It would be hard to say that Fox gear isn’t moto-centric, yet in recent years it has offered some off-road gear sets with a good amount of off-road specific tech and features. The prime example of this is Fox’s Legion gear—the jersey is all its own design and the pant is based on the 360 gear set with both in- and over-the-boot options. But what I have been wearing lately is the Legion LT gear, which is based on the 180 chassis yet also comes with in- or over- options.
The jersey is pretty much exactly the same as the 180 jersey—I can tell no discernible difference. This isn’t bad, just a standard moto jersey in a different colorway. The main polyester body fabric is comfortably soft with a bit of stretch, the side panels are a more open mesh pattern, the asymmetrical collar is on the big side but not bad, the arms are loose but not overly baggy, and the cuffs are minimalistic. The downside to wearing just a plain poly jersey without tougher materials is that, when I had to bushwack my way down a mountain on a “trail” that hadn’t been ridden in a year, it looks like a shag carpet at the end of the day. Cosmetics aside, we were plowing through some thick manzanita bushes and there isn’t one single rip or hole in the jersey. Structurally, the jersey is still functional, just not so appealing to the eye.
Compared to the 180 pant the Legion LT pant (in-the-boot tested) does have three small differences that make it more off-roadie: two thigh vents and one thigh pocket on the right leg. The chassis is pretty minimal with only a few TPS patches and a durable yet pretty pliable main fabric. It withstood the bushwacking with flying colors—not one snag, scrape, or blemish. The stretch zones at the crotch, knees, and upper glute area work fantastically, giving full range of motion and no binding on the bike. My main complaint of non-stretchy pants is feeling like I can’t spread my legs for a wild dab or correcting two-foot paddle. This pant offered plenty of protection and mobility. Plus, the calf area is super thin, stretchy mesh that’s in your boot anyway. This material also extends to behind the knee, another low-impact zone.
There are only two wear issues to speak of. After about seven off-road rides, at the very center of the crotch/lower butt junction, some threading is coming undone. Yet this isn’t terribly concerning since the seams are double-stitched and show no signs of failure. The other issue is that there are two burn holes in the right knee that are exposing the light knee padding foam but didn’t go all the way through. Again, more cosmetic than anything.
Overall, this Legion LT gear set is a good middle ground between track-only gear and full-on ballistic off-road gear. And it is priced that way; the jersey is the same as the 180 and the pant is $10 more for very functional vents and a pocket. Heck, I’d say this should be the 180 pant since I could use some vents on the track and a place to stash an emergency half PB-and-J.