The Woodsman is a technical softshell pant for enduro riding. It’s just as at home on tight Northwest woods singletrack as it is in the open desert or on extended ADV trips. The hybrid design puts a Schoeller waterproof/breathable material on the knees and seat for protection from wet brush, wet seats, and water crossings, while the DWR coated nylon oxford upper provides excellent breathability.
There are four vents on the thighs, two cargo pockets for your wallet, phone, trail map, or clip knife, and two hand pockets that are ‘handy’ when you’re off the bike. The pockets all zip closed, so you won’t lose your valuables if you bounce off the trail. The Woodsman is cut to fit inside your boot for durability and grip, and has ample stretchiness for maximum mobility. It’s either a ‘touring pant you can trail-ride in,’ or a ‘trail-riding pant you can tour in,’ depending on your perspective.
The Woodsman takes design inspiration from ski touring and alpine gear. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s ‘stretchy.’ Not just in a few small panels, but everywhere. To complement the stretchiness, we articulated the patterns for athletic riding, and for alternating between a seated and standing riding position. The Woodsman pants are so comfortable that you might not want to take them off when you’re done riding. Minimalists can use the Woodsman as their only pair of pants on a multi-day trip.
They work on the bike and off, around the fire, or even out for a beer. Dust and dirt are the only things that will give them away them as riding pants.The Woodsman’s in-boot design allows you to grip the bike directly with your boot – without pinching fabric in the middle – which is how the bike-makers and boot-makers intended it. That’s why you rarely see off-road racers in over-the-boot pants. Unlike most in-boot pants however, the Woodsman has a full-length inseam, so you won’t get that ‘moto-capri’ look when your boots come off.
With the Woodsman, we’re breaking free from the convention that you need to wear waterproof ADV gear all the time. In most sports, when the rain stops the rain gear comes off. With ADV, many riders wear waterproof gear in every type of weather regardless of whether it’s raining or not. Even in the desert with no chance of rain, we see ADVers in head-to-toe waterproof clothes, trying to manage their heat problems in all sorts of creative ways. With the Woodsman, when the rain stops you can take off your rain gear and continue your trip in a stretchy, more breathable, more comfortable pant.
The Woodsman takes a ‘hybrid’ approach to water management. The thighs and butt are fully waterproof with a 3-Layer Schoeller softshell, while the crotch and calves are membrane-free for maximum breathability. All the seams are taped, and the entire pant is treated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating, so light water beads up at the surface. There’s just enough water repellency for stream crossings, muddy puddles, dewy brush, and light rain, without causing heat problems on the rest of the ride.
We call the Woodsman a ‘90% pant,’ because 90% of the time it’s exactly what you need. In full-frontal rain, the Woodsman pairs with a packable over-the-boot rain layer like the Deluge.
*Model is 1.8m tall, 79kg, and wearing a size 34 pant over armor
*Colors: Canyon is the two-toned black x khaki option, Tamarak is the solid, olive-green option.
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I friggin' love these pants and how fine myself wearing these more than any other moto pant that I own and frankly are the pant that I judge others by, but...
The fit is wonky. I bought a pair of 36's after purchasing some Basilisk in 34's that just did not fit, and these 36's are huge around the waist, and unfortunately the side adjustments are worthless because they're elastic... Kinda a miss there, folks. I bought a belt to cinch the hell out of them and it has helped. I am now looking at getting a pair of the Rak pants but now befuddled as to the size I should order. Oh well, there are worse problems to have.
Oh another idea...
Mosko's great gear is really focused on the off-road portion f the adventure riding, one thing that might help bridge the off road to the in road ride to get to that part might be a little better reflective qualities and zip attachments between pant and jackets (to prevent road trash from jacket slide up).
Just some thoughts.
First of all, I never have had an interest in wearing an in the boot pant for ADV riding until this pant. I am now nuts for this pant and even like the in the boot model. The build and material is really comfortable. I really like the subtle colors of the pant. I really like the ventilation and “dont get rid of the hand pockets”! We all need these for keys, money or face masks.
OK, what I would do differently (after wearing these pants for about 20 ride days) is a bit longer in the rise, add black or charcoal and make an out of the boot model just like these in construction and material.
Exactly what I needed as an in the boot pant light but durable and can be worn when not on the bike and look like a normal person
Fit and finish is perfect
We liked the way they looked online , but we could not find a size that fit right . To loose in the waist and really snug thru the crotch and legs . After returning several pairs we had to throw in the towel. Great product but really need to work on sizing!
Mosko gear has proven to be absolutely bomb proof. Nice designs and quality materials.