Products 19 May 2016

Review: 2016 AXO Dyemax gear set

MotoOnline.com.au puts AXO's 2016 Dyemax Gear Set to the test.

Having worn a vast range of motocross gear in my time, AXO was surprisingly one of the brands I was yet to put to the test. Taking delivery of the 2016 Dyemax jersey and pant, along with the Hexa glove, I was very interested to see how it would fare out on the track. Antonio Cairoli seems to do quite well in the AXO gear, so surely it’d impress me?

Well, after throwing the gear on and spinning a few laps, I was correct, it did impress me. First up, something I’d say we all pay attention to first is the look of the gear. Personally I’m not one to be drawn to blue gear, but our all blue set actually looks really good out on the track, and the design itself is definitely eye catching too.

The Dyemax jersey features a 100 percent polyester stain and odor resistant construction with fully sublimated graphics. It also features a long tail panel to stay tucked in and a v-neck design. The jersey is very comfortable and has a nice cut, it’s not too tight, not too baggy, it’s just right.

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If you’re a rider who chooses to use an under armour system for roost protection you should be fine with your regular size as the cut should allow for that to fit underneath nicely. The sizing of both the jersey and the pant are right on the mark, my size large jersey and 32 pants fit exactly how I’d expect which is always a huge positive!

Although a comfortable and correctly constructed jersey is very important, the pants are even more crucial in my opinion as they have to cater for things such as knee braces. If your pants are too tight in areas or too loose in areas, it can be a real hassle. Luckily AXO put together an impressive pant for 2016, it’s the star of the show here for sure.

The all-new and improved Dyemax pant has been designed with an improved, longer lasting construction with a strong focus on weight saving in mind. It has been created using durable nylon with a leather inner knee panel, sublimated graphics and TPR logos paired with a polyester lining and front perforated panels for ventilation.

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

If you’ve read any of my previous gear reviews you would know I’m quite critical on the fit of a pant, it’s something that I personally feel really needs to be nailed. The 2016 AXO Dyemax pant has been constructed with the perfect amount of flexibility, room and adjustment for a range of riders and protective wear.

Moving around on the bike there’s never a point where you feel restricted and the knee brace area is just right. Another huge plus for the Dyemax pant is the adjustable waist. The adjustable waist is a massive plus as it allows the pant to be customised to suit you perfectly. Not every single rider is an exact size 32, so it’s great to have that extra adjustment available to really dial in the fit of your gear – huge advantage.

Next up are the gloves, a piece of protective gear that is also very important to get right. Initially I was a worried when I noticed soft padding on the single layer palm construction, but I didn’t judge the design until I had tested it out on track. The elastic single layer synthetic fabric on the top of the hand, the thermoformed padded knuckles and silicone printing for improved grip on the other hand were all features that excited me.

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Once on track I was pleased to see that the soft padding on the palm was actually quite nice to ride with. Usually I’m a single layer glove only kind of guy, the most thin palm area possible is my go to option. But somehow AXO made it work in their 2016 Hexa glove, it’s really an awesome product. I’ve spun a tonne of laps in these gloves and never had any complaints. Not only do they perform well but they look great too, bonus!

Overall the 2016 AXO Dyemax gear set and Hexa glove are a super impressive combination. It’s clear the AXO product designers, along with their research and development team, really put in the hours on these products to ensure they were no issues whatsoever for the consumer. If you’re looking for functional, comfortable and good looking gear, the AXO Dyemax and Hexa glove combination is definitely an option you should look into.

The 2016 Dyemax gear is not only available in the Dyemax Blue colour way we are wearing, but also a further two colour options for you to choose from. AXO offer the gear set in the Dyemax Mamba white/blue vented colour way and the Dyemax Mamba black/red colour way. These new Mamba colour ways are worn by the likes of Antonio Cairoli of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing on the FIM Motocross World Championship circuit and Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Jordan Hill and Mitch Evans on the Motul MX Nationals circuit.

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The 2016 AXO Dyemax gear set comes in at a recommended retail price of $59.95 for the jersey, $199.95 for the pant and $49.95 for the Hexa glove. For more information and stockist listings, head to www.ficeda.com.au.

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