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Product Review – 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 Race-wear

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Product Review – 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 Race-wear
Shortly after the Australian launch of the 2015 range of Shift MX race-wear we were lucky enough to receive a set of the 2015 Shift Faction Mainline 4.0 apparel in the black and white colour combination to try out.

The 2015 Shift Faction race-wear is the first set of Shift apparel that I have ever owned or tried and come to think of it the first time I have had the chance to use any Shift MX Product!

The first time I had a chance to run the new shift apparel was at the launch of the 2015 Yamaha Motocross range, spending half the day running the gear and then ran it again just over a week later at the fourth round of the South Australian Motocross Championships held at Renmark.

I have also ran the gear a number of times at the practice track to really get a good feel for not only how it feels to wear, but to also to see how it holds up after a decent amount of ride time.

The first thing I always take note of with new riding gear is how easy are the pants to get on and off while wearing knee braces. The good news is the Shift Faction pants, while being more of a form fitting firm fit than some of the other apparel I have worn of late, easily slid on and off over the knee braces that I am running, with plenty of room in the knees to accommodate braces.
Product Review – 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 Race-wear
With plenty of ride time in our Shift Race-wear we are more than happy with our first experience running Shift MX Products
As just mentioned the pants are a firm fit around the waste and even around the top half of the legs, with the stretch panels around the back of the waist, the hips, the back of the leg, the crutch area and on the knees all combining to give a firm but very comfortable fit, while additional stretch panels of material on the calf and the bottom of the pant give the whole pant a very well fitted feeling both off the bike and more importantly while on the bike riding.

The venting both below and above the knee are allows plenty of airflow to keep things cool inside, while the lining the encompasses the full upper half of the inside of the pant is well sewn into the main section of the pants again helping with both comfort and also ensuring they the lining does not get hooked up and pulled out when taking the pants on and off.

Like the pants the Faction Mainline Jersey has a more of a form fitting feel to it than the majority of race-wear that I have worn in the past and has a super comfortable feel to it.

The front of the jersey is made of a light weight polyester material that allows good airflow through, without being to vented for the cold wintery days, while the back of the jersey is made completely of a mesh material for maximum venting and does a great job of letting the hot air escape from around the body.

While the Jersey does not have any type of Gel strips at the bottom to hold the jersey in place inside the pants, the fact that the pants are that well fitted around the waste means the Jersey is not about to slip and come loose and start flapping around at the back anyway.

After running the Shift Faction 4.0 Mainline apparel for a couple of months now, I am very pleased with the way it has held up. I don't hit the ground often while riding, but have manged to crash a couple of times while running the Shift gear. The good news is it has handled a couple of meetings with the ground and to date neither the pants or the Jersey, especially the sleeves that have taken the impact on both occasions have torn or even scuffed up!

The full grain leather inner knee panels have taken the abuse of holding onto the side of our Suzuki RM-Z 250 very well, with no signs of ripping apart or splitting.

The mainline Glove has also proven to be a top shelf item. The glove is well fitted with the fingers of the gloves molding near perfectly to my hands. A am personally a big fan of the what now seems to be old school Velcro closing on the gloves making them easy to get on and off and the extra padding around the thumb area is always a bonus in my book with new age gloves.

Overall I have been more than impressed with the Shift MX Faction 4.0 Mainline race-wear. Apart from being very well fitting and extremely comfortable, they look amazing as does the entire range of 2015 Shift Race-wear.

The little additions to the apparel including the hook on the back of the pants that can easily accommodate a rag to wipe things over on those wet days is cool and there really is nothing you could fault with this gear.
Product Review – 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 Race-wear
The multiple stretch panels in the Shift Faction race-wear makes them a great fitting pair of pants that are super comfortable.
Faction Racewear Features:

Shift - 2015 Faction Jersey - $69.95
- Technical, Moisture-Wicking Polyester & Mesh Fabrics Throughout
- Full Mesh Back Panel For Maximum Ventilation
- Articulated, Multi-Panel Construction
- Technical Collar Design
- Functional Lightweight Wrist Cuffs

Shift - 2015 Faction Pant - $219.95
- Durable, 900D Main Body Material
- Aggressively Articulated Design
- Dual-Layer, Full Grain Leather Inner Knee Panels
- Multiple Stretch Zones, Including A Hidden Rear Flex Panel
- Lycra Insert Liner Gusset
- Knee Panel Flex Zones
- Natural, Contoured Lower Leg Cuff

Shift - 2015 Faction Glove - $44.95
- Single-Layer, Padded Clarino Palm & Thumb Reinforcement
- Lightweight, Breathable & Flexible Top-Of-Hand Materials
- Pre-Curved, Articulated Finger Sidewalls Provide Superior Grip
- Silicone Fingertips For Increased Lever Control
Product Review – 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 Race-wear
We are running the 2015 Shift MX Faction 4.0 Mainline Racewear
What we are Running: 2015 Shift MX Faction 4.0 Mainline Racewear
Colour: Black / White
Size: 36 Pant / Large Jersey / Large Gloves
Australian Distributor: Monza Imports
More Information: https://monzaimports.com.au/motorcycle/brands/shift/

Top Image: Our First ride in the 2015 Shift Faction 4.0 apparel

Credit: Jeff Crow

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