Gear Review: iXS MTB Gear
She Went Wild Ambassador, Mel Hayes, is a passionate mountain biker with big love for the outdoors and so who better to review iXS bike sportswear?
iXS a Swiss-based MTB/moto clothing and protective gear company who originally caught my eye due to their sustainable riding apparel..but after riding in their gear, they now also have my vote on comfort and functionality.
iXS apparel is made from recycled plastics, PET bottles specifically, and with the slogan "Nurture It. One Playground." they consider the environment in every stage of manufacturing.
I rode in iXS MTB tops and shorts nearly every day for about a month and so it's safe to say I have put them through the test! My riding is 100% Enduro, meaning the kits have been tested on both technical climbs and descents and for hours each ride. I stand at 177cm tall and wear medium bottoms and small/medium tops in most ladies MTB clothing. In iXS I found medium across all their range in both tops and shorts was the best fit for my body.
To the review:
Let's start with my favourite item, the Sever 6.1 women's shorts.
After riding in these through the heat and rain across the Australian change of seasons, I can say they cope extremely well in all forms of weather. They are lightweight so you don't overheat, yet robust enough to have survived a few epic crashes without any damage.
They ride well on both climbs and descents. The comfort fit gives plenty of movement to transfer your weight around your bike without being too loose or tight. I have just learnt to do drops, gaps and jumps and the shorts provided full range of motion through all of these new skills.
Racing Enduro, my number 1 priority is making sure I can carry all my gear on me without a pack and the four stylish pockets on the Sever shorts are the perfect sizes to fit my phone, car key, fruit bars (with a sandwich taped to my bike) and my GoPro for filming when riding with the ladies. (Please note, all my repair items, tubes, CO2, tyre levers, etc. are strapped to my bike)
The jersey I prefer most out of their range is the Vibe 6.1, a 3/4-sleeve jersey that sits just on top of my iXS elbow pads. It is loose fitting which I prefer over their tighter, more XC-styled Progressive 7.1 short-sleeve jersey. The Vibe 6.1 has breathable under arms making it super comfortable on those long transition climbs and its length sits perfectly over the Sever 6.1 shorts, meaning when you stand up to pedal it doesn't ride up. I currently don't wear body armour, but the loose fitting style would nicely fit any body protection underneath, while the long sleeve options are designed specifically for downhill riders.
Overall, the Sever 6.1 shorts and Vibe 6.1 top work amazing together as an all-round everyday MTB kit. After my month of riding, including daily washes, the shorts and top have held up extremely well with no signs of wear or tear. If you are looking to be more environmentally friendly in your riding, while still being comfortable, don't go past iXS.
Vibe 6.1, sz M (EUR 38)
Sever 6.1, sz M (EUR 38)
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