 12
 In what way has it got anything to do with ebikes?

A practical solution that you're trying to tar with pinkbike's Achilles heal?

Have an upvote if it means that much to you.
  • 78 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I love seeing your name with SHOW COMMENT next to it. lolz
  • 86 14
 Everyday we stray further and further from god...
  • 5 3
 ahh this just got me good, dying over here. lol
  • 4 4
 @Nathan6209: doubtful...
  • 3 2
 Amazing.
  • 8 3
 us skiiers and snow boarders have had this option for years! they are a good idea
  • 55 0
 Looks a bit stupid but I would probably be jealous of anyone wearing one of these at the end of a really wet muddy day...to be fair though, thinking about it, it doesn't look anywhere near as stupid as some of the other mountain biking apparel options out there.
  • 12 0
 Totally makes sense for people who spend most of there time riding wet conditions. I imagine it would be real nice to have one piece of clothing to take off and throw in a bag after a ride so your car isn't filthy afterward. I don't even think it looks that stupid. If I saw someone riding in this I would probably just think they have matching jacket and pants.
  • 3 2
 @LukeBurgie:
It looks ridiculous. However, there was some thought put into it. It converts to shorts Awesome! how about putting a flapped zipper at the mid-section so it can be worn as pants or jacket? Jumpers are just painful.

For me, I'll stick to my Pearl rain jacket and pant combo. Keeps me clean and dry during the winter months. When I get back to the truck, off they come, into the back and I'm clean for the ride home.
  • 2 0
 I think it's a great idea, but for that price I'll stick with my jacket and wet legs for now
  • 2 0
 Looks 1000% less stupid than Joe Cool in his Hawaiian shirt riding DH because Eddy masters did it 5 years ago.
  • 48 1
 how do you poop?
  • 62 1
 With my rump, how do you poop?
  • 4 0
 @mobber7127: that was only a shard....
  • 3 1
 With my mouth
  • 2 5
 right? ive had enough trailside evacuations to want velcro shit down there
  • 2 1
 @Duderz7: “Not right now you don’t!”

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • 3 1
 @owlie: rock the Depends
  • 2 0
 In the suit, that's the point actually: keep the dirt where it belongs.
  • 32 0
 Looks absolutely spot on for a British summer
  • 29 1
 Can I get one that makes me look like Chewbacca?
  • 6 0
 YESSSS! Themed ones!

I want a one that has a @bretttippie face on the hood so that I can pull it over and have the time of my life
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: Dangggg.....too low in the scroll rrolly...that is comment of the day if I've ever seen one! Smile
  • 16 0
 Everyone saying this is unnecessary hasnt spent hours cold & wet. Moto guys have similar gear & it's a niche product, why shouldnt mountain bikers have the same niche product. If I was a park rat in a moist locale I would consider one of these. Or a racer, practice for two days in this and be much more comfortable than everyone else with soaked ass cracks.
  • 18 0
 When your business needs a lil extra support you just lift your shoulders. Game changer.......
  • 15 0
 I can just imagine a James Bond DH bike chase scene where he over comes the evil doer and takes off this suit and then heads to a cocktail party wearing a pristine tux.
  • 13 0
 I actually don't hate it. I LOVE muddy park days but hate all the mud I get up my back where my pants and rain jacket don't meet. This basically solves that. same for the IXS one.
  • 2 2
 removed
  • 12 1
 This seems like the perfect product to ride in when it is dark, cold and wet outside and the true PB keyboard heroes are too busy fighting their wars on the website to notice you having a blast out there on the trails.

Main concern when spending this kind of money on such a product is that it never happened to me that clothing that claimed to shield me from rain yet allow sweat to evaporate actually lived up to that. So yeah in really "bad" conditions I usually just ride in some cheap MX gear and accept that I'm going to be wet but at least I won't be soaked.
  • 15 1
 Fart bags for mountain bikers! Big Grin
  • 10 0
 Damn this get much hate. I have the dirt suit black edition that i use for rainy downhill and single trail days. I love it, it keeps you drier then a jacket and short combo and is cheaper too. The vents work great and its even crashproof.
  • 13 2
 God damn the world is getting weird...
  • 11 0
 You got it, mang. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.
  • 11 0
 Try inflating it for extra protection
  • 9 0
 I've an IXS one cost me £40 from crc, its a great job....
  • 2 0
 Got a link for the IXS one? My Google-fu is failing me.
  • 1 0
 Link!
  • 3 0
 www.thegravitycartel.com/products/waterproof-overall
www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/297750
First is the one I have, google ixs waterproof overalls, Great for bad uplift days when you have to hose down after every couple of runs. Can even hose each other down to wash mud of back.
  • 1 0
 @bat-fastard: Thanks!
  • 8 0
 To be honest, it looks bad ass with the dark blue colors and bright orange. And looks practical AF. Why all the hate?
  • 2 0
 my thoughts...
  • 4 0
 Even if they made them look really cool, the problem with jump suits that are "off the rack" is the baggy crotch. With only 5 sizes available they have to be designed to fit a wide spectrum of inseam lengths, torso lengths, shoulder widths etc. The only way to accommodate this is with the classic baggy crotch, which is detrimental to hanging up on your seat. Maybe the tester addressed this with his comment about the baggy legs "not restricting pedaling action or riding movement".

I don't use my dropper on short descents so I still need good crotch clearance!
  • 6 0
 This is only appropriate if the one piece is sold with matching snowblades and circle sled. Long live Sauserboy! (McConkey, RIP)
  • 8 1
 **Also good for joey 80's day at your local ski hill**
  • 9 1
 #dutchoven
  • 2 0
 there is a reason skiers call them fart suits
  • 5 0
 I've got the Dirt Suit Black Edition, clever design and works well. Waterproof, breathable and makes it much more inviting to head out in the slop.
  • 6 0
 There's no way that front zipper is long enough for me.
  • 2 1
 guess it's just a wet suit for you then, first warm but don't worry it cools down pretty fast. can wash it every day to keep the smell at bay & get rid of the awkward spots too! Big Grin
  • 4 2
 I think this kind of gear would be awesome Guiding/Coaching during wet rides. You're out for hours, not always moving so staying dry and warm is key... After, 300 euros - $450 is pretty steep!!
E-bikes don't need that, I'm sure an e-bike with a roof will be available soon for them....
  • 6 0
 Comes with a devo cd and a lamp shade to wear on your head
  • 2 0
 Well, I have to admit that it looks a tad unconventional. One might even say that even Troy Lee himself would have a challenging time making this particular item of clothing fit the descriptive term of "badass". But... I ride in the winter slogging through all kinds of shit and this looks practical for that purpose. The breathability numbers don't seem that high to me compared to Endura MT500 rain line though which is 64000 breathability. Over 4 times what this item is rated at.
  • 6 1
 Air inlet labeled wrong...should be outlet. Ooof talk about Dutch oven.
  • 5 1
 onceys are actually quite comfortable, so perhabs being in the lift on a cold day, this thing would be sweet
  • 5 0
 I agree. I quite enjoy riding in the slop these days, but getting into the car and all my gear off is what makes me avoid the ride! If I lived near a bike park with a chairlift, I would completely consider this.
  • 6 0
 Needs a poop flap
  • 5 0
 Screw you guys, this is the shit! ***Throws money at screen***
  • 9 4
 The MTB hazmat suit lets you erode wet trails while staying comfy and dry.
  • 6 1
 If I only rode when the trails were dry then I'd never get out the house. Our local lines were born out of shredding through the sopping wet winter muck to clear a line in the terrain which then becomes a trail in the spring. Repeat each winter and your trails are always evolving with the seasons.
  • 4 1
 They lost me at "frustrated by scratching and scarring expensive steeds during transit to the trails."

If you're worried about scratching your MTB, your doing it wrong.
  • 8 1
 *you're
  • 4 0
 I’d love to try this out. Looks perfect for cold, wet PNW night rides. My big concern is how hot it’ll get climbing.
  • 1 0
 My only concern with waterproof stuff costing this much is what happens to them in a crash? My shorts and pants weren't cheap but I've taken a tumble in them and they hold up great, but waterproof shells are so thin, I'd be annoyed if I dropped this much on a suit and put a hole in it on my first ride.
I'll stick with my €20 rainsuit and just open the zip on the climbs.
  • 3 0
 Really depends what material is on top of the waterproof membrane, some shells can take a beating. And if you do get a tear, there's always Tenacious Tape or similar Gore Tex patch kits. They work great in my experience.
  • 6 1
 Time to log off I think
  • 1 0
 Love onesies. Have a fleece one with superman logos all over it... but around here in winter we maybe lose a weeks worth of riding to bad weather. In fact we welcome the slop because it dries in 12 hours into hero dirt.
  • 3 0
 I wear onesies at home and for walking the dogs.. basically i'm one hangover away from wearing it fulltime so why not.
  • 1 0
 BRIGHT ORANGE!!!!!!!!! thank you. now i can ride my bike to the construction site work the day dry in my new safety suit since it its orange and ride home after it all. THE BEST
  • 1 1
 In my experience anything meant to entirely seal against moisture and the elements ends up feeling like a sauna after a bit of rain and heavy exercise. That and personally I find the looks dubious, it looks like a childs snow suit.
  • 4 0
 A onesy for riding?
  • 9 6
 Guys.... April isn't for another 7 months.....
  • 4 1
 i think they are just 5 months late
  • 4 1
 Ha. Shorts n t-shirt for me.
  • 2 0
 maybe with the right styling/ colors like two tone. I'd wear it on those cold, wet days
  • 5 2
 1 step closer to a clown suit...
  • 4 0
 80% of TLD kits are more clowny, by far
  • 2 1
 I say cut the legs into shorts if you're worried about top tube abrasion! At least nobody will call you a dentist in this :-P
  • 4 1
 The designers already sorted that.
  • 4 1
 Love he logo, "no more excuses", well I can think of 296 of them
  • 2 2
 What's the other 37 excuses?
  • 3 0
 A muddy buddy for grown ups!
  • 3 0
 I use mechanic coveralls...
  • 1 0
 Yes please. Reminds me of those old Dainese 1-piece rain suits that were ubiquitous on the World Cup circuit back in the day.
  • 2 0
 Always wanted to be able to wear the BMW-dork Aerostich while I'm on my bicycle...
  • 3 0
 not gonna lie, this would be nice for wet riding
  • 1 0
 Or you could get this and jump through flaming hoops instead: www.walmart.ca/en/ip/forcefield-mens-flame-resistant-coverall-l/6000195528273
  • 1 0
 Romper? Do you mean Jumpsuit/Coveralls/Flightsuit or one of the many established names for functional full body clothing? Clickbait.....
  • 2 0
 Ferk - I was going to invent this! I like it and there is a massive market for this in GB
  • 6 4
 Euros really love fart bags don't they?
  • 8 1
 Yup, the Marquee de Sade pioneered them.
  • 6 6
 If it was that cold and wet that and you were enough of a pansy to wear one of these then why would you want to make it into shorts???????
  • 1 0
 I had that thought too.
  • 2 0
 bc MOAR ZIPPERS = MOAR BETTERS
  • 2 0
 This looks like a good way to max out your enduro level
  • 3 1
 LOL, you guys. You must not ride in the rain too much.
  • 2 0
 Finally!!!! could have done with this a decade ago in the UK!
  • 1 0
 I've got that exact thing for my young kids. It's called a tiff and it works great. Www.tuffo.com
  • 4 1
 Does it come in white?
  • 2 0
 The only way I'm willing to romp around the trails Wink
  • 1 0
 Wait, did I just read "onsey's" and "sweet" in the same sentence? The end is near.
  • 4 0
 You don't have kids lol
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: I've got 5 from ages 16-11 months. Trust me, I know.
  • 1 0
 @Tearsforgears: then you know that muddy buddies rule! I even bought an adult sized one for myself (motorcycle rain gear) to ride bikes in the mud n rain with the kids. Or jump in puddles.
  • 2 0
 @dcdavid12 I guess I need to order one too?
  • 2 0
 maybe for moto? Sux for mtb, cant breathe well
  • 2 0
 Does it come with a built-in fanny pack?
  • 2 2
 That looks like a real good way to get heat exhaustion in 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but it looks alright. I'd consider it if it was made in the U.S.
  • 1 1
 in winter I often use an evoc suit for trail-building. I would buy this if it was even remotely affordable, but the price is bonkers...
  • 1 2
 I like it a lot except it needs built in armour. A one piece fully padded suit would take biking to the next level. All the slopestyle/big jump riders would go nuts with confidence.
  • 2 0
 Can't be worse than Raceface's agent line
  • 2 0
 Highlights the lack of decent options for flat pedal riders.
  • 1 0
 At €296, these are probably the most expensive work clothes on the market.
  • 2 1
 Jokes about e-bikes, jokes about poop... don't worry, some day you'll grow up and remove the stabilizers.
  • 1 0
 weird to see so much surprise, been using rainsuits for a long time, guess it only makes sense here in the north?
  • 1 1
 This would be far too hot for me outside of DH. It should have built in waterproof socks too. I think it will rip easily too.
  • 1 0
 Pajamas have really come a long way. Wait, what happens if you need to take a #2 dumparoo?
  • 1 0
 I think for extra muddy conditions and only EXTRA muddy conditions it's not a bad idea but is way too hipster for me.
  • 2 0
 I want it, just can't get over that price!
  • 2 0
 Where's the prep photo of tightie whities and knee pads?
  • 2 0
 Not ready not ready not ready!
  • 1 0
 At least make the top a different color than the bottom so it looks like 2 pieces!
  • 3 1
 Really?
  • 2 0
 well im sold.
  • 1 0
 I'd demo one, send it over for a proper winter fatbike test.
  • 1 0
 actually, it's more of a jump suit than a romper...
  • 2 1
 If you live anywhere that requires this attire, you need to move areas.
  • 1 1
 ???? I live in Santa Cruz and we get rain in the winter so am i suppose to move?
  • 3 0
 @krumpdancer101: I used to live in the north of England. Trust me, it doesn't rain in Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 No more sand and mud in the Crack. Sign me up.
  • 2 1
 it's cute that apparently nobody has heard of the term coveralls before.
  • 1 0
 I don't know what this is, but I want you to kill it with fire.
  • 1 0
 He looks like a line worker!
  • 1 0
 I ride in basketball shorts and a tank top. Am I doing it wrong?
  • 1 1
 I think for extra muddy conditions and only EXTRA muddy conditions it's not a bad idea but it's way to hipster for me.
  • 1 0
 It might not be stylish, but I need it
  • 1 0
 Brought to you by Mugatu, mountain biking….Soooooo hot right now!
  • 1 0
 Who's going to be the first to buy $300 mechanic coveralls?
  • 1 0
 "Wet and muddy conditions around 15c"


so shorts and T-shirt weather then
  • 1 0
 Fart bags have come to mountain biking!
  • 2 1
 Yeh nah ????????
  • 2 2
 I think everyone has missed the fact of how expensive it it!!!!
  • 7 1
 To be fair it is trousers and a jacket in one whilst being fully waterproof and easy to wash after. A pair of fox dh trousers alone is £100+ (not waterproof) and a jacket can cost even more. So I think it's reasonable.
  • 2 0
 A Kokotat Icon costs about £1000, so this doesn't seem so bad...
  • 2 2
 Now Availible..Fartbags for all the Brits n Scots
  • 3 3
 Looks better than anything the roadies wear am I right?
  • 1 0
 I like I like
  • 1 0
 Hmmm.... No
  • 1 0
 really! wow
  • 1 1
 Flouro yellow for full endurbro
  • 1 0
 Not. Ready.
  • 1 0
 HOWWWWW FERKIN MUCH?!!
  • 1 1
 Click bait!
  • 1 1
 Yes fuck me daddy
  • 2 5
 Just no.
  • 7 1
 You're just not ready.
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