WHAT IS IT? Shot Race Gear is a very popular
European gear brand that is worn by Husqvarna factory rider Max Anstie and offroad hero Graham Jarvis.
Founded in 1993, Shot has never received much attention in the American market. For 2016 Shot is focusing
on breaking into the American motocross scene with its
new, ultra-lightweight and affordable Contact gear.
WHAT’S IT COST? $32.90 (jersey), $99.90 (pants).
CONTACT? www.shotracegear.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Shot Contact race wear.
(1) Pants. Shot’s Contact line is its top-tier gear. At
under $100, the Shot Contact pants are reasonably priced
and definitely fly in the face of the current trend of
ultra-expensive high-end gear like Troy Lee Designs’ $185
LE KTM pants, Fox’s $199.95 Flex Air pants and Seven’s
$220 Zero pants. The Shot Contact pants offer a
micrometer adjustable fastener, pre-curved fit and a
reinforced rear saddle with woven and TPR patches. The
3/4-length mesh inner liner is stitched 360 degrees (many
pant mesh liners are only tacked in a few spots). Our test
pants came with Kevlar knee panels, but when we started to wear through them Shot made the wise decision to
upgrade to leather patches for increased durability.
( 2) Jersey. The Contact jersey is made from micro-mesh polyester. The entire jersey has an extremely flexible feel, including the collar, which is very comfortable
around the rider’s neck. Shot also revived old-school
raglan sleeves, along with Fly and O’Neal. For those too
young to remember, on a raglan-style jersey, each sleeve
extends in one piece from the collar down to the cuff.
This eliminates the pucker where conventional sleeves are
sewn on at the shoulder joint. Instead, a diagonal seam runs
from the collar, across the collarbone and down the inside
of each arm. Raglan jerseys were popular in the 1970s.
( 3) Comfort. First and foremost, Shot Contact gear is
very light. We liked the feel of the material against our skin.
We thought the sleeves were on the loose side, but that is
more of a personal preference. As for the Contact pants,
we didn’t have any issues once the pants were on, but
when putting them on, the mesh inner liner felt baggy and
would catch on our knee braces. This won’t be a problem
for non-knee-brace wearers.
( 4) Durability. We saw some wear on the Kevlar knee
patches. This was most noticeable where the Kevlar folded
over when the knee was bent. When we notified Shot about
the issue, they fixed the problem immediately before bringing the pants to the U.S by making the switch to the tried-and-true leather patches. We had no issues after the switch
( 5) Options. The Shot Contact gear is offered in seven
different colorways. The jersey comes in sizes small to dou-ble-extra large, and the pants are offered in sizes 26 to 38.
Shot also offers a lower line of gear called Devo, as well
as kids’ gear.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We had two quibbles. (1) The
jersey sleeves are on the baggy side. ( 2) The pants mesh
liner catches on knee braces.
We don’t know when we’ve seen a major gear
manufacturer put so much focus on affordable
race wear. It’s refreshing.
SHOT CONTACT RACE GEAR
MXA TEAM TESTED