Check Out: Animoz 2022 Clothing

Aug 9, 2022 at 19:39
by Henry Quinney  

Clermont-Ferrand, a city of some 150,000 people in central France, might not have the big-name draw of the Alps or the Pyrenees, but the area has deceptively good riding and a downhill scene to go with it. Not only do you have any number of low-key riding spots that deliver world class tracks, but you also have more formalised areas such as the Pierron bike park or well-used French Cup race venues such as Brioude.

It's no suprise then to see some freshed faced gravity orientated brands coming from the area. One such brand in Animoz.

I don't know whether we're in a post-enviromental-world or merely pre-climate-change-armageddon, however I would say that it is almost expected for a brand to talk a good game of sustainability, climate awareness and green intentions. In some ways, it's harder than every to decipher performative and shallow claims against earnest ones. That said, Animoz do at least appear to be making a concerted and genuine effort to mitigate the impacts of the industry on the environment.

In the place of vague claims there are clear policies. For instance, 3% of profits go towards their Respect Animals Program, they use male-hemp in the manufacturing of their clothes, they use a factory in China that meets SA8000 welfare standard and they don't use plastic packaging.

As we load our carbon-framed bicycles onto the back of our diesel guzzling vans it might not seem like much, but I personally like the level of transparency offered.

Wild Pant

Clean and simple.

It seems odd that it wasn't until a few years ago that pedal-friendly mountain bike pants weren't really a thing. In my opinion, it seems odder still that five years later and some brands still get it so wrong.

My perfect pant is this - a fitted yet stretchy pant that isn't uniform width from top to bottom. It should be tapered towards the ankle, have at least a zippered pocket on the left side for your lift pass and have enough flex or fitment around the knee to be able to accommodate kneepads of a variety of sizes. I also prefer to at least have the option of dark colours and subtle branding.

There are a host of colors to choose from - all in the same minimalist styling.

Waterproof pockets are a nice feature.
Plus, a bonus pocket out back.

To me, this doesn't seem to be asking for much and, dare I say it, even seems quite obvious. In that regard, the Wild pant is exactly what I'm after.

For my fit (6' tall, 83kg with a 32" waist and inseam) I found the medium size well fitting in almost all regards. However, I was right on the limit for them being tight across the thighs. I like the fit in nearly all aspects, but that would be my only criticism. The material, which is 92% of GRS certified recycled polyester and 8% of spandex, is pretty stretchy stretchy, though. The Wild pants are available in several different colourways.
Animoz Wild Pant Details
• Well fitting
• Recycled stretchy material
• Three zippered pockets and two non-zippered
• Ratchet fitting on waist
• Elasticated ankle
• €129.95

Not skin-tight, but well-tailored is exactly how pants should be.
The vents are probably ornamental at best.

They're also not the thinnest pants out there, which isn't a bad thing, but it could be worth noting. I think for the fashionistas that wear pants all year round they could be slightly too thick for pedalling. For me though, the thickness is about right. Especially if you ride over winter months.

The pant has some great little features. Two large pockets as well as two further zipped ones on the thighs and a reasonable large pocket on the rear. The zippered side pockets are waterproof. I also love the stretchy panel behind the ankle that means you can have the best of both worlds - a fitted pant that's easy to take both on and off.

Elastic ankles should be on all mountain bike pants.
A ratchet offers both adjustment and security.

Wild Jerseys

Patterned, but clean.

To pair with the trousers, there are also jerseys in the Wild range. There are long and short-sleeve versions that share similar styles and features.

The short sleeve jersey is quite boxy in the sleeves.
And there are thinner summer jersey's out there.

The jerseys tend to work with block colours on the main body and patterned arms. That said, they're far from garish and I think look low-key and classy. The fabric, again around a 90% recycled polyester mixed with spandex, isn't all too thin. For those that seek an ultra-lightweight jersey, again, this isn't it. That's not to say they're too thick, but ultimately on hot summer days there are probably jersey's out there that I would be reaching for sooner.
Animoz Wild Jersey Details
• Plenty of colours
• Recycled stretchy material
• Zippered waist pocket
• Soft and comfortable, even if not the thinnest.
• Elasticated ankle
• €49.95 SS / 59.95 LS

The flexible material offers a good deal of stretch and is very soft to the touch. Although not cheap at around €40 to €50 depending on arm length, it is a well made garment that feels like a quality product as you wear it or run it through your hands. There is a zippered pocket and goggle cleaner on the hip. I chose a size large and it fits well. There are also plenty of colors to choose from.

A zippered waist pocket.
The stretchy and soft material is very comfortable.

Wild Shorts

The Wild Shorts share a lot of the same features with the pant, however, they fit slightly different.

The shorts do come with a liner, and a button fastener if you feel you're running the risk of them being forever separated in the wash. They're available in the same colorways and with the same technologies as the pant. Even though I'm confident I would size as a medium in the pants, with the shorts I'd probably go for a size large.

Not only would this provide some more room around the thighs, where they feel tightest, but it would also reduce the risk of the dreaded gap between short and pad.

The shorts come with two zippered side pockets and, unlike the pant, these aren't waterproof, which I imagine is to make them better in hotter conditions. They do have the benefit of the rear zippered pocket, though, and they also make use of the same ratchet system on the waist.

I really like the pants and jerseys, both in the construction, fit and style, but I don't really feel the same about the shorts. The shorts aren't as thick as the trousers, but I would personally prefer something slightly thinner again. If it's hot enough to wear shorts then I want a fabric that is really going to help me shed as much heat as possible. They do have vents, and maybe they help, but I feel they can only do so much.

Animoz Wild Shorts Details
• Sizes slightly smaller
• Recycled stretchy material
• Vented fabric
• Could be thinner
• Option to include liner
• €99.95

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  • 60 8
 So much pork in the bike industry. So much manufacturing. So many products. So much waste. Yay another company that designs clothes on a computer and has china make them in factories. That nobody will buy and will end up at a clearance house and eventually the land fill. Yay for bikes and bike industry
  • 10 3
 It’s stuff like this that makes me wish the barrier of entry to start your “own” outdoor apparel company was quite a bit higher. It should require more than being able to draw a logo and come up with a shitty name.
  • 6 8
 Just order from Alibaba for 80% off. Ya, you have to wait 6 weeks. But just plan ahead.
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  • 7 14
flag PeterAllen2 (Aug 16, 2022 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 And whats wrong with stuff being made in China?
  • 11 2
 Nobody does landfills better than capitalism.
  • 2 2
 I agree. I buy jerseys snd shorts used, but draw the line with the chamois
  • 1 0
 @rhamej: Don't waist your time Alibaba XL is a medium, small would probably fit an infant and the fabric is horrible, but the logo is spot on!
  • 5 11
flag PHX77 (Aug 17, 2022 at 6:23) (Below Threshold)
 @jptothetree: Socialism does just as well except for the landfills are filled with starved bodies. Take your pick.
  • 5 2
 @PHX77: You're confused
  • 3 0
 @Yody Check out if you want the exact opposite of that !! It's 100% made in Canada using organic and sustainable fabric in some of their product!! Highly recommend! And they are not the new kids on the block either, they've been at it since 2014.
  • 4 0

Are they full Canada now ? On my wind breaker it says designed in canada, but it's made in bangladesh or something like that.
  • 3 0
 @cndhbrider: YES they are brother!
They have been bringing back production to Canada incrementally for the past 4-5 years. EVERYTHING is made here now, something to be proud of! Especially in this day and age where the global/outersea manufacturing is a such a common thing regardless of the environmental impacts and quality of life for the workers...
  • 2 0
 @simonizzer: good to know ! Thanks
  • 36 0
 Sponsored by the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • 6 0
 Fear the deer!
  • 28 2
 "Recycled stretchy material"....if they are gonna be that specific, how about I pay them with "really fake money"
  • 7 0
 When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun.
  • 13 1
 That rear zipper is a pocket? I first saw that zipper 15 years ago and always believed it was for letting the farts out.
  • 6 0
 extra forward momentum on the trail after eating chili
  • 6 0
 who ever made that logo must be a fan of the Jägermeister Smile
  • 9 5
 Hey Canadian folks, loving Animoz? Ask your local bike shop to add this brand to their lineup! Also available online on
  • 3 1
 You guys rock
  • 3 0
 I own a pair of black shorts, loving them so far! They are super light and soft, it's my go-to enduro pair for sure. Oh, and the ratchet/belt ? Can't go back to Velcro and snap buttons now.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for reminding me I need some new riding trousers for the winter. Under £24 from Regatta including delivery. They even make them to fit my 34" inseam, happy days.
  • 5 0
 It's a nope for me. Thanks.
  • 2 1
 I've been riding all products from Animoz since 5 month now.
I have been very happy with the overall feel, the fitment, the durability, quality and packaging.

I know we have tons of brands and tons of things already, but instead of buying at Aliexpress/Alibaba or the Big Brand BS like Fox, Raceface and so on(who 100% produce under way worse conditions) , change has to start somewhere.

Maybe one day they will be able to Produce in Europe.

Iam buying it again. for sure !
  • 1 0
 I have been to valdisere for some dh Riding. And there was a Bike Festival where they diaplayed the Gear. I have to say the Pictures dont realy Show how good they Look. I agree that it would be much nicer if they would Produce the products in Europe. But the Gear was Nice.
  • 3 0
 That back pocket looks like it would be terribly uncomfortable to put anything in.
  • 1 0
 Find it great to put the bikepark pass in ! Yes I love to rub my ass against the gates when in the bikepark Smile
More seriously, something not too hard or bulky can fit there without too much inconvenience I assume
  • 2 0
 Decathlon make mtb pants with all those features for £40
  • 1 2
 Bought 2 prs of the Wild Shorts (incl liners) in June in Nice FR when Air Canada lost my bike and luggage enroute to Stone King Rally and the shorts performed very well! I'd never heard of the brand here in BC so didn't know what to expect. Aside, anyone in Whistler want to buy them super cheap? haha! Smile Each pair worn 1 day...I don't need THAT many pairs of shorts as I have lots currently....
  • 3 0
 Rich energy and Whyte bikes called, they want their logo back
  • 1 0
 and in (or near) Clermont-Ferrand you can ride many singles, most (if not all) of them have been listed on the following site :
  • 3 0
 @rhamej: this had better be a dating website..
  • 3 0
 @rhamej: I am certain you meant "singletrack trails", "singles" means people who aren't in a relationship Wink
  • 5 3
 I like them. The fact that the products are vegan and the company gives 3% of all sales to animal charities is good with me.
  • 5 0
 You could also buy cheaper clothes and donate your own money to "animal charities" and cut out the middle man.
  • 4 0
 I love how they call synthetic fibers and things like vinyl vegan now when really they are basically plastic. Natural fibers like cotton and leather will actually biodegrade if they get tossed instead of slowly breaking down if ever and turning into micro plastics…. Blows my mind that people fall for these marketing gimmit
  • 1 0
 @nismo325: Its the same way they call cheapo wetsuits ‘breathable’ as if it is in some way a really good thing that its not glued and blind stitched.
  • 4 2
 Not seeing a mentioned inseam on the pants… never a good sign
  • 1 0
 The large size has a 34” waist and a 30” inseam?!?!?!
  • 2 0
 Are they approved by Regina Spektor?
  • 1 0
 I like the rear stash pocket for cellphones. So many apparel companies miss this or make the pocket too small.
  • 1 0
 All that should be stated is ' not made in china'.
Most other countries have strict enviro/labor laws.
  • 1 0
 But are they not...Made in China???
  • 2 0
 @simonizzer: If they are then its blasphemy to claim any sort of esg/good labor claims etc
  • 1 1
 "they use male-hemp in the manufacturing of their clothes"

I expect the Singletrack World office has just exploded outrage at the sexism here...
  • 1 0
 A lot of people call them pants but in the MTB world they are long sleeved shorts
  • 1 0
 The effort gone into that Logo tells me their quality must be top notch..... NAT!!!!
  • 2 0
 Hallo from Mazicciland
  • 2 1
 Who made the logo? Kind of looks like many others
  • 1 0
 Nothing new on the scene ... even colours are anonymous Smile
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  • 1 2
 More pants brigade hipsters. Face palm emoji.
  • 2 0
 Love light stretchy pants. Legs stay clean- out of sun. Remove at car, dont have to worry about dirtying up the car or have dirty ass legs when un head to post ride spot.
  • 2 1
 @jrocksdh: The dirty as legs gives you mtb cred though.

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