NEW GEAR: MOSKO RIDING APPAREL

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Mosko Moto the company known for its innovative soft luggage systems has surprised the off-road riding apparel world this week with a new collection of functional riding gear. All of us Upshift have always recognized Mosko's tough-as-nails build quality and ability to withstand the roughest terrain, so we were pretty intrigued to first hear of their new venture. So we got some insight from Mosko Moto founders Pete Day and Andrew Bryden.

Andrew and I first started working on apparel because we couldn’t find a kit for the type of riding that we like to do: unsupported, multi-day camping trips through mostly offroad terrain. We call it ‘Enduro-Touring’ because it fits somewhere between traditional ADV – which covers longer distances with more pavement – and singletrack day-rides on a dirt bike.

The typical ADV kits with integrated armor, dozens of pockets, and adjustable waist belts don’t work very well on that kind of trip. We’re wearing separate offroad body armor – usually a pressure suit or roost guard – and we need the ability to remove our jackets and stash them on the back of the bike in rough terrain. Most ADV kits are too big and bulky for that – meaning they don’t stash well – plus they’re hot and heavy, and we don’t need all the pockets and features.

On the other hand, the generic, semi-disposable dirt bike kits that are sold in nearly every Powersports dealer in the country don’t work very well for enduro-touring either. These kits are designed to fit with body armor, but the garments themselves are poorly constructed from cheap fabrics, and they’re covered in bright colors & logos for motocross and racing. They’re designed for day rides on the track and trail, not continuous travel through variable weather and terrain.

What Andrew and I really wanted was a high quality, durable, waterproof/breathable hardshell, without all the extra stuff that comes with most ADV jackets. Something that Arc’teryx or Patagonia would create if they ever made moto gear. Something with clean design lines and the best waterproof/breathable materials you can get; that’s strong enough to survive repeated crashes but small enough to pack on a bike, and sized for body armor. It didn’t exist.

At first, it was just a nagging thought, like: “why isn’t anyone making this?” Then it became a project. We knew we didn’t know what we didn’t know about apparel. We also knew there were a lot of skeletons on that road. We decided to try it anyway and see where that took us. We thought ‘maybe’ it would be a two-year project. That was five years ago.

Our first apparel meeting was on October 31, 2013, at our friend Galen’s house in Portland. You can see it in this blog post. Mosko was barely even a business then. Galen has since moved from Icon to Klim. Since then we’ve had three major resets: first when we moved production from Shin TS in Vietnam to October 4 in Bangladesh, second when S Group started helping with design, and third when Scott Bryan joined our team last year, bringing his apparel experience from Patagonia and DaKine.

Now our designs are finished and in production. Everything should arrive in Portland via air freight in early June. We’ll have new pages on the website shortly. If you’ve been following this project, you know how many obstacles we’ve crossed so far. It is an exciting moment. Thanks for your support!!

The Basilisk The Basilisk is the Enduro-Touring kit that Andrew and I were picturing when we started this process 5 years ago. It’s designed for extended, multi-day trips through variable weather on primarily offroad terrain. The Basilisk combines the super-premium materials of a high-end mountaineering jacket, with the clean lines and minimalist design of a trail riding kit.

Materials The Basilisk’s main body fabric is a highly abrasion-resistant eVent DVExpedition 3-layer, using eVent’s proprietary direct venting technology. It’s waterproof to 30,000mm on the water column (100 feet of pressure), with MVTR of 10,000 g/m/d, .06cfw air permeability, and DWR.

If there’s a more waterproof moto jacket out there, we haven’t seen it. To geek-out on the materials, do some Google research, and you’ll see the many advantages of eVent. It’s incredibly waterproof and also incredibly breathable. On the Basilisk, we back up eVent’s intrinsic breathability with extensive mechanical venting: there are 6 vents on the jacket and 6 additional vents on the pant.

In high abrasion areas like the shoulders, elbows, and knees, we added SuperFabricceramic platelets on a 600D waterproof/breathable base, sewn as an overlay over the main body eVent for added strength. With two layers of waterproofing through the shoulders, chest, back, arms, and knees, you can repeatedly crash on this jacket and still stay dry, even if the outer layer of fabric is damaged.

Our zippers are top-of-the-line water-resistant YKK Aquaguard Vislon. They won’t clog with dust and grime like old-school zippers, and they’re easy to operate one-handed.

Separate Body Armor The Basilisk is our full-throated endorsement of separate offroad body armor for enduro-touring style trips, where integrated armor is more of a liability than an asset. If you’ve never ridden with separate body armor, here are the two main reasons we love it:

Temperature Management: Riding hard in a hot climate with separate armor, you can remove your jacket without losing your armor protection.

Impact Protection: Separate armor has better coverage and holds the pads closer to your body, so they’re exactly where you need them in a crash.

Track and trail riders don’t wear big jackets with integrated armor and tons of pockets for a reason. Imagine summer riding in Moab in a big ADV jacket? You’d die! For the best protection and temperature control, separate body armor is the only way to go. There’s a ton of information about this topic online if you want to do your own research.

Less is More The gear that accomplishes its mission with the least features is best. That’s the Basilisk. It’s light, nimble, and breathable, with the pockets and vents you need and nothing else.

We eliminated hanging liners entirely, reducing weight, bulk, and heat. There are two external and two internal pockets on the jacket, and two thigh pockets on the pant. Vents are placed strategically for maximum airflow, with exhaust vents on the back to eliminate ballooning.


The Deluge
The Deluge is our ultralight, packable, 100% waterproof/breathable rain layer.

It works in tandem with an already-waterproof riding kit like the Basilisk – for double-layer rain protection in a sustained multi-day downpour. Stuff the Deluge in your pack for trail riding, or bring new life to an old ADV suit which maybe isn’t as waterproof as it once was.

The Deluge jacket can be worn as either an under- or over-layer (sized up/down accordingly), while the relaxed fit overpant features extra reinforcements in high-abrasion areas around the knee and calf. It packs small: stash it and forget it. It also works off the bike, as an ‘around camp’ or ‘around town’ rain kit.

The Deluge’s main body is an eVent DVApline 3-Layer fabric with direct venting technology, rated at 20,000mm (66 feet of pressure) on the water column, 20,000 g/m/d MVTR, and 0.1 cfm air permeability. It’s made from a sturdy but lightweight 40d nylon ripstop with a 20d tricot backing. Zippers are YKK Aquaguard Vislon.

Armor Layering Our armor layering consists of a base layer, an armor pressure suit, and a mesh jersey on top. This is what we wear all day every day, rain or shine, hot or cold, offroad or on. The base layer sits next to your skin, the armor sits in the middle, and the jersey goes on top. Air flows freely through the jersey, through the vents in the armor, and right up against your skin.

Imbricate Base Layer: A 4-way stretch, medium weight base layer with antimicrobial and anti-stink technology. It wicks moisture, breathes freely, washes easily, and dries fast.

Forcefield Body Armor: We offer the Forcefield ADV Harness (max protection), the Forcefield Pro Shirt (max comfort), and limb tubes for knees and shins. To learn about Forcefield check their website. It’s ventilated, comfortable, and strong. In our opinion, it is the absolute best armor you can get.

Signal Jersey: The mesh Signal Jersey wicks moisture while protecting your skin and armor from sun, dirt, and wind, while also protecting the tricot lining of your jacket from internal abrasion caused by armor.


BASILISK JACKET

The Basilisk is our waterproof/breathable enduro-touring kit, for long-distance, multi-day trips through primarily offroad terrain. It combines super-premium materials with clean lines and minimalist design. With an articulated fit for freedom of motion and easy layering, the Basilisk is designed to work with separate body armor for superior protection and versatility. It packs smaller than a traditional ADV jacket, for stashing on the back of the bike when things get hot.

The Basilisk is incredibly waterproof and incredibly breathable. The body fabric is a highly abrasion-resistant eVent Expedition 3-layer, using eVent’s proprietary direct venting technology. It’s waterproof to 30,000mm on the water column (100 feet of water pressure), with an MVTR of 10,000 g/m/d, .06cfm air permeability, and DWR. It’s the only waterproof moto jacket on the market that also has air permeability, plus it has the highest waterproof ratings of any moto jacket we’ve ever seen.

In high abrasion areas like the shoulders, back, and elbows, we added SuperFabric ceramic platelets on a 600D waterproof/breathable base, sewn as an overlay on the main body eVent for added strength. With double-layer fabric, you can crash repeatedly and still stay dry. Our zippers are top-of-the-line water repellent YKK Vislon Aquaguard: they won’t clog with dust and grime, and they’re easy to operate one-handed with gloves.

The Basilisk jacket is our full-throated endorsement of separate body armor for extended enduro-touring trips, where integrated armor is a pain. If you’ve never used separate body armor, here are the reasons we love it:

  • Temperature Management: Riding hard in a hot climate with separate armor, you can remove your jacket without losing your protection. On a hot day riding offroad in the desert, taking your jacket off is a game-changer.

  • Impact Protection: Separate armor has better coverage, and holds the pads closer to your body, so they’re exactly where they need to be in a crash. Armor pads suspended loosely in the hanging liner of a motorcycle jacket are insufficient for riding offroad.

The jacket that accomplishes its mission with the least features, is best. That’s the Basilisk. It’s light, nimble, and breathable, with the basic pockets and vents you need and nothing else. We eliminated hanging liners entirely, reducing weight, bulk, and heat. There are two external and two internal pockets, with six substantial vents placed strategically for maximum airflow. Colors: Charcoal, Sage Green. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL MSRP: $599.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • eVent Expedition 3-Layer fabric with Direct Venting™ technology

  • 30k/10k with 0.06 cfm air permeability

  • Double-layer Super Fabric® abrasion panels on elbows, shoulders, and back

  • Articulated anatomical fit

  • Fully taped construction with 20 mm seam taping

  • Reflective logos

  • 4 pockets (2 internal, 2 external)

  • 6 mesh lined vents with flow-through venting

  • Cohaesive® embedded hem & collar adjustment

  • Dirt skirt internal weather seal with silicone gripper elastic

  • Gusseted adjustable hook and loop closure cuffs

  • YKK waterproof Vislon® zippers

  • High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)

Materials

  • 3L eVent fabric with Direct Venting™ Expedition technology

  • 100% Nylon 70d x 160d face fabric, With 20d nylon tricot backer, 219g/sqm

  • Super Fabric® abrasion panels: 600d polyester with ceramic plating

  • Ax suede synthetic suede collar lining & chin guard

  • YKK Aquaguard® Vislon® zippers


BASILISK PANT

The Basilisk is our waterproof/breathable enduro-touring kit, for long-distance, multi-day trips through primarily off-road terrain. It combines super-premium materials with clean lines and minimalist design. With an articulated fit for freedom of motion and easy layering, the Basilisk is designed to work with separate body systems for superior protection and versatility.

The Basilisk is incredibly waterproof and incredibly breathable. The body fabric is an abrasion-resistant eVent Expedition 3-layer, using eVent’s proprietary direct venting technology. It’s waterproof to 30,000mm on the water column (100 feet of water pressure), with an MVTR of 10,000 g/m/d, .06cfm air permeability, and DWR. It’s the only waterproof moto pant with air permeability, plus it has the highest waterproof ratings of any moto pant we’ve seen.

On the knees, we added SuperFabric ceramic platelets on a 600D waterproof/breathable base, sewn as an overlay on the main body eVent for added strength. With two-layers of fabric, you can damage the outer layer and still stay dry. Our zippers are top-of-the-line water repellent YKK Vislon Aquaguard: they won’t clog with dust and grime, and they’re easy to operate one-handed with gloves.

The Basilisk is light, nimble, and breathable, with the basic pockets and vents you need and nothing else. We eliminated hanging liners entirely, reducing weight, bulk, and heat. There are two thigh pockets, two knee scoop vents, two huge thigh vents, and two exhaust vents behind the leg. In hot weather: open all the vents and the cooler outside air envelop your upper thigh.

The Basilisk pant includes a sturdy old-school leather belt for waist adjustability, which works both on and off the bike. By opening the calf expansion zippers, tall people can add an additional 2” to the inseam – increasing it from 32” to 34.” The leg openings are adjustable too, with waterproof internal gussets and overlapping Velcro flaps. Sizes available: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38. MSRP: $499.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • eVent Expedition 3-Layer fabric with Direct Venting™ technology

  • 30k/10k with 0.06 cfm air permeability

  • Double layer Super Fabric reinforcement abrasion panels on Knees and Hem

  • Articulated anatomical fit

  • Over-boot gusseted adjustable hem

  • 2 Setting adjustable inseam expansion

  • Leather panels on inside of leg and calf

  • Leather belt for waist adjustability

  • Fully taped construction with 20 mm seam taping

  • Reflective logos

  • 2 thigh pockets

  • 6 mesh lined vents with flow-through venting

  • Gusseted zipper fly

  • YKK waterproof Vislon® zippers

  • High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)

Materials

  • 3L eVent fabric with Direct Venting™ Expedition technology

  • 100% Nylon 70d x 160d face fabric, with 20d nylon tricot backer, 219g/sqm

  • Super Fabric® abrasion panels: 600d polyester with ceramic plating

  • Ax suede synthetic suede collar lining & chin guard

  • YKK Aquaguard® Vislon® zippers


DELUGE JACKET

The Deluge is our ultralight, packable, waterproof/breathable rain layer. It integrates seamlessly into the Basilisk, for added protection in a multi-day storm. Stuff it in your backpack for day rides, or bring new life to an old ADV suit that isn’t as waterproof as it once was. It works on the bike or around camp, and neatly stashes in its own pocket for storage.

When you’re traveling through several days of continual, driving rain, an old ADV trick is to layer two completely waterproof garments: one on the outside to break the water’s speed and momentum, and one on the inside (the Deluge jacket) to complete the seal.

The Deluge also works great as an ‘Oh Sh*t’ jacket for your dirt bike. It packs small enough to live full-time in a backpack or tailbag: it’s so small and light that you’ll forget it’s there until you need it. It has two hand pockets, a chest pocket, and a removable hood that fits comfortably under your helmet when the weather turns cold and wet.

What distinguishes the Deluge from the thousands of cheapo rain suits available in every sporting goods store? It's all in the materials. The Deluge’s main body is an eVent Alpine 3-Layer fabric with direct-venting, rated at 20,000mm on the water column (67 feet of pressure), 20,000 g/m/d MVTR, and 0.1cfm air permeability. When you put it on, you’ll feel the difference. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL MSRP: $299.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • 20k/20k with 0.1 cfm air permeability

  • Removable Hood

  • Left Hand Pocket converts to stuff sack with webbing pass through loops

  • Articulated Fit cut to go over Armor

  • Fully seam taped construction with 15 mm seam taping

  • 3 external pockets (1 Chest, 2 Hand)

  • Partially elastic cuffs

  • High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)

  • Cohaesive® embedded Hem Adjustment

  • Minimalist Design

Materials

  • 3L eVent Alpine fabric with Direct Venting™ breathable waterproof technology

  • 100% Nylon ripstop 40d x 40d face fabric with 20d tricot backer, 176g/sqm

  • Ax suede synthetic suede collar lining & chin guard

  • YKK Aquaguard® Vislon® & Aquaquard® zippers


DELUGE OVERPANT

The Deluge is our ultralight, packable, waterproof/breathable rain layer. It integrates seamlessly with the Basilisk, for added protection in a multi-day storm. Stuff it in your backpack for day rides, or bring new life to an old ADV suit that isn’t as waterproof as it once was. It works on the bike or around camp, and neatly stashes in its own pocket for storage. 

When you’re traveling through several days of continual, driving rain, an old ADV trick is to layer two completely waterproof garments: one on the outside to break the water’s speed and momentum (the Deluge overpant), and one on the inside (your main ADV suit) to complete the seal.

The Deluge also works great as an ‘Oh Sh*t’ overpant for your dirt bike. It packs small enough to live full-time in a backpack or tailbag: it’s so small and light that you’ll forget it’s there until you need it. It has a hanging inside stuff pocket, and expandable leg openings to easily fit over your moto boots. It’s reinforced with heavy duty eVent Expedition fabric around the calf and knee, to protect against friction and heat.

What distinguishes the Deluge from the thousands of cheapo rain suits available in every sporting goods store? It's all in the materials. The Deluge’s main body is an eVent Apline 3-Layer fabric with direct-venting, rated at 20,000mm on the water column (67 feet of pressure), 20,000 g/m/d MVTR, and 0.1cfm air permeability. When you put it on, you’ll feel the difference. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL. MSRP: $249.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • eVent Alpine 3 Layer fabric with Direct Venting™ breathable waterproof technology

  • 20k/20k with 0.1 cfm air permeability

  • Fully seam taped construction with 15 mm seam taping

  • Reinforced knees 

  • Reflective logos

  • Internal zippered drop pocket converts stuff sack with webbing pass through loops

  • Cohaesive® embedded waist adjustment

  • Over pant design, sized to go over all internal layers

  • Boot zip for easy on/off over moto boots

  • YKK Aquaguard Vislon & Aquaquard zippers

  • High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)

  • Minimalist design

Materials

  • 3L Alpine eVent Fabric with Direct Venting™ breathable waterproof technology

  • 100% Nylon ripstop 40d x 40d face fabric with 20d tricot backer, 176g/sqm 

  • 100% Nylon 70d x 160d face fabric, with 20d nylon tricot backer, 219g/sqm

  • Ax suede synthetic suede collar lining & chin guard

  • YKK Aquaguard® Vislon® & Aquaquard® zippers


SIGNAL JERSEY

Our Signal Jersey wicks moisture, breathes freely, and dries fast. It keeps sun and dirt off your skin and armor, while allowing air to circulate close to your skin. The sleeves have integrated thumb loops so they won’t bunch up inside your jacket, and the antimicrobial treatment helps keep odor to a minimum. Plus there’s a really cool laser-perf logo on the back! Colors: Cyan, Charcoal, Black. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL MSRP: $59.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • Large hole mesh under arms for maximum breathability

  • Moisture wicking / fast dry

  • Flat lock seams reduce chaffing

  • Integrated thumb loops at cuff

  • Raglan sleeve

  • Articulated seams and drop-tail hem, contoured to your body posture on bike

  • High quality heat transfer and screen print graphics

  • Laser perforated venting

  • Anti-microbial / anti-stink treatment

Materials

  • 100% Polyester Double Mesh - 160g/sqm 

  • 100% Polyester Mesh - 115g/sqm


IMBRICATE BASE LAYER

The Imbricate is a 4-way stretch, moisture wicking, fast-drying base layer specifically designed to go under body armor. Seamless tubular construction provides an anatomical fit, minimizing bulk between armor and skin. An antimicrobial treatment reduces odor between washes on a long trip, and there are no tags or seams to aggravate your skin. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL MSRP: $39.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • Seamless knit body panels with integrated mesh venting

  • Moisture wicking / fast dry

  • Flat lock seams & heat transfer labels prevent chaffing for next to skin performance

  • 4-way mechanical stretch enhance range of motion

  • Raglan sleeve eliminates shoulder seams for under armor comfort

  • Long cut to easily tuck into pants for a secure fit

  • Anti-microbial / anti-stink treatment

Materials

  • 100% Nylon Seamless Knit


FORCEFIELD EX-K HARNESS ADV

The EX-K Harness is our toughest CE Level 2 upper body protection system. It’s reinforced with Kevlar® thread for added strength, and features multiple adjustment points for layering and versatility. The EX-K uses energy absorbing Nitrex Evo® material, which is soft and flexible, while offering consistent protection through multiple impacts. 

Body armor is very personal: you have to find the kit that fits your specific body shape and riding style. For us, this is it. We love the Forcefield ADV harness because it’s simply the best moldable, soft-armor pressure suit we’ve ever seen. There’s nothing else like it. You can wear this kit for years on both singletrack and ADV trips, crashing over and over in it, and simply spraying it off with a hose when it’s dirty.

In that brief second of awareness when you realize you’re flying over the handlebars: this is the armor you’ll be glad to have on.

Ratings: CE: EN1621-2 Level 2 (Back). SATRA M28:2007 [impact], prEN1621-3:2013 (2103-10) [sizing & ergonomics] (Chest). EN1621-1 Level 2 (Shoulders & Elbows). Sizes available: S, M, L. MSRP: $399.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • Unique ‘open’ harness system

  • Heat activated body molding

  • Reinforced with Kevlar thread

  • Vented for improved breathability

  • Improved ergonomics and ease of use

  • RPT (Repeat Performance Technology)

  • Fully adjustable fit

  • Soft, flexible and comfortable

  • Available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large

Materials

  • Nitrex Evo®


FORCEFIELD PRO SHIRT

For riders looking for CE-2 protection in a lighter, more shirt-like package, the Forcefield Pro Shirt is an innovative solution. The chest, back, shoulders, and elbows are protected by Forcefield’s Isolator panels, which are held in place by a breathable, moisture-wicking base layer. There’s mesh venting in high heat areas, and a side-zip for easy access. Ratings: CE: EN1621-2 Level 2 (Back). SATRA M28: 2007 Level 2 (Chest). EN1621-1 Level 2 (Elbow & Shoulder) Sizes available: S, M, L. MSRP: $279.00 Purchase Here

Features

  • X Vents for increased airflow

  • ‘Armor windows’ provide extra venting

  • Lighter-weight, breathable BeCool™ base layer fabric

  • Lighter-weight removable CE2 limb armor

  • Armor thickness only 12mm (CE2)

  • Isolator 2 passes all 4 areas of the CE2 test (Ambient, Wet, Hot, Cold)

  • Redesigned chest and back protector parts (CE2)

  • Repeat Performance Technology (RPT)

  • DRI-M Technology (Dynamic, Reactive, Intelligent Material)

  • Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large/XX-Large

Materials

  • Nitrex Evo®


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FORCEFIELD PRO TUBE XV-2 KNEE ARMOR

The Forcefield Pro Tube is a simple, lightweight and breathable armor solution for your knees. A tube-shaped sleeve made from a 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking base layer holds CE Level 2 Isolator limb protectors in place. Rating: CE: EN1621-1 Level 2

Features

  • X-Vents provide increased airflow

  • ‘Armor windows’ provide extra venting

  • Lightweight, breathable, high performance base layer fabric

  • Lightweight removable armor

  • Isolator CE2 (X-V 2) armor

  • Armor thickness 12mm (CE2)

  • Passes all 4 areas of the CE2 test (Ambient, Wet, Hot, Cold)

  • Removable dual elastic straps

  • Repeat Performance Technology (RPT)

  • DRI-M technology (Dynamic, Reactive, Intelligent Material)

  • Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large

Materials

  • Nitrex Evo®


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