WHAT IS IT? The Core line has been Thor’s top-tier
gear for many years. For 2016 Thor made refinements
to increase comfort and performance.
WHAT’S IT COST? $49.95 (jersey), $159.95 (pants).
CONTACT? www.thormx.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Thor Core gear.
(1) Pants. For 2016 Thor went with a dual-sided
sans-a-belt waist closure on its Core pants. Although
we are fans of the sans-a-belt closure system because it
allows your pants to fit the day after Thanksgiving, we
have seen lots of sans-a-belt designs that are poorly
executed. We tested Thor’s size- 32 pants, but thanks
to the sans-a-belt, they could fit a waist size of 30 to
34 comfortably. A snap button with Velcro surrounding
it ensured that the ratchet-style closure system was
secure. For a non-restrictive fit, stretch panels were
placed throughout the entire pant from top to bottom.
A 3/4-length mesh liner was stitched at the bottom in
three areas to hold it in place. This keeps the mesh from
catching on your knee braces’ Velcro straps and riding
up. Full-grain leather knee panels protect the nylon from
heat and abrasion. Thor also included a hidden pocket
inside the hip of the pants to hide your very small, prized
possessions. In the good old days, every pair of leathers
had a small pocket inside the pant to hold the required
AMA medical card.
( 2) Jersey. The Core jersey has a more athletic fit
than last year. With the 2015 jersey, many test riders felt
the arms were too baggy. This year the new tailorings
and stretch-rib cuff panels make for a more secure fit
without any restriction. Vented panels along both sides
of the jersey allow for airflow. A drop-tail allows the
jersey to be tucked in and kept in. The Core jersey is
made out of 100-percent polyester fabric.
( 3) Comfort. We liked the more athletic fit of the new
Thor Core jersey. The cuffs stayed in place and were
comfortable. The collar was non-restrictive and plush on
the skin. Last year the Core jersey had much larger
ventilation panels, and we liked the size and placement
of them. This year most MXA test riders felt that the
new design didn’t breathe as well (a problem in the
summer and a plus in the winter). As for the Core pants,
they fit well, in no small part thanks to the sans-a-belt
adjusters. Our only complaint about the fit was that the
sans-a-belt felt very rigid around our waists. This might
lessen after several washes.
( 4) Durability. The MXA test riders had no issues
with the jersey. The stitching held up well, and the
colors stayed bright. On the Core pants, the full-grain
leather knee panels had good placement, went well into
our boots and were resistant to abrasion. Our major
complaint was that the stitching on the stretch panels
on both hips started to fray, eventually leaving very
small holes in the panels next to the stitching. This is
not uncommon when different densities of materials
( 5) Options. The Thor Core pant comes in sizes 28
to 44. The matching jersey comes in small to double
extra large. The Thor Core gear is offered in nine
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We had three quibbles.
(1) Although the sans-a-belt does a great job, it’s not as
comfortable as we would like. ( 2) The stitching on the
hip stretch panels frayed. ( 3) The Core jersey is better
for spring, fall and winter than for summer.
The Core gear is creative and comfortable.
It fits a wide range of riders but needs just a
touch more real-world R&D.
THOR MX CORE GEAR
MXA TEAM TESTED