Review: Puls Custom DH Race 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 the 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 fine 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.
Ride ImpressionsThe 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 have bought a fantastic race kit to market that not only seems to equal or better most of the race kit out there, it cost less than nearly all of them with the customized print and color included.— Paul Aston|