Fly Racing has been making strides in the gear market in the past few years, and seemingly even more so in 2018 as the Western Power Sports (WPS) brand recently came to an agreement with Feld Motorsports to become the official and exclusive gear sponsor for Monster Energy Supercross, including helmet, gloves, jersey, pants, and boots, beginning in 2019. In addition to supporting the sport, Fly is also continually improving its gear both in performance and looks. One example is the Lite Hydrogen, Fly’s minimalist, lightweight racewear. We’ve spent plenty of time in the gear recently and are pleased with how well it has performed and held up.
A new feature on the Lite Hydrogen pant for 2018 is the addition of the Boa system, which was previously featured only on the Evolution 2.0 racewear. The Boa is an adjustment system that allows the rider to tighten or loosen the waist area. The system is very effective. Even though the size 30 pant fits me perfectly without any adjustment, I tried the Boa just to see how it worked. To tighten, you turn the knob on the back of the pant clockwise, and the amount of adjustment surprised me as I was able to tighten it up to where it was uncomfortably tight. That leads me to believe that riders who are between sizes, like in this case a size 29, will benefit even more from using it. To release the Boa and bring the pant back to original size, just pull outward on the knob and the tension is released. The Boa is a very convenient feature that allows for a perfected fit, especially if you are between sizes. I think I might even be able to go a size up and still find a good fit with the use of the Boa system.
As far as the rest of the pant, it’s very comfortable and easy to move around in. I was pleased with how well the pant allows for flexibility with the multi-directional stretch-rib panels, especially when crouching down and bending my knees. Also, I wear knee pads and the pant offers plenty of room to accommodate them, and hasn’t shown signs of any wear in the knee area due to using the knee pads either. Ventilation is another area the Lite Hydrogen pant excels thanks to the lightweight material and small laser-cut perforations in the front thigh area. Lastly, the pant has a Velcro-zipper lock system that further secures fit, but I admittedly don’t use it as the combination of the Boa system, zipper, and ratchet strap hold the pant in place just fine for me.
The jersey, much like the pant, ventilates well and is very comfortable as a result of the few small perforations, mesh ventilation panels, and soft material it’s constructed of. The collar area is, in my opinion, the perfect fit as it’s not too close-fitting to your neck to where it chokes you, but also not too widely cut so that dirt can potentially run down your back when blowing up berms at the motocross track, which has happened to me before with jerseys that have a looser-fitting and lower-cut collar. The jersey also stays tucked in well with the help of the extended tail and 27 small silicone grippers on the back, which are similar to what are found on the finger area of the glove.
Like the rest of the gear, the Lite glove has more of an athletic fit and slips on fairly easily, especially considering it’s a strapless glove. The glove also ventilates well, via the lightweight material and 21 small perforations on the palm area. Aiding the ability to grip the handlebar and levers are 42 silicone grippers on the index, middle, and ring fingers, with 14 on each digit.
In regard to sizing, I have found the Lite Hydrogen to be true to size. The jersey is offered in sizes small through XXL, the pant is available in sizes 28 through 38, and the glove comes in sizes small through XXXL. Also, there are several color options including orange/blue (the colorway we tested), red/gray, blue/navy, hi-vis/black, and neon pink/black. As far as pricing, the jersey costs $49.95, the pant retails for $169.95, and the gloves run $21.95. All in all, I am very pleased with the fit, ventilation, and look of the Lite Hydrogen gear, and for a total price of $241.85 for the entire kit, the Lite Hydrogen delivers a lot for a very reasonable price.