Wednesday, December 22

Shift Vertex Race Suit Review

All of the style and performance elements native to Shift Racing gear go into the construction of their pro-level race suit. The Shift Vertex Race Suit will perform head-to-head with any similarly priced suit as it is loaded with features and functionality. Sacrificing nothing on the style side of the things, Shift is able to combine aggressive on-track performance and protection with flashy style and slick looks.

Check out our Shift Vertex Race Suit Review:

First and foremost, protection is obviously the most crucial element of any race suit, and the Shift Vertex Suit has that covered. Premium grain 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather is used throughout the suit with double layer reinforcements in key areas. Shift's proprietary CE rated armor is used in the shoulders, elbows and knees, and it extends to the forearm and shin. There are replaceable TPU knee sliders and pocket in the back to upgrade to a CE rated back protector. The ventilated and aerodynamic back hump also provides additional protection. The wrist and ankle cuffs feature autolocking zippers that maintain closure and stay strong in the event of a get-off. And of course, the entirety of the suit is safety stitched.

Comfort and airflow are both important when it is 130ยบ F on track and race days. With punctuated leather at the top of the chest and side of the torso, air scoops on the shoulders, and perforation all down the front and back of the suit, a nice current of air will flow through this suit when you're riding. Along the insides of each of arm, and in the crotch and inner thighs is Schoeller stretch Kevlar, a flexible abrasion-resistant fabric that will also flow air. The articulated race fit coupled with accordion stretch paneling above the knees, above the elbows, at the lower back and wrapped from the back of the shoulders under the armpits, allows for excellent movement and ergonomics in the racing position. The mesh liner in this suit is also removable and
washable. The suit also features a vented moisture-wicking Airprene comfort collar.

It's Shift, so of course there is a wildly stylized graphic version, the green-yellow featured in the video above, and the suit is also available in black-white and white-black options. Another great piece of gear from Shift Racing, who consistently put enormous attention to detail and functionality in their products.

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