2016 KTM GFX Powerwear review

2016 KTM GFX Powerwear review

This is kind of a tricky review for me to write, for the simple reason that I designed this gear!

The 2016 version of the GFX gear in these photos is the 3rd generation of this gear I designed over the years for KTM since 2008. We also we did lots of color variations as well as 3 new cuts, but for this year we really looked at every aspect of the gear. It used to be called the Gravity FX gear, but the name sounds and looks better abbreviated to GFX so we shorted it a few years ago. Anyway, it has taken a long time to get it to this stage and I can say that it is by far the best version of the gear so far. Maybe not for everybody, for the simple reason that I was tired of having flapping sleeves and falling down pants and lots of excess material, so we worked hard to trim the gear down as much as possible to an athletic fit, to remove everything that wasn’t essential. If you wear under armour, especially with elbow protection then you will have to get at least a size, if not two sizes bigger than usual for it to fit. The gear is designed for the top racers who I have never seen wear full body armour before, so it’s an athletic cut to fit an athelete, which is why I look a little fat in it at times! Ha!

We used lots of stretch fabrics and the goal of the gear was to get it as light and as comfortable as possible without sacrificing too much durability and I think it worked. The pants are cut shorter, the ventilation is superb, movement is unhindered and the gear stays exactly where it should.

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The Airoh helmet is the same as it has been for the last couple of years and is by far the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn. I also designed a version of the GFX gear in the same colors as the helmet as well as one which is a perfect match with the 2016 SX-F GFX.

By the way, the 2016 350 SX-F is just amazing! The front forks I like sometimes and sometimes I don’t like, but today the whole bike was just so on point, felt so comfortable. That engine especially is just pure bike porn!

All of the actions photos were taken in about 30 mins by Zajcer and Xandi of me at X-Bowl today.

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2 Comments

  1. jcar9_sm 2 years ago

    I don’t know if you made any of the Husqvarna gear but your stuff is always great. Would love to see it for both colors. Especially in a riding jacket. Much of the stuff we can’t buy in the states, esp the awesome Airoh helmets.

    Hopefully one day you can sell your own gear and graphics one day which would turn into something incredible.

  2. jcar9_sm 2 years ago

    I think Husqvarna is going to be big this year with their excellent supercross riders and the release of the 701 Supermoto in the US. I’m worried Kiksa/KTM isn’t going to put in the same quality resources for their gear and the powerparts. In fact, I’d be surprised if they release a powerparts of aftermarket items for the 701. I think Derestricted has a good niche to fill for the 701S and even 501S market.

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