If local businesses tend to build loyal customer bases, ENNEF Design Corp, better known as simply “NF”, might have more of a cult following. If you’ve spent any time riding bikes in the proximity of Vancouver, where their apparel is made, you’ve likely seen their DP3 pants in action. Evolving from that line are the Heavyweight Pants and Mid-Weight Jacket which use the same 4-way stretch, DWR-coated material.
Building off of the success of the winter-rated Berzerker pants and the same cut as the DP3 bottoms, the Heavyweight Pants are insulated with a Reprieve polar fleece inside. The latest design sees the addition of a second zippered pocket on the lower left leg and two hand pockets. Of course, they continue to use ENNEF’s trademark stretchy waistband that omits a fly opening in favor of dexterity and longevity.
Cut from the same cloth, the Mid-Weight jacket features the bomber, 4-way stretch material that serves as the base for the Heavyweight pants, but foregoes the fleece lining. That situates the jacket to a more well rounded, 3-season jacket with neat integrated arm gaiters and a double-ended zipper.
The Heavyweight pants come in six sizes, ranging from XS-XXL. ENNEF states that they are a slim fit, just like the DP3 pants. Although there is no sizing chart, they are a true North American fit with ample stretch in waist.
Typically, I look for a 32” waist and 31” inseam when referencing traditional measurement methods. In the past, I’ve worn a size medium, regular length DP3 pants and found the Heavyweight pants marginally tighter. That could possibly be due to the thicker fleece lining. They are plenty long, so I rolled them up twice with a 1” cuff. That kept some overlap with my shoes. At the waist, they sat just above my hip bones without feeling too snug. The tapered leg allows for room with a moderately large knee pad without risking catching in the chainring.
At a price point of $190 USD, they align with other winter pants from competing brands. They're constructed from 94% polyester, 6% Spandex on the front and are 100% polyester at the back. In terms of colorways, the Heavyweight Pants only come in black, with three options for logo finishes; black, white, or glow in the dark. Free shipping is offered within North America too.Ride Impressions
When I first pulled the Heavyweight Pants on, I instantly felt warm and cozy, ready for a blast through the severely slushy trails. The fleece lining is extremely comfortable and insulating. Be warned, thooug, these pants are ridiculously warm! If you’re busting out strenuous climbs in temperatures above 6 or 7 degrees Celsius (43 - 45° F), vents would be a huge asset to include in the construction. They also won’t keep you as dry as a pure waterproof pant either, but do a decent job when the DWR coating is still fresh.
For such a thick sandwich of material layers, there is very little bulk and the placement of the phone pocket holds your device tightly out of the way while you pedal. I did find that the upper thigh area was a bit restrictive while pedalling with my seat at full extension, despite the stretchy and durable materials.
Fleece liner keeps you toasty warm+
Durable without being bulky+
Long inseam and stretchy waistband can fit a variety of body types
Lack of ventilation limits their functionality-
As a winter pant, a waterproof back rise and yoke would useful-
Slightly restrictive in the upper thigh and waist area while climbing
Mountain biking is a tough sport to dress for. Riders operate at various body temperatures and demand different properties when battling the weather. ENNEF’s Mid-Weight Jacket is a reasonably priced and durable shell for cool weather conditions.
At $198 USD, the waterproofing is taken care of by a DWR coating and there are no underarm vents, so it’s not meant to compete against a more expensive Gore-Tex jacket. Instead, the same 4-way stretch material used in the DP3 pants doesn’t restrict movements and stands a better chance against abrasions.
The Mid-Weight Jacket is available in six sizes and three colors; black, taupe, and fireweed. I found the size medium to have a moderate arm length and generous room in the chest. The tapered cuffs run long on the top to keep water from running directly into your gloves or up the sleeves, but there are no velcro adjustments. Although the hood is just large enough to pull over a helmet, the only area that offers the ability to cinch up some of the excess material is at the waist hem via an elastic pull cord.
When fully zipped up, the collar does come in tight enough to keep cold air from funnelling down your neck without feeling claustrophobic. The Mid-Weight Jacket uses a two-way zipper on the body which makes staying covered up while removing muddy pants much easier. There's a single zippered chest pocket up top that fits a phone and two hands pockets at the sides.Ride Impressions
After picking up the Mid-Weight jacket, I anticipated that it would breathe similarly to the DP3 pants that I’ve used before. Since there are no underarm vents or perforated panels, I chose to wear it on days where I primarily shuttled, times when I required more shielding from the spray rather than breathability to exhaust sweat from pedalling efforts.
What I appreciated most about the Mid-Weight Jacket was the extra length on the arm cuffs and stretch factor across the shoulder panel. The main zipper also doesn’t jam up with mud as easily as some of the tighter, waterproof options. In regards to the other zippers, if I were to choose their placement, I’d relocate two of them to the underarm area and increase the versatility of the jacket. The chest pocket is the perfect size for a phone, but is at an awkward angle to quickly access.
For my height and weight (76 kg / 178 cm) I also found the chest to be overly baggy. Even with the waist hem drawn in, I caught the jacket on my seat while descending a few times. Scaling down to size might be the best option here if you want an athletic fit, keeping in mind how stretchy and non-restrictive the material is.
Stretchy material doesn't restrict movements+
Durability is higher than most waterproof options
DWR waterproofing only goes so far-
Lack of vents and material type resists breathability -
Chest area is baggy