Review: Puls Custom DH Race Kit

Feb 14, 2019
by Paul Aston  
Puls PB Kit


Puls are a Polish company that specializes in semi- and fully-customized race kit for teams and individuals. Their website uses a custom kit builder to help you with your unique creation, and include some templates to get you started; if you require something more complex, get in touch directly and Puls will try to meet your needs, and also send you a mock-up of the desgin before you pull the trigger.

A retail price of €149 EUR gets you a customized jersey and pants as reviewed here, and there are other options including shorts and short-sleeved jerseys. Delivery time is 7-21 business days, which is something you don't have to think about when buying a standard riding kit, but reasonable considering sublimated nature of the printing.

Puls Race Kit Details
• Semi or full custom designs
• Non-fading sublimated graphics
• Athletic fit with stretch materials
• Buckle waist adjuster and silicone strips
• Shorts and short sleeve jerseys available
• Weight: 172g / 400g (actual, jersey / pants)
• MSRP: €149 EUR
pulswear.com

Puls PB Kit
Puls PB Kit


These Puls pants were nearly a last minute addition to the 'Ridden and Rated' Modern Downhill Pants review from last year, but they were so promising from the first ride I decided to put some more time in them and make a full review. We should also point out that in the Ridden and Rated article there were only two pants (Alpinestars and Leatt) that cost less than what the complete Puls kit costs.

There are a bunch of different colors and basic styles to choose from on the Puls site, and you can upload your own images, along with adding your name for a truly custom kit. As each item is made from scratch, you can even request extra customization like extra long lower leg panels if you can't find any pants long enough, like me. All the logos are sublimated (printed into the material instead of stuck on top of it), and you even get your name printed on the inside of the waist – handy if you are in a team and all have the same kit. The waist also has a solid waist ratchet adjuster, and a silicone band all the way around the inside which helps to keep them up and your jersey tucked in.

The pants have three usable pockets, which is more than can be said for other DH pants. By usable, I mean they can fit a smartphone (iPhone 7) in a protective case inside and still close the waterproof zips. The pockets are not waterproof from the inside, but this could help to keep showers or puddle splashes away from your mobile or wallet.

The jersey has fewer details to mention than the pants, but it uses a very lightweight and stretchy mesh fabric with a slim fit.


Puls PB Kit
The pants use a tried and tested ratchet-belt to hold them up. There is also a full line of silicone around the inside the waist to hold them up and keep your shirt tucked in.
Puls PB Kit
Puls have nailed all of the details, even supplying a small carry bag with each kit.
Puls PB Kit
A rubberized logo doubles as a clothes hanger.


Puls PB Kit
The pants even have your name and size printed inside the waist, useful for race teams where kit could get mixed up between riders.



Ride Impressions

The pants and jersey have a super slim fit, which appears to be what most racers are looking for nowadays (despite 'tight-fitting clothing' being a banned substance in the UCI rulebook) but are superbly stretchy and comfortable. All day downhill riding was no problem and they were suitable for 30-40km trail rides without any noticeable movement restriction.

The Puls race kit seems to have hit all the marks spot on, and I would say the pants are better than any of the race kits I tested last year, which included all of the big hitters. The only thing I could criticize the kit for lacking is tougher materials in key areas like the knees of the pants, where I did tear through them on a small crash the first day I put them on, although since then they haven't torn any further. Not only do I think they outperformed the opposition, but the price of €149 EUR for a fully custom kit is fantastic.

The black pants shown here have been used for months and have been through the washing machine around 20 times, and the black is fading slightly, but nothing to worry about.

Puls PB Kit
There are two pockets on the left and one on the right, and they all take a smartphone in a case.

Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesPuls have bought a fantastic race kit to market that not only seems to equal or better most of the race kit out there, but it also costs less than nearly all of them with the customized print and color included. Paul Aston







81 Comments

  • + 40
 I am viewing this in my pyjamas, how appropriate. Good morning PB'ers its a beautiful day here, perfect for bunking off work and hitting the Surrey Hills. The best of luck PULS with your venture I wish you all the best so please do forgive my comment.
  • + 3
 @johnnygrosso
How muddy is it?
  • + 4
 Didn't know ricers weigh their clothings now.
  • + 4
 FINALLY a decent piece of equipment that's worth purchasing without a second thought!!
  • + 1
 Play Ball!!
  • + 16
 i'd say that Puls is completly unknown brand in Poland, but... now it's gonna change, probably Smile
  • + 5
 Polish textiles are awesome, two of my favorite tees I got when visiting were made and printed in Warsaw. AVE Park to be exact!
  • + 7
 @paulaston can you give some additional detail about the "requesting extra long lower leg panels" that would be a huge plus in the check box column for taller riders like me! Is it just a pre-determined length? Or did you tell them how much longer to make them? And.... How'd that finish out for ya?! Thanks!
  • + 3
 Very interested by that question as well as I typically need 32 in width when a 34 (if not 36) would be better in length :/
  • + 3
 Yes, I need a 28/34. This might be the only brand who could pull it off!
  • + 3
 If you also have that problem with shorts (gap between shorts/pads), ion now offer regular and long versions of theirs... right after I bought the previous ones of course. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case with their pants, although I wouldn't use pants except for the deepest winter...
  • + 1
 Do they do longer leg panels for their shorts too? In the drawing on their website it appears like the shorts end above the knee when standing up straight. That would give you a fashionably unacceptable gap between shorts and kneepads when riding.
  • + 6
 I can confirm everything Paul says about the kit.
I have a longsleve/shorts kit, used it the whole last season and wore it every time I rode my bike.
Not a single flaw.
Uber-comfortable and the fit is great (if you upsize by one size).
I am normally a Large/32 with TLD, but here I have XL/34.
I had the opportunity to try them on at the Mondraker Factory Booth in Maribor last year, and they told me to upsize, as well.
  • + 5
 Reminds me of a football kit - but I suppose that's not the point as you can customise it.
Pretty cool idea especially for weekend warriors who don't need to be riding around promoting someone else's stuff without getting paid for it.
First stop email NSMB and get hold of the graphics they use for #longlivechainsaw and get some custom tops done!
Donations to the charity of course.
  • + 3
 Made custom designs for our entire DH team 6 years ago. 18 jerseys were 130 Euro, they had a slimmer, more comfortable fit, durable and the colors looks incredible. Took all white jerseys and made them as simple as possible, did that 2 more times and each year everyone was asking where we bought them. First round was just one bandana sleeve, with our logo in the middle, second was more oldschool, third was inspired by the Porsche Lemans LMP1 car. Just make your own jerseys, it still costs 1/4 of the price and it'll have your name on it. Smile
  • + 1
 Wicked! I don't race so I don't need (or even want) anything color coordinated. But DH shorts just last me way longer than cargo pants so these are worth the investment. Being able to get them printed exactly like you want is just fun. Just get a bit wild with Inkscape and I'll take the enduro look to the next level Wink .
  • + 2
 @paulaston would these hold up to more exploratory types of riding, like where you are riding through narrow single tracks covered in brambles and laurel and your legs look like you walked through a field of angry kittens?
  • + 1
 Clean looking kit! I would definitely buy a kit from these guys versus just a single pair of pants that cost more from the big names Eek do they have a minimum order quantity?
  • + 2
 Had 4 custom kits from Puls now.
Fully logo’d Up which you can request and send in the files and get mock up images in return.
They turned out order around in 5 days.
  • + 4
 Better than the big brands, are you Pul-ing our legs?
  • + 1
 "A retail price of €149 EUR gets you a customized jersey and pants and reviewed here..."

I always thought PB charged more for reviews but, 149 euros and a pair of clothing isn't too bad. Smile
  • - 6
flag Balgaroth (Feb 14, 2019 at 3:21) (Below Threshold)
 Quite a few mispealing here and there, did somebody even proof read this review ?
  • + 4
 @Balgaroth: o noh!cal da grhamr polize!
  • + 3
 @nug12182: I don't really mind, just noticed it. From such a reputable website it's not something I would expect tho.
  • + 6
 @Balgaroth: yeah i see they spelled "Pulse" wrong
  • + 7
 @Balgaroth: mispealing? What does that mean?
  • + 5
 @freerideglory: It means you ring the wrong bell. But he gets plus points for complaining about spelling and then misspelling a word.
  • + 0
 @nouseforaname: it means I am French so give me some slack, probably none of you can actually speak a foreign language so ... Still, stull like twice the same word in and some sentences that don't make much sense are annoying to read, I guess it is not a speling problem but more of a sentence building ? But hey qu'est-ce que j'en sais hein ?
  • + 4
 @Balgaroth: No on is getting at you for being French, being Bi Lingual is amazing.. However pulling someone up on spelling or grammar and miss spelling yourself is a little hypocritical
  • + 0
 It seems like I’m always “that guy” when @paulaston writes an article... do you think the article could have a few pictures of said riding gear, I don’t know, while riding on a bike? From your mail order catalog pictures I have to guess sleeves are too short for elbow pads if you wear gloves? Midsection obviously no room for the spare tire crowd and the pants don’t fit if you’ve got big thighs and or butt?
  • + 1
 @paulaston: thank you. I can see why they weren’t included.
  • + 2
 Advertising brand new never used kit with a torn knee! haha! #quality


Sick kit though!
  • + 1
 You realize it's not a new kit right? How else would he be able to give riding impressions? He wore it in the M29 review. #readingcomprehension
  • + 3
 can u custom order with no-none-nada-zilch quantity zero logos on the kit?
  • + 1
 Doubt it - I expect they want to get their brand name out there like everyone else. But i’ve played around on the website and some of the stock designs have less obvious “Puls” branding than others. I guess it’s the Polish version of “Pulse” which might have worked better. But hey, I ride a DH bike named after a day of the week! The colour combinations available are almost infinite, with some designs having 3 colours, each selectable from a large palette. They only thing that held me off was not knowing what the fit would be like, but this review seems to clear that up. Come on credit card, time to pony up...
  • + 1
 If you make the first colour the same as the 2nd colour, the logos don’t appear to show. No idea what that would actually look like, though
  • + 5
 @Thor44: I realise I'm going to sound like a right wanker here, but if you have a YT Tues, then its name means "do it" in German, not Tuesday. Maybe you've got an Iron Horse Sunday though?
  • + 1
 @Free-doggin POC and Dainese make some rad dh pants with very small, almost unnoticeable logos. Pair that with a plain long sleeve shirt in the color of your choice from Icebreaker or any no name brand with tech fabric and you're sorted. The pants are kinda spendy though, look for sales.
  • + 3
 It was just a joke! Fully aware of what Tues means in German - doesn’t stop me reading it as short for Tuesday every time I see it though!@Malky79:
  • + 2
 @Thor44: haha tuesdays will never be the same for me again
  • + 1
 @Malky79: I thought he rides an Iron Horse Sunday.
  • + 2
 I've never understood biker clothes. Why would anyone want to look like such a logo laden tool?
  • + 2
 Curious if there's an option to have the massive Puls logos removed / replaced with your own thing
  • + 2
 It’s nice to see Slender Man landed a modeling gig.
  • + 2
 Do the sleeves have more than 500mm of reach?
  • + 1
 Is the name going to give pranksters justification in pulsing your pants down?
  • + 2
 Why Pinkbike is commented on the back of the black jersey ?
  • + 5
 I want that exact kit but with Protours Demo comments instead of that honey comb.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: i want it with all the names in this thread
  • + 2
 Too bad they don't do custom sizing.
  • + 2
 They do man read the review?
  • + 3
 @drfunsocks: They don't, i asked them. They do custom design, not custom sizing. But maybe the employee at Puls got it wrong...
  • + 2
 These pants look like something from the American Revolutionary War...
  • + 1
 Can we get the model's height and weight? Come on pinkbike.
  • + 4
 Aston is tall and skinny. Or .37 rod and 11.8 stone.
  • + 6
 @mikekazimer: So 0.001004754 Nautical miles. got it.

Thanks.
  • + 1
 I just ordered Fox Demo WR pants :/
  • + 1
 Great idea....buts do they have to be called "puls"? lol
  • + 1
 Great idea! Good luck with the project guys
  • + 1
 I'm going to be here for hours. Thanks.
  • + 1
 Still waiting for the big boys slim pants LOL.
  • + 1
 Get that dude some food!!!
  • + 1
 What are the materials?
  • + 0
 Can they do Ramen Chicken noodle Track suit?
  • + 1
 Hey, Puls my finger?
  • + 1
 ...or puls down my bright red pajamas.
  • - 1
 No American Flag....FUGOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 1
 I don't ever wanna hear we make pajamas ever again, after seeing these.
  • - 2
 Burnt umber down under titanium white upright. Sweet kit, that white clash is weird but man 4 pockets!!!!
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