Shift Strike : Review
When I found out that I was going to have the chance to review SHIFT’s new Strike gear, I was pumped. The gear looks awesome, and I was excited to find out that it had the comfort and function to go with those looks.
Style/Looks: 4.5 of 5
For some riders, style and looks are the most important thing when they consider buying new gear, and right away, this gear catches your eye with its bright colors and edgy design. I always have liked gear that is a little bit out of the ordinary, and the creative design and color scheme of this gear definitely makes it stand out when you’re on the track or in the pits.
Function/Fit: 4 of 5
Some riders (Jason Anderson) love to ride with loose gear, jersey untucked, etc. I like everything to be tucked in and fit tightly, but not too tight. SHIFT’s Strike gear fit me very well (32 pants, Medium jersey), and I never had a problem keeping my pants up while riding, and my jersey fit me well.
Living in Texas, it is important to have gear that breathes well, and allows for maximum airflow. The Strike jersey is vented, and when riding I was cool and had no problems with overheating, despite the humidity and heat. Even while sitting, I was still cool and the jersey continued to provide good air circulation.
Another thing that I hate is pants that catch your knee braces when you are trying to take them off. When you’re hot and sweaty, all you want is to get that stuff off, and I had no problem getting the Strike pants off and over my knee braces.
Wear & Tear: 4.5 of 5
After riding twice in this gear, and washing it three times, I have not seen any wear in the normal places. The insides of the knees are intact, and show no signs of wear, and after having a considerable amount of mud and roost on both the jersey and the pants, both have come out good as new both times in the wash, and have shown no color fading or fabric deterioration.
Overall: 4.5 of 5
Overall, SHIFT’s new Strike gear is awesome. With looks that catch your eye right away, and a great fit that is comfortable and easy to ride in, and strength that will make the gear last, it looks like SHIFT has a winner on their hands. After using Fox gear for years, I am sold on the SHIFT gear.
Be sure to check out all of SHIFT’s gear and apparel at their website, shiftracing.com