*Have you seen the new Woodsman OTB (Over-The Boot) yet?
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 Rak Overpant.
*Model is 1.8m tall, 79kg, and wearing a size 34 pant over armor
Product Creation at Mosko is an effort born of necessity. Everyone on our team rides – and time on the trail translates to an innovative, always improving product line. Crafting gear that will outperform in even the most harsh riding conditions means we make no compromise, ever.
I have been in scholler pants the day they were introduced in ski touring, decades. I am a huge fan of soft shell apparel.
I am a 36, which I purchased. Pants are true to size. I also could not view size chart, pdf wouldn't open.
I use them for my KTM 690 and 990. On the 690 I get a breeze thru air vent all the time which makes them cool at lower air temps. On the 990 I don't experience this, larger gas tank makes for different air flow and better comfort.
Leather cuff will take some time to break in, but I am going to apres ski in them all winter, they are that cool!!
The design of the pants and the way it fit is absolutely perfect built with high quality material. But the only thing I wish MoskoMoto considering it, I understand their logic to have the protection not fitted to the pants. But it will be nice to consider at least to have built in pockets (hips and knees) for any one like to fill it with their own armors especially for the hips. Maybe you can consider this in the future.
Hey Fahad! Appreciate your support and feedback. :) The option for integrated armor is currently in the works. Stay tuned.
I used these recently on a trip and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with them. I use the Forcefield Pro X-V 2 Air Armored Pants underneath and I was comfy all day long. No much more to say but I’ll probably buy the OTB one day too. I’m a 36 in Levi’s and these fit great in 36. I have them tightened all the way but also use a belt. Got caught in a 3hr downpour, I was soaked to say the least. Waterproof jacket couldn’t even stop the water getting in, so these pants weren’t either.
Just got back from a 7-day IDBDR trip when I wore these pants every day. So comfortable! I wear a 32x24 in jeans and hiking pants, and the 32T ITB pants fit perfect. Numerous pockets and good venting are very good features. Under these pants, I wore padded Fox shorts and Leatt 3DF 5.0 Zip Knee Guards, and had great range of motion and comfort. Went thru a downpour, DWR coating kept some water off but it got pretty wet, still very comfortable riding. I can't recommend these enough! I transitioned from a very loose fitting padded pant and couldn't be happier with this new system!
So often I wonder if the makers of a product have actually used it. Never with these guys. I ride a gs now but come from mx many decades ago, virtually all adventure pants have way too much material that gets in the way and adds nothing - the woodsman look great, each aspect is very functional and well thought out, and not just an Mx pant in disguise. Thank you!