Fieldsheer Adventure Jacket & Mercury Pants

MC Tested

Techno-fashion is for punks. My moto clothes take longer to break in than yours do to wear out, but I had no dirt gear and something had to be done.

Taking me at my word when I threatened to attend BMW's F800GS press intro in faded Levi's, piss-yellow ski goggles and tile-setter's kneepads, the editor set about making connections as though I weren't some back-alley bike ronin.

From Western Powersports came the first off-road pants I've worn in nearly three decades. Things have changed since then. Name be damned, Fieldsheer's Mercury pants wouldn't make me any more fleet of foot, not with my knees. But serious armor extending from over the kneecap to the top of the boot promised to prevent patella mayhem. The pants zip all the way up the side and are stuffed with zip-out thermal liners lofted from hand-shorn infant peach fuzz. Cozy! More armor pads the butt-not enough to make me the world's most callipygian white guy but enough for a little faux badonkadonk.

What to say about the Fieldsheer Adventure jacket? I'm late to the plastics party. It burst out of its bag like a puffy bench cushion for a metal-flake '70s jet boat, weighing in as heavy as my alt Schule Langlitz goatskin.

But lo, attend: How snuggly doth it drape! Pockets everywhere, including one perplexing orifice seemingly sized for those cigarette three-packs once disseminated by heroin-chic honeys in downtown L.A. hotel lobbies. Spine-protected, weather-cuffed and lined with the same newborn thistledown as the Merc pants, it was toasty-soft from the first shrug-on. Unzipping the liner revealed a practical windbreaker shell over the baby fuzz.

Jacket and pants are, if I read the blizzard of tags correctly, made of Carbolex slathered with Rainguard and Phoslite, while the toddler fur is 3M Thinsulate. It looked stout, felt fine and made me feel bulletproof for the first time since before I got shot at. No wonder everyone thinks they're ready for the Long Way Round nowadays.

On ride day, I remembered my jacket liner in the chilly morning but forgot to ask for a tank bag to stow it in. With my arctic insulation, the morning's exertions had me knackered, sweaty and as out of place as a show pony pulling plow. It wasn't until I got home that I discovered the jacket has a big tail pocket to stow its own liner. Cool guys never read instructions.

At least I found two vented pants pockets, plus the jacket's vents above collarbones and across the shoulder blade area. That helped.

Weather protection was amazing. The hard, chilly shower we rode into actually dried me somewhat as cooler surrounding air let the Fieldsheer's wicking action catch up to my overstimulated sweat glands. There's also a very useable neck cuff that zips off for warmer climes, and top and bottom zip together.

There might be something to this technical clothing fad after all.

Fieldsheer Adventure Jacket & Mercury Pants
Price: $299.95 jacket, $159.95 pants

Contact: Fieldsheer
2526 Manana Dr. #104
Dallas, TX 75220
888.245.3432
www.fieldsheer.com

Verdict 3.5 stars out of 5
Modern moto-gear makes a difference!