PRODUCT: Moose Racing’s new Expedition-series
jacket and pants target both the hard-core off-roader and
the adventure rider. Both garments utilize Moose’s HDWB
(High Durable Waterproof Breathable) nylon shell and have
high-visibility reflective piping and logos for added low-light
Expedition jacket: The jacket has a micro fleece-lined
collar for comfort and moisture wicking. There are neck
and bottom hem cinch cords to close those cold air gaps.
The arms are articulated with stretch material in the elbow
to provide comfort and easy arm movement, and the wrists
have a hook-and-loop closure strap. There are three cargo
pockets with internal zippers for carrying stuff (both critical and personal maintenance items fit into the category).
It has a perforated poly mesh liner to help wick moisture
and increase comfort. There are well-placed chest vents,
underarm vents and there are back vents for maximum
temperature regulations. It has a compact self-storage
system as the jacket converts into a fanny pack.
Expedition pants: The pants are an over-the-boot
design that use a lower leg-adjustment strap to seal out
the elements. They have a three-point waist-adjustment
system and a YKK zipper for maximum closure strength
and waist adjustment. Four cargo pockets provide room for
storage of those must-have items. Full-grain leather on the
right inner knee provides maximum heat-resistance from
the exhaust header. There are four zippered vents—two on
the upper leg and two on the rear—to provide ventilation.
Just like the jacket, the pants have a perforated poly mesh
liner to wick moisture and provide added comfort. These
pants don’t have any seams in the derriere, which really
helps when using a dual-sport seat for extended rides.
POSITIVE: Our Moose Racing Expedition jacket and
pants have been tested on dual-sport/off-road trails and
long adventure touring rides. We have to say they have
performed well, providing protection from the elements
and comfort from the design and fit. We used the Moose
gear on a recent adventure bike test that had us on the
pavement in the early morning with temps in the 60s at
the start, only to see 90-plus degrees at the end of the
day. The morning chill was kept at bay with only a T-shirt
for a base layer. As the dirt portion of the ride began, the
speed slowed and the temp increased. With the vents in
the jacket and pants zipped open, there was enough flow-through to keep us comfortable. One trick we use is to fold
the collar of the jacket down, tucking it inside the jacket
to increase airflow around the neck. This worked well in
the 90-plus-degree heat. There are enough pockets in the
combo that keeping track of where things were stashed
was a bigger issue than space, or it could be age-related.
The silver-and-black color combo looks sharp without being
gaudy when you walk into a restaurant for lunch. Other than
being dusty, our Moose Expedition gear is showing little, if
any, signs of wear.
Negative: When the temps really start to soar, more venting in the front of the jacket would be nice, mainly in the arm
area. We’re talking 90-degree heat, which is well above the
comfort range this jacket is designed for. The Expedition
gear doesn’t provide CE-approved protection. You’ll have to
step up to their Monarch Pass gear for that.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a quality jacket and pant
set for dual-sport or adventure riding, the Moose Racing
Expedition gear is an excellent choice. Throw on a good
base layer and this gear will handle temps a lot lower than
what we experience here in toasty SoCal. Plus, you’ll look